Auto Repair Shops Great Falls MT

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Electric City Brake & Alignment
(406) 761-2852
500 8th Avenue South
Great Falls, MT
Services
Brakes Service & Repair, Auto Parts Retail, Tractor Equipment & Parts Dealers, Plumbing Service & Repair, Auto Alignment Frames & Axles Service & Repair
Hours
Mon-Fri Weekdays
Products
alignment, Commercial Industrial, Parts Available, Electric Brake Controllers,

OReilly Auto Parts
(406) 771-0828
1408 3rd Street Northwest
Great Falls, MT
Services
Clutch Repair

Mary Kay Green
(406) 452-5809
48 Cove Ln
Great Falls, MT
 
Johnson Distributing
(406) 453-6541
1021 3rd Street Northwest
Great Falls, MT
Services
Electric Car Repair

Teds Body Shop
(406) 452-9447
125 18th Street Southwest
Great Falls, MT
Services
Auto Body Repair

Service Max
(406) 727-0380, 001-2004
4100 - 10th Avenue South
Great Falls, MT
Certifications
Blue Seal Certified
Membership Organizations
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

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Meineke Car Care Center
(406) 452-3095
610 Smelter Ave Ne
Great Falls, MT
Services
Mufflers Repair

Franz Auto Machine Shop
(406) 727-3016
1417 1st Avenue Southwest
Great Falls, MT
Services
Engine Repair

Dewitt Machine Co.
(406) 761-6870
1209 6th St NW
Great Falls, MT
 
Auto Maintenance Shop
(406) 761-0901
1700 Vaughn Road
Great Falls, MT
Services
Brake Repair,Transmission Repair

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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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