Failure to consider taxes, of course.
This morning I dropped off my car at the shop. The owner and I agreed that as soon as he thought the cost would exceed the estimate of $600, he would call for approval. No call.
Later in the day, the owner called to let me know my car was ready. Since I was unable to pick it up before he closed for the evening, we settled over the phone — for $640.50. Huh?
I asked about the additional $40.50 and he replied, “Tax.” Ah, yes.Tax.
I had considered the estimate to include tax while he had only considered the estimate to be the cost associated with his work — the state sales tax being my business.
Since I usually ask for “the cost out the door,” I don’t fault him for our failure to communicate. But I do despise the whole matter.
$600 is what I considered fair. I was OK paying that amount to have my car fixed. And I had no problem with the shop owner receiving the money — we had agreed to the exchange.
But state forced its way into our exchange and exacted an additional $40.50. An amount that is over the top. It always is.
Note: Sadly, I now recognize how many times I assume away the tax as just another line item on an invoice. I should always consider that line with disgust. It’s the fitting emotion.