QUOTE (EssentialBludger @ 30/11/2012, 11:59 AM)
Wow, really? Most people I know are taking all the work they can get right now.
I know my DH's work is so busy right now, unlike his mates in the building industry or construction industry since he got back into it (from the construction/building industry) they have been packed every day. I suppose people might not be buying new houses but are still getting their car serviced (and usually not going to the dealership - as in the car brand dealership as they are more expensive if you are not in warranty)
Also alot of mechanic shops do car yard work, it won't come as a shock that new car sales are down (hence all this 0% finance) and more and more people are buy second hand cars therefore giving alot of mechanic shops that work.
QUOTE (JJ @ 30/11/2012, 01:23 PM)
Yes, absolutely. I know someone who is still trying to get their money back from a recent 2k repair that ultimately didn't fix the problem (that was done by another, more honest and far cheaper mechanic later on).
Of course some will rip some off like all - not all mechanics do. Also my DH just did his BIL's car he fixed it, then he was driving it home and the ABS light came on. Now the ABS light would not have come on if he had taken it for a test drive (as it was close to our house when it came on) so if it hadn't of been BIL the client may have been peeved. It just happened to be by chance.
QUOTE (PussyDids @ 30/11/2012, 02:47 PM)
I don't agree with this... I know that with DF, his work (that is a chain here in Canberra) they pay far better than the smaller mechanics, so unless they are wanting to work for themselves, it would makes sense that they go to the larger places.
I think in any job you get the competent and the not so competent.
I'd definitely say the costing of parts comes into it.
I do and don't agree with this. DH has worked for chains and a car dealership at present he is in a shop (as second in charge) he has always made more working in a smaller place then a chain. It could be that he can negoate and when he was in a chain he couldn't? He is being paid much higher then he was when he left the industry 3 years ago (even taking into account CPI)
However I do agree a bigger chain can get better price for parts, some will still charge more then Joe Bloggs and some will charge massive labour costs.