If you are reading this post because you are searching for a body shop that is relatively cheap but yet performs reasonably good work or better without getting ripped off, then you might want to continue reading my experience with Gessner Auto Tech. First, no one has paid or asked me to write this post. I am writing because I am an extremely satisfied customer though I was very hesitant to do business with them in the beginning. Let me explain. Your first impression pulling up and weaving throw the unevenly parked cars and perhaps wreckage from previously repaired vehicles is likely to go out the same way you came in and I would have probably done just that if someone had not parked behind me. Appearance wise it is not the most upkept facility. However, if you are willing to look past the less than perfect groundskeeping, you will be glad you did. First, before I explain the extent of the damage to my car, let give you some background. I come from a long line of auto body tradesmen in my family. When I was younger my father owned a paint and body shop. To make a long story short, I understand the auto body repair business and an eye for quality. My car damage: I was hit in the passenger side door the extended damage to the front fender and lower quarter panel. The door, door post, and fender had to be replaced. Approximately 3 weeks later the repairs were completed. Again, an eye for auto body repair quality, here's what I looked for: - I looked at all the gaps between the hood, fender and door for even alignment – perfect! - I looked for a smooth open and door shut – perfect! - I looked down the side of the door and quarter panel for any uneven body work – perfect! - I looked for sand paper scratches in the paint which usually reflects improper prep work before painting – perfect! - I looked for any orange peel effects in the paint – perfect! - I checked for over-spray on parts and windows that wasn't painted - perfect! The craftsmanship and detail that went into the preparation of my car is as equally if not better than a large dealership (and of course much cheaper). I am absolutely giddy about the finished product! Without reservation nor hesitation, I can strongly recommend Gessner Auto Tech. By the way, they paid my deductible!
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MY NAME IS JEFF FLEISHMAN, I LIVE IN HOUSTON TEXAS, LAST YEAR I NEEDED A BODY SHOP FOR MY HONDA CIVIC. I GOT REPAIR ESTIMATES FROM 5 DIFFERENT BODY SHOPS. I DECIDED TO GET A 6TH AND LAST ESTIMATE IT HAPPENED TO BE TOMMY ROGERS COLLISION CENTER. AT FIRST MEETING, TOMMY WAS TALKING SO FAST THAT HE SEEMED TO BE A FAST TALKING CAR SALESMAN THAT JUST WANTED TO MAKE THE SALE OR GET MY BUSINESS. HE LOOKED AT MY HONDA AND ONE THING I MUST SAY IS THAT TOMMY IS VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE AT HIS CRAFT HE TOOK THE TIME TO EXPLAIN EVERYTHING AND ANSWERED ALL MY QUESTIONS. THEN HE LOOKED AT ALL THE ESTIMATES AND BEAT THE LOWEST REPAIR ESTIMATE I HAD!!! SAVED ME OVER $ 1500.00 DOLLARS!!! HE DID JUST WHAT HIS NAME SAYS: "GUNNED DOWN ALL THE COMPETITION. REPAIR WAS FAST AND MY CAR LOOKS LIKE I JUST DROVE IT OUT OF THE SHOWROOM FLOOR. I WAS SO PLEASED WITH THE SERVICE, I TOOK MY LITTLE BROTHERS VEHICLE FOR REPAIR. AND ONCE AGAIN TOMMY "GUNS DOWN ALL THE COMPETITION" AND SAVED MY BROTHER $ 500.00 DOLLARS (FROM THE LOWEST ESTIMATE). CAR LOOKS GREAT LIKE NOTHING EVER HAPPENED. NEEDLESS TO SAY MY BRO WAS EXTREMELY PLEASED WITH THE REPAIR WORK. I WILL ALWAYS GO TO TOMMY ROGERS COLLISION CENTER FOR ANY BODY WORK NEEDED AND WILL RECOMMEND TOMMY AS THE BEST BODY REPAIR SHOP IN HOUSTON TEXAS. TOMMY "GUN" ROGERS IS FAIR AND IS A MASTER AT HIS TRADE. I AM RECOMMENDING A FRIEND THAT IS IN FACT TAKING HIS VEHICLE THIS WEEK FOR A REPAIR ESTIMATE. I AM SURE THAT TOMMY ROGERS WILL BEAT ANY AND ALL REPAIR ESTIMATES ONCE AGAIN AND LIVE UP TO HIS NAME: TOMMY "GUN" ROGERS. IF ANY ONE EVER HAS (GOD FORBID) AN ACCIDENT AND NEED A GREAT BODY REPAIR SHOP GET SOME ESTIMATES AND TAKE THEM TO "TOMMY GUN" YOU WILL BE EXTREMELY SATISFIED WITH THE SERVICE AND REPAIR WORK. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS E-MAIL ME. I WILL BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU MAY HAVE ABOUT THE SERVICE I RECEIVED FROM TOMMY GUN SHOP jeff_fleishman(at)yahoo.com. TOMMY "GUN" ROGERS IS A TRUE PROFESSIONAL WILL NOT DISSAPOINT AND SAVE YOU LOTS OF MONEY "GUNNING DOWN ALL THE COMPETITION". KIND REGARDS AND HAVE A NICE DAY. GOD BLESS YOU ALL FROM A FELLOW HOUSTONIAN , JEFF
In the last four years, I have taken three cross country road trips: Northeastern and Canada in 2010 (5300 miles), Yellowstone national park and more in 2012 (5200 mi) and Key West in 2013(3200 mi), all with my 2001 Honda Odyssey. Now the minivan has 145,000 miles on it. Before each trip, I took the car to Autorite for a pre-trip checkup and tune up. For long road trips, the most concerned part is a potential car breakdown in a middle of nowhere. I cannot say I did not have worries, but I can honestly say I had a peace of mind with each trip because I had my car inspected and serviced by Autorite. That is the trust and confidence I have with Autorite for each of my long trips. I also have a 2011 Honda CRV, bought as brand new. Except for the first free oil change by the dealer, I have never gone to other shops besides Autorite, again, because I trust Autorite. I had once a car accident on my 1998 Honda Civic (sold in 2012 with 201,000 miles) which resulted in damage to the rear bumper. The insurance initially just wanted to have the bumper repaired. I left the car to Autorite for them to deal with the insurance. I was pleasantly surprised that Autorite was able to replace the bump on that old car with dealer’s genuine new part all covered by insurance. Do I get a discount from Autorite? No. I wish I could receive a discount as their loyal costumer, but that is not what I really look for (for sure I will definitely love to receive discounts). What attracts me to and makes me stay with Autorite for the last 7 years is the trust, mutual respect, their courteousness and definitely the high quality of service.
I had an accident for the very first time in my life,it was a very frightening and scary ordeal. Being a 19 year old girl in college, and having no family here to get any type of assistance, the wrecker driver at USA Auto Collision Center took me home after my accident since I was in no condition to be taken to get a rent-a-car at the time. The following day I called to find out the procedures that I needed to take to get my vehicle fixed to the people at USA Auto Collision Center. They picked me up from my house, so I could get assistance with the claim procedures. They helped me call in the claim to my insurance company, to help me get my repairs started. They even took me to go get my rent-a-car. While in the process of repairing my vehicle,my insurance company tried to short change my repairs by trying to put used and after market parts in my NEW vehicle. Richard Gonzalez, the owner of the company, personally got involved and made my insurance company pay for original dealer parts. When I went to pick up my vehicle, it was completed and they also detailed my vehicle completely. My vehicle has never looked better, I feel like its brand new from the dealership again. I want to thank USA Auto Collision Center for making this so easy for me, since I didn't have no family here to help me. I highly recommend this company.
We had gotten bids from 8 contractors. They were from $10,000 to $16,000 and no where in our price range. We had 2 bids that were under that but when we asked for a written contract, they kept adding things and going up on the price. Our house had rotten wood and paint chipping EVERYWHERE. Five Star was almost 50% cheaper than everybody else. They didn't add unnecessary charges by trying to add work we didn't need. The price they gave us on the bid was the price we paid after the job was done. They did a GREAT job on our home and now our home looks brand new. We had 10 people come by and asked for their information because they had transformed our home into the best looking house in the zip code. Their staff is professional and they do it in a very timely manner. Our home is 40 years and looks brand new. Just think what they could do for you. I'm so impressed I'm going to let them paint the whole interior of my home now. They were truly an answer to our prayers.
Proud to say Tommy Rogers did a fantastic paint job Just had a 1994 Cheverolet K1500 truck painted at Tommy Rogers Collision Center in March 2013. We were looking forward to a first class paint job and Tommy and his dedicated team exceeded our expectations with a very professional job. The truck now looks like new. The paint job was fantastic, and everyone who have seen it have commented on the overall appearance, quality of the work, and the attention to detail. We had previously checked other highly recommended paint shops before deciding to go with Tommy, and we are very happy that we did. We do not hesitate to recommend Tommy Rodgers Collision Center to anyone looking for excellent, courteous, service and a very professional paint job. "Happiness is like a butterfly.....the more you chase it, the more it eludes you. But if you turn your attention to other things ..... it will come and sit softly on your shoulder" Henry David Thoreau
I have been a customer of W.E.W. for 10 years now. Ricardo the owner is a very kind and caring man. He makes sure your car is fixed right the first time. He tells you what you need and suggest waiting for certain work or parts necessary on on your car. He just doesn't tell you you need this and need that to make money. W.E.W try to make sure your car is fixed/repaired the first time. I remember taking my car to another mechanic, and to another and neither could tell me why my car was making a funny noise/sound. But when I took my car back to Ricardo, he immediately told me the problem and fixed it the same day. No more skipping on my mechanic, trying to save money. Ricardo also will give you good advice and won't lead you wrong when it comes to the upkeep and care of your car. Good and honest mechanics are hard to find and Ricardo at W.E.W has truly been a blessing in my life! I highly recommend his business to anyone who needs a good mechanic!
I had the best paint job done here, for a very reasonable price! I had the job appraised at much higher prices elsewhere (3 other places), so I decided to have it done here. I found out that MAACO does run specials at certain times each year, so that was one way that I saved a ton of money. I was very pleased with the matching of the color and it's got the shine I was hoping to get. Just make sure that you not leave ANY valuables in the car, 'cause there's a big possibility those will be missing when you return to get your car. When you leave the car, you probably will be asked if you took out your valuables (they asked me), and I was glad that I did, because when I returned, the glove box had been unlocked, and the trunk and some papers I had in the back seat had been rummaged through, but nothing had been taken, since there was nothing of real value (except to me) left in the car. Still, 5 Stars for this MAACO location!
Great facility with prompt service! I was involved in a major wreck a few weeks ago... I was hit by a drunk driver on my way home. I thought my car was totaled, but it wasn't! :) The wrecker service towed me and my car over to Eagle Collision after hours. I thought for sure that I would be without a vehicle since it was after hours...but not at all! They put me in a rental, got my vehicle assessed in the am and I am now back in my car good as new! I highly recommend them. Their staff was very polite and called to check on me the next day, kept me posted with updates and even followed up with me after I picked up my car. This was not the first accident that I have been in unfortunately. So as usual I expected the typical body shop run around. But NO... not here. Wonderful place, updated and upgraded customer friendly facility!
I was in a fender bender and Geico set me up with Uptown Body Shop because it was conveniently located by my job. The shop manager was very nice and was attentive to our needs. We left our vehicle with them and picked up the rental set up through Geico for us. We were given a estimated time of a week and a few days. We were worried about someone driving our vehicle around etc. But I can honestly say there wasn't a mile on the vehicle the only time they drove it was to the back to fix it. Our Scion XB 2nd generation was better then when we dropped it off. It was perfect they even cleaned the inside and out the body work was perfect and the paint matched perfectly. We even got our car back earlier than expected. Great place and very trust-able I recommend this body shop and will always use them for any body repairs to my vehicles.
Painting can be a significant undertaking, whether you're painting just one room or an entire home. While some people like to take on this project themselves, many choose to hire professionals to ensure the task is completed correctly.
Types of Interior Paint
Matte paint doesn't have a shiny quality when it dries, which many homeowners prefer for their interior walls. This is the most popular style of paint for homes. It covers up irregularities in the wall well but is also easily blemished.
Matte Enamel Paint
Matte enamel paint has all the positive qualities of matte paint but will last longer and isn't scuffed as easily.
Gloss paint will dry with a shine to it and is the second-most popular choice for interior wall paint. The shiny quality highlights imperfections in a surface, so people tend to stay away from it when painting wood.
Semi-gloss is also shiny but less so than gloss paint. It's more commonly used on trim than on walls.
Satin falls somewhere between gloss and matte in terms of shininess. It will highlight imperfections well, like gloss, but is easy to clean.
Eggshell is also between gloss and matte on the shininess scale, but it won't highlight imperfections quite as much as satin, semi-gloss, or gloss.
Types of Exterior Paint
Exterior paints have similar choices for finishes as interior paints, but the pros and cons can be different for outdoor use.
Though gloss paint will make imperfections easily seen, it will also hold up to the elements the best. This paint is best suited for areas of a home or building that are frequently used, like door frames.
Semi-gloss paint is similarly long-lasting but isn't as shiny as gloss.
Satin paint is commonly used for siding but will display irregularities underneath if the siding isn't in good shape.
Flat paint is the best choice if painting over siding that has many dents, scrapes, or other imperfections.
If you're repainting a home that has been previously painted with oil-based paint, your best bet is to stick with this option. Water-based paint layered over old oil-based paint will peel easily.
Water-based paint, or latex paint, dries quickly and cleans up easily, making it the preferred paint for a home's exterior. It will also expand when warm and contract when cool, which means it will hold up in all types of weather.
Hiring a Painter
When embarking on a project as big as painting your home, it's important to know ahead of time what kind of quality you can expect from the painters you hire. Don't settle for the first one you find or the cheapest option. Instead, do your homework to be sure that you hire a trustworthy professional who knows how to paint a house well.
The first thing you'll do when hiring a painter is request quotes from three or four in your area. If you reach out to too many, you'll wind up wasting time narrowing down your list; too few and you may not end up with the best quality or right price.
The typical price range for an interior paint job is between $400 and $4,120, with the average falling around $1,670, depending on the scope of the project and paint requests. It will typically cost around $380 to $790 to paint a typical 10-by-12 foot room.
The cost to paint a home's exterior is a little higher: between $730 and $5,600, with an average of $2,624. The typical home of between 500 and 1,500 square feet will generally cost between $1,000 and $3,000, but this will change depending on the number of stories and home location.
If a quote seems high, ask the contractor what is increasing the price point. Perhaps it's something that can be negotiated, or maybe this business is just overpricing their services. On the other hand, be skeptical of any price points that seem unfathomably low. There could be a reason their prices are below the industry norm - perhaps their quality standards are uncommonly low, too.
Once you have quotes, conduct an over-the-phone interview with your prospects. Some important questions to ask your painter include:
1. Do you have insurance?
It's never a good idea to hire a contractor whose business isn't properly insured. Ask both about comprehensive business liability insurance and workers' compensation, and don't be hesitant to ask for proof. If you are unsure of the validity of the insurance, you can also call the insurance company to double-check that it is an active policy.
2. Do you have a warranty?
Not offering a warranty is a red flag, and you may want to be cautious about hiring a company that doesn't provide one. If they have a warranty, ask how long it lasts, and what it covers. Additionally, you'll want to get the warranty in writing should you need to refer to it later.
3. Who, specifically, will be in my house, and can I trust them?
You always have a right to know who will be entering your home. If the person you are speaking with says he or she will not be personally supervising the project, ask who will be, what their role is, and how long they've been with the company.
Also, don't be afraid to ask if the painters are trustworthy people. Unfortunately, there are plenty of cases where a painter has stolen items from a home or caused damage to the house or injury to the homeowner. Subcontractors may not be as skilled as employees, and the contractor you're hiring may not have much experience working with them, making them more of a risk. Additionally, ask if the painters are employees or subcontractors, and what the screening or hiring process is like. If the company conducts background checks, that's a good sign.
4. What kind of training do your employees receive?
If the contractor makes a point to train new hires on safety techniques as well as quality standards on the job, you're probably in good hands.
5. What kind of paint will you use?
The quality of the paint will affect how good the walls look when the project is completed. If your contractor says they plan on using a paint you don't like, feel free to request an alternative.
6. How long have you been in business, and do you have references?
A well-established company will have more experience and likely more references for you to reach out to than a new company that's just getting off the ground. Be sure to ask for references so you can speak to former customers about their experience working with the painter. When speaking to these people, ask about:
- Whether they had issues with the crew
- If the painters were messy or neat
- How the paint has held up since the project was completed
7. How much wall prep is included in the price?
For a long-lasting paint job, a clean wall is crucial. Ask how they plan to clean your walls, if at all, before getting started. A high-quality company will thoroughly prepare a wall so that the paint will lay smoothly and last a long time.
8. Are you active in the community and are you involved in any trade organizations?
Community involvement shows the company:
- Is established and well-known
- Cares about its customers
- Is confident in their work
Additionally, being active in trade organizations indicates it is likely up to date on the latest industry best practices and that the company is dedicated to its trade. Also, a Better Bureau Business membership demonstrates the company is stable, confident, and willing to let potential customers check them out before hiring them.
Trade Organizations for Painters
If the company you hire is involved in a trade organization, it shows they take pride in their work, and are dedicated to providing quality service. Some top trade organizations painters might be a part of include:
Painting and Decorating Contractors of America
PDCA connects painters and home decorators through local chapters and councils. The organization also provides webinars, educational videos, and podcasts so members can stay up to date on the latest best practices and news.
American Coatings Association
The ACA doesn't focus on best practices so much as it does on best products. The nonprofit is dedicated to research and development of high-quality paint products as well as sustainability issues.
Finishing Contractors Association
The FCA has members that are painters as well as professionals who focus on flooring, drywall, and other elements to home construction and renovation.
Better Business Bureau
The BBB isn't a painter-specific group but rather an organization that is dedicated to ensuring that consumers can access information about anyone they do business with. The BBB also rates companies based on a Standards of Trust scale, which goes from A+ to F. A company doesn't have to be a member to get a grade, and it's a good idea to check to see how your contractor is scored as well as its membership status.