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Updated 9 days ago

I can't do it anymore... - 66 Replies

[QUOTE who="Fateswarning in Eagle Mountain, Utah"]I just graduated with an Associates in Collision Repair with Street Rod Technology Emphasis, and a...


Updated 1 month ago

Automotive Technicians for fair pay - 17 Replies There is a petition to help change the flat rate system sign it and...


Updated 1 month ago

Flat Rate - Variable? - 16 Replies

I work for a guy like that rite now. Got pissed that I changed an motor mount on a caddy that paid 10 hours in 3 1/2. He did try me though and when I...


Updated 2 months ago


One great lesson you will receive for sure in the automotive business is an education about how to stop dreaming and start dealing with the ugly...


Updated 2 months ago

What are typical automotive technician salaries? - 180 Replies

[QUOTE who="Robert in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania"]Toyotas are the easiest to work on, mostly maintenance. I spent 17 years at GM dealers and the...


Updated 3 months ago

how is it working for honda or toyota? - 12 Replies

We are a private shop in Traverse City Michigan and we pay a hybrid system that works real well. Techs also get tool allowance and profit sharing....

Gbenga Johnson

Updated 3 months ago

Advice on purchasing a independant auto repair shop - 7 Replies

I'm an automotive technician looking forward to buy and automotive shop franchises or set up my auto workshop,but I need an advice of which to go...

MBTECH San Diego in San Diego, California

Updated 4 months ago

unionization of auto mechanics - 1 Reply

has anyone tried to organize an auto mechanics union I hear a lot of complaints but no attempts to solve the problems

omar in Chicopee, Massachusetts

Updated 5 months ago

Leaving automotive - 1 Reply

Well I went to school for auto and graduated and am working in the field under a tech. I am now realizing that this is not the field for me and I...

LogansProfile in Melb, Australia

Where can you go after completing a Light Vechile Mechanic Apprenticeship?

I’m doing a apprenticeship at Mitsi as a “Technician” and I don’t want to be doing this my whole life, so I want to know where people have gone after...


Updated 7 months ago

How to find automotive career with no experience? - 1 Reply

Almost all job offerings I have come to find, either in automotive repair or collision repair are asking for at least a few years of experience. I...

RtToRN in Laredo, Texas

Updated 13 months ago

what should i do - 69 Replies

I am a senior this year and am thinking about going into the automotive field is it worth it?

JW in Fulshear, Texas

How to attract top techs?

How do you attract quality automotive technicians? What pay structure? Hourly? Flag Hours? Healthcare? Paid Holidays? Professional...

Kookie in Portland, Maine

Ase tech vs ase master tech salary.

I know the two is different but how much does a regular ase tech make. Compare to a ASE master. I know you could probably make more as a master...

Tiffani in San Antonio, Texas

Any arachnophobic technicians here? How to deal with cars that have been sitting a while full of 8 legged "friends."

I am in school to become a tech. Currently, I work at a shop as a porter and I see my fair share of cars brought in on tow trucks from the dead. Most...

Coolisa in Chandler, Arizona

Do I need a truck for auto tech?

I'm going to go to school in the fall for auto tech and right now I'm looking into purchasing a new vehicle. Should I buy a truck or will a car be...

$tupid Young in San Jose, California

Updated 28 months ago

I just got all 8 of my ase and I have a bs in sutomotive science but with a dui on my record, will a dealership hire me? - 11 Replies

The dui is seven years old but out here in california dui stays on for ten plus years.

MiniTech in San Francisco, California

Updated 29 months ago

Dealership vs private shop - 2 Replies

Hi guys, I'm new to this trade. just wondering how are future potential compare dealership and private shop? if choose dealership, what brand of...

KeepAHappyFace in State of Confusion

Updated 37 months ago

Union vs non-union shops - 1 Reply

I have been a auto technician for five years now and have only worked in non-union shops. I recently have been offered a position in a nice new UNION...

terrefirma in Tampa, Florida

Updated 40 months ago

Automotive repair field worth it or not and if not what would you recommend - 9 Replies

Okay well im a senior in high school going to a vocational school for automotive technology. I am just wondering if all of it turns out to be worth...

Anthony in Burlingame, California

Updated 52 months ago

How is being an Automotive Master Technician? Not just a normal couple of ASEs tech but full Master Tech? - 1 Reply

So im currently a Automotive Technology student about to go to Clearfield Utah UAW-LETC for their Toyota Program more than likely or another branch...

Anthony in Burlingame, California

Updated 52 months ago

Pay for web based training? - 1 Reply

This is another disturbing trend I've found in dealerships. I'm on my 4th dealership and its the same old thing. "You need to complete these 40...

Johnhover in United Kingdom

Advice for anyone starting out...

I only have one piece of advise for anybody getting into the automotive trade as a mechanic, panel beater or painter. Run. Run as fast as fast as you...

Indie_One in Wichita, Kansas

Updated 60 months ago

Career change options - 1 Reply

I'm 30 years old and I have been interested in the automotive industry since I was in high school I just never knew how to go about it and with my...

Lucas in Lynnwood, Washington

Service Technician Dispatching pay?

I can't find any information on this. I am a service tech at a dealership that treats me really well, I am flat rate but have yet to not make my...

Dinodon in San Diego, California

Updated 62 months ago

Career change from automotive technician to....??? - 2 Replies

Hey all, a little to my story. When i was 19 i decided to attend LTI (worse decision ever BAD SCHOOL!)in whitestone ny because of my passion for cars...

Dinodon in San Diego, California

So finished with this industry after 28 years.Large Craftsman professional box with locker and tools for sale.

So I started a a new job in September then ,I was terminated and was not given a reason. I experienced dizziness at work on Oct 29 and my employer...

CSI420 in Fenton, Michigan

Updated 67 months ago

Help please 2006 Chevy silverado 2500hd 6.0 - 4 Replies

Got this truck in the shop. Wouldn't crank nothing they said. Within a week guy says it started so he drove it in. Ran drove fine whole time we had...

CSI420 in Fenton, Michigan

Updated 68 months ago

Automotive training - 1 Reply

Hi I'm making inquiries for a friend (whose English is not perfect) who wants to take some automotive classes. He has a lot of experience working on...

Kevin in Agawam, Massachusetts

What states to make the most as Automotive Technician?

I grew up and currently reside in Western New York, the heart of the salt belt. I make a decent living as an Automotive Repair Technician in a local...

Asbestos in Acworth, Georgia


For those of you that are considering an exciting career as an automotive tech, please look at other career options! I have been working in this...

Wasabi joyo in Calgary, Alberta

Best automotive shop to work at?

Hey I'm only a 1st year automotive apprentice so I've only ever worked hourly but I was wondering where has your guy's favirote place been to work...

FBDTSP in San Bruno, California

Updated 78 months ago

Team shared pay plans - 1 Reply

Ive been a flat rate tech for years and have an oppurtunity to work with a dealer that shares the hours. Has anyone had experience with this? Pros...

Donski in San Diego, California

Updated 80 months ago

Is 39 years old to old to start? - 5 Replies

Hi everyone, I have a question. Do you think it would be difficult to start a career as an automotive mechanic/technician at the age of 39? Your feed...

Donski in San Diego, California

Chrysler/Jeep dealer Tech job

What's a good starting wage in California? I have 20 years independent experience, but no dealer experience. I heard many horror stories about...

jeff in Des Plaines, Illinois

Updated 80 months ago

Automotive jobs - 1 Reply

I just got out of school study auto and diesel and Ford training.Can''t seem to find a job in automotive I live in Chicago any advice?

Matt in Alexandria, Virginia

Will a misdemeanor drug charge prevent me from being employed at a car dealership?

I live in Maryland. I have one misdemeanor charge on my record for marijuana possession, it happened in Utah. The guy who interviewed me told me that...

klagmire in Fenton, Michigan

Updated 83 months ago

Tips for automotive technician interviews. - 3 Replies

Do you have any tips to help prepare for an upcoming automotive technician interview? Are there common interview questions that come up again and...

klagmire in Fenton, Michigan

Updated 89 months ago

tire installer for a self-taught new graduate - 1 Reply

I need a job as quickly as possible and have an interview coming up next week for a tire installer job. Although I enjoy working on my car, helped...

shaun in Valdosta, Georgia

Updated 95 months ago

fact on becoming an auto technician for my graduation project - 2 Replies

i need help finding info on becoming a auto technician

shaun in Valdosta, Georgia

Updated 95 months ago

What do you enjoy most about your automotive technician career? - 4 Replies

What do you enjoy most about being an automotive technician? What do you dislike the most? Is it challenging? Are there many opportunities to...

shaun in Valdosta, Georgia

Updated 95 months ago

they took my tools - 2 Replies

i got fired from this shop a while back because of religious differences and yes i know thats illegal. i dont care about that. what i care about is...

NRW in Wichita, Kansas

Updated 99 months ago

Working on the 4th of July - That's just unamerican - 1 Reply

Anybody else out there working for a greedy dealer making you work on national holidays? (memorial day/july4th/labor day) bad enough to barely scrape...

dom754 in Union, New Jersey

Updated 100 months ago

High School senior, and i love cars but dont know much about it. Is going into the Automotive business a good idea? - 3 Replies

yea, im not sure on what to do.Confused about the choices.

rickt in Glen Burnie, Maryland

ratio of autos to mechanics

what is a standard or good ratio of number of units per mechanic?

mike in Brunswick, Georgia

Updated 107 months ago

Automotive training questions, is it worth it? - 2 Replies

I am very young and am about to graduate highschool . I have alot of experience for my age. I am in an automotive program and have been for 3 years...

jb in Anchorage, Alaska

Updated 107 months ago

Are automotive technician job opportunities growing or declining? - 5 Replies

Are jobs in this industry on the rise? Are there any sub-sectors that are growing? Where are the jobs? Which places have the most automotive...

mike in Brunswick, Georgia

Updated 107 months ago

any jobs outside of dealers? - 3 Replies

I have worked in a dealer doing PM and inspections, i have been studying the technology and doing work at home for years. I still want to go to...

figaro8895 in NRH, Texas

Auto Tech with DUI?

A friend has recently enrolled in and started auto tech school and has a DUI over 7 years old (will be over 8 by grad time). Wondering if he will be...

joe schemeker in knoxville, Tennessee

Updated 120 months ago

Getting an automotive technician job. - 4 Replies

How did you get your start doing automotive technician work, and what career moves did you make to get to your current position? Do you need a...

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