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 11-26-2005, 18:45 Post: 119872
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Would any of you take you piece of equipment to a repair shop instead of a dealer to both service and non warranty work?

I am contemplating opening a shop to do this and would like any input or suggestions as to what you might think. I know the dealers around me are getting up to around $70 per hour. I would be at almost half that at $40 and hour.






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 11-26-2005, 18:52 Post: 119875
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If I had a tractor machanic in my area that could fix my machine, make it work, do a decent job at a semi-reasonable price.
Yes I would go there to fix my tractor. If it had a problem I didn't feel I wanted to attempt to fix myself.






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 11-26-2005, 20:07 Post: 119883
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The is a shop in the country here that does a good business in foriegn car repairs, BMW, Mercedes etc. If you have enough business in the area and can get the parts you should do quite well.
Just remember it is one thing to be a good mechanic and another to be a good business man. Money is not everything, but you don't want to be fixing tractors for free.






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 11-26-2005, 20:12 Post: 119885
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I have other people that will do the numbers part of it. I would handle the customer service and the actual work.

I am terrible with the money part.






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 11-26-2005, 21:38 Post: 119886
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It is the collection part that gets most of us in trouble. Most of us are not mean enough.

Even the big boys can have trouble in this part. JD lost millions when the local dealer went south.






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 11-26-2005, 21:47 Post: 119887
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I really like my local dealer, but they are very expensive. If there was less expensive and quality service within a reasonable distance I would sure give them a shot.






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 11-27-2005, 04:16 Post: 119898
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Be VERY careful what you ask for. What you propose may sound like a very reasonable business proposition. Where in lies the rub is that most folks will try to fix their machine themselves first and THEN bring to you if they FUBAR the job. Typically, OEM services are a piece of cake for the most part and most folks can do it themselves. Those who choose to bring the OEM service work to you can allow you to make a decent dollar but don't expect the majority to do this. Regular wear and tear work such as splitting a tractor to replace a clutch or rebuild a hydraulic pump or injector pump but again be sure of what you open yourself up to. When I worked in a John Deere dealer shop, most of the work that came my way were jobs that the customer made a soup sandwich out of and THEN brought it to the dealer shop. I am SURE Oneace can expound VOLUMES on this subject.






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 11-27-2005, 06:00 Post: 119906
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My thought is: If the customer has to pay transportation they are going to the dealer and many times the dealer will transport for no charge (as part of the repair not seen on bill).

Consider a mobile repair set up. A shop on wheels. Proceed with the convenience to the customer charge by the hour you might as well get paid well to teach your customer how to do it and why you do it this way...Hell just to drive in and sharpen their blades change oil, spring tune ups, would make you a living. Many people do not have the time and will pay someone to do that work. Help change attachments (how many times on this site have you heard someone whine about how hard or what a pain it is to do).

Also sub out to other heavy equipment mobile repair shops.

Charge for shop rag cleaning, haz disposal etc...

Only do the jobs that can be done in a driveway.

I believe mobile service, diagonistics and repair is going to be a very excellent field. The testing equipment alone and where to test would put you well into a very secure and comfortable living.

I do not think you can get away with $40 per hour even at your home unless it is all under the table. Insurance and libiality would eat you alive.






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 11-27-2005, 07:24 Post: 119910
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I like Harvey's idea of mobile repairs. Those of us without trailers would figure we have already saved $150 towards the bill by not having to pay the dealer for transport. It would be the ultimate in convenience. It would be kind of like those guys who come to your home now to replace the glass in your car after your daughter parks your car next to a high school softball game. Smile






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 11-27-2005, 08:08 Post: 119911
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I've got a good friend who has been an independent garage operator most of his life and he will echo what has been already said about collection. He's just too nice of a guy to turn anyone away. He is still in business, but now requires a cash deposit on any parts before he will order them. He mainly works on cars and light trucks, So I will answer yes I do use a person who charges about half what the GM and Ford dealerships charge. I'm sure all of the above would apply to repair of compacts and their related equipent. Best of luck. Frank.






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