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What Are The Disadvantages Of Being A Mechanic?

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Not to be mean to the last two guests but there answers suck. A mechanic is subject to rude customers, 5-15 hour work days, hard physical exertion, fear of losing money, getting bs'ed by the woner of the shop, and to top it off you have to by your own tools at a lot of shops. That's just off the top of my head. Some other disadvantages are the dangerous jobs that they have to do that would end up getting your fingers or hand cut off not to mention the dangerous battery acid. Contrary to popular belief a mechanic doesn't make as much as you would think. At the most you would make $80,000 a year and thats only after like 15-20 years of work and only if your really good. The shops also get incredibly cold in winter and really hot in summer and even though wearing coveralls in the winter keeps you warm, wearing them in summer is just horrible and you have to keep them on till your shift is done. Think of a car as a giant puzzle, you have to know where all (and I am talking about over 500 pieces) of them go and you also have to make sure not to lose or damage any of the pieces, and most of the pieces are very small.
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The over-hours.
Money, being payed flat rate
Supervisors always hasseling you to get something done just so they can make more money foe their business.
Assholes are your co-workers.  Your in competition with them, thus they will do ANYTHING to make sure you don't make any money and steal all of your work/business.  Even if that include being an unreasonable ass hole for no reason
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You are always dirty.

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Being a mechanic sucks. Vehicles are disposable- why bother. The car business (service) is a the same magic show since the 30s when it became profitable, and popular to service a vehicle.

You need to say goodbye to overtime, paid time off and sometimes benefits and say Hello to flat rate pay, long trips driving to work, and $5,000.00 on your tool box alone. Liability? Good luck not breaking anything, even new cars- built from 60% post consumer material.

Prepare to be mentally belittled- after all, you should be as skilled as the ENGINEER who designed the vehicle (for sale in 6 months) prepare to be physically wasted at the knees, eyes and breathe crap all day, oh yeah one more thing, hope you're competitive. The guy working the next bay over will truck you in the hallway to get to the brake lathe of flush machine first, afterall- he's been doing this longer.

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OMG as I read these I'm convinced I wrote one while i was drunk but have no recollection. SPOT ON BROTHER! SPOT ON! I've been fixing cars at a luxury dealer 5 years now and it's true. Cars are a disposable joke. I drive a junk truck an hour each way 6 days a week 12 hours of work a day and sometimes no break. I don't even know my wife anymore, barely see my kid.... Then again if not for the shop, I'd have no house, wife, kid, be able to fix my junk truck....LEss brain function. Is it worth it? Hell, I don't know. My biggest peeve is the I KNOW MORE THAN YOU DO techs. What a joke. Are you here at work to make the most money or to be the smartest? I'm just glad people are waking up from the Obama crap and realizing we're people, not little slave robots. IF it's so easy then you do it!

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There are many disadvantages in the profession of a mechanic, especially in the field of cars. However, they are very useful when you need to change tires and you don't know how or don't want to do it yourself. I order wheels in canada https://tireplanet.ca/wheels . Have you ever heard anything about them? I also have my 1 favorite mechanic who then helps me put these tires.

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They are always tire
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I think a mechanic is a good job if you find the right one(job)
but I sucks cause you don't get paid a lot
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Lol, I'm a mechanic yu have heaters in the winter :) if yu work for dealer they have all the tools and the best ones e.g snap-on, pay varies on how good yur qualifications are, motorsport and on f1 tracks and you will have loads of money, people said I would hate it, but seriously its amazing... If your a petrol head and love cars, oh and if we want to find a problem its easy all we do is plug a computer into the car and it tells us whats wrong,, easy peasy :)

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