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Why There Is a Shortage of Skilled Automotive Technicians - Part 1

Why There Is a Shortage of Skilled Automotive Technicians - Part 1

Why There Is a Shortage of Skilled Automotive Technicians - Part 1 By Jim Taddei September 7th 2012 A recent article shared with me by a co-worker reminded me of a situation looming over the auto repair industry that could become a real problem over the next few years. Skilled automotive technicians are becoming harder and harder to find. I am not talking about technicians who change your oil and perform other minor repairs. I am talking about the highly skilled technicians who diagnose and repair the most difficult problems. These technicians understand the basic mechanical theory behind each automotive system, the computer controls that now manage each of these systems, and the electronic network that links them all together. Over the past few years, many of these highly skilled technicians have left the industry; those who remain will be retiring sooner than later. If I may be so bold (Editor’s note: he sho ... read more

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How do Shops come up with an Estimate!

by Dale Bertram May 31st 2012 These days, automotive service and repair shops are getting more calls than ever asking for an estimate. We understand that this is mostly due to the economy. People are understandably searching for the best value, and they want to make sure they can afford to pay for the service. Many consumers want to know exactly how we arrive at the estimated price, so I thought I would take a moment and explain. An estimate consists of three parts: The labor rate Parts and supplies Overhead Labor Rate An automotive service and repair shop estimates the labor rate by determining how long any given service or repair should take. These guidelines are further established by the manufacturer of each vehicle estimating the time it takes a trained technician to perform the specific task. Parts and Supplies Since we can’t fix things withou ... read more

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COLD CAR UPDATE:

This blistery cold day plays havoc on car parts especially batteries, radiators and tire pressure. If your Tire Pressure light came on this week it probably the cold weathers affect on air pressure in your tires. The quick fix is refilling to the right pressure. Most cars have a decal on the post were the drivers door locks with the correct pressure. And most cars have the same rear pressure as the front. If you remember that we had two different pressures for front and back you're getting old. We've also been experiencing coolant leaks out of hoses that shrink smaller then the clams holding them on. Usually tightening the clamp fixes that one. SANDY UPDATE: Almost three months later and still no power that means no heat for many homes on the Staten Island Shores. Salem Church has been providing sheet rock and building supplies to over 50 homes. Thank you Home Depot for actually delivering these orders directly to the affected residence. That's their new program we're spearheading f ... read more

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