Announcing New Expanded Hours

Effective Tuesday, March 5, 2013, we will be offering expanded hours during the week. We are now opening the shop at 9 am (instead of 11 am) Tuesday through Friday, offering you earlier options for your DIY automotive repairs. Our hours on the weekends will be 9 am – 7 pm on Saturdays, and 9 am – 12 pm on Sundays. As always, we remain flexible with appointments. We understand that you have a busy schedule and we strive to accomodate in any way that we can.

How much is your time worth?

Going into our 8th month in business, I have made a realization. A Mechanic’s time might be worth $80/hr or more, but how much is your time worth to do the work yourself? To put it another way, doing your own repairs saves you money, but spending several hours on a repair, it’s easy to loose sight of how much money you are saving and what that may be worth to you. Essentially, you are paying yourself to work on your own car through the savings of not paying someone else. To illustrate my thought, I have 3 real examples from customers who have come in and saved a large amount on servicing their vehicles.

Recently, a customer came into our shop to replace the front struts on his 2002 VW Jetta TDi. Both were shot and one had leaked all of its fluid. But, before coming in to do the repairs himself, he called around and found a reasonable shop that quoted him $550-600 including the struts for replacement. This customer knew he could do the work himself, but wasn’t sure about spending the time on it. In the end, though, he decided to do it himself and came in to our shop. We ordered the parts in advance for him and had them waiting. While he was at it, he decided to also replace the brake rotors and pads. It was his first time replacing the struts on this vehicle and luckily he had a service manual, and me, to help him through it. Even though he had these resources available, simple mistakes can happen and indeed he did have to fix one strut install after the fact. This added about 45 minutes on to the process. All told, including parts, he spent $350 on 5.5 hours of work. He saved himself just over $160. So, what was his time worth? If you take the savings difference and divide it by the time spent, he paid himself $29/hr to complete this repair. If you don’t count the cost of the brake job it jumps to $52/hr! If he had taken his car to a dealership, it surely would have significantly increased the price. He paid himself up to $52/hr to fix his own car vs. taking it to someone else.

Clutches are a common piece of maintenance required for any manual transmission. We have seen quite a few come into our shop. Not long ago we had a 1990 Nissan 240sx come in for a clutch replacement. Now, the average clutch replacement at a transmission shop runs approximately $700 give or take. All told, he spent 6.5 hours in time removing and reinstalling his transmission and replacing the clutch along with several hours of tool rental time. That is about $160 in shop and tool time. Include with that about $150 for a new clutch and another $20 for a bearing and the total spent is about $330. How much did his time end up being worth to him? Assuming a shop did not charge more than $700, his time was worth $67/hr! But, that’s not even the most someone in our shop paid themselves to DIY their repairs.

Earlier this summer, with the extreme heat, fuel pumps failed. Many people experienced this issue and were hopelessly stuck. One of those people came to us after getting a quote from a semi-large automotive chain in the area. A fuel pump replacement on their Chevy Trailblazer would cost them $1500!! Having never done much automotive work, she and her husband decided to take a chance and DIY their repair. We purchased their Fuel Pump and they hired our mechanic ($25/hr) to advise them on the repair. So, time in the shop, mechanic’s time, tool rental, and parts; how much did they spend? $450. That’s a savings of over $1,000. Yes, $1,000. How much was their time worth? At 2.5 hours in the shop, they wound up paying themselves a whopping $420/hr!

So, the next time you have a repair or maintenance to do on your vehicle and aren’t sure if it’s worth the time to DIY or hire someone else, ask yourself, how much is your time worth?

What Do You Want to DIY?

What DIY auto projects do you want to learn more about? We are looking for ideas to feature in our myBay Auto videos and we’d love to know what you think! Please comment and let us know what your favorite DIY projects are or what you would like more information on. Any ideas are greatly appreciated!

New myBay Referral Program!

At myBay Automotive we recognize how valuable word of mouth is to our business. That said, we want to reward our customers for telling their friends and family about us. We have instituted a new customer referral program. Now, if you refer someone and they give us your name when they use our shop for the first time, you get up to $10 credit at myBay Automotive.

Here’s how it works:

  • Refer your friends and family and tell them to give us your name when they come in.
  • You earn $5 credit if they spend a minimum of $10.
  • You earn $10 credit if they spend a minimum of $20.
  • Your credit doesn’t expire.
  • Offer valid as one credit per person referred.
  • Referred person must be a first time customer.
  • Referee must be in our system (existing customer) before receiving credit.
  • Credit shall not be redeemed for cash and is good towards bay, lift, and tool rental.

All this to say thanks for helping us get the word out!

Worn Boots Wanted

We are taking donations of previously worn boots to help raise money for The North Texas Torpedoes, a local Special Olympics team. The Torpedoes have the opportunity to raise money by collecting the boots. The boots must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be all leather (including the shaft)
  • No vinyl or fabric lining
  • No zippers
  • No lace-ups
  • No cuts in the leather of the shaft
  • No rubber soles
  • Worn toes and holes in the soles are perfectly acceptable

If you have a pair you were going to throw out anyway, why not give them to a good cause? Please contact Darrell or Elaine Key at 940-497-0114 with any questions.

New Article on MyBay Auto

Check out the new article about us on the Denton Business Review. Great thanks to the Denton Business Review for such a great write-up about our business!

Many vehicle owners find themselves handcuffed when it comes to maintaining and repairing their automobiles. Whether it be minor maintenance such as an oil change, or a more complicated repair job, we are typically faced with two rather unpleasant choices. We can take our car to a mechanic where we will typically pay premium prices and never be 100% sure that we are being treated honestly, or we can do the job ourselves. The problem is that, although many people are willing and able to work on their own vehicle, most of us don’t have access to the necessary tools and facilities to do so.

This problem is what led Denton residents Jason and Jessily King to establish MyBay Automotive, and put the power back in the hands of the vehicle owner. Established in April of 2011, their goal is to provide a way for anyone to work on their car and do their own repairs in a safe environment with all the necessary equipment, and save a lot of money in the process. If you have ever over-paid for a simple vehicle maintenance job, this resource is for you.

MyBay Automotive was birthed from personal experience and frustration with the expense and hassle of auto repair. Like many people, Jason wanted to save some money by doing some of his own vehicle repairs, and in the process a few things became clear. He learned that many vehicle maintenance and repair jobs that we are charged top dollar for are actually rather simple to do, provided you have the right tools for the job. He ended up spending much more time than he needed doing the repairs simply because he lacked the right facilities. He also realized that it is sometimes difficult to know if you are getting an honest answer from your mechanic.

MyBay Automotive provides all of us with the means to maintain and repair our vehicles in a professional environment. Many repair jobs do not require expert training, rather simply the right tools and a little bit of instruction. It’s not as complicated as most people believe. Their facilities provide professional lifts and tools that most would be do-it-yourself mechanics do not have in their garage. You’ll find everything you need to work on your car without having a shop of your own. You can save money by replacing your own oil or brake pads for example, and do it much easier and in less time than it would take you in your driveway.

In addition, the staff at MyBay Automotive does not mind getting their hands dirty and helping you out with their expertise. If you need some expert advice, they have a certified Ford Master Mechanic on hand by appointment to provide you step-by-step instructions to do the job right.
If you are interested in saving money on your vehicle repairs and maintenance, MyBay Automotive has the place for you to do it.

We Sell Schaeffer’s Oil

Here is a demonstration video of Schaeffer’s Oil found on youtube. Check it out and come by for your oil change!

The Torque Down

Over the past several months we have been amazed, although not surprised, at the number of customers dealing with the repercussions of over-torquing. Naturally there is an impulse to over tighten to make sure that a bolt stays in place. The danger of this is compression and eventual damage of the bolt. Obviously the risk of a bolt that isn’t tightened enough is a bolt that may come loose further down the road. So what is the answer? This article from Popular Mechanics sheds some light on the issue… hopfully taking the guess work out of torque.

Flushing your Radiator

I realized the other day that I had never flushed the coolant from my truck and it is recommended to do this maintenance once a year or so. Since I purchased my truck used, there’s no telling if it has ever been done! Well, thank goodness for the internet. I found this page with a great run-down and I wanted to share it with everyone. I plan on doing this soon and we will be filming it for another great DIY video.

ABS and Bleeding Your Brakes…

I received a call today about a brake job and heard something I have heard before but is not oft talked about. When I’m changing my brake pads, do I simply compress the pistons without opening the bleeder? Or, do I open the bleeder and let some fluid out instead? Over the years, I’ve heard two different theories on this and thought I would go ahead and put something out there. So, here it goes…

Back in the day when ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) didn’t exist, you could compress the caliper pistons without opening the bleeder valve and not risk harm to your braking system. All you needed to do was open the overflow reservoir and take some brake fluid out with something like a Turkey Baster. But, a new idea came about with the introduction of ABS on vehicles and it changed the way we change our brake pads.

The current theory is that if you compress the caliper piston with the bleeder closed you run the risk of ruining the ABS module. If the ABS module is ruined, it could run as much as $2,000 or more the replace. Obviously this is a very expensive mistake to make. However, there are many out there who claim to have performed brake pad service on ABS systems without opening the bleeder with no ill effects to the system. This may be the case. They also say that the only reason to bleed your brakes is to replace the fluid if it has been 2 or more years. This may also be the case. But, I have a question to ask of those…

Think about this. If every time you changed your pads, you opened the bleeders and let some brake fluid out and replaced it with new fluid you would 1) never really have to flush the brake fluid because you’d be slowly replacing it all and 2) how much more time or harm would it cost to open the bleeders?

All I’m saying is it can’t hurt to go ahead and open the bleeders when compressing the pistons. It takes a little extra time and and you get some clean new fluid mixed in. And, who knows. Why risk the possibility that it could break something that would cost thousands of dollars?