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Post by Rope-Pusher » Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:09 pm

Debate over best way to pay service techs continues to roil dealerships
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"A recent survey of 35,000 dealership technicians by automotive consulting firm Carlisle and Co. found that the flat rate system is a prime reason for job dissatisfaction among techs and a key motivator for them to consider leaving dealership shops for other fields. Among the beefs technicians have with flat rate is that their pay depends on the volume and type of work that comes into the shop, and whether they can finish jobs in less than the book times."

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Post by potownrob » Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:50 pm

tankinbeans wrote:
Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:49 pm
Mom is looking at possibly trading her Focus because she does the Uber/Lyft thing. I'm steering her to a Fusion/ Escape with the 2.5/6AT as the simplest and most robust option. Steering her away from Nissan and the Hyundai/ Kia twins due to the engine's propensity to self-immolation.

Is there anything I should worry about? I've not heard anything terrible about Ford's 2.5 other than that it's course and agricultural. Mazda/Toyota/Honda are proving a bit expensive.
Eye fought ewe had an escape whiff the 2.5?? Or is that that other member from out your whey?? :? :shock: :oops:
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Post by ClutchFork » Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:10 pm

I think they are taking this autonomous vehicle thing too far.
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Post by tankinbeans » Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:04 am

PizzaRob wrote:I thought ewe had an Escape with a 2.5.
You'd be correct. The only difference was that car was new so I wasn't concerned with issues that might crop up. With the vehicles that she was initially looking at, I was concerned about her possibly buying somebody else's problem.

My question ended up being mooter than moot, though, because the car she initially looked at before I got off work was a 2.0T Fusion. She liked that one, but banks weren't playing ball. Ended up with a 2018 Mazda3.

Though a compact like the Focus, it's packaged better and feels larger. It was like deja vu all over again. It's also a color. Also, it was a leftover 2018 so they were blowing it out and she got it for a little under $16k plus tax. New car warranty, a traditional automatic...
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Post by Rope-Pusher » Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:27 pm

ClutchFork wrote:
Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:10 pm
I think they are taking this autonomous vehicle thing too far.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_cont ... SZPNwZex9s
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6pmZE1Qtyw[/youtube]

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Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

Post by watkins » Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:46 pm

Rope-Pusher wrote:
Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:09 pm
"A recent survey of 35,000 dealership technicians by automotive consulting firm Carlisle and Co. found that the flat rate system is a prime reason for job dissatisfaction among techs and a key motivator for them to consider leaving dealership shops for other fields. Among the beefs technicians have with flat rate is that their pay depends on the volume and type of work that comes into the shop, and whether they can finish jobs in less than the book times."

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No shit. Flat rate sucks. Fortunately I'm now in a dealership that pays very well with bonuses and has a guarantee system, just in case. Mind you we only have four main techs (me and one other are Master certified), two secondary guys, and two oil bitches. Fortunately we do have a dedicated used car tech that we can force to do shop work if we're desperate, but that's not ideal. We're down six techs since I started two and a half years ago.

Unfortunately because we don't have enough techs, we don't book much work. Its a tough balance to get things moving through the shop and still manage to make some upsells to actually get paid.
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Post by Rope-Pusher » Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:10 pm

Somehow, I can't stop thinking that Clouseau was involved in the Notre Dame fire.
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watkins wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:46 pm
Rope-Pusher wrote:
Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:09 pm
"A recent survey of 35,000 dealership technicians by automotive consulting firm Carlisle and Co. found that the flat rate system is a prime reason for job dissatisfaction among techs and a key motivator for them to consider leaving dealership shops for other fields. Among the beefs technicians have with flat rate is that their pay depends on the volume and type of work that comes into the shop, and whether they can finish jobs in less than the book times."

https://www.autonews.com/fixed-ops-jour ... ealerships
No shit. Flat rate sucks. Fortunately I'm now in a dealership that pays very well with bonuses and has a guarantee system, just in case. Mind you we only have four main techs (me and one other are Master certified), two secondary guys, and two oil bitches. Fortunately we do have a dedicated used car tech that we can force to do shop work if we're desperate, but that's not ideal. We're down six techs since I started two and a half years ago.

Unfortunately because we don't have enough techs, we don't book much work. Its a tough balance to get things moving through the shop and still manage to make some upsells to actually get paid.
A friend of mine got out of Auto Tech school and was interviewed by a stealership. He looked at their dusty SUN engine analyzer (OK, it was a few years ago) and said sure, I know how to use those things, but you're going to have to pay me an hourly wage, because you'll give the gravy jobs to the other mechanics and have me working on all the jobs that require diagnosis.....and the guy nodded his head and he was the only one there not getting paid at a flat rate.
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Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

Post by potownrob » Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:21 am

tankinbeans wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:04 am
PizzaRob wrote:I thought ewe had an Escape with a 2.5.
You'd be correct. The only difference was that car was new so I wasn't concerned with issues that might crop up. With the vehicles that she was initially looking at, I was concerned about her possibly buying somebody else's problem.
you could have that problem with any car/engine though... :? :(
My question ended up being mooter than moot, though, because the car she initially looked at before I got off work was a 2.0T Fusion. She liked that one, but banks weren't playing ball. Ended up with a 2018 Mazda3.
winning 8)
Though a compact like the Focus, it's packaged better and feels larger. It was like deja vu all over again. It's also a color. Also, it was a leftover 2018 so they were blowing it out and she got it for a little under $16k plus tax. New car warranty, a traditional automatic...
not to be a stickler, but that's technically not correct... https://www.mazda.com/en/innovation/tec ... tiv-drive/
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Post by tankinbeans » Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:03 am

I suppose to clarify, I meant less of a chance of buying problems. For example, I avoid Nissans on principle because their CVTs, at least in the past, were unmitigated garbage. The Focus had me leery, but since it was certified I was willing to take a chance. I'd still prefer if she learned to drive a manual, but that horse is pushing up daisies it's so dead from that discussion.

Either way, moot moot moot. The Mazda3 is delightful, even as an auto.
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Post by tankinbeans » Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:32 am

Mazda bringing AWD and allegedly the D to Mazda6es. Yet another variable to add to my decision matrix. Might just rip off the bandaid if it proves gut genug.
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Post by Rope-Pusher » Sat Apr 20, 2019 1:13 am

Honda 1.5L Engine Suffers Cold-Weather Oil-Dilution Problem

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Post by wannabe87 » Sat Apr 20, 2019 2:05 am

I survived Florida.

Soon I find myself driving to Southfield MI.

My brother is learning to drive and was like “wait you have a drivers license” yeah. I just found my weakness lies in driving in snow and ice so it’s easier to not have a car. Rarely snows in May....

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Honda 1.5L Engine Suffers Cold-Weather Oil-Dilution Problem

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Is the engine in the Accord somehow different, or has it not been used in the Accord long enough to exhibit a problem?
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Post by tankinbeans » Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:38 am

wannabe87 wrote:
Sat Apr 20, 2019 2:05 am
I survived Florida.

Soon I find myself driving to Southfield MI.

My brother is learning to drive and was like “wait you have a drivers license” yeah. I just found my weakness lies in driving in snow and ice so it’s easier to not have a car. Rarely snows in May....
Just gun it everywhere and wrench the wheel haphazardly left and right; you'll be fine.
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