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#1443162 Wed Mar 02 2022 04:08 PM
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Grease Monkey, Moderator General Truck Talk & Greasy Spoon
Has anyone had a flat repaired lately? I removed the wheel/tire and took it to the Hispanic tire repair place. Simple straightforward repair. No extra work involved, no balancing. Total bill for approximately 12 minutes of work....... $20. Even the tire fixit guys are getting close to $100 an hour. When I was in the business it was $2.50 and folks complained about that. Times are changing.


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Justhorsenround #1443164 Wed Mar 02 2022 04:20 PM
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I take mine to Discount Tire. All flat repairs are free there.


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Justhorsenround #1443165 Wed Mar 02 2022 04:52 PM
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I've repaired dozens of tires for $1.00 each- - - - -tube types! Of course, I was earning 90 cents an hour at the time!
Jerry


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Justhorsenround #1443169 Wed Mar 02 2022 05:20 PM
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In 1967 I was making a $1.00 an hour fixing semi flat tires, at the DX station.


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Justhorsenround #1443170 Wed Mar 02 2022 05:23 PM
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I just have to say, as hopefully you’re all aware anyway, that a business charging $100/hour for labor does not equate to what the employee is paid. A lot of overhead costs incorporated into that rate.


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Justhorsenround #1443175 Wed Mar 02 2022 06:00 PM
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Curmudgeon
Count your blessings.

The Subaru owner's manual says it is critical to have tires with even height.
Took my wife to the hospital for an operation. Came back to put some stuff in the car and the tire is flat.
Installed the spare and removed the 4WD fuse while trying not to get my clothes dirty.
Went to a nearby Goodyear store. Sorry sir, our policy is not to plug patch a tire.
I tried to explain that I can't have a new tire with 3 half-worn tires on a Subaru.
Sorry sir, it's Goodyears' policy. I told them that means I would have to buy 4 new tires.
No sympathy. New tires will be around $500+. I turned around and walked out.
The next day I took the car to my local tire shop.
I asked them if they can fix it. Of course we can as long as it's not in the sidewall.
I told them about Goodyear's policy. They laughed and said too many lawsuits.
I took that to mean they had problems with poor patch jobs so they just stopped it all together rather than re-train the staff.
My $25 plug job lasted until it was time to buy new tires.


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Justhorsenround #1443177 Wed Mar 02 2022 06:07 PM
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If you got anything done for $20 today I wouldn't complain!


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Justhorsenround #1443181 Wed Mar 02 2022 06:35 PM
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Martin It's about 20 bucks at Chevy here !

BC59 #1443182 Wed Mar 02 2022 06:38 PM
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Originally Posted by BC59
If you got anything done for $20 today I wouldn't complain!

I agree.

John


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Justhorsenround #1443188 Wed Mar 02 2022 07:32 PM
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The labor rate at most of the dealerships where I used to do warranty claim inspections was $100.00/hr. or more, recently. Now, I'll bet the flat rate mechanics they employ aren't making 50% of the labor they book every day, like I once did when I was bending wrenches for a living. A journeyman mechanic provided his own tools, work clothes, and other necessities to get the job done, paid his own income tax (all of it) and if he wanted to go on vacation he just took a week off without pay. The shop provided him with a place to work, jacks and stands, and other major equipment. The mechanic was "contract labor" to the shop's bookkeeper. The shop got the other half of the labor charge, and the profit on parts sales.
Once amenities like uniforms, sick leave, unemployment insurance, retirement plans, and other perks started becoming popular, the flat rate percentage had to come down so the shops could stay in business.
Jerry


"Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose"
Kris Kristofferson

Cringe and wail in fear, Eloi- - - - -we Morlocks are on the hunt!

WAG MORE- - - - - -BARK LESS!
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