Re: Ask Not/What Would You Change?

This is sort of a response to the Ask Not and What Would You Change videos that I’ve put out in the last couple of episodes, it’s not a direct response to either one of those videos but it’s the best title that I could come up with. I think these are interesting topics and should be explored which is why I’ve made this video. Feel free to comment and add your opinions as I love to read about what you’re interested in.

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21 Responses to Re: Ask Not/What Would You Change?

  1. Repetition. Cant …
    Repetition. Cant forget that. You do a given task a dozen (or a hundred) times, you get really efficient at it. I’ve found this to be the #1 reason I beat book. I know exactly what tools I need, and can have them in my cart right where im working, I know what I can remove as a group, and even muscle memory is a factor. Plus, it gives you a chance to develop your own work flow, probably different than what the manual says. 3 techs will probably do the same job 3 different ways.

  2. Take Advantage of …
    Take Advantage of VOCATIONAL Training (automotive technology) in High School and then Goto a good Automotive technology school ( associate Degree Program) , get Master Tech Cert. and LEARN AS MUSH POSSIBLE!! It is my best advice for a starting as a Mechanic , Start at a dealership and then find a Union Fleet job as a mechanic….. Much Better.

  3. This go’s for …
    This go’s for about 90% of the jobs out there. If it’s Blue or White collar!

  4. I have a job,

    I …
    I have a job,

    I fix computers.
    But you still have not told the ETCG community why you decided to post “1st” is it just cause you think you are special?

  5. so WY don’t you go …
    so WY don’t you go back to the Chanel and see how many people (1st 2nd or 3rd) and by the way you ether dont have a job or it’s like testing video games and you sit on your fat hairy and drink hot chocolate and make 6$ an hour. Me i got two jobs that blow that out of the water and are more then double what you make so have a nice day.

  6. “… Painting our …
    “… Painting our valve covers or brake calipers on the weekend… ” LMAO… If nothing else, that one line proves your a Honda guy deep down inside… Made my day, lol! Great video as always Eric!

  7. I was an ase master …
    I was an ase master tech at 19 years old. I got paid 12.50 an hour at Acura. I’m glad I quit that industry. I am 26 and an industrial equipment mechanic now. My bank account is now stacked, and I have a job that I love.

  8. The tool truck …
    The tool truck driver OWNS you! Waiting (im)patiently for the tool video

  9. what does front end …
    what does front end work get you at a dealership. i do ball joints suspension steering things at my job and also alignments. just wondered what they get i make 13 dollars an hour and have one ase in steering and suspension

  10. Exactly. Customers …
    Exactly. Customers don’t pay you directly for a number of hours of work; they pay you for the completion of an agreed-upon job. The car gets returned to the customer in the same condition whether it takes one hour or two hours. Because of this, if the job takes half as long as the book says it should, the customer isn’t getting any less for his or her money. In fact, he or she is getting MORE for the money, since the car is returned to them sooner.

  11. I do not spam …
    I do not spam useless comments on youtube videoes.

    What did you hope to gain by saying “1st”.
    Come on tell the community of ETCG viewers if not shut up and use you small brain to think before you hit the keyboard keys.

    And i have a nice paying job unlike you whom is most likely on $6 an hour as a deliveryboy.

  12. Oh god, I now …
    Oh god, I now totally want a game to be made called “Eric the Car Guy : Flat Rate Ninja.”

  13. And the bigger the …
    And the bigger the job the bigger the difference in time paid. A bulb may pay .4 if its a customer. That same bulb may pay .3 under warranty. Techs will break even or better all day long on those. But if its a major engine or transmission repair. The times are worlds apart. There are some engines that pay over 20 hours to replace for a customer. Warranty will commonly pay 1/3 of that. Think about that the next time you think a tech is charging too much. He may be getting screwed on another car.

  14. The one thing i did …
    The one thing i did not hear you touch on in the flat rate system is warranty work. For customers out there that read this. Your factory warranty pays us junk. If the job pays 2.0 hours as customer pay. Its may only pay 1.0 under warranty. And say its takes the tech 1.5 hours to do. And that may be as fast as it can be done. So when you have to pay 2.0 for that job. The same car still under warranty can come in next for the same repair and only pay 1.0 to the tech. It goes both ways.

  15. Another context is …
    Another context is demand. Here in Australia, ‘trades’ selectively are in demand and as such have significant renumeration in comparison to other white collar jobs. Now I work in refrigeration engineering. Commerical level fridge techs/mechanics consisently earn $100 – 120k a year whereas a car tech/mechanic might be between $40-60k a year. I guess what im saying is, if your chasing the dollars – choose an industry / profession which has a shortage of skill and pays for this situation.

  16. In some sense you …
    In some sense you could actually look at getting things done faster than the time is shown to complete as a bonus to the customer. The customer doesn’t have to wait around for their car to get finished. Maybe they finished the 3 hour job in 1 and a half. That’s the customer getting their car back on the road 1 and a half hours sooner! People could look at beating the flat rate as the customer getting soaked, when it could be a benefit to them.

  17. Great video Eric. …
    Great video Eric. Regarding your performance in Honda, there’s a Napoleon’s quote I use very often: “dress me slowly, I’m in a hurry”. That explains what you’re saying. Sometimes slow is fast. You gotta take your time. 9 times out of 10, when you rush the things you end up messing everything, or missing something… and then you’ll have to go back where you were and start all over again…
    This seems to be a recurrent topic on the ECTG1 videos… I wonder why…

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