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.