If you are under 35 and in this field you are a DAMN IDIOT. Period
The local City, County, State, Post Office, Fed's, Water District, Power supplier\PG&E Edison, DWP.
You Bitch about this Job SHUT THE FUCK UP.
You hold a Smog Check License. You hold ASE's ALL OF THOSE OUTFITS LOVE YOU. Yes it may take some time. I have had 2 counter people and a good friend. They are working for the county. All of them say THANKS. Thanks for telling me to work for them. Two of them have over 10 years. One will be retired at 55 with 30 years.
YOU DON'T WORK. Not like this crap. Little or NO WORRIES. Daily I kick myself in the ass for stopping when I did. I have collected $1150 a month for the last 7 years + PAID MEDICAL.
The jobs are out there Type in City of LA job openings. Look under Equipment Mechanic. The position may not be open now but every 2 years they test and make a new list.
You have more going for you than the average IDIOT you can pass L1 You know some shit.
35 with 30 years Retired Fat and happy at 65. If you are 40 Fat and happy with 25 years. Still good money.
Never make fun of the choices your wife makes. You were one of them.
thanks for the motivational rant
not everyone who is in the smog industry hates what they do. im turning 28 tomorrow and owned my own shop since 23. i may not be doing it for life, but im doing it for now. sounds like your tired of being a worker. you sound like the perfect candidate to work at the dmv. just complain and do as little as possible all day. im paying 8k in taxes this year, but im also on track to own a home this year. with out the smog program id be living pay check to pay check. only people that worry about the bar are, clean pipers, cheaters, or lazy techs. which are you? do it right , charge more , be happy.
its alot cheaper in a basic area no dyno needed. it was a partnership at first things went south i bought my partner out about 10k. he was the owner i was the tech, we decided to part ways i stayed with the shop he went back to his other repair shop. but from scratch i would guess an easy 20k. i got lucky found a solid spx machine on craigslist for under 5k. then when ois was implemented smog daddy was financing everyone lol. but starting from scratch with the new gen3 sounds like a headache, ill also be renting the unit instead of purchasing.
All good stuff.
This program takes a shit in 5 years, WHERE ARE YOU?
I KNOW guys working on the City of LA trash trucks. 80 K a year 100% Med. 100% Dental. Eye glass free once a year.
96 Hours sick 2 weeks of vacation first 5 years. After 5 3 weeks after 10 it goes crazy. Old Boss we sat down one night. He had 7 years to retire. We figure with all his time off he only needed to drive to work 6 years. He had a year of time saved up.
They added that to his retirement.
If you don't work trash 13 PAID days off for STUPID Holidays. MLK day Paid. Trash @$100 an hour. Thank You.
Young guys. This will not last. Get out while the getting is good. Look at Mr Barry. He wants out. I don't blame him.
If I could go back? In a heart beat. Back to the city.
Never make fun of the choices your wife makes. You were one of them.
smog program makes tons money/ revenue its not going anywhere if you predict its gonna take a shit in 5 years why are you still here? i dont want to work on trash trucks spending 10-15k on 1 inch specialty tools. your a test only inspector and complain about cake walk type of work. i highly doubt your ready to do any heavy duty automotive work. i chose the smog industry because i dont want to work in an office. i had no automotive background and obtained a smog license in under a year with shitty wyotech schooling, oh im also a highschool drop out with a GED from a shitty local continuation. i didnt have the luxury of living off my parents in a nice collage till im 26 like most. smog program saved my life. i could complain/Rant all day about the shitty loans im paying with 13% interest rate, but no one cares! man up! its Life! I rather smog cars all day instead of actually wrenching and busting tires. i also have a repair license i dont even bother to repair i boot em out. i can smog 3-4 cars in the time it take to diagnose a car. my rant is over back to smoging lets make some money
Not telling anyone what to do,thats their business to figure it out but after owning my station for 18 years and making good money doing it,the well is getting dried up and it's getting boring.
I'm 46 and at this point in my life I love me some paid vacation or paid sick leave(never in 18 years even sick as a dog ever stayed home to rest,couldn't afford it), or most importantly retirement account so I'm ready to get e cushy government job and I already send applications to all kind of job openings in city of LA, LA county and UC system too.
If I get a response and hopefully accepted I'm out of here in a flash.
im not complaining by that time i hope to have my home paid off any benefits / retirement is better than NONE. your at the end enjoy relax shut the fuck up it not your problem much longer anymore. NO ONE HERE COMPLAINS ABOUT TO PROGRAM AS MUCH AS YOU. id understand if people where asking for a life coach, but no is asking. you have posted job openings and shops for sale now your ranting telling everyone to bail out on the smog program. you just post to see your self get responses half of your post have no smog related info, let alone useful information for the next guy. help a brother out its not all you, you,you. create a facebook page or a blog to spew your nonsense rants, half the time i dont click on your post because they are hypothetical what if scenarios, that never happen.
congratulations sound like its time to cash out for you!!!! nothing wrong with moving on older shops do it all the time. they sell and move on! its life if you dont want to wrench and smog anymore good for you wish you all the luck!! i guarantee you business is worth more than what you paid to get it started. take the first lump sum of cash you can get and go on a nice long vacation you deserve it!
negative im just sating facts, your post mostly negative, hypothetical and not smog related. 80% of your 2000+ post are personal rants. all the useful information gets lost with your rants look at the first page you have 7 post only 3 smog related rest all nonsense. the good informative post get lost because you want to see yourself post like this guy >>>>>>>>>>>>>
who gives 2 shits about star ive been starless for 4 years! lmao thats not the sellers problem thats the new owners problem if hes a stand up guy and a proper tech he will soon be star. NO ONE SAID ANYTHING ABOUT TRANSFERRING STAR. you cant even transfer ard number no shit you cant transfer star common sense. find a new owner finds new tech above .4 wait 6-12mo then it will be even more gravy. again you find all the negative in a situation