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What is the difference in working at a dealership versus an independent shop as an automotive technician?

Dealerships hire in abundance, more levels of technician, they work on the same makes and models of vehicles. Training is only Make specific for that make only. Tools and equipment for that make only. Quantity is important, Technicians make more the more cars they move through. They do work on other makes and models, but typically sub- contract the work out to independent shops due to not having the right equipment or tools. Dealerships work for the Manufacture specifically. They handle recalls, and warranties at a lower pay to the technician, the goal is to keep the consumer in that make of vehicle purchasing new every 6-10 years.  You are a number not a member. Most don’t offer health benefits. Your daily routine is the same.     Independent shops hire for specific characteristics and shop environment needs and must have a knowledge base for multiple makes and models of vehicle.  Just like the human anatomy vs ape anatomy things function the same but ... read more

What is the difference between a Mechanic and an Automotive Technician?

A mechanic is seen as someone who would approach the vehicle, as a mechanical object. Automotive Mechanics take everything apart and try to look for the signs of the problem, usually replacing a part to see if it fixes it.   Auto technicians are seen as  doctors for cars and trucks, Automotive technicians  listen to the symptoms,  use computers and technology to perform a diagnosis on a vehicle. Kind of like EKG’s and MRI’s to the body but for cars. They use high-level equipment to extract live data, and identify issue areas accurately and replace only the parts that are broken. There are different skill and experience levels of technicians. Another key difference between mechanics and automotive technicians is how they acquired their education and experience. A mechanic usually works from their personal garage, and could work at a shop as an apprentice to gain experience in the mechanics of a machine. Look at the machine, take it apart and put it ... read more

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