First and foremost, send the clunker to someone else – chances are that 1986 Toyota Corolla that was towed in, sitting for 6 years because it had a “small radiator leak”and the customer parked it will end up needing significant work.
I saw this article in Popular Mechanics the other day and it reminded me of what a pain the work order can be – especially in California. This article uses a New York invoice, but the principles are the same.
It’s twofold – yes, more people will put off routine maintenance and drive older cars as credit evaporates for new car purchases, leading to more work for technicians and shops – but the concern I have are the types of scams people are willing to pull as desperation sinks in when their cars need repair.
It goes without saying that the technician needs to be prepared for new technologies, including hybrids and other forms of green technologies as our country moves away from traditional fuels – however, I was wondering who, beyond the dealerships, is going to work on these vehicles?