Career Showdown: Paintless Dent Repair vs. Auto Mechanic

By Les Chung

Hey Y'all..hope everyone is doing well, and you are in good health and making money.

What, you're feelin great, but, huh? money?

Oh..your a mechanic.............I see.
That explains it.

Something big is going on in the automotive world, and automechanic schools such as UTI, MMI etc etc are not letting anyone in on the beef. Why..isnt it obvious? Why would a trade school want to tell its prospective students that they are spending thousand of dollars on an education that might soon be netting them only $10-$15/hr. Ugly huh. Yup, it is. And whats even uglier, is that Im not lying..this is truth, so help me Jose' .

So, lets compare the two trades, sort of a recon showdown if you will.


Auto Mecanic. Comes in at a decent weight, in good shape, trains well and has some good weapons to use. Example- many cars on the road, many need fixins, so mechanics are in demand. Score one point for mechanic.

Cons. Most cars nowadays need expensive and sophisticated equipment to diagnose problems. The information can cost over $30k per vehicle brand/make, limiting any private shop to only be able to MAYBE service one make, not many. That translates to MUCH lower wages. How else is Mr Shop owner supposed to be able to afford the equipment and info. Take one point away from mechanic-below the belt blow, im afraid.

Paintless Dent Repair Tech. Comes in with very good conditioning, serious training, and strong work ethic. Example-Paintless Dent Removal is an art, and not anyone can just buy equipment and push out a dent..they need training and practice. Pro.

Cons. Can you name one? When cars get more sophisticated, do they get more difficult to remove dents? Not at all. The sophistication is with components and intelligence, not sheet metal. Score that an uppercut for Paintless Dent Removal.

Round 15.
Paintless Dent Repair will never be automated, meaning a machine will never take out dents, thereby holding wages solid and strong. Auto Mechanics are at the mercy of technology, and machines are replacing people at an alarming pace, thereby ruining any chance of a good income.

Result: TKO- Paintless Dent Repair winner in the 15th round, knocking out Auto Mechanic.

Sorry mechanics..I respect you all..its a very admirable process and skill, but your days are numbered...we are already getting mechanics coming in now for training in Paintless Dent Repair.
Is now the time for you?