Auto Repair Shops Bangor ME

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Bouchard & Sons Towing
(207) 947-0739
602 Main Road North
Hampden, ME
Services
Auto Service & Repair, Brakes Service & Repair, Towing
Hours
24 Hours Service
Payment Options
MasterCard, VISA

Carquest of Bangor Main St
(207) 942-6734
317 Main St
Bangor, ME
Services
Auto Parts

Midas Auto Service Experts
(207) 947-6792
1011 Union St
Bangor, ME
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Mufflers Repair

Carquest Auto Parts
(207) 945-5418
155 Perry Rd
Bangor, ME
Services
Auto Parts

Sullivan Tire and Auto Service
(207) 945-4517
1178 Hammond St
Bangor, ME
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Bangor Neon Incorporated
(207) 947-2766
1567 Hammond St
Bangor, ME
Services
Auto Body

Abc Transmission
(207) 947-4166
499 Hammond
Bangor, ME
 
Bangor - Branch
(207) 941-0035
60 Doane St
Bangor, ME
Store Hours
Service Centers Repair Drop off Locations
Store Type
Service Centers Repair Drop off Locations
Hours
Mon:10-16
Tue:10-16
Wed:10-16
Thu:10-16
Fri:10-16
Sat:9-15
Sun:0-0
Store Features
Mon:10-16
Tue:10-16
Wed:10-16
Thu:10-16
Fri:10-16
Sat:9-15
Sun:0-0

Sears Roebuck and Co
(207) 941-7299
693 Stillwater Ave
Bangor, ME
Services
Car Washes, Car Detailing, Tire Shops

Mobile Lube
(207) 570-3319
46 Oxbow
Bangor, ME
Services
Oil Change and Lube,Mobile Auto Repair

Automotive Repair Labor Pricing

By Tom Torbjornsen   

How do repair facilities arrive at their prices for auto repair anyway? Are they guessing? Maybe it's the luck of the draw -- No No No! I've got it! Tarot cards! That's it! Actually there is quite a science behind it all. Here's how it works.

Most shops use a labor guide to ascribe value to a repair operation. The labor guides outline the average times for repair operations. For instance, if the labor guide says that it takes 1.5 hours to do a water pump installation, then this is the figure used, multiplied by the shop's labor rate. Let's say that the shop's labor rate is $20 per hour (I'm dreaming). The shop's charge would then be $30 for the labor.

In preparation for this article I spoke with a gentleman by the name of Greg Metzger. Greg is the factory rep for Mitchell Manuals, a well respected name in the auto repair industry for labor and repair guides. I asked Greg how they arrive at the time needed for each operation. Here is his response.

"Tom, first of all, remember that the labor guide is just a guide. There are many factors to take into consideration when pricing a job. Say, for instance, that you live here in Western New York. We have pretty bad weather during the winter months that wreak havoc on cars in terms of rust. This rust makes it difficult to replace some car parts and should be taken into consideration when pricing a job. Next, we take into consideration the car's equipment. Not all cars are made with the same equipment and sometimes this equipment gets in the way of the repair, making it necessary to add more time to the operation. Here at Mitchell we have a staff of editors that are all ASE-certified master technicians and have at least 20 years of hands-on experience. Our editors go into the field and do research on repair operations in different parts of the country. Next, the factory time is reviewed, which is the time the manufacturer allows for a warranty repair done by a technician who works on nothing but that make of automobile. In essence, this is a wholesale repair. We then apply a formula to the factory time and come up with an equitable time that the job take. That's how we do it at Mitchell, and it seems to be the fairest in the industry."

Well, that answers that. But is it that cut and dried? Absolutely not. In the event of the need for "exploratory surgery," the phrase "time and material" comes in. Let's draw a hypothetical situation to illustrate what "time and material"...

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