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Jeff Norfolk
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Aug 16, 2008, 7:43 PM

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Just wondering how business has been at everyones respective shops. Really has slowed down at mine in the last few months. I was flagging between 50-60 hours a week but have averaged a bit over 33 a week over the last three months. I am in south east Texas a bit south of Houston. Thanks for the impute.
Jeff


way2old
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Aug 17, 2008, 7:01 AM

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I manage a City repair facility. We get 40 hours a week if we want it or not. We have captive clientele. Our work for some reason follows the outside. My techs are paid an hourly pay so there is no competition. We repair close to 1500 vehicles so there is a constant flow of preventative maintenance repairs coming in the door. That keeps us busy without any other non-scheduled repairs. When the crap hits, we are usually swamped. The new mayor has abolished 2 of my positions, but increased the fleet by 100 vehicles after "downsizing" 110 vehicles. Government numbers. Good to see you here. I noticed you are on a few other places I frequent. Keep up the good work. See ya.



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Tom Greenleaf
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Aug 17, 2008, 8:15 AM

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Hi Jeff,

I'm done as of 10 years ago already! Just my own and close by family and friends ongoing. Still keep in touch with shops I've dealt with and worked with and for, for decades now - owned and operated by them. Biz has been steady as the nature of all our work over so many years has been very personal with unusual attention to details and customer's needs. We've all had a wide spectrum of clientel from the "Price is no object - just make it perfect" to "Help - how cheap can we make this thing safe again" types.

NONE of these folks advetise! No need when you have five star reputations and a waiting list. Hard to say exactly what the economy crunch is doing as work comes in rushes and quiet times for no apparent reason. First nasty cold snap will fill the shops. Vehicles are a must in this area typical of much of the US which is a distant burb for Boston (45min commute) but zero public transportation this far and no depedable taxi or other means to get around.

Independant shops do the lions share of auto repair here as probably most places. Dealerships and chains are certainly moving in fast here as well. They have the big bucks for the high overhead.

Side note: Rates per hour are high - $60min thru $120 /hr but overhead cost is nasty high as well,

Tom



flgmtech1
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Aug 19, 2008, 4:27 AM

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after 27 years, the last two years have been the worst, last week only turned 16 hours, yesterxday made 2.3 and today is not looking any better. warranty times are down and the C/P work has dropped due to cost of fuel and the rising prices of everything else....who knows when this will change, but I only hope it changes soon!


carjunky
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Aug 29, 2008, 12:51 PM

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You three gave me an idea.... where are your shops located?


Jeff Norfolk
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Aug 29, 2008, 3:33 PM

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My shop is in Alvin,Tx. About 30 miles south east of Houston.
Jeff


flgmtech1
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Aug 30, 2008, 11:36 AM

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plant city, florida, in between Tampa FL and Orlando FL






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