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Re: First Timer Repair Project - 2002 Vauxhall Astra SXI
Andrew, like the proverb says 'from acorns grow.... mighty oaks' so yeah maybe make a start with your mates cars for experience and to develop your technique.......but only if they are the sort of people to give worthwile recommendations for other work and they don't take the p**s with 'mates rates' in getting a tidy repair done for pennies.
Remember the jobcentre I think allows you to work 16 hours etc so maybe you can advertise and do regular work without getting into trouble and buildling up a business. Would they help you with SMART training? like the courses in the above posts.
Go for it!! Especially while you chasing other job leads - this may come to fruition first and you'll be your own boss
Currently in Renoir White's garage:
Renault Trafic 1.7 Petrol Vauxhall Astra 1.4i & in bits Triumph Bonneville T140E & H-D XLH1200