Originally Posted by Poly
it sounds like the poor guy has wasted half an hour discussing and debating the price, job size and charging structure with you! Assuming he wants repeat business he won't screw you over (charging 3hrs for 2hr and 10 mins work); likewise assuming you want to be a priority when you need an urgent fix or to get him to do a 2 minute job FOC then you won't quibble over the margins of a reasonable price.
Easy ! ....
It was a 4 minute phone call where I stated what I wanted and on what engine quite specifically. And it went from a 2 hours to three hours ...which made me wonder about the cost. Its not the sort of place that will ever do me a FOC as I am just a little boater with simple stuff going on.
But my query was - what is a reasonable price? & I'm not privy to his margins anyhow . I have until now been able to do everything on a fixed cost (servicing / known replacement part costs etc).
This is a fairly 'spanner monkey' capable job - akin to an older car carb clean in my head.....but it started me thinking .....