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how much more should this customer be charged? [3 vote(s)]

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I need some advice guys.

As a professional technician, I have to be both versatile, yet profitable. I generally make my own estimates, and occasionally the labor time guide is too light on it's labor time suggestions. There are a number of factors that the labor guide often doesn't take into account. Older vehicles may have an extensive amount of rust for example, which can result in broken bolts/fasteners. It is necessary to anticipate problems and build that cost into the initial estimate because no customer wants a phone call asking for more money after a repair has been authorized. Another thing the labor guide doesn't consider is special edition vehicles that may have extra accessories etc, that make service more difficult. 

In the case of the truck pictured below, how much do you feel would be an appropriate premium to charge the customer above the published labor time???



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Didn't even know they made one!

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Hey mate,

That sticker likely also states, that you're going to have trouble collecting the money owed for the bill from him / her once / if they discover your voting preferences...

If you can afford to pass the job onto someone else, that's what I'd do, since your losses may prove the greater down-the-road, just as the Prez is displaying at the moment.

 

COD + 70% or bust LOL !



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PowerStroker wrote:

I need some advice guys.

As a professional technician, I have to be both versatile, yet profitable. I generally make my own estimates, and occasionally the labor time guide is too light on it's labor time suggestions. There are a number of factors that the labor guide often doesn't take into account. Older vehicles may have an extensive amount of rust for example, which can result in broken bolts/fasteners. It is necessary to anticipate problems and build that cost into the initial estimate because no customer wants a phone call asking for more money after a repair has been authorized. Another thing the labor guide doesn't consider is special edition vehicles that may have extra accessories etc, that make service more difficult. 

In the case of the truck pictured below, how much do you feel would be an appropriate premium to charge the customer above the published labor time???


 

Bless that guys heart! Now if only he would buy a Chevy he wouldn't have to spend time at the dealership! LOL



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furious

THAT IS MY CAR!!!!


How dare you Power Stroker..

furious



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furious

THAT IS MY CAR!!!!


How dare you Power Stroker..

furious


 Where you been!!! {{{ Hasslefree}}}}



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furious

THAT IS MY CAR!!!!


How dare you Power Stroker..

furious


 Where you been!!! {{{ Hasslefree}}}}


 {{{{{{{Shawnee}}}}}}}}}}}

*smootche*

been living like a gypsie the last few months.  

How ya been, cool one?

 



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I'm Ok my friend. Bet your'e the most beautiful gypsy in the circuit! You OK?

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I'm Ok my friend. Bet your'e the most beautiful gypsy in the circuit! You OK?


 Shawnee, Ill pay you later for saying that!  

Yeah, doing ok.  Thanks sweetie.  Hows life been treating you?

 

This place makes me happy.  When things get back to normal, you wont be able to get rid of me around this joint.

believe it or not, I still miss all those bitter democraps and trolls on DH, too.

 



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Oh Geez, I didn't know it was your vehicle haslefree! Tell you what, instead of the usual 70% Trump Edition premium that a majority here think I should charge you, we'll just do an extra 50% instead?

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I'm Ok my friend. Bet your'e the most beautiful gypsy in the circuit! You OK?


 Shawnee, Ill pay you later for saying that!  

Yeah, doing ok.  Thanks sweetie.  Hows life been treating you?

 

This place makes me happy.  When things get back to normal, you wont be able to get rid of me around this joint.

believe it or not, I still miss all those bitter democraps and trolls on DH, too.

 


 Cool, stick around here more :) 

We are OK. Still missing my one little doggie had the strokes, had to have him put down August. The other one doing fine for 15 years old! Snores, hard breathing sometimes, 20-25 melanomas on him for a few years, he doesn't seem to scratch them or anything. 

Waiting for winter to go away! Rainy cold, change to snow weekend or so. It's March though, almost over!



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Oh Geez, I didn't know it was your vehicle haslefree! Tell you what, instead of the usual 70% Trump Edition premium that a majority here think I should charge you, we'll just do an extra 50% instead?


 Powerstroker, please help me..O knowledgeable one.

 

the Ford Service guy here is wanting to charge me $240 per tire for Pirelli tires.  

 

he said:  thats what they cost because I have the sports package tires.  No discounts.  confuse

 

Is is he screwing me?  I think so!!!

Thanks doll.

 

 



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Actually you can go on eBay and get two 225/45ZR19 tires for $130. That is $260 for the set of four.

I charge $25 per tire to mount and balance. 

$360.00

But a Pirelli tire is a name brand, not a Michelin or Goodyear, but up there. 

Then the price I mention above is absolute wholesale.

I put four new tires on my Corvette for $625, directional ZR rated staggered tires (two different sizes). THAT IS JUST THE COST OF THE TIRES WHOLESALE!

But I mounted them myself.

Fords also likes to glue their wheel covers on the rims now days, makes for lots of fun changing them. 



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Thanks Stellar Baby! I see Sams Club is having a special on Pirelli tires, buy 4 get $80.00 off.
We shall see if this service advisor will match that price, but I doubt it.
Since the Hurricane there is so much price gouging going on...its not even funny. I didnt have a good feeling about this guy.

You know what they say...go with your gut instinct. 

Id probably buy from you because at least youre a charmer.

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My dealership views tires as a loss leader that gets people in the door so we can inspect for other needed work. We charge $5 over our cost for tires, plus installation labor $80 on a set of 4, tax, and disposal (couple bucks each).

The price you stated sounds pretty typical of what I would expect for sport tires. I personally spent over $600 to put Michelins on the stock F150 I used to own.

I'm a big fan of Michelin, but not Goodyear.

I have no opinion on Pirelli tires, which means they are probably good. If they weren't good I'd probably have an opinion of them by now.

Also of note, Wal Mart / Sams Club often sell a lower grade of the same brand and model tire sold elsewhere. They have enough buying power to get tire makers to produce a cheaper version, and they often do. A Goodyear Wrangler at Wal Mart, may not be the same Goodyear Wrangler sold elsewhere. Check to see if the actual part numbers are the same before assuming they are.

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Pirelli are awesome IMO, at least as far as motorcycle tires go.

But the deal is two-fold...If you want grip, you sacrifice mileage...If you want mileage, you sacrifice grip...

Pirelli are generally regarded as performance orientated, though the touring tires I've used in the past offer great grip too, as they're generally made with a massive-stack-of-rubber, at least 2.0mm taller than the competition when measured new.

Exotic rim sizes & "directional-tires" will always see a huge bump-up in price for cars, simply because the tire will only work on one side of the vehicle, due to tread pattern design, & even carcass design depending on speed rating.

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My dealership views tires as a loss leader that gets people in the door so we can inspect for other needed work. We charge $5 over our cost for tires, plus installation labor $80 on a set of 4, tax, and disposal (couple bucks each).

The price you stated sounds pretty typical of what I would expect for sport tires. I personally spent over $600 to put Michelins on the stock F150 I used to own.

I'm a big fan of Michelin, but not Goodyear.

I have no opinion on Pirelli tires, which means they are probably good. If they weren't good I'd probably have an opinion of them by now.

Also of note, Wal Mart / Sams Club often sell a lower grade of the same brand and model tire sold elsewhere. They have enough buying power to get tire makers to produce a cheaper version, and they often do. A Goodyear Wrangler at Wal Mart, may not be the same Goodyear Wrangler sold elsewhere. Check to see if the actual part numbers are the same before assuming they are.


 I totally agree with you about Sams getting a lower grade, now that you mention it.  Sometimes I buy Sams gas and the car performs terribly.  Michelin tires all had great reviews... thanks for your expertise, on this.  

Ill go with the dealership tires.  Damn me.  It was all my fault needing tires earlier than expected.  Running over curbs almost daily hasnt helped with the big chunks taken out of the the tires.  Looks like some animal was eating them Or something  the parking garage at work is no friend of mine either.  Always running over curbs and shit in there too!  Perhaps when all is said and done, I will get another another golf cart and use the car for night driving Only.  

 

this was my old ezgo cart....next one will be a shiney pink with eye lashes.  her name will be Miss Piggy. 

of course it will be a Trump Special Edition...

 

Thanks again for the good advice PowerStroker

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Shawnee_B wrote:
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I'm Ok my friend. Bet your'e the most beautiful gypsy in the circuit! You OK?


 Shawnee, Ill pay you later for saying that!  

 


 Cool, stick around here more :) 

We are OK. Still missing my one little doggie had the strokes, had to have him put down August. The other one doing fine for 15 years old! Snores, hard breathing sometimes, 20-25 melanomas on him for a few years, he doesn't seem to scratch them or anything. 

Waiting for winter to go away! Rainy cold, change to snow weekend or so. It's March though, almost over!


 ugh, Shawnee.  That was very tough on you having to putting your little buddy down, I know.  When they get old and start to suffer, you know youre doing the right thing.  at that point, you know the doggie was loved a lot and had a great life but we dont want to see them suffering.  Im starting to go through that now with one of my furry friends.

 

as far as your other dog snoring...I think we are all guilty of that!  My little dog snores like shes a big burly man.  She drounds me out..biggrin



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Yes, very hard. He was 14 1/2 a real wild man. We love them, be there for them is all we can do.

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Pirelli are awesome IMO, at least as far as motorcycle tires go.

But the deal is two-fold...If you want grip, you sacrifice mileage...If you want mileage, you sacrifice grip...

Pirelli are generally regarded as performance orientated, though the touring tires I've used in the past offer great grip too, as they're generally made with a massive-stack-of-rubber, at least 2.0mm taller than the competition when measured new.

Exotic rim sizes & "directional-tires" will always see a huge bump-up in price for cars, simply because the tire will only work on one side of the vehicle, due to tread pattern design, & even carcass design depending on speed rating.

another knowledgeable one.  This is exactly what Ive come to learn.  I love the grip, but do I really need it ?  Ummm.. not at all. The tires and tires and rims are what makes the car look haute!  Those Pirelli tires only Lasted 40,000 miles.  Its going to be over a grand to replace.  Ouchie, ouch ouch...oh well...we only go around once.

i know stellar can relate because hes a shopaholic!

 



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