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post #10 of (permalink) Old 27th April 2007
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I do agree in part with you,Gonescenile,especially the part about time given to do a certain job.Main dealers are particularly bad at this,especially if the mechanic is being paid via a bonus scheme,i.e,the faster he works,the more he gets paid.This is inherently wrong to me,as I would rather take a reasonable amount of time to do something,have chance to make sure I got it right,and to hell with how long a manufacturer says a job should take!.We all c0ck-up sometimes,me just as much as anyone,but the way that dealers seem to be obsessed with times and workshop through put really can't be a good thing.

And I still can't see for the life of me how a dealer can charge £90 an hour,and only pay the bloke who's doing the job 10% of this......But hey,that is the way of life I suppose.There is a serious lack of young people coming into the trade,and many trained people are leaving,disillusioned by the motor trade in general.Something has to fundamentally change somewhere,otherwise there will be no mechanics/technicians/fitters(what ever you call them),but then I've heard this said so many times over the last 16 years that I suspect nothing will change.

There are people working in workshops across the country that I wouldn't trust to change a light bulb on my car,which is a sad comment.There will be good and bad in any trade,but the motor trade does tend to get the worse press,and in most cases,it is complete justified.

I'd rather push my Alfa than drive a BMW....
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