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Title: Re: My CP's $100,000 Lexus
Post by: Steve C on May 23, 2008, 07:53:16 PM
how much much do CP's make? From the look of it, more than me. My CP (from what I remember) drives a 7 year old mid-sized car.
Title: Re: My CP's $100,000 Lexus
Post by: herb on May 23, 2008, 11:14:46 PM
My cp drives a new, flashy looking full size hummer. I am sure he makes good money, but I think he earns every penny and deserves good compensation Herb
Title: Re: My CP's $100,000 Lexus
Post by: pegleg jack on May 24, 2008, 08:46:51 AM
TEO, i don't think it is the case of not  how much money one makes and in more what kind of impression you want to make on your friends and family, i will bet that if one was able to really check him out that he is up to dept above his ears and is living from paycheck to paycheck and his wife is also working.
I have had four differant CPO'S  since i lost my legs in 2002 and none of them drove a big fancy car, the one i have now drives a three year old car and has over 100,000 miles on it because she make house calls, plus all the other bills she has to pay by owning her own business. I love her work that is why i use here not by what she drives or how fancy of an office that she has (which she doesn't have, it is nice but not fancy)
Title: Re: My CP's $100,000 Lexus
Post by: Dave 08 on May 24, 2008, 01:38:02 PM
Looked up salaries on the web and the salaries for a Prosthetist in the U.S. are:
 $49,814   Start
$63,036    Median
$72,453    75%
Title: Re: My CP's $100,000 Lexus
Post by: dotson on May 24, 2008, 04:21:51 PM
I couldn't care less what kind of car anybody drives.  I'm just interested in getting a good set of legs.  As the old saying goes "different strokes for different folks".  Some people work for what they get and some are well off through inheritance.  Who cares?
Title: Re: My CP's $100,000 Lexus
Post by: Oneblueleg on May 24, 2008, 06:47:40 PM
Title: Re: My CP's $100,000 Lexus
Post by: Dick Stevens on May 24, 2008, 09:51:28 PM
Hey Teo:

If you're driving a $60K Mercedes, that's not exactly chopped liver, mate.

And consider the fact that your CP was there when you needed him for that emergency repair so you could travel.

Sounds like your life ain't too shabby, so what's the big complaint?

Title: Re: My CP's $100,000 Lexus
Post by: teo on May 24, 2008, 11:35:19 PM
Dick, I am not complaining and I am not jealous.  ^^
Title: Re: My CP's $100,000 Lexus
Post by: Oneblueleg on May 25, 2008, 11:44:20 AM
Dick, I am not complaining and I am not jealous.  ^^

Yeah right... so when you chose your career, you would have picked a different one if it meant in a few years time you could afford to drive a $100k car instead of a $100k one.... shallow?
Title: Re: My CP's $100,000 Lexus
Post by: allen-uk on May 25, 2008, 12:40:05 PM
And whatever you drive, DON'T bring your big car to the UK.

Petrol here has just hit around $12 a gallon. (And even our gallons are smaller than yours!)


Allen.
Title: Re: My CP's $100,000 Lexus
Post by: Steve C on May 25, 2008, 07:49:50 PM
Title: Re: My CP's $100,000 Lexus
Post by: Fi on May 25, 2008, 11:26:12 PM
I have never understood the obsession people have with cars. Surely their purpose is to get you from a to b in one piece. That's it. Why spend a load of money on something that is only going to lose value and that will look crap in a few years anyway.

Prosthetists don't get paid a lot in the UK Teo, and I don't think that money motivates a lot of them. I also think its a bit sad that you are jealous of what car your prosthetist uses (and why are you bringing it up if you're not jealous?). If he can make good legs and get paid well for what he does then good on him. He has obviously excelled in the career he has chosen and surely that is the most important thing.
Title: Re: My CP's $100,000 Lexus
Post by: Mitchee on May 26, 2008, 12:48:07 PM
I know that profit margin for prosthetic is very high.  C-leg costs around $12,000 wholesale but they bill insurance company $45k.  It's a fat business.   

Most health insurance companies have contracted rates so they will only pay a predetermined amount.
Title: Re: My CP's $100,000 Lexus
Post by: Robogirl on May 26, 2008, 03:42:17 PM
I agree with Fiona.  If it didn't make you jealous, you wouldn't have mentioned it.  And if you weren't hung up on such things, you wouldn't have casually thrown in that you drive a $60K Mercedes.8)  Hey, maybe "D" has just made some good investments?  Anyway, whatever "D" (or "E") has is totally irrelevant to his "worth" as a prosthetist.  I know this because I have many years of experience as an amputee, something you have not.

Most prosthetists do not choose their career based on how much money it pays.  There are other factors that go into their decision making.   They actually enjoy what they are doing and are making a difference in people's lives.  Can't get any richer than that in my opinion. And they aren't all 9-5ers either. My CP and his team work long and hard days and most weekends because they are passionate about what they do.

Oh, and re what you said about buying a C-Leg for $12k (wrong!) and billing for $45K, well that's just ridiculous.  ::) You're low on the C-leg cost and $45K is the billing price of a high-end "bells and whistles" prosthesis, complete with state of the art socket, C-leg and foot components.  And what they bill and what insurance pays is a very different amount. You should do your research and get your facts straight before making statements like that.

Title: Re: My CP's $100,000 Lexus
Post by: Dick Stevens on May 26, 2008, 09:15:42 PM
Teo and Others:

Am I missing something here?  When I go to my CP, I'm going for a prosthesis.  And I hope and believe I have a good competent CP.  I'm not checking out behind the shop to see who owns which car.  For all I know, the Mercedes may belong to the secretary -  who knows?  Who cares?

I've known wealthy people who drive very modest cars.  I've known people driving fancy cars who probably can't afford 'em.  Go figure.

Side note:  While traveling in Copenhagen, I noticed the taxi we were in was a very fine Mercedes.  When I mentioned it to the driver, he said, "This is my office, I spend all day in it.  It might as well be comfortable and clean, right?"

When all is said and done, judging a person by his/her car can be misleading.
Title: Re: My CP's $100,000 Lexus
Post by: Dave 08 on May 28, 2008, 11:27:11 AM
You didnt mention the color of the Lexus.  Green is my guess.
Title: Re: My CP's $100,000 Lexus
Post by: guzzitx on May 28, 2008, 11:40:16 PM
Teo and Others:

Am I missing something here?  When I go to my CP, I'm going for a prosthesis.  And I hope and believe I have a good competent CP.  I'm not checking out behind the shop to see who owns which car.  For all I know, the Mercedes may belong to the secretary -  who knows?  Who cares?

I've known wealthy people who drive very modest cars.  I've known people driving fancy cars who probably can't afford 'em.  Go figure.

Side note:  While traveling in Copenhagen, I noticed the taxi we were in was a very fine Mercedes.  When I mentioned it to the driver, he said, "This is my office, I spend all day in it.  It might as well be comfortable and clean, right?"

When all is said and done, judging a person by his/her car can be misleading.


So true, Dick.
My job involves repairing Mercedes and BMW cars.
Many people with 80K cars call and ask how much $ for an oil change. And wince at the answer. ($100-120).
Others with $5-10K cars drop the keys on the counter and say "fix whatever you find, call me when it's done."
Some of these folks have been customers for over 15-20 years.
Any guesses as to which group is "better off?"

We make it a point not to judge the customer, or even the car.
More than once, we have gotten a car in, written up a huge estimate, and after calling the customer to tell him what we found, sold repairs easily equaling the value of the car.

I am far from impressed with fancy cars. Drive em every day.  Ho hum. My car is 18 years old, with 140K miles. I would drive it across the country tomorrow.  I am routinely annoyed by folks who bought a fancy car, assuming it would cost the same to own as a Camry.
No slam on the Camry, fine car.
If I couldn't own a Mercedes for next to nothing, I would own a Camry.

To sum up,
I don't want a dentist, a doctor, or a CP with a broke down, hooptie of a car.
I don't want one with bad teeth, poor personal hygiene, bad table manners, or a tendency to
utter profanities.
I'd like "my guy"(or gal) to be successful. If that means a flashy car for him, great.
My financial planner drives a 97 Camry with  179K miles. He knows his stuff.
His car is clean, safe and comfortable. No one looks askance at  him for his car.
In either a positive or negative way. I have every reason to believe he is rich as sin.

Had a customer who was a South Texas rancher, real estate developer, plus, plus.
The guy oozed money. but was the most relaxed, friendly guy you ever met.

He came to town, in his coveralls, and went to 3 Mercedes dealers before a salesman would approach him.
The first salesman to walk up to him, after 2 unsuccessful stops, asked if he could help.
My customer pointed at 2 models, and said, "I would like one of each of these, in blue."
He wrote a check, and his farm hand helped him drive the cars home.