So I’m having our very typical 18x42 driveway asphalt replaced. Over the phone they give me an estimate of $2700, I say yes understanding they want to see the job for a final quote. However, there is nothing unusual about the job (size, slope, conditions, etc.) so I expect the estimate to be very close - right or wrong.
Another guy from the same company shows up last Sat unannounced, measures and tells me $3800
I tell him that’s much higher than I expected. He says he doesn’t know what I was quoted, so I say I wrote it down but don’t remember off hand. He says he can do it for $3500.
I talk with the first person again, and they agree to $3000. All the same old removal, compacted gravel and new asphalt same finished thickness.
It pays to negotiate, but it shouldn’t be that all over the map for a driveway IMO...