Service Scheduling at Boat Dealers
I do however, still stand by my first assessment of your first post. I could be right, or I could be wrong. It is just my interpretation, or opinion of how I read it.
I too pay for my repairs by cash, or check. I do not agree with the part of paying cash to help your mechanic in avoiding paying taxes. When I worked I had to pay income tax for every dollar that I earned. Why would I want to help another person in avoiding to do the same?
I also apologize for the assumption you made that I am sitting on a pile of cash. That is not the case. There have been situations where I have had to leave my boat sit before taking it in for service just to accumulate enough funds to cover a bill. I have made a personal choice to pay in cash whenever possible because it has allowed me to save quite a few bucks in the long run and has resulted in timely and quality service.
In regards to your most recent message...
"Put yourself in the mechanics position. A guy walks in to get his boat fixed, who he has done work for before......"
This isn't egomania in play. It's understanding that paying for things in cash gets results and can be highly beneficial for the business and the customer. That's not an overactive ego, that's smart consumerism. Cash in hand that doesn't have to run through a cash register can be "hidden" so to speak for tax purposes. There's no paper trail, no credit card charges, etc. I want the small businesses to survive so if my preferred way of paying is easier on them then hooray! Prior to paying before the work was completed we had a conversation about how much the repairs would run and a breakdown of parts and labor. I told him I would be willing to drop some cash off so he wasn't left hanging with a parts bill and he was ecstatic. That's what I did. He didn't have to front the money on the parts so he didn't have that hanging over him. Again, we're talking about a true small business here, not some boatyard with hundreds of thousands of dollars of inventory sitting on a lot.
"Who goes into a dealership to get their boat fixed and then strings the dealer along when it's done?"
You'd be surprised. People will drop their stuff off underestimating what repair costs will be. The repair shop has to front the money for parts and they don't recoup those expenditures until the customer comes in and pays in full. They won't pick their stuff up until it's paid in full and will be bouncing checks or leave it there long after it is repaired. In the meantime for the true small businesses this is not a favorable situation to be in. You're on the hook trying to pay your own bills to keep the lights on and employees paid when some joker owes you a pile of money and won't come in and pay it.
So...my suggestion here is to try and do cash transactions with these true small businesses. Good things will happen. They'll be happy for less hassles and you'll be happy because service is quicker. This is not some sort of ego-maniacal concept I've been employing...unless for some odd reason your understanding of "egomania" is doing things that benefits a small business and the consumer. It simply isn't. People should try paying for goods and services from small mom and pop type places in cash. If you are a familiar face who pays their bills this way on time you might be stunned at how big the benefits are.
Ulbians method works for me with plumbers and electricians and whole lot of other service.
I've seen lot of reading between the lines on this site. This is right up there.
I could understand if he said he pays the guy $100 bills just to put him in front of the line. That is far from the case.
Put yourself in the mechanics position. A guy walks in to get his boat fixed, who he has done work for before. You immediately stop working on the customers boat that you are presently working on and start on his. All of this because, last time you fixed his boat, he came in with a stack of $100 bills and paid you on the spot. He even came in and paid for the parts before the job was done, just so you didn't have to carry the monetary burden until tomorrow.
Who goes into a dealership to get their boat fixed and then strings the dealer along when it's done?
Who doesn't pay for the repairs before removing their boats from the dealers property?
I thank the mechanic when a job is well done. I have also bought the shop workers lunch when they went above and beyond.
I also do my best to have my boat serviced where I bought it. If not, I give them all my business for parts and supplies regardless of their pricing.
In short, I give them my business and let them earn a living.