I work for a Ford Dealership.
The shop labor rate not only pays the technician (they get about 55%) it pays for the service manager/writer, lights, compressors, water and all of the other overhead expenses. Training on different models is expensive. Shop Manuals are expensive. Diagnostic equipment is very expensive.
I am not knocking the do-it-yourself'er, I will do all that I can do myself. I just hope ya'll realize that the labor rate pays for more than the repair.
If any comments/questions, just ask away.
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