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04 Dec 2019 04:56 #35554 by Pj
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How would you go about convincing garage owners to hire you as a diagnostician. I ask this because over the years I have noticed that garage owners in my city finding it more and more difficult to diagnose correctly. With the right mindset and correct tools I know that there is good opportunity for good diagnostician. To do this professionally what must the diagnostic tool be capable off/ spec.

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07 Dec 2019 10:20 - 07 Dec 2019 10:23 #35610 by Tyler
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In short, I think it'd be an uphill battle. :( I can only speak from my experience in my own area (midwest).

Are you talking about billing yourself as a full time diagnostician? Or a mobile diagnostician?

I don't know anyone that's been hired on full time at a shop as a diagnostician outright, or met anyone from an independent shop who's sole job is engine performance/electrical diagnostics. The main reason is that most independent shops don't have enough engine performance/electrical work to keep an efficient technician busy. Smaller shops might see two or three diagnostic tickets a day. Maybe none. Once those tickets are done, what does the diagnostician do for the rest of the day? :silly:

As a mobile diagnostician, I think it'd be important to have a wide array of services to offer, as well as tooling. You don't have to work on every single make/model. But you do need to be capable on the ones you do work on. That likely means an array of aftermarket scan tools, because no one tool will do it all.
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05 Jan 2020 19:33 #36369 by Tutti57
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I've thought about this one too. It's hard to break into any field, but I think it would be the same as most, with results. I would start by visiting shops and letting them know you are available for diag work and just give them a quick little pitch about you and what you can do. First job at a heavy discount or something. If it works out, they might call you next time they get stuck.

I think it would be easier as a mobile guy for the reasons Tyler mentioned.

Some communities have organizations where shop owners may get together occasionally to collaborate. I'd want to get in touch with that group too.

Get references and work on referrals. Give people an incentive to refer you.

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09 Jan 2020 00:22 #36454 by Pj
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To both who answered thank you. On the advice of discount, I was thinking of doing it for free on first two Maybe three job.

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