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Old 09-10-2015, 01:15 PM   #21
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I think hourly rates are subject to economic area. Average hourly rate for a car shop where I live is about 100 an hour. I know one that charges 125. A couple counties over and more rural it's 65 at both shops there. Either way, I'm like the OP, save the labor and do it myself. As long as I do that, the wife doesn't gripe over the amount of tools I have or their cost. Win-win!!
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Old 09-10-2015, 01:32 PM   #22
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I think hourly rates are subject to economic area. Average hourly rate for a car shop where I live is about 100 an hour. I know one that charges 125. A couple counties over and more rural it's 65 at both shops there. Either way, I'm like the OP, save the labor and do it myself. As long as I do that, the wife doesn't gripe over the amount of tools I have or their cost. Win-win!!
We buy homes and remodel to fit what we want, 4 since 2000. I think the wife's got more tools than I do and I'm the one saying "we don't need that" in the tool departments. When we did the one we live in now I said last one I'm tired of living in a construction zone, we have leaned lots over the years. I saw the $129 sign, that's what they charge, but it's still obscene. I have a 40x50 shop and live in a tourist area ----- maybe I need to open a new weekend business.
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He who dies with the most tools wins!! I'm a mechanic, there's not many tools I don't own after 25 years.
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He who dies with the most tools wins!! I'm a mechanic, there's not many tools I don't own after 25 years.

Do home improvement tools count?
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As far as I'm concerned they do.
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As far as I'm concerned they do.
+1 lots of both
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So I pay the tech $30 and hour mark parts up 50% do an 1 hour repair with a $100 part, I'm plus $150 for an hours work. If I get the cheap tech @ $16, rookie it's an easy repair, the shops ahead $165 for the same hour.
That is obscene.
Out of that profit they have to pay the power bill. I assume they had the lights on. They heat and cool the building. They have to pay for the building and the property taxes on it. They have to pay the service manager, any administrative personnel, the housekeeping people and the guy that mows the grass. I assume it has restrooms. They have to pay a water bill, TP, towels and hand soap. They paid the parts guy to order and stock the part.

The list goes on and on. If owning a business was simple and pure profit, everybody would do it.
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Out of that profit they have to pay the power bill. I assume they had the lights on. They heat and cool the building. They have to pay for the building and the property taxes on it. They have to pay the service manager, any administrative personnel, the housekeeping people and the guy that mows the grass. I assume it has restrooms. They have to pay a water bill, TP, towels and hand soap. They paid the parts guy to order and stock the part.

The list goes on and on. If owning a business was simple and pure profit, everybody would do it.
x2! Family has been there and are doing that (running a business, that is) It isn't as easy or as simple as many people think!
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x2! Family has been there and are doing that (running a business, that is) It isn't as easy or as simple as many people think!
Haven't had an RV shop but two family businesses (no paid employees) The local high school sent students for OJT with my wife. The second tuned 10-12k monthly about 50% went back to the business the rest to my pocket. I know a little about business plans, operating cost, working capital, quarterly tax, property tax, L&I, SSI, permits, health insurance, etc. Enough the bank said go ahead with a line of credit to start operation. Lasted almost 6 years till my health interfered so I sold out.
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