Auto Repair Shops Winfield KS

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Auto Techs Frame and Body Repair
(620) 221-6616
2800 E 9th Avenue
Winfield, KS
Services
Alignment Repair

Jiffy Lube
(620) 229-9227
1222 MAIN ST
WINFIELD, KS
Hours
Sun: CLOSED
Mon-Fri: 7:00 AM-7:00 PM
Sat: 7:00 AM-6:00 PM

Merle Snider Motors Inc
(620) 221-1030
2301 W 9th Avenue
Winfield, KS
Services
Clutch Repair,Radiator Repair,SUV Repair,Tune up Repair

Rons Custom Body Shop
(620) 221-6215
1503 Wheat Road
Winfield, KS
Services
Truck Auto Body

Jims Total Service
(620) 442-4950
525 S A Street
Arkansas City, KS
Services
Radiator Repair

Precision Body and Paint
(229) 229-8300
114 West 9th
Winfield, KS
Services
Paintless Dent Repair

Jiffy Lube
(620) 229-9227
1222 Main St
Winfield, KS
Services
Oil Change and Lube, Automotive Transmission

Winfield Motor CO
(620) 221-2840
1901 Main Street
Winfield, KS
Services
Clutch Repair,Fuel Injection Repair,Radiator Repair,Tune up Repair

Auto Body Plus
(620) 221-2141
1421 Olive Street
Winfield, KS
Services
Alignment Repair,Collision Repair,Fabrication and Restoration,Paintless Dent Repair

Suttles Transmissions Llc
(620) 442-1300
830 North G Street
Arkansas City, KS
 

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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