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Old 05-04-2010, 08:11 AM
 
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Hi all I been a long time reader but this is my first post. I'm trying to decide between Arizona (Phoenix or Tucson) or San Antonio tx I currently live in Dallas but I'm not to happy here I have a job I'm an auto mechanic but I. The Dallas area there's too much competetion and I can't make money, on my work block there's 6 other auto repair facilities. I'm hoping to find a comparison between San Antonio and the Arizona cities hopefully someone who has lived in both places. My biggest concern is moving and not being ableto make money mechanics get laid off a comission and if people can't afford to fix there car I'm broke lol and help would be awesome!
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Old 05-04-2010, 08:18 AM
 
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you will find no different market than dallas in either of those cities in fact with dallas probably having a higher per household income I would see it more likely people there are driving newer cars they can't work on themselves + dallas has emissions standards that I don't think SA has yet

phoenix is a horrible economy right now

your best bet is to move over to diesels and look to move to a more rural area and work at a tractor or equipment dealer

you will have a better standard of living daily and you can always take your extra cash to dallas and get stupid there if you still want to....or anywhere else for that matter

hell maybe even stick to cars and go to a smaller place to live you can live cheaper, BUY you a place and they always seem to need people
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Old 05-04-2010, 09:33 AM
 
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you will find no different market than dallas in either of those cities in fact with dallas probably having a higher per household income I would see it more likely people there are driving newer cars they can't work on themselves + dallas has emissions standards that I don't think SA has yet
I disagree with you on that,
when I was broke, I spent a hell lot of money fixing my $500 car.

Now, I don't know what the competition would be like for you in SA.
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Old 05-04-2010, 09:48 AM
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Spurs in 5.
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Old 05-04-2010, 09:48 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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It would seem to me (based on trying to get scheduled to get work done on our cars) that a good, honest mechanic is doing VERY well in SA these days...I think Dopo has a point that folks are probably keeping their cars longer with the economy.
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Old 05-04-2010, 11:00 AM
 
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mechanics get laid off a comission
Perhaps you could stay in Dallas and forgo the sexual favors for cash payments.

Seriously, if there are 6 mechanics on the block it is time to move or distinguish your services.
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Old 05-04-2010, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Northwest side of San Antonio
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Spurs in 5.
This.
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Old 05-04-2010, 12:48 PM
 
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I disagree with you on that,
when I was broke, I spent a hell lot of money fixing my $500 car.

Now, I don't know what the competition would be like for you in SA.
it sounds as if this person is being "out shade treed"

500 dollar cars are fixed by shade tree mechanics

mechanics that make money have access to and work on cars or machines that need special tools or equipment....usually newer things

or they work for people and businesses that need their new stuff fixed muy pronto now so they can go make more money with it
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Old 05-04-2010, 12:51 PM
 
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you will find no different market than dallas in either of those cities in fact with dallas probably having a higher per household income I would see it more likely people there are driving newer cars they can't work on themselves + dallas has emissions standards that I don't think SA has yet

phoenix is a horrible economy right now

your best bet is to move over to diesels and look to move to a more rural area and work at a tractor or equipment dealer

you will have a better standard of living daily and you can always take your extra cash to dallas and get stupid there if you still want to....or anywhere else for that matter

hell maybe even stick to cars and go to a smaller place to live you can live cheaper, BUY you a place and they always seem to need people


San Antonio has the second highest median family income in Texas followed by Dallas and houston. Austin is first.
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Old 05-04-2010, 01:44 PM
 
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I just came back from Tucson AZ after visiting for a week, I was very impressed by the city.. Don't get me wrong I LOVE SA but for our next base we will be putting Tucson down... Tucson is small compaired to SA. SA has so much to do, Tucson has some very nice malls and most attractions are hrs away.. Didn't get a chance to go to Phoenix but will def next time.. But I did enjoy the In N out burger that SA doesn't have... lol

Whatever you pick I'm sure will be the right decission for you...
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