A few random thoughts:
- Vendors and shops never have anything in stock. NEVER. They expect the customer to pay in full, then they get on with making it.
- Vendors and shops have money issues. They take your money and you may think they are using it for you car but in reality it goes somewhere else. And they try to balance their cash situation with the timing of when they think they need it for your car.
- Nothing is ever on time. NEVER. Always some shit comes up, some reason, etc. They all sound like perfectly legitimate reasons too.
- You need to have a thick wallet, a lot of patience, and another sports car to help with downtime to be in this game.
That being said, I can't wait for my new 1600whp setup.
I think Isaac was using a bit of hyperbole here but I have to say after modding cars for 20 years and dealing with all levels of markets (from bottom feeder Mustang shops to high end exotic shops) - he's not that far off, on average, in general. AMS says they keep a ton of stuff in stock and I believe them. But they are also a manufacturer so it's not 100% apples to apples. Not every shop makes their own parts. And I'd have to wager that AMS does not require all their dealers to stock all their kits. And for builds that require custom fab, that's by definition never going to be in stock and always going to be time consuming. A hand built Ti catback for a BRZ can take as many hours of labor as building an entire A12 using off the shelf parts. Fab vs install are totally different ballparks.
Let's be honest for second. Most shops suck. Just a fact. There are no standards or certifications that exist to open a shop. It's not like being a doctor or lawyer or accountant or engineer or any of the other professions that society depends on and pays dearly for. But I think by default people just have some vague assumption that "hey, these guys have shop man, they must be legit, right?" WRONG. WRONG AS F&&K. Wrong 100 times for every right. Hell, even if, and man that is a BIG if, your shop has competent mechanical/technical staff, that in no way implies or assures that you can run a business. And if you can't stick to a schedule and keep your finances in order, no amount of tuning and building is going to keep you on the right track.
Now is any of this directed at the regulars here on Heritage? Nope. I really believe you guys are the cream of the crop and I'm all for you pointing out the ways that Isaac's general complaints don't apply to you. But more than likely, even the best of you, at one time or another, has fallen into at least one of these pitfalls. And if that's caused you to change your methods to eliminate that from happening in the future then that is very commendable. But you also must recognize how many other shops out there do these same things over and over. To where it can't be explained as an unfortunate series of events and must be labeled as systemic.