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About dstremski

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    Auto shop
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    4400 W.Ogden, Chicago, Illinois, 60623
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    Auto Repair
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  1. Getting your techs to maintain a consistency in work flow is always a battle and probably has much to do with individual habits. My approach has been to create a good work environment with employee communication. ( Taking time to talk with employees about their interests / family. Compensation: I have chosen to use a lower hourly rate with a higher commission based on book hours. Shop hours are M-F , 8-5pm (40 hours) This gives techs a full weekend / family time. Shop worked many years 6 days per week and longer hours. In today's environment I found it better to totally end overtime.
  2. Zeus, Snap-on has said they will remain with the windows 7 platform on Zeus after the end of life 1/2020. No upgrades to Win 10. Any insight on tool impact, If any?
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  4. wiTech ,Micropod ll / Tech Authority : Shop focuses heavily on Computer/ Electrical work diagnostic and repair. Just received notice from AE Tools that I must upgrade in Jan. to a Micropod ll with serial # over WSP-31560. Hardware cost of 1,850.00 with license and subscription a special deal of 4,809.00. ($500 discount with bundle) The Question: What are others doing with wiTECH ? The yearly cost after equipment seems way too high IDS, MDI ll have much better program cost. Are you using wiTech? Seems essential for solid diagnostic and programming on Chrysler vehicles. Does anyone have a source recommendation for wiTECH / Micropod ll offering a more reasonable cost? I did look for discussions on diagnostic equipment, please point me in that direction if I've missed the topic. Thanks,
  5. Interesting to hear other shops compensation plans. ( Always a head scratcher ) I do agree there's a time to re-evaluate and find a balanced that rewards techs and maintains shop margins. That said, Our compensation plan we pay an hourly rate plus book hour (Mitchell). Most jobs are plus .5 - 1 book hour over mitchell to account for older cars and we work largely with computer / electrical issues, Cleaning up the attempted repair damage from other shops/customers many times. As I understand it: Being independant and not entitled to dealership rules, over 40 hours is 1.5 x hourly rate. This seems to work well in shop my two lead techs are solid with many years onboard . Techs 3-4 are not as consistent and becoming harder to find. What experiences do others have with this compensation approach? What compensation approach do you find works better with a younger generation? I welcome insights, Thanks

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