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I personally feel flat rate needs to go away! That in itself almost forced me out of the trade. I also believe if their was a well recognized license requirement the public might see us for who we are. Most people still feel that mechanics are "knotheads" that cant do a whole lot else. I think that in itself would allow us to charge a more professional fee in turn making it a more attractive trade. IN the state of Florida you have to be licensed by the state to be a hairdresser or manicurist. Anyone can go to kmart and buy a box of tools and call themselves a mechanic. Yes the shop has to be registered with the state but no regulation on mechanic skills. Just my 2 cents worth!


You don't want the state interfering with your business anymore than it is now. With licensure comes lots of strings, that you won't like, like continuous education and fees that are pretty much out of your hands. What happened with ASE certification. Please explain how flat rate almost force you out of


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