I was employed on the flat rate system years ago at the rate of ten dollars per hour. A nice example of how this system of paying mechanics affects the customer is the wheel alignment. Pros for customers The times are set. Big government, lots of insurance, rocket ship tech cars, 2 bean counters for every living and breathing tech. Each job is assigned a certain number of hours for which the customer is charged, regardless of the actual time it takes to perform the job. There are guys in the shop that I work at that have true talent, but do not want to put in the work.
Let's say you take your car or truck in for a water pump replacement. My work does not do that. Under Federal law, the answer is clearly, yes. Good or bad for customers, mechanics? Often technicians will choose to up sell front end suspension parts to increase the total compensation on the repair order. Pros for the mechanic This one is easy.
They take longer than they pay. The Armenta case essentially held that the averaging method noted above cannot be used under California law, because it does not compensate for the two hours during which the mechanic had no work. Flat-rate labor is applied to labor guides. In the largest industrial concerns, Trade Unions started to successfully organize to protect and advance workers wages, but in the fragmented world of auto repair, dominated by small companies with only a few employees, the workers remained unprotected. Lets take a job like replacing a headlight bulb.
Oh, good call on leaving out service advisors! Subscribe here: The Flat Rate Mechanic. The way that businesses conduct themselves has also changed over the years. It may be an hourly rate, it may be a % of sales, it really all depends on the shop. Pep Boys failed to produce evidence that the system it uses to compensate its flat-rate mechanics and technicians met even the most basic standards of proportionality. If you are in a high wage area you can just about guarantee the hourly rate is near the top of this scale.
Its one that is debated a lot in the shop. When automobiles became available just before the beginning of the 20th Century, there were a myriad of manufacturers making hand-fitted vehicles. Either way, you pay the same amount. Appeal Upheld in Tennessee Against Pep Boys In May 2009, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed a ruling of the U. Billing yourself for repair work is great.
They can charge 4 hours per if they want to. How should talent, experience and effort be rewarded, Rodac? Flat rate is flat rape. In these situations, you are mainly paying for the expertise required to locate the problem, not the repair itself. Secondly, the auto mechanic may be jammed by book times that are unrealistic or do not account for diagnosis time. A young mechanic just out of technical school will be paid the same amount for replacing the struts on a car as the 40 year veteran.
Now here is the evil part to me. Bad or slow mechanics of which I am the latter tend to not make so much and either learn to get faster, or find another line of work. Probably his first time; maybe a little more rust than the manual anticipates- but no way no how could I have done the job for what they charged. Some of these cut the labor times in half compared to the guides mentioned above. Nevertheless, it covers one of the the root causes of the problem that automotive service consumers face every time they want to get their car fixed.
But even though the only thing that is stopping this place for making big money is the lack of mechanics they refuse to waver from their exclusive flat rate pay system. I could write an entire article on just how the automobile has changed in the last 30 years and maybe I will in the near future. That is a key distinction. Subscribe here: Connect with me: FaceBook: Google Plus: Instagram: For Promotional offers, consulting, training, sponsorships or other inquiries contact me at FlatRateMechanic1 gmail. I do not have a solution to the flat vs. If an experienced technician completes the job in less time, he or she effectively earns a higher hourly rate.
These often involve diagnosis work so complex that it is impossible to estimate how much time will be involved in finding the problem and then making a repair. However, this depends on what part of the country your in and economic factors in the area. Customer pay work is generally where you gain time. This is also a way in which shop bonuses for various managers and even mechanics is calculated… In other words how can the public have faith in an industry that on the face of it, is corrupt. You can make money in the industry.