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Old 10-04-2009, 11:02 PM   #1
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What do the mechanics at dealerships generally get paid weekly?
How hard is it to get a job at one?
Even getting paid to put a car on a lift and changing oil would be a nice, easy job.
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Old 10-04-2009, 11:16 PM   #2
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Dunno about Honda dealerships but one of my friends who is a mechanic gets like 14.50 an hour. Weekly after taxes it comes to like 475 ish.

To be a mechanic you do need some certification. I dont know what its called exactly but community colleges offer it, or the more expensive alternative though not necessarily better is Enterprise colleges like Devry Wyotech etc.
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Old 10-04-2009, 11:18 PM   #3
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Dunno about Honda dealerships but one of my friends who is a mechanic gets like 14.50 an hour.
That's not bad. Does he work at a local owned shop? Or a more corporate chain?
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Old 10-04-2009, 11:25 PM   #4
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That's not bad. Does he work at a local owned shop? Or a more corporate chain?
He's an employee of a private shop. I think its just the owner and like 2 or 3 other guys.
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Old 10-04-2009, 11:28 PM   #5
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He's an employee of a private shop. I think its just the owner and like 2 or 3 other guys.
must be a bit of hours then
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Old 10-05-2009, 12:29 AM   #6
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You pretty much have to be ASE certified. This can be obtained through courses at just about any technical school. My aunt's ex used to be a mechanic for the Dodge dealership in town. Obviously he had plenty to do, but he quit because, with the expense of buying all your own tools, it simply isn't worth it. He says you're constantly buying new ****, and pretty much any company will have their expensive one-off BS specialty tools you have to buy because the companies want to discourage your average backyard mechanic from fixing the cars, ie. you have to bring it in so the company can make even more money off of you.
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how much do the courses generally cost?
also I heard Honda will pay for further schooling, whats that about?
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how much do the courses generally cost?
also I heard Honda will pay for further schooling, whats that about?
It depends on the school. At my nearby technical college, I would say it probably costs about $6000 for tuition to get the Associate's degree, plus books and the random tools and crap you will have to buy. I think Honda will send their prospective technicians to a school that specializes in Honda repair IIRC. If you go to a place like Wyotech you're gonna get raped in tuition, those schools get ridiculously expensive. Not worth it to make $14 an hour flat rate IMHO, unless you're freaking awesome and can take advantage of the flat rate pay and can log like 75 hours a week in job hours.
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Old 10-05-2009, 04:11 AM   #9
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To become a Honda technician you do not need prior certification. They'll help, but you don't need them. Honda will pay for you to earn them. If you walk in off the street and apply you'll likely become a line tech or a lube tech and have to work your way up.
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Old 10-05-2009, 04:46 AM   #10
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You pretty much have to be ASE certified. This can be obtained through courses at just about any technical school. My aunt's ex used to be a mechanic for the Dodge dealership in town. Obviously he had plenty to do, but he quit because, with the expense of buying all your own tools, it simply isn't worth it. He says you're constantly buying new ****, and pretty much any company will have their expensive one-off BS specialty tools you have to buy because the companies want to discourage your average backyard mechanic from fixing the cars, ie. you have to bring it in so the company can make even more money off of you.
Did he not know he could write that all off on his taxes?
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Now is NOT the time to try to do this......There is so much competition out there right now. Our Shop[Acura] let 8 guys go in 1 day..........They're just starting to do a little re-hiring now. Not even considering someone without major league experience.
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Old 10-05-2009, 07:22 AM   #12
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man, 14.5/hr, im glad i gave up on my dream of working on cars for a living....
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. Not worth it to make $14 an hour flat rate IMHO, unless you're freaking awesome and can take advantage of the flat rate pay and can log like 75 hours a week in job hours.
i thought a decent tech can log 60+ book hours a week.
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i thought a decent tech can log 60+ book hours a week.
times have changed.......most of our guys are living off their 40hr minimums.
Used to be a great tech could do 60-70/week.
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Old 10-05-2009, 08:01 AM   #15
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Don't do it. Choose a better profession.

Mechanics work like slaves and get very little for the work they put in.

Speaking from experience and a few other friends who also quit because it was becoming a headache cleaning up someone's mess.
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man, 14.5/hr, im glad i gave up on my dream of working on cars for a living....
It'll take the fun out of working on your own car....happened to just about every person I know that owns/works for a shop.
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My buddy just got out of school to be a mechanic, but he can't find a job. He sells insurance now...
A shop owner told me as well that if you have a poor driving background, they won't hire you.
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A shop owner told me as well that if you have a poor driving background, they won't hire you.
One of a few things companies are doing to weed out bad apples now.
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Some of the best mechanics I have met are ex-criminal pot smokers with horrible credit and border line insane.....toss in a DUI or 4 for good measure.
Seems like its all or nothing.....because on the other end, some of the best in the business are drug-free w/o even a single speeding ticket or arrest.....
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Many Honda techs are making 6-9k a month with good schedules. You just have to be good at what you do. Not everyone can make it as a flat rate dealer tech.
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If you walk in off the street and apply you'll likely become a line tech or a lube tech and have to work your way up.
thats what I was gonna try, I know someone making $13/hr just doing oil changes, it cant be that bad.
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thats what I was gonna try, I know someone making $13/hr just doing oil changes, it cant be that bad.
if its your only option then its not bad, got me through hs and some of college.

becoming a mechanic these days is not worth it, you limit yourself so much. go to a dealership and work your way up from the bottom if you must, wyotech and teh like are a joke.
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I say go for it. If you enjoy it, it won't be work.
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The 14.5 an hour my friend does isn't small stuff. He's repaired engines and stuff of that nature. If you only do vehicle maintenence at Jiffy Lube, ill be surprised if you get more than 10 dollars an hour.
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