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Date:         Fri, 21 Dec 2012 15:10:23 -0800
Reply-To:     neil n <musomuso@GMAIL.COM>
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From:         neil n <musomuso@GMAIL.COM>
Subject:      Automotive Shop Rate Question
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Hi all.

I don't use a pro mechanic that often so could be totally off base on this. But.....

My first visit to a new shop in Sept., hourly rate: $75. The rate then went up to $85 in Nov, and $90 in Dec.

The shop location is relatively new, but the business has been around for at least 2 years. Likely it's been around longer than that.

Initially the shop rate seemed a little low. Like too good to be true.

Has anyone experienced a situation similar to this?

I hope I'm wrong, as the shop has shown attention to detail, done good work AFAIK, and been good to work with, but I feel like they got me "in the door" with a lower rate then bumped it up hoping I wouldn't notice. In fact this worked to some degree as I didn't notice the increase to $85/hour.

Yes it's the owners prerogative to raise shop rates, but this seems suspicious. Also, when I asked about the rate increase, the answer of "well, people were saying we were the lowest price in town" seemed like a load of horse pucky.


-- Neil n

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