Mechanical Labor Estimating Guide

by Kristin Swain

The "Mechanical Labor Estimating Guide" is printed annually by Mitchell 1. It provides consumers with information regarding labor rates for different levels of mechanics based on the work being performed.


The information in the guide includes flat rates for mechanic labor.

The information in the guide includes flat rates for mechanic labor. It also provides labor estimates for vehicle models 1974 to present, as well as parts data for vehicle models 1980 to present. The guide also gives consumers accurate labor times to further assist in estimating repair costs.


As of 2010, the guide is only available online.

The "Mechanical Labor Estimating Guide" was published yearly by Mitchell 1 until 2010 when it was announced that the guide would only be available online. Consumers can access the guide through a purchased subscription service called Mitchell 1 Estimator.


Subscribing will give you access to monthly updates and parts look up.

The benefits of subscription to the Mechanical Labor Estimating Guide through Mitchell 1 includes automatic monthly updates of information throughout the year. Subscribers are also given access to parts look-up and illustration information as well as VIN decoding and car maintenance information.

About the Author

Kristin Swain has been a professional writer since 1998. Her experience includes publication in various literary magazines and newspapers, such as the "Butler Herald." Swain has edited work for network television shows "NCIS" and "seaQuest." She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Georgia State University.

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