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Hi all,

Just had some work done on my 156 by a new indie mobile mechanic called Nick Holmes, based in Garforth, Leeds.
He is ex Stratstone Alfa,(thats where i met him before it closed) and has worked on the marque for over 15yrs, He knows the cars inside out!

He changed my upper front wishbones, front anti-roll bar drop links and did an engine service for £110 (i supplied the parts), which i thought was bang on!, took him 4 hrs for the lot.;)

As anyone who lives in Leeds knows, we are a bit short on GOOD indie specialists, but not any more!, This guy is spot on, and with a fully loaded mobile workshop, he can come to you, rather than you having to travel.

I will definatly continue to use him, anyone wanting to reach him, just give me a nudge, and i will give you his details.

Spot on bloke:D
 

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That sounds really good.

What I like about decent indies is the fact that they seem to charge for a job i.e. they give you a price which you agree and, if they come across a problem which means they take longer then you don't pay more for labour. £27 per hour labour (which you paid) is a reasonable rate.

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i wonder how far afield he will travel? it'd be worth paying him extra to travel a bit further if it saves a shlep to a dealer a long way off...
 

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HMMMM, dunno, maybe a bit too far, i imagine he would have to charge you travelling to make it worth his while.
You could always ask tho, let me know if you want his number
 

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Hi Mate thanks for that
 

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Nice find mate. Might see if he fancies doing my Spider service/suspension. What does he need to do the work :confused: A garage or is he happy to work in drive ways :confused:
 

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Thanks to AO and cragmaz in particular, after much research I had all belts/tens, variator and the 36k service done on my GTV by Nick Holmes of Fleet Tech Ltd and was extremely pleased with the work.

No issues with having to drop off/pick up plus got to see all the work done with added bonus of having the facility to ask questions and learn something about my car. Never really considered a mobile mechanic before but it turned out to be a really good option.

As per cragmaz's sentiments really - great bloke, very knowledgable and charged me a very reasonable price. I would certainly use again in the future. Just wanted to alert members again to this excellent resource in Leeds.:)
 

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How far will he travel :confused: South Yorks :confused:
Can someone PM me his number please :)
 
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As a skilled engineer I would say £27hr is selling his skills too cheap. To stay in business or to invest and develop his business he ought to be charging £35hr or even a bit more.

Before you all boo hoo, the last thing you want for him is to fail, and he will need to invest in premises and technology. £27hr before overheads and tax is not enough fro that, never mind earning a living on top of that.

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Just spoke to Nick.
He's going to quote me for jobs on the Spider and also the 166 at work that needs some attention.
Will let you know how it goes. :)
 

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As a skilled engineer I would say £27hr is selling his skills too cheap. To stay in business or to invest and develop his business he ought to be charging £35hr or even a bit more.

Before you all boo hoo, the last thing you want for him is to fail, and he will need to invest in premises and technology. £27hr before overheads and tax is not enough fro that, never mind earning a living on top of that.

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He may well charge a lot for "on the books" work, and only put a small proportion of his work through the books like this, and only drawing a small wage from the company. The rest of the work he could do for cash, which saves the customer paying VAT and him paying extra tax and NI. £27 an hour in your sky rocket is a lot. £27 inc VAT - income taxes is not.

I know a lot of bricklayers and other tradesmen who work like this and it saves them and customers a bunch. Often, if the customer had to pay VAT and the builder had to up his rate due to paying income tax on it the customer would just plain not be able to afford the work being done. Although this is tecnically tax evasion, it is estimated that this economy accounts from anywhere from 10 to 30% of our economy!

Oh and cragmaz, can you post us his number please? Cheers :D

I'll probably be after a quote for getting coilovers fitted ;)
 

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He may well charge a lot for "on the books" work, and only put a small proportion of his work through the books like this, and only drawing a small wage from the company. The rest of the work he could do for cash, which saves the customer paying VAT and him paying extra tax and NI. £27 an hour in your sky rocket is a lot. £27 inc VAT - income taxes is not.

I know a lot of bricklayers and other tradesmen who work like this and it saves them and customers a bunch. Often, if the customer had to pay VAT and the builder had to up his rate due to paying income tax on it the customer would just plain not be able to afford the work being done. Although this is tecnically tax evasion, it is estimated that this economy accounts from anywhere from 10 to 30% of our economy!

Oh and cragmaz, can you post us his number please? Cheers :D

I'll probably be after a quote for getting coilovers fitted ;)

Just for the record, Nick's quoted price to me was based on labour rate of £35/hour.

Pud 237 I've sent you a PM with Nick's details (apologies in advance if you've already got from cragmaz).
 
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Just hope you havn't just shopped the poor bloke..the revenue have very long memories and even bigger ears, not that I've ever had trouble...cos I pay through the flippin nose like most of us do:mad:

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No no I wasn't saying he practices tax evasion, I've never even spoke to the guy.

I expect the majority of mobile mechanics probably do a bit of work for cash, I see nothing wrong with it, and revenue could never prove it anyway :D
 

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He may well charge a lot for "on the books" work, and only put a small proportion of his work through the books like this, and only drawing a small wage from the company. The rest of the work he could do for cash, which saves the customer paying VAT and him paying extra tax and NI. £27 an hour in your sky rocket is a lot. £27 inc VAT - income taxes is not.

I know a lot of bricklayers and other tradesmen who work like this and it saves them and customers a bunch. Often, if the customer had to pay VAT and the builder had to up his rate due to paying income tax on it the customer would just plain not be able to afford the work being done. Although this is tecnically tax evasion, it is estimated that this economy accounts from anywhere from 10 to 30% of our economy!

Oh and cragmaz, can you post us his number please? Cheers :D

I'll probably be after a quote for getting coilovers fitted ;)
Just hope you havn't just shopped the poor bloke..the revenue have very long memories and even bigger ears, not that I've ever had trouble...cos I pay through the flippin nose like most of us do:mad:

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No no I wasn't saying he practices tax evasion, I've never even spoke to the guy.

I expect the majority of mobile mechanics probably do a bit of work for cash, I see nothing wrong with it, and revenue could never prove it anyway :D

From my experience of Nick, I don't believe that he works this in way. His company is VAT registered and he seems totally professional and above board. With respect to the (low) £27/hr labour rate that was derived at the top of this thread from the work that cragmaz had had done - this was never a quoted figure in my opinion, just a figure for comparison if you like. Cragmaz's work may have been subject to a concession of some sort or it's possible that Nick has now increased his rates as he has only quite recently started up his business and therefore might still be 'feeling out' his costs etc. Which would mean that £27/hr is at best an outdated charge or at worst a bit of a red herring.

As I mentioned before Nick's quoted labour cost to me was £35/hr + VAT. I don't know enough about the industry to comment on whether this is a fair rate or not but I know that the work was good, the guy was professional & experienced and the price was the best I could find in my locality at that time. I wanted to point this out to avoid any disappointment, on contacting Nick, of an apparent hike in hourly charges.
 

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We have a few "issues" with a V6 GTV. Is there any chance one of you could PM me Nick's details. One of the issues is a that from time to time it won't start, so if this guy is a mobile technician he is just what we're after.

Thanks.
 
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