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How much do you transmission rebuilders make per month? Per rebuild??

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Oct 4, 2011, 12:28 AM

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Looking to be a transmission rebuilder, very new to the game. Can anyone offer any insight to how the industry works? Pay? Hours? Should you start your own shop or work for one?

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Oct 4, 2011, 8:53 PM

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You might get more information on a transmission only forum. I was a transmission tech at a local dealer for a couple of years before I went strictly drive-ability, brakes, suspension, electrical, and HVAC, etc. Most all repair shops make money by the amount of time it takes to do the job times the labor rate plus parts' markup. The parts' markup and the certain percentage of the actual labor rate you don't see in your pocket is for the shop's overhead and profit.

Most shops pay their techs by the hour or use the flat rate system. If your on flat rate, you get paid by "the book's time" for the specific job times what your paid per hour.

"The book's time" can be standard time or warranty time. Warranty time is always less than standard time for the same job. "WHAT??", you may ask. I really don't understand that myself because the factory or engineers messed up and I shouldn't have to pay them to fix their mistake, but that is how it is.

For example: If your flat rate and get paid $20/hr and book time to overhaul a 4T-60E transmission is 12.8 hours (standard), that means you make $256 for doing the overhaul. The down side of flat rate is if you sitting around and there is no work or your waiting for parts, your not going to make any money regardless what your pay rate is.

Sometimes you win with the flat rate system and sometimes you don't. It depends on what rolls in your bay, how long it takes you to diagnose the problem, and how long it takes you to do the repair. If your on a team system with other techs, you may find yourself competing for the better jobs (gravy jobs) or you may get handed a bunch of jobs that have you tearing your hair out along with recieving a lousy paycheck at the end of the pay cycle.

I found that I like to take my time and do things right, so the flat rate system wasn't really my cup of tea. I'm now working at a family independent shop and know exactly how much I am getting when they hand me my pay check.

You could start your own shop, but you should work for a company first to get an idea how things work and gain some experience and training.

Since we volunteer our time and knowledge, we ask for you to please follow up when a problem is resolved.

(This post was edited by Discretesignals on Oct 4, 2011, 9:42 PM)

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