The auto repair shops started to show up a little over a century ago. As more people began driving cars, trade schools were built to train mechanics. Independent repair shops and dealerships completed the repairs.
With the Great Depression (1929-1942), there was a sharp drop in demand for automobiles. Shop owners generally passed on their losses to their mechanics by eliminating a guaranteed daily wage and splitting labor charges.
By the 1950s, the growth of the middle class created a new demand for cars again, and for auto repair shops. As technology improvements were made, mechanics needed to be more and more skilled. In the last 25 years, the auto industry has again seen huge technological advancements with the introduction of computer technology. Many vehicles today have 20 or more modules, computer components that operate the electrical devices in our vehicles. To service all vehicles, today’s mechanics need to keep on top of all these advancements. This is why trained mechanics are so valuable!
Today’s mechanics are knowledgeable about the cars we drive. They also use other technology related devices such as tablets, scanners and computer software programs when completing any repairs or maintenance work on our vehicles.
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