Currently I am a Manager for a NAPA store here in Mass. I worked the counter for quite a few years when I lived in Baltimore. But my early years were spent as a mechanic for a pretty high end used car lot. I was trained by an old timer on Jaguar/Benz/VW at first and then got the used car gig where I stayed for 17 years till the owner passed. I worked on everything from Audi, Ferrari, Aston, Citroen, but the main focus was Benz. Got Bosch certified in the 80's [Literally tested by a group of German engineers]. That was an ordeal like few I've ever had. I had less anxiety when I got married. Highlights were repairing a customer inherited 55 300SL and a 512BB in the late 80's. I worked on quite a few more high end cars but those stand out for me. I did a complete service on a Mondial once and then took it up to Cape Cod for a 90 mile "shake down" run with the top down. That was a blast. But mostly it was a grind getting the cars Mr Corriea got at auction and returning them to an ideal state. He was a stickler for detail and so am I. As a result we always put top quality cars on the lawn and got a rep as being a high end dealer. I can tell you I found MANY items in these cars over the years. Many things I cannot mention here, but suffice it to say it was eye opening. The pressure was never on unless he bought a car specifically with a buyer in mind. And i did everything on those cars. That means whatever needed repair was on me.
Interiors, engines/trans, if it needed service or replacement I got the gig. But there were days when I got to the garage [I arrived at 7:00 for all 17 years] when a 1/2 day of work was all I had. Those days would find me leaving early to do whatever i wanted to. My paycheck was always the same unless I got a raise, which I got every year. The garage was mine to do whatever I wanted to. I did my share of side work and built 5 motorcycles for myself during those years. He always told me I was crazy for riding my bikes as they petrified him. But he was always encouraging. I was very fortunate and count my blessings every day for what Mr Corriea did for me.