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Old 06-25-2009, 04:08 PM   #1
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Default Anyone have a free way to check "book time" on cars?

without buying alldata or equivalent.


I do side jobs, and ive been talking it over with a few friends who do it as well, and its been determined that i charge WAY too little for sidework.

Basically id like to just charge book time then split it in half (so 50/hr or so)

I get this fear of calling customers back and saying "ill do it for $xxx" because I know how to do it, and it isnt worth $xxx per se... But still, every time, the customer still acts surprised at the low price, and i have never had anyone deny me.
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i have access to alldata and GM SI so if you ever need some labot times just PM me and i will try and get them to you
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Charge what ever you feel is fair. Its good to have people in this world who like to give their services for a good price instead of what everyone else and their momma might charge. Especially stealerships.
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Old 06-25-2009, 04:26 PM   #4
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well then i hear from women and newbs... that if you charge TOO cheap... the customer can be like "wtf?" too cheap..


If someone charged you $50 for a cam swap.. would you hop right onto it? or would you feel more comfortable with someone charging your $400.. ya know?
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meh, If you have a good reputation as an honest and good mechanic, I would gladly pay the $50 and NOT the $400 ..

make sense?
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You want to swap my cam for 50? Sweet.
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meh, If you have a good reputation as an honest and good mechanic, I would gladly pay the $50 and NOT the $400 ..

make sense?
Good point. But in order for that to work, folks need to know your reputation in advance.
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GTP mike has access to the PT forums right?? IIRC there are rapidshare links somewhere on there to download GM SI.
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Swap my cam out for 50 bucks ill do it lmao!
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you just need to start with a few people and you might be surprised how fast the reputation spreads and you get work from all over...

we did side work for a little while and it got overwhelming (no personal time) so we don't do it any more now except for immediate family and good friends from time to time...
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We already do.. (me and a co-worker do side jobs.. some of you may remember we had our own garage)

i still need to make my time worth while... i DO enjoy my days off doing nothing ya know
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there you go..

We have plenty to keep us busy with our track cars and other vehicles and the tire mounting/balancing we do on the side...

just one posting many months ago on one little forum and people PM out of nowhere it seems now to get stuff mounted and balanced.. that and the referral phone calls, etc.

..and what's ironic is I even tried to stop the whole process when some people got all in our face on the thread about proper insurance and getting sued...

It's simple, we do cash sales, and don't touch wheels we know our machines can't handle, people are responsible for taking back their own old tires since we aren't a shop so its up to the customer to go to a proper tire shop to dispose tires properly/legally.

I'm sure your the same way.. you get a read on some people you just know you dont' want to work for them on any level so you turn work away (unless you've been fortunate enough to just get great customers and referrals!!!)
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