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    Do car mechanics make good money?

    And I'm talking about the mechanics that work on the brand new Camaros, Audis, etc cars like that etc...
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    Yes they definitely can, however depends on the area, and the poor economy doesn't make it any better, i know quite a few who have been laid off recently
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    Two of my mates became mechanics.

    Both left within a few years because of the shiit work and shiit pay.
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    Depends on the dealer/shop. The ones that run their own shops are usually doing damn well for themselves.
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    Car mechanic is a specialized skill, so yes they make "good" money.

    It also depends on different factors. If a mechanic owns his own shop then he will usually make more money than someone who works at a dealership.

    Being a mechanic is not a bad gig because they usually like what they do, and it is very easy to supplement their income with side work.
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    Originally Posted by DavidJr74 View Post
    And I'm talking about the mechanics that work on the brand new Camaros, Audis, etc cars like that etc...
    Worked for a Ford dealership for four years and left three months ago.money was good.the more experience you have the better.here in cali you start at 16 if you're flat rate but that means you only get paid for what you do not by just showing up. Honestly, I would choose a different career working way to hard for that bit of money.
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    master techs make around 27$ per hr flat rate. Depending on work flow, about 60k-70k can be made.
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    I'm sure like others have said it depends on the dealer/shop.

    That being said my brother in law works at a Mercedes dealership and makes 60k plus union benefits. srs.

    I think he got lucky though. I know at other dealerships he made a lot less and even had to take pay cuts because they were struggling.
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    Originally Posted by 8urfood View Post
    Worked for a Ford dealership for four years and left three months ago.money was good.the more experience you have the better.here in cali you start at 16 if you're flat rate but that means you only get paid for what you do not by just showing up. Honestly, I would choose a different career working way to hard for that bit of money.
    This.

    If you can multi task and are actually good at it, you can do well. But the investment may not be worth the reward. You will NEED around 50k worth of tools, and a good toolbox, to be able to do any/every job in a timely fashion.

    I say multi-task because while you may be doing a tranny flush on one vehicle, you will also be draining gear oil on another vehicle, while replacing an axle on another, for example. Mix/match any of the nuts/bolts and you will be fukt, a lot of cars come in hot as fuk and you will burn the piss out of yourself if you're not super careful. If it's snowy where you live expect cars to come in with slush and brown piss/sh!t all over em, etc.

    I got out of it. Constant leaning over and burning myself on hot parts and not being ready to spend every paycheck on new tools wasn't for me.

    Good money can be made...but you will bust your balls for it, be exposed to chemicals, and you may not be in the best shape later on in life.
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    OP dont do it..

    You have to buy your own tools (expensive) and you get ****ed left and right. You get paid by the job you do by how many hours the book says it should take.

    I really cannot think of another job where you have to make such a big investment (tools) while working under someone else and get such ****ty return.

    Friend has been in it for about a year now, and hates it. He even works at a good dealership.
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