They still do. Tucson has one, non-military. Cool stuff. I've always wanted to open one of my own. I think Florida has a few, but not sure what cities.Most all the military bases in the country have auto self repair shops for their personal. at least they did when I was in during the 70's. Great idea.
Hey Steveo, I've done this exact same thing. Spreadsheets and all.i thought about opening a place like that locally, in an old building somewhere
i had a business plan drafted which was profitable; and would make going there to work very affordable, and there are tons of people that would love having it.
i planned to have 2 or 3 hyd. hoists, and half a dozen dugout pits in an old building somewhere.
you could have a small tool shop with stationary tools and make people pay a minimal fee to use them, just to cover upkeep (cutting bits, repair, etc). didnt bring a torque wrench? angle grinder? welder? no big deal, couple bucks and you're covered.
could provide some good brushes and cleaning supplies, and force people to make their area spotless when they're done using it, or they lose their membership.. that way you barely need janitorial staff, i could have almost run it by myself.
but the thing is, i'd have to borrow money to open a place like that.
and guess what the bank says when they see my business plan?
it's a good idea but liability these days is a big..big issue.
even if you make people sign a waiver and get good insurance or whatever, there's no way to truly protect yourself if a lift breaks and falls on someone or whatever.
to cover the potential damage to the company i'd have to charge a premium, making it one of those $50/hr+ things that nobody would want to use. it stops making sense.
you can hire a real mechanic for that kind of money, and sit there drinking beer while your car gets fixed, and you dont have to pay for tools or upkeep.
i hope everyone realizes that's a big part of why so much stuff is so friggn expensive these days. liability. warning labels. insurance. accident coverage.
I guess prices have gone up. When I was in the military it was 50 cents a hour and another 50 cents/hour for a stall with a lift. Of course when I was in, Fred Flintstone was driving around.