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Hey Ya'll I'm moving from Cape Cod MA to Chattanooga area in mid september. I was wondering if anyone could give me a heads up of what to expect down there.[???:)] Do you have inspection stickers, if so what are the criteria to pass? Also I still have to find houseing and a mechanic job (10 years experience). Right now I have been rebuilding tracktor trailers for the last 2 years on fleet service I've enjoyed that.[headbang]

Any advice on where to live (I have 2 large dogs) or not to live (bad area) or which companies to stay away from for work (bad place) or to apply to (need a good mechanic) would be greatly appreciated. When I get there I will have all my tools and would gladly meet/help anyone. [wrenchin]I can fix or rebuild anything except woman and I am ase certified in T4,5,6. And I am a wiz with computers and wiring.

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Dont know alot about the area so im no help lol

Welcome to the gumpcrew area though..
 

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Hey Ya'll I'm moving from Cape Cod MA to Chattanooga area in mid september. I was wondering if anyone could give me a heads up of what to expect down there.[???:)] Do you have inspection stickers, if so what are the criteria to pass? Also I still have to find houseing and a mechanic job (10 years experience). Right now I have been rebuilding tracktor trailers for the last 2 years on fleet service I've enjoyed that.[headbang]

Any advice on where to live (I have 2 large dogs) or not to live (bad area) or which companies to stay away from for work (bad place) or to apply to (need a good mechanic) would be greatly appreciated. When I get there I will have all my tools and would gladly meet/help anyone. [wrenchin]I can fix or rebuild anything except woman and I am ase certified in T4,5,6. And I am a wiz with computers and wiring.

Thanks in advance for all the advise.
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Hey buddy well i think your gonna like this town! Esp with the VW plant and amazon. My advice would be to apply there or J.miller industries they build tow trucks. Theres also a lot of VW distributors. This town is a very walkable city and it has everything i need. No its not ATL but its close to there nash knox and huntsville. Tags here are 25 bucks plus 10 dollar inspection if you live in the city limits and no state income tax! As far as where to live I say stay away from the congested parts like brainerd/east brainerd. Ootewah is very nice and so is cleveland and its not far from chatt. Maybe 30 min at most. I live in red bank which is also not a bad area and im close to walmart and downtown. Theres also Soddy Daisy which is a lil more country and Hixson which is not far from Soddy. I def would drive around a little bit first. Stay away from bonny oaks area and hwy 58 . Bad crime area and break ins. One thing with chatt is its an older city so a lot of older homes and apartments but its nice and you can def fix that up. If u ever have questions holler or PM me. Ive been here 3 years and lived in ATL for 18 and wont go back there. This feels like home and so much to do here esp in the spring and summer
 

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I'm not a plant working kinda Guy. I enjoy doing different stuff all the time. But thanks for the info.

As for the inspections what is required are they like MA just plug in to OBD and go, don't even open the hood? Or is it like Cali "That airbox has been modified YOU FAIL!!!!!"
Where do I have to live to not need one I was thinking of getting a full racing header but don't want any major issues.

Thanks for the location ideas. We were thinking redbank/soddy Red bank gets a lot of bad publicity but that could just be haters. As far as driving around well I have to rent before I get there and then move down there to the new rental. I'd been watching Craigslist for ideas.
Thanks for all the info if you ever need something just hit me up. I can diagnoise and fix anything. And I'm briinging my home shop and tool boxes with me.
 

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Soddy Daisy is nice, I had a friend who lived there. He also lived in Red Bank right off Signal Mtn. I don't know if he'd recommend that area or not, but if you live light you might be ok. I live in a really bad part of Memphis which is a super high crime city that overcomes even Baltimore in the latest statistics- yet I haven't had a problem, and I have thousands in tools outside my house in a van. I just don't look like I have anything.

If you can find a place, living off 127 outside Chatty is excellent country. The way the roads are set up now, it doesn't take too long to get to Chat either.
 

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I'm not a plant working kinda Guy. I enjoy doing different stuff all the time. But thanks for the info.

As for the inspections what is required are they like MA just plug in to OBD and go, don't even open the hood? Or is it like Cali "That airbox has been modified YOU FAIL!!!!!"
Where do I have to live to not need one I was thinking of getting a full racing header but don't want any major issues.

Thanks for the location ideas. We were thinking redbank/soddy Red bank gets a lot of bad publicity but that could just be haters. As far as driving around well I have to rent before I get there and then move down there to the new rental. I'd been watching Craigslist for ideas.
Thanks for all the info if you ever need something just hit me up. I can diagnoise and fix anything. And I'm briinging my home shop and tool boxes with me.
Well idk if headers will pass or not. They do that plug in thing to the OBD and thats hamilton county. As far as soddy and cleveland they dont do that. Red bank is where i live and its reasonable but u have to look around. I live off a road called mountain creek road aka apartment row and its convenient to downtown and hixson. Soddy is more country and a lil bit further out but cheaper to live. Cleveland and ootewah is up and coming thanks to the VW plant and its also close to downtown and to the mall. I found my apt on Craigslist so thats a good place to look
 

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What exactly is hamilton county? I hear that alot. I'd been looking at red bank and soddy daisy. want countryish single family. Most of the work I've been looking at is over in that corner of Chattanooga. I'm really intrested in the train depots. Thinking of applying to be a Locomotive Diesel Repairman. You have 3 train repair facilities in Chattanooga only place in the country with 3. If not then mabey Tractor trailer repair like I do now or nichols fleet equipment. And I have been looking at craigslist for houses for rent.
 

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Good luck with the railroads. If you get on, that's the best wage-earner job there is, and you won't have to worry about being bored. From what I understand, all positions are rotated at some point, but that might not apply to diesel mechanics or electricians, such as myself. It's something to ask when you interview if there are jobs available. If there are not jobs available now- keep checking. RR workers pay no Soc Sec as RR pensions were in place before SS. They still have pensions too- like back from the day when employers took care of their employees after many years of faithful service.
 

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Are you an electrician or a train electrician? and ya the trains start off low pay but they go up to a descent pay rate and I hear about the pensions being one of the best in the country. Right now I'm the #2 mechanic of a trucking company of like 130 trucks and 110 trailers and 20 forklifts so I stay busy. This week alone Clutch last night, injectors the night before, I do all the wiring work, Busy busy busy. it's been 12-13/hr days all week.
 

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Howdy!! Lol thats just wrong. Good choice on the move I just happen to live in Soddy Daisy and grew up in the Soddy-Chatt area. I have done ALOT of traveling and have found this to be home. Very family friendly, housing is relatively cheap as are land taxes. I have a small family and this area suits us just fine. Hit me up here or txt me I would be glad to talk with ya.
 

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Well it's looking like we are now going to move in mid January. That way we get out christmas bonuses and moving prices drop being off season and fuel prices hopefully will go down. We're hopeing this will be like a $2000 difference. The only problem is trying to get houseing with out being able to see anything before we get there. Renting blind over the internet with possibly a year lease is kinda sketchy.

In Soddy-Daisy are there a lot of single family houses for rent? We are trying to keep it under $1000/month. With my 2 German shepards a Duplex/Apartment is not ideal. Large dogs can annoy neighbors but are much more effective than a gun at detering bad people. Up here in the middle of the city my wife dosen't even lock the door a lot of time when she goes out. She says if someone wants to walk in to 2 large dogs "Good Luck With That One"

Thanks everyone for all the info keep it coming. Much appreciated.
 

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Are you an electrician or a train electrician?
IBEW industrial electrician. I just don't get to do the traveling that gives other members big financial advantages in the south's low cost of living. We're low on the national pay range in TN- it comes with living in an anti-labor state. Just about 5 hours from Memphis is St. Louis, and there's a $12/hr + 2 week vacation and unemployment additions benefit difference between STL and MEM. We're not the only place in the US like that, there used to be a $12 difference between Orlando and Miami, or $22 between LA and SF.

Have you checked to be sure you can even find pay similar to what you're used to given the difference in cost of living? If I was working somewhere up in MA, I'd expect close to a $20/hr difference + other benefit bonuses. I'll have to check the scale up there, but it should be close to $40/hr.
 

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If I can get in to the Railroads like I hope the pay is the same. It's set nation wide. That makes it better to live in the south. They are actually underpaid up here compared to other mechanics. As for tractors the loss of over time will probally be the biggest difference. I make near the bottom range up here even though I should get more. But the ot makes up for it. (company said we will give you X dollars and reveiw you in 3 months well 2 years later they say hey the economy is bad we'll give you more hours instead) And it seems that in Chat. Diesel Mechanics are in demand I see adds every week in the paper down there for them.
 

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Hey buddy well i think your gonna like this town! Esp with the VW plant and amazon. My advice would be to apply there or J.miller industries they build tow trucks. Theres also a lot of VW distributors. This town is a very walkable city and it has everything i need. No its not ATL but its close to there nash knox and huntsville. Tags here are 25 bucks plus 10 dollar inspection if you live in the city limits and no state income tax! As far as where to live I say stay away from the congested parts like brainerd/east brainerd. Ootewah is very nice and so is cleveland and its not far from chatt. Maybe 30 min at most. I live in red bank which is also not a bad area and im close to walmart and downtown. Theres also Soddy Daisy which is a lil more country and Hixson which is not far from Soddy. I def would drive around a little bit first. Stay away from bonny oaks area and hwy 58 . Bad crime area and break ins. One thing with chatt is its an older city so a lot of older homes and apartments but its nice and you can def fix that up. If u ever have questions holler or PM me. Ive been here 3 years and lived in ATL for 18 and wont go back there. This feels like home and so much to do here esp in the spring and summer
also stay away from east chatt/ rossville area and if anyone invites you to alton park.. run!
 

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Is that the one that's been having gang problems and shootings lately? My buddy moved to Lebanon hes getting $28 at a MIDAS!?! But says that the bust his balls and ride him hard beause he's a northener. He's almost ready to quit and move back north because of the treatment. :(
 

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Is that the one that's been having gang problems and shootings lately? My buddy moved to Lebanon hes getting $28 at a MIDAS!?! But says that the bust his balls and ride him hard beause he's a northener. He's almost ready to quit and move back north because of the treatment. :(
alton park is section 8 housing aka gov housing and everyone knows what kinda ppl live there and coolidge is where alot of shootings happen and yes they r gang ans for that reason anyone under 18 cannot be in the park after dark. bc instead of fixing the prob they just them take over.

sorry got all worked up just then. "that was like a 6 you don't wanna see me go to 10"
 

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ya been looking at soddy daisy. sounds like what I'm moving to the south for. Alton park is what I'm trying to leave. I have plenty of old buildings here. Plymouth is down the road you know like the pilgrims. I've been looking on GL for ideas of places to rent. were looking at FEB. now for the move so that we get christmas bonuses, and file taxes while we still have health insurance, plus it's off season so it's cheaper for the movers.
 

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Sorry I haven't been around much man Things got a little dicey for me. All is well now so if you want hit me up private like or like I said txt me and we will see what we can come up with.
 

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soddy daisy is a good choice. i have lived here basically all my life. if you can tolerate being called a yanky from time to time you will be fine
 

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I get called worse than that all the time. How's the crime in Soddy I know chat has a lot.
 
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