Experienced technicians are quitting franchised dealerships and other brick-and-mortar facilities to join mobile service companies such as YourMechanic to deliver mostly light repairs and maintenance at a customer's home or office.
Circumstances vary for why technicians join the YourMechanic online platform, says CEO Anthony Rodio. The company estimates more than 30 percent of its techs previously worked at dealerships.
Some middle-aged techs for YourMechanic say they want to make more money per hour, work fewer hours and have more flexible schedules. Others complain about the pressure at dealerships to sell additional services to customers. A few of the older techs want out of the dealership environment to cut down on the wear and tear that turning wrenches can take on their bodies.