Is It Time to Hire a Full-Time Mechanic for Your Shop?

Weigh many important financial factors before hiring an in-house wrencher to care for your fleet of vehicles and equipment.

Is It Time to Hire a Full-Time Mechanic for Your Shop?

There are two questions a contractor should ask when deciding if they should hire a mechanic for their shop. The first is how large is the fleet? The owner of the company also needs to consider how old the fleet is on average. The older the equipment, the more demand there likely is to have for a mechanic’s services, whether you contract out for the work or do it in-house. (Photography by Kevin Blackburn)

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