HIre someone that drives an equal or less expensive car than you. For example, if you're talking to a trades person and he pulls up in a car you can't afford, you can't afford to hire him. Generally, the less expensive the car, the less the contractor will charge you. Once I had a neighbor that was looking to repave her driveway. She was meeting with a very reputable asphalt paving company. But he wore a Ralph Lauren shirt and drove a Mercedes. Right away I knew she would pay too much. If he can afford to drive a Mercedes from doing asphalt work, he either concentrates on commercial parking lots or he's way too expensive. Instead, you want a contractor with a mid-priced truck that's about five years old and a little banged up. You can give them some slack about the cost of a truck - after all it is practically their office - but if they come driving foreign imports, guard your wallet.