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Do you tip your Mechanic?

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    Do you tip your Mechanic?


    Just wondering....

    I got new tires put on the bike today, and they got me right in and out in less then an hour. Even put another bike aside so that I could be in and out. I gave the tech $20 because of the great service. Just wondering if anyone else pays a tip on services like these considering the high hourly rates that shops typically charge. I've only tipped the bike tech one other time, not yet have I tipped a car tech.

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    Re: Do you tip your Mechanic?

    I had a similar experience when I went to get new tires mounted on my bike. The guy stopped what he was doing to mount my tires for me and he had me out of there in like 20 minutes. I gave him an extra $20 also because I was impressed with his quick work and great service. I have never tipped a car mechanic though, I have never really thought about it because usually when I get the bill its so expensive that tipping is the last thing on my mind.

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    Re: Do you tip your Mechanic?

    No. They make enough money that they don't require tips. Tips are designed for people in low paying possitions. If they work in a tip based job they make squat so the tips make them about even with the cost of living.

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    Re: Do you tip your Mechanic?

    I typically do everything on my own car.. But I have brought my car a couple times to a tech that will work on my car on the side if I am to busy... I drop the car off at the dealership in the morning and he will do work on the car when he doesn't have any dealership work(different car make). He charge we $20 for a alignment... I gave him $50..... I have a car that the hub is over the rotors so you need to press out the wheel bearing to do the rotors... He charged me $60... I gave him more...


    But if I brought it somewhere and they charged me book I probably wouldn't tip... Except inspections

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    Re: Do you tip your Mechanic?

    the only people rob and i have tipped for working on our stuff are people from nesr. and it's usually in the form of something liquid.

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    Re: Do you tip your Mechanic?

    I generally tip my regular (auto) mechanics when I can. I have found that it has a positive impact on future encounters. I am regularly treated with priority service (moving my work to the front of the line), and often given "special" prices. If you plan on seeing these people again (and again), a little bit can go a long way.
    As far as wait staff goes, once you have a wife, son, or daughter take a position like that, you will never stiff them again! My wife tells me that I am very generous ....and it makes me feel good.

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    Re: Do you tip your Mechanic?

    If it's a friend or someome doing it on the side, then yeah you throw them a few extra bones. If its Joe Blow mechanic charging $100 an hour anyways, then helllll no.

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    Re: Do you tip your Mechanic?

    I tip whoever works on my bike. Mostly because I know them and appreciate what they do. At the car dealership I have no relationships with the techs. But, when I remember, I'll leave a tip at the desk for the kids that wash and vacuume the car. They do a great job at Sunnyside Acura and I will often get my oil changed just so I can have the car washed...!

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    Re: Do you tip your Mechanic?

    Good suggestion, a few guys at Razees take special care of me. The service cost so much I never considered a tip. Surely they only get a small part of the bill and could use the tip. Thanks for the waking me up .

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    Re: Do you tip your Mechanic?

    Quote Originally Posted by DucDave View Post
    I tip whoever works on my bike. Mostly because I know them and appreciate what they do. At the car dealership I have no relationships with the techs. But, when I remember, I'll leave a tip at the desk for the kids that wash and vacuume the car. They do a great job at Sunnyside Acura and I will often get my oil changed just so I can have the car washed...!
    I flip a tip.

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    yes, I give myself a stranger after I work on my bike.

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    Re: Do you tip your Mechanic?

    Quote Originally Posted by mzdagrl View Post
    the only people rob and i have tipped for working on our stuff are people from nesr. and it's usually in the form of something liquid.
    "tip" THE BOTTLE

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    Re: Do you tip your Mechanic?

    At $90+ an hour for labor, are you kidding me???

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    Re: Do you tip your Mechanic?

    Quote Originally Posted by 07BladeRider View Post
    At $90+ an hour for labor, are you kidding me???
    The actual tech sees prolly $15 of that...

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    Re: Do you tip your Mechanic?

    Quote Originally Posted by jwm2k3 View Post
    The actual tech sees prolly $15 of that...
    If it's an owner/tech, he PROBABLY sees MUCH more.

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    Re: Do you tip your Mechanic?

    Good question....I say no, but whenever I have tattoo work done I always tip the guy.
    But I've also had about 5 pieces by the same artist.

    I think it all depends on the situation, level of service and outcome

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    Re: Do you tip your Mechanic?

    Quote Originally Posted by KillBill View Post
    I think it all depends on the situation, level of service and outcome
    I usually don't unless it's a favor and then I try and help them out too.

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    Re: Do you tip your Mechanic?

    Quote Originally Posted by obsolete View Post
    I usually don't unless it's a favor and then I try and help them out too.
    Good point.

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    Re: Do you tip your Mechanic?

    If someone goes above and beyond what is expected of them... they get offered a tip from me. It doesn't matter how much money they make or what they are doing for me, the fact that they outperformed my expectations makes them deserving of some type of reward. Sometimes my tips get rejected due to company policies or other political BS, but at least I offered so they know I appreciate their enthusiasm.

    Not enough people reward good service. They would much rather bitch about poor service. If more people rewarded good service, serviceworkers would have more of a reason to actually do their jobs and do them well. Pay it forward, you cheap cocksuckers!

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    Forget the tip, I usually give the entire thing.

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    Re: Do you tip your Mechanic?

    Quote Originally Posted by bergs View Post
    Forget the tip, I usually give the entire thing.

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    Re: Do you tip your Mechanic?

    Quote Originally Posted by DucDave View Post
    I tip whoever works on my bike. Mostly because I know them and appreciate what they do. At the car dealership I have no relationships with the techs. But, when I remember, I'll leave a tip at the desk for the kids that wash and vacuume the car. They do a great job at Sunnyside Acura and I will often get my oil changed just so I can have the car washed...!

    cough cough. I don't remember getting tipped when I changed your tires at midnight last trackdays.

    taps foot.

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    Re: Do you tip your Mechanic?

    Quote Originally Posted by bergs View Post
    Forget the tip, I usually give the entire thing.

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    Re: Do you tip your Mechanic?

    Quote Originally Posted by bergs View Post
    Forget the tip, I usually give the entire thing.

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    ... and that's the story of, "How Bergs Got The Clap"

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisNoF4i View Post
    ... and that's the story of, "How Bergs Got The Clap"
    He told me a story about a toilet seat... He also told me he loved me...

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