It's pretty clear I'm getting ripped off!
Actually, my only experience with current mechanic's rates is at the local
Japanese car dealership, where I see posted signs when I'm there getting
warranty work done (and redone, and redone again)
They are posting $55-60 per hour. If you have a look in the engine compartment
of my 1997 Nissan Quest van you'll see that they earn every penny. I tried
tightening a fan belt the other day and realized I needed to remove the A/C
compressor (and attached lines) to get to it.
The belt still squeaks today....
- Tony -