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gas station bidding

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by blizzard10, Nov 14, 2010.


how to bid

Poll closed Dec 14, 2010.
  1. do i need to add more because of it being a gas station

    9 vote(s)
  2. is it safe

    1 vote(s)
  3. is it good money

    8 vote(s)
  4. is it a good idea

    2 vote(s)
  1. blizzard10

    blizzard10 Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    how would you go about bidding gas stations
  2. linycctitan

    linycctitan Senior Member
    Messages: 588

    Gas stations can be a real PITA. Depends on the $$, hours of operation and how it fits into the route.
  3. blizzard10

    blizzard10 Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    What if you get a contract for like 5 gas stations

    DAFFMOBILEWASH PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,602

    Watch out for the risers were they fill the tanks. If they are in a high trafic area they can become trouble. Had an incident where a snow plow driving through the lot had his blade too low and took off the top cover of the tank. The owner tried to blame it on me and I reminded him that these areas were allways hand shoveled.....

    There is alot of hand work too. Around the pumps air filling station and if there is a drive through car wash get ready to salt this region extra heavy. Knowing this will alow you to bid accordingly.
  5. Wayne Volz

    Wayne Volz Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    Great advice

    We hit one and had to replace it. Cost about 1300.00 when it was all said and done. It was part of a strip mall we were taking care of. Picture books say a thousand words but obviously we didn't use. Shoveled around them from that point on. Actually, gas stations as an account are worth staying away from. Too many PITA issues and not enough money, generally don't want deicing material and want to call you when they want it completed.
  6. dumbyankee

    dumbyankee Member
    Messages: 66

    Risers are the one thing that makes these jobs blow. I wright in the contract that risers will be hand shoveled and all mechanical damage shall be the responsibility of the owner. The thing I have learned, pre-treat just before the storm. Every one seems to gas up just as you are ready to make the first push.
  7. TPC Services

    TPC Services Senior Member
    Messages: 875

    We go 14 of them an have really neve had any real bad issues with them. Actully been trying to get another convience store that has 7 pretty good size lots. The stores we do pay good rates.They are one of our best paying clients, Bill first of the week get a check by the end. Yes they are commies on sanding /salting, But it's work for the guys. I understand all of the above issues, but have never once have we takin off a refueling tank top, thats why you use shoes or don't go blowing over those areas where the tanks are at 15 MPH take it slow feel the respones of the blade. Traffic is a pain at times but if you know how to plow around them ( I.E. plow differant areas ) they do not take all that much time depending on the lot an where you can push the piles to.
  8. b&b landscapes

    b&b landscapes Member
    Messages: 74

    i wont touch the places, not worth the risk for me
  9. cubicinches

    cubicinches PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,415

    Nice choices for the poll... :confused:
  10. BIG JIM

    BIG JIM Junior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 18

    We had a couple of corprate owned stations and never had a problem.Got paid by the storm for whatever we did and paid fast. They raised the insurance requirments(wanted me to include myself on the workers comp) and I told them to have a good day and to call me if there were any changes.The purchasing agent then started whining that that they only had 2 plowers so far for the state.I told them I cant understand why .I hate to walk on work but I aint spending 40 to make 10.
  11. LaPlante's

    LaPlante's Junior Member
    Messages: 18

    I did one gas station/Garage and stay away from them now. ALways cars in the way, tank covers etc.
  12. ff610

    ff610 Senior Member
    Messages: 320

    I have been doing some gas stations for years. My longest is 20 years. Are they a PITA? Yes they can be..... Take your time and be in no hurry. Make sure you have photo's/Maps of them before snow hits too. Be clear where the fill caps are as others have said. We have damaged one in all these years and it cost 1400 bucks to fix! (We agreed that I would pay for no more!) Advantages of gas stations I do are: They want to pay cash out of the register every single visit. They understand that with the traffic sometimes it's not going to be perfect right away, and they seem to have minimal build-up under the awnings next to the pumps. Disadvantages: Idiots! Need I say more. When someone pulls up to the pump right in front of you while you sit there with you blade down, strobes one coming their direction! Then they take their time walking into to grab a coffee or whatever while you sit there waiting to finish. All in all they've been real good money makers for me.