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Am I correct in assuming (hoping) that Volvo will waive the normal mileage window for the free maintenance because of the strike? Anyone have experience with this before?
 

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Re: Dealer mechanics on strike (dbf73)

I am not one to answer your question, but you had me scared thinking that all Volvo Mechanics went on strike. Here is a list of the dealerships on strike in Minneapolis, Minnesota for those in the area.<p>Anderson Cadillac, Golden Valley<br>Apple Ford of Shakopee<br>Bloomington Chrysler-Plymouth-Jeep-Eagle <br><B>Borton Volvo, Minneapolis</B><br><B>Borton Volvo, Golden Valley</B><br>Brookdale Ford, Brooklyn Center<br>**** Rapids Chrysler-Jeep<br>Dodge of Burnsville<br>Freeway Ford, Bloomington <br>Grossman Chevrolet, Burnsville<br>Key Cadillac-Oldsmobile, Edina<br>Key Collision(Key Cadillac), Edina<br>Lenzen Chevrolet-Buick, Chaska<br>Lupient Automall, Golden Valley<br>Lupient Infinity, Golden Valley<br>Lupient Harold Chevorlet, Bloomington<br>Luther Brookdale Buick-Pontiac-GMC<br>Luther Brookdale Honda<br>Luther Downtown Jaguar, Minneapolis<br>Luther Lincoln-Mercury, Plymouth<br>Luther West Side Volkswagen<br>Metropolitan Ford, Eden Prairie <br>Morrie's Minnetonka Ford<br>New Brighton Ford<br>North Country Ford, **** Rapids<br>Prestige Lincoln-Mercury, St Louis Park <br>Rudy Luther Hopkins Honda<br>Rudy Luther Toyota, Golden Valley<br>Saxon Motors, Elk River<br>Sears Imported Auto, Minnetonka<br>Shakopee Chevrolet-Oldsmobile-Pontiac<br>Superior Ford, Plymouth<br>Village Chevrolet, Wayzata<br>Walser Bloomington Dodge<br>Walser Bloomington Toyota<br>Walser Buick-Pontiac-GMC, Bloomington<br>Walser Burnsville Mazda<br>Walser Chevrolet, Plymouth <br>Walser Chrysler-Jeep, Hopkins<br>Walser Lincoln Mercury, Bloomington<br>Wayzata Collision (Village Chevrolet), Wayzata<p>
 

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Re: Dealer mechanics on strike (dbf73)

Doug,<br> I'd just call the service manager and tell him your situation. Tell him you would feel better bringing your R in when things are settled. I'm sure they will understand.<br>You might want to set up that appointment at the same time, as they will be busy when it's over. Maybe by the end of this week.
 

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Re: Dealer mechanics on strike (dbf73)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>dbf73</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Am I correct in assuming (hoping) that Volvo will waive the normal mileage window for the free maintenance because of the strike? Anyone have experience with this before?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>What's up with the strike?
 

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Wow - Journeyman mechanics make $22.31 per hour and the dealerships charge $120 per hour for labor. Nice margin!
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>bschurr</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Wow - Journeyman mechanics make $22.31 per hour and the dealerships charge $120 per hour for labor. Nice margin!</TD></TR></TABLE><p><I>Sure</I> it is. Especially after the dealership pays the service advisors' salary, managers' salary, several hundred thousand dollar (if not million dollar) mortgage, special tools, shop equipment (lifts, alignment racks, etc.), insurance premiums, electric/utility bills, worker's health benefits, worker's 401k contributions, general overhead, etc.<p>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>R Salesman</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p><I>Sure</I> it is. Especially after the dealership pays the service advisors' salary, managers' salary, several hundred thousand dollar (if not million dollar) mortgage, special tools, shop equipment (lifts, alignment racks, etc.), insurance premiums, electric/utility bills, worker's health benefits, worker's 401k contributions, general overhead, etc.<p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>you forgot taxes. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> oh and everyone knows that advertising is cheap too, lol.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>bschurr</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Wow - Journeyman mechanics make $22.31 per hour and the dealerships charge $120 per hour for labor. Nice margin!</TD></TR></TABLE><p>journeyman makes 22 bucks / hour? that's better than working as a grocery checker at Ralphs.! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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That's approximately a six-to-one ratio. Much better than most other service industries. <p>We all have overhead like that.<p>Service departments are huge profit centers for most dealerships.
 

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Re: Dealer mechanics on strike (Rangeball)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Rangeball</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I am not one to answer your question, but you had me scared thinking that all Volvo Mechanics went on strike. Here is a list of the dealerships on strike in Minneapolis, Minnesota for those in the area.<p><B>Borton Volvo, Minneapolis</B><br><B>Borton Volvo, Golden Valley</B><br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>I wonder why Kline Volvo (near St. Paul) isn't on that list... maybe their workers are happy with low wages, since they do a poor job anyway...
 

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Re: Dealer mechanics on strike (Warpedcow)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Warpedcow</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I wonder why Kline Volvo (near St. Paul) isn't on that list... maybe their workers are happy with low wages, since they do a poor job anyway...</TD></TR></TABLE><p>ROFL! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Ridiculous comment, as I don't want someone with "grocery store" qualifications working on my XC90 or S60R. I assume you are worth every pennny you make because you are so important. I also think the mechanics should make more than the salemen, since they actually have a qualified skill and actually have some responsibility.
 

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Mechanic wouldn't have a job if it wasn't for the salesman. Salesman is the most important person in the company. It wouldn't have any money if it didn't sell anything. Working with your hands rarely ever will make you a lot of money. That's how it is. And if you do make good money, you put a lot of sweat into it, and there are risks for that. It's an age-old argument as to who deserves to be paid more, but people seem to forget how the company has X amount of dollars to pay them in the first place. Hint: It doesn't come from the engineer.
 

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Re: Dealer mechanics on strike (phuz)

St. Paul mechanics are not on strike. they will take their vote next week.
 

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I totally disagree with you from a customer viewpoint. I could care less about the salesperson because I know the price of the car before I ever step foot in the dealership. I know my price before hand and if they take it, fine, and if not I go somewhere else. With the interent, I hardly even need a salesperson. After the sale, it's very rare to even see the same salesperson, and the only thing that matters is the service at that point and that comes from the mechanic, noone else. I want the car fixed correctly the first time, end of story. There is zero magic in sales anymore with all of the information available to consumers on the internet plus most saleman don't last at the same dealership very long anyway. This isn't disrespect for the sales people, just what matters and who should be paid well. They do have a skill, and I guess surgeons don't use their hands either.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>C130</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Ridiculous comment, as I don't want someone with "grocery store" qualifications working on my XC90 or S60R. I assume you are worth every pennny you make because you are so important. I also think the mechanics should make more than the salemen, since they actually have a qualified skill and actually have some responsibility.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>being a salesman requires equal skill. Also remember that anybody can learn to be a mechanic with proper training but not everyone can do a sales position properly. The sales people genorate the bussiness. With no bussiness it doesn't matter what the mechanics wages are if there are no cars to work on.
 

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Yeah, and if the car is in the shop all of the time, I bet most people won't buy that brand again and at that point they could care less about the sales person. It has happened to me and I will never buy that brand of vehicle again. Sales people are obviously important but not that important unless the buyer knows nothing about the vehicle they are purchasing. I hope the mechanics get what they want and I'm quite sure most people on this forum think they are worth every penny they make plus some, so why not the same for the mechanics.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>C130</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Yeah, and if the car is in the shop all of the time, I bet most people won't buy that brand again and at that point they could care less about the sales person. It has happened to me and I will never buy that brand of vehicle again. Sales people are obviously important but not that important unless the buyer knows nothing about the vehicle they are purchasing. I hope the mechanics get what they want and I'm quite sure most people on this forum think they are worth every penny they make plus some, so why not the same for the mechanics. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>obvoisly you have never had a real sales job.... there is far more to sales than sitting on a lot waiting for customers to just show up. If the saleman is a duche then the car will never make it to the mechanic cause you wouldn't have bought it in the first place. A salesman's W2/1099 is a direct reflection of their skills and ability. A mechanic gets paid for being there. The salesman had much more at risk and therefore gets paid according to his performance. If the salesman performs well then he gets paid well. Why should the salesman make less?
 
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