As a teenager, I want to find a part time job that has to do with cars, but I dont have any car experience, what should I do?


 I’m in high school right now and I need some money, and I want to learn about cars and how to fix them and stuff like that and I think that a job at an Autozone or something like that will help me with that. However I don't know a lot about car maintenance at all, is there a job that I can learn about car maintenance and still get paid while not being able to do a lot of work? Any advice helps, thank you.


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No no no not a parts store. There is such a deficit of auto technicians. I get job offers weekly. They will train you. Go to harbor freight and get a toolbox and some basic tools. Whatever you can afford. Doesn’t have to be too fancy if you don’t have much money. I would start by going around to dealerships and asking for an entry-level position( you will need a license though) if you can’t go to a dealership find a private shop. Be very enthusiastic and tell them you love cars and want to learn how to work on them. You will find a place that will want to train you. Ask for beginners' pay. Now the trick to this is to learn as much as you can and be as efficient as you can. Don’t stay in the first place because the best way to get raises is by moving to another company. Keep learning more and more as you go and ask for more pay from each place. I’m 36. When I was 30 I had already been working on cars since I was 16 for myself and fixing them for friends and some side customers. Granted I already had the experience but never worked in a shop. I started at $15 an hour. I worked in one private shop and learned as much as I could. Then about a year later I went to a dealership. They started me at $25 per hour but this is the flat rate now and I had the ability to produce so I was making around $1300 a week. They were training me so my experience was rising. A friend was working at a German car dealership and told his boss about me and they offered me a job. At this point, I’m getting paid a $30 an hour flat rate. I got paid for more hours here because the labor paid more per hour on German cars. I had one week that I was paid for 97 hours( I was physically there for about 50) so almost a $3000 paycheck. Plenty of other good weeks in there too. So my resume was on a job search website and because of the lack of auto techs in the industry, I’m getting offers all the time. I decided to entertain one of them. I convinced them to pay me $38 an hour because I could produce for them. I was making a lot of money. Then COVID hit and things went south there. I had another job at an American dealership but I didn’t really like it there and ended up back at a private shop. Because I could produce I convinced the owner to pay me $50 per hour. No flat-rate anymore but it’s a bit less stressful. $2000 a week $100000 per year. The point is if you play your cards right and don’t be lazy you could easily get into this industry and within 5-10 years be making $100000. Good luck kid. Just make sure you do a good job thorough job on people's cars and don’t be lazy. Don’t stick around one place too long if they are not paying well. You will have the upper hand.

I'd say what others have kinda said and look for local shops that might hire you for stuff like lube tech.

I graduated high school last year and had been working part-time at a small engine repair shop for a year and a half. Of course, that meant I was working on riding mowers and aerators and such, not cars. But just like the automotive industry you're usually supposed to have qualifications to work in a shop.

Well, I just walked into the local small engine shop one day and told the boss I'd done some basic repairs/maintenance for neighbors and wanted to try my hand at the shop. He hired me without much hesitation and helped teach me stuff as I worked my way up from basic to more advanced repairs.

That's what's good about local shops, they don't have a corporate policy dictating qualifications for employment. If I were you I'd give asking around local shops a try. It'd probably help if you could get a few basic skills under your belt like oil changes and spark plug replacements so potential employers know you have initiative and some basic experience.

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