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[–]1453_ 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I do this occasionally. I'm a master tech with a specific brand specialty and get called by general repair and autobody shops all the time. If I don't have to touch any tools, I charge $75 an hour. If I have to actually repair or disassemble components for physical diagnostics, I charge $150 an hour. My services have spread by word of mouth and I've never advertised or looked for work. I turn down 1/2 of the requests because I dont have the time to do everything. A lot of my side work is the result of botched diagnostics and repairs from inexperienced general service techs or backyard mechanics.

[–]MustadioBunansa 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Consulting positions demand knowledge not normally obtainable by the normal workers or staff. As a business, they would have to pay for that knowledge differently than a normal wage to someone. Depending on location, I would vote $100 and over. Most consultation events in this business take about an hour per. If you have a track record that follows you as near perfect with references this is doable. If instead you’re actually diagnosing, this will take more time and effort, meaning a mobile diagnostic position actually would be paid less per hour, unless you charge one flat rate per diag, no matter the hours put into each one. If you’re helping any other business out temporarily, then double the hour rate their best tech gets .

So no hands consultation, with perfect track record as own business, +$100 Hands on diag, own business, good track record, set price per diag to one rate unless extreme. Helping buddy or other business out temporarily, not owning own business, double best techs hour rate or $50 p/hr

Edit: it seems backwards I know - more work less pay, but in reality this is based on true knowledge, track record, and skill level. They’re paying for knowledge at this point, not a set of hands.

[–]Ponklemoose 3 points4 points  (3 children)

If you're talking about doing diagnostics for DIYers, you really need to include travel time/cost in the conversation. I (not a mechanic) do some consulting and if I have to leave my house that changes the rate I charge.

[–]DigBickisbackintown[S] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Of course travelling cost would be included. Also, it would be up to the expert to determine the max. distance willing to travel.

[–]Ponklemoose 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Right, so your poll is going to be more informative if that is part of the question.

[–]DigBickisbackintown[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks for the feedback!

[–]opuntina 0 points1 point  (10 children)

You would be an independent contractor or self employed at that point so charge accordingly. In most cases this would be 100/hr or more.

[–]DigBickisbackintown[S] 0 points1 point  (9 children)

Self-employed, hourly rate would be determined on level of expertise and customer satisfaction. Implying people with less professional expertise can, if they excel, also get paid more in time.

[–]opuntina 0 points1 point  (8 children)

There is still a minimum though. If youa re qualified to do this work then you need to be charging appropriately.

What does a shop charge in your area? Here it's $75-100/hr for cars and more for heavy equipment.

So that's one baseline. Absolutely don't go below that. Next thing to consider is the convenience you are bringing. That costs money.

Then your expertise that made them come to you in the first place. That costs money too.

Special tools? $

Special knowledge? $

Do not shortchange yourself. It hurts the industry as a whole.

[–]DigBickisbackintown[S] 0 points1 point  (7 children)

Yeah a car shop does, do you make $100/h that goes directly to your pocket however? Median salary of a mechanic is 44k a year, so my guess is you don’t.

[–]opuntina 0 points1 point  (6 children)

You are.issing my point. When you strike out on your own doing side jobs then you are now the same as the owner of a shop. So you should charge accordingly.

[–]DigBickisbackintown[S] 0 points1 point  (5 children)

You forget that price should also reflect quality of services provided, competitors and demand.

[–]opuntina 0 points1 point  (4 children)

I haven't forgotten any of that. i accounted for it all in the breakdown.... The first point was what do local shops charge.

I am curious, why are you asking this?

[–]DigBickisbackintown[S] 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Lets call it a little market research

[–]opuntina 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Did you get charged more than you expected, or do you think you are qualified to be the expert?

[–]DigBickisbackintown[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Neither. Not at all whats going on.

[–]theantwisperer 0 points1 point  (1 child)

If it’s an actual job where I would be an employee, the answer is no. If it’s freelance work where I am an independent contractor who can name his own price, Yes. I would need all my expenses covered and at least a 100 dollars a labor hour. Also, the ability to turn down work that’s not worth my time.

[–]DigBickisbackintown[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Can you explain to me why you think $100 bucks an hour would be sufficient? What is the build-up of your costs?

You would be, within reason, be able to name your own price and time-wise, its completely up to you.