- Apr 10, 2005
- Middle Tennessee
I've never paid a fee like that, but I've always fixed my own cars.
No way you can waive the diag if they do the repair. Here’s and example. You agree to 1 hour initial diag charge. If the tech figures it out in an hour which is maybe a 30% chance. And the actual part it say .3-.8 to replace if you waived the diag fee you would be losing money
So hypothetical 100/hr. You would have 100 in diag. But if repair was .3 that’s only 30 bucks. I can’t make a shop run on 30 labor repairs. If I tell you it’s 1.3 then some smart *** claims it’s only .3 and you are ripping them off. You can’t waive diag
Some of the service contracts don’t want to pay diag. I told one of the “inspectors” when he asked how I came up with the diag I told him I guessed. He looked baffled and said what… said I guessed. You don’t want to pay diag that’s all I can do. And my guess is probably better than some guy off the street
I look at it this way. A doctor will charge you that much for 5-10 minutes of time to tell you if you are sick or not.
Yeah, but on top of actually doing the job? I just want to pay for the mechanics actual time and materials, including the time spent on diagnostics. If the diagnostics take 10 minutes and replacing the sensor is another 30 minutes, charging 1.5hrs of labor seems a bit much to me... I guess in some areas people will pay that, but it seems around here that would be unusual.An hour of labor charge for diagnostics is normal.
Test equipment and tools are expensive, plus you can't put a price on knowledge, so, I have to respectfully disagree.If the diagnostics take 10 minutes and replacing the sensor is another 30 minutes, charging 1.5hrs of labor seems a bit much to me
Well I think most employers make the value of knowledge and experience quite clear!Test equipment and tools are expensive, plus you can't put a price on knowledge, so, I have to respectfully disagree.