Originally posted by stevebfl
I truely believe the best techs are eventually at independents as most techs are not institutional players. Just check the average age of the techs employed where ever you go. The dealers train them and usually within ten years the tech can't put up with the politics necessary to make a living. (This often has very little to do with technical skill.) Warrantee doesn't hardly pay for diagnostics so the skill is poorly rewarded at the dealer level.
Hey Steve, thanks for the thoughtful reply.
It's something I'd never paid attention to, but now that you mention it, most technicians that own or work at the indpendents that I've visited have generally been 40 years old and older, with maybe a handful in their late 30's.
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