- Ask for a discount: When you call a repairman ask them for a quote. When they're done quoting you, simply ask them if that's their best price. Let them know up front you want a discount.
- Price shop - Get the number of a few repairman and call them all for a quote. Let them know you're calling around and looking for the best price. This will often get them to give you a competitive quote.
- Barter - If you really need a price break, ask them if they'll barter with you. If you want do this successfully you need to offer something valuable in return, so know what you can provide before you call.
Don't be shy when it comes to using these tips. After all, if you don't ask, the answer will always be no.