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Re: Hiring Contractors - Are component/part prices typically higher than online?
There are basically two diesel guys at our yard. One is highly experienced and highly knowledgeable. The other may be experienced, buy it seems mostly with routine things like commissioning, oil, filters, etc.
If you have a more complicated issue, the second guy is going to take substantially longer to do the job than the first. I have a problem paying more, just because the tech is less experienced or knowledgeable. I get billed the same hourly rate for both.
Let's face it, we all have employees that need to be managed to keep them moving along. How does that happen, when they are in the bilge of my boat alone for an afternoon? If it takes them an extra hour or two, I just get billed for it. I was once billed literally for a trainee. The yard even tried to look me in the eye and suggested that made sense that I pay substantially more than they estimated, because there guy was new.
While I completely understand that things can and do go wrong, causing jobs to cost more than they might have, I don't often get any indication to that affect. They just say it took longer and I learn it was the "other" guy.
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