In response to your February article “Toolbox Turmoil: Tool debt overwhelms some techs, saps service department morale”:
Automotive repair technicians are required to buy their tools and equipment to perform the maintenance, services and repairs they were hired to do. We are often treated like independent contractors, yet we very much are not.
Name another service industry that requires such an investment, but doesn’t provide compensation that more than offsets it. Cable guy? Electrician? Plumber? Carpenter? Doctor? None of these, and if they are required to supply tools, their cost is in the hundreds to low thousands of dollars, compared with our tens of thousands, or even more than $100,000.
This is why auto repair is still little more than a trade rather than a profession.
MATT FANSLOW, Shop Manager/Diagnostic Technician, Riverside Automotive, Red Wing, Minn.
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