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    Prob need more than that to live here.

    I'm glad I'm not in the house buying market.
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    When I worked in Reading the garage next door was paying £30k plus bonuses (Fiat/Alfa Romeo) tech's were travelling from Bournemouth
    because of the wages
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    The motor trade is **** wages Wayne.
    Thatís the main reason I have gone hgv driving now. I get about the same wage but I donít have to buy anything and I donít go home smelling like a gearbox.
    I ran my own garage in Scotland for ten years. I had an awesome reputation never needed to advertise and never short of work. Also never had any money had to fight to get paid and every customer always thinks they have been ripped off. They never were but because the motor trade has that reputation you canít get past it. We struggled to survive for around five years then my ex wifeís alcoholism got so bad I got so depressed and just let the place fall apart. Until I went bankrupt.
    I never wanted anything else but to be a garage owner but but never again.
    **** wages
    Never stop buying tools
    Covered in **** every day
    Every customer thinks youíre having them over
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    Just a **** job.
    Everyone thinks youíre thick because youíre a mechanic but you have to know everything about every make of car itís a ****in joke.
    I wonít touch cars now. My own stuff yeah but others no chance.


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    I did an apprenticeship at a Main Stealer in the latter part of the 1970's, and where I was the mechanics were thought of as the lowest rung of the ladder. The firm thought more of the parts staff and office workers than the mechanics, and although the mechanics had a bonus scheme, as that was based on Book repair times it was hard for them to make money without cheating. The car cleaners in the showroom however, they did very well because they did all the PDI's and you could make time on those easily. I handed my notice in on the day my apprenticeship finished and went to a non-franchised specialist and my wages went up 2.5 times the amount overnight. That was a rarity though. I dabbled with other PAYE jobs but it was pretty grim everywhere. I don't think much has changed.
    I had about 35 years self employed in the Motor trade, and that was good in parts, but nothing would entice me to go back to work now, motor trade or otherwise. I sometimes look at adverts for "technicians", and wonder what that word means, and when I see the wages on offer, I can't believe that they are looking for proper mechanics, it must just be for people who can say "computer says no!"

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    I've been in and out the trade since 69 and mechanics are definitely the Cinderella trade. I joined a classic resto garage five years ago after trying car and hgv instructing (pay was crap and so was the job lol) I get 24k a year here in Kent which wasn't a patch on LGV driving which payed 28k. I'm 67 now so I only need the easy life and working full time on Moggies TR's and E types is a bit of a doddle 90% of the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mickjane2 View Post
    I've been in and out the trade since 69 and mechanics are definitely the Cinderella trade. I joined a classic resto garage five years ago after trying car and hgv instructing (pay was crap and so was the job lol) I get 24k a year here in Kent which wasn't a patch on LGV driving which payed 28k. I'm 67 now so I only need the easy life and working full time on Moggies TR's and E types is a bit of a doddle 90% of the time.

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    So that's about a tenner an hour.have heard that's what some rods shop pay.

    Someone in the game must be making money.resto/rod shops ,must all be 45 up an hour. (The bigger ones)Garages even more,

    Find it quite sad that such skilled blokes are payed so little,considering the knowledge and tools required.

    I have someone here on occations to do electrical work,and and a small amount of mechanics and he gets 25 pH in his pocket.

    Didn't think 12 notes an hour in the pocket for rubbing down was too bad.plus I make the best tea in the business.no other claim to fame
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    Quote Originally Posted by nobody View Post
    Garages must run a minimum 50/60 notes an hour or am I well out
    I just noticed the above. I was talking to a mate of mine last night. He has a Mercedes, and his local MB dealer (Suffolk) is charging just over £160 ph including the VAT. Come down to the smoke and a lot are charging more than that.

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    The reality is that main dealers have a captive audience as the customer has to keep up those stamps in the service record, to keep up with the warranty and make their vehicle saleable after two or three years. Then folk switch to a non-franchised dealer to get reduced rates. All the customer is looking at is the overall bill. Therefore, when a door mirror gets knocked off their five year old car, because its electrically operated, and colour matched, the component is £300 it doesn't leave much room for the mechanic/fitter/technician/painter if it takes an hour or two to make good. £500 to replace a lousy door mirror? That's before we get to the bottom of the market where somebody buys a £2000 car, but doesn't have the wherewithal to keep it going (how many folk have less than £100 in savings?) - it then ends up at the small garage, using secondhand bits and the multi-skilled mechanic charging next to nothing to install those bits, because the customer can't or won't pay what it's worth.

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    And to think that a sparks charges are least £130 a day (4 hours) for 1st fix and £250a day (lucky if he does another 4 hours) 2nd fix on your house


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mickjane2 View Post
    And to think that a sparks charges are least £130 a day (4 hours) for 1st fix and £250a day (lucky if he does another 4 hours) 2nd fix on your house

    Then when you try to charge the same sort of money to fix their van they get all sulky...

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