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As a property owner, you may need the services of an experienced electrical contractor if you need new wiring for your building. L…
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Jim runs an honest business! my wife and I purchased a 2005 Honda Pilot in 2008 from Jim at Kar Smart for our expanding family (3 small children). We also elected to purchase a 3rd party warranty at time of sale. The vehicle served us well for many miles. After 4yrs of trips to the beach and around town we had put 65000 miles on the car. We had maintained it as specified but the transmission began having problems (stuff happens...mechanical things sometimes break). We took the vehicle to the honda dealer who after running many tests stated the transmission needed replacement to the tune of $5000. We thought thats a bummer but that's why you buy a warranty right? So we gave our warranty paperwork to honda who attempted several times to get in touch with the company with no success. We soon found out this was due to the warranty company going out of business. Great!! Now we have no warranty, a car with a bunk transmission and no way to transport our family!! Not to mention we certainly dont have $5000 laying around for car repairs (we have three kids remember). With nowhere else to turn we paid a visit to Kar Smart and Jim to plead our case. He patiently listened and looked over all the paperwork. He then said "You guys did the right thing buying a warranty...Im sorry the company went out of business but here's what i will do for you...I am going to honor the warranty you purchased and have the car repaired by my people at no cost to you." We couldn't believe what we were hearing. This man had no obligation to fix our car. The warranty we purchased wasnt his warranty. It was third party and he had no control over the company going out of business. My wife then asked what do we do about getting around while the car is in the shop? He replied I will give you something off the lot thats big enough for your family in the meantime. We drove around the loaner (toyota sequioa) for a week while our honda pilot was repaired. After repair we have driven the pilot for about 1000 miles and all is well. The car drives great! Talk about honesty and integrity! We will certainly return with our business. You do not find customer service like this anywhere anymore. These people truly want to earn your business and stand behind their products!! Thank You To Jim and Kar Smart!!!!!!!!!!
Like a lot of people nowadays my credit has taken a hit and when it was time to get a new(er) car I really didn't want to be forced to go to a buy here pay here lot. Most cars there are older than what I wanted and the mileage was astronomical! Basically, if I was going to pay I want something newer, with good miles and a decent payment. Know I knew with my credit a payment would be high do to the APR. I had been searching the web and paper for sometime when I came across Express Auto Sales. They had a 2009 Ford Taurus SEL with 100,000 miles for 8,999! This was better than any deal I found here in Louisville where I live. I called and talked with Abrahim who had me do a credit app online. Several days later I was talking to one of their lenders and we had a deal by the end of the day! My wife and I drove from Louisville to Lexington still knowing we haven't even seen this car yet! When we got there we were greeted politely and given the keys to test drive the car! Let me tell you this car looked brand NEW!! It looked great drove great and was more then we expected! Once we returned. Abrahim walked us through the different banks he works with. All but one which he went to bat for us gave us a great APR and a payment that would beat any buy here pay here lot! We were very happy and even after we were done Abrahim gave us money back from the downpayment to fill up the gas tank on the car! He walked us out to the car to see us off! I can't say enough about this place...you owe it to yourself to check this place out!! I'm glad I did!!
Best buying experience I've had in 40 years I have to say it sucks buying cars. The salespeople crawl all over the place like little ants biting you until you agree to give up every last cent you have... But not at Auto select ! My wife and I went in with the standard "we're just looking" greeting and we were told that was quite ok and that our sales guy would be available if any questions came up. Long story short, we did have questions about a Pre-owned F-150 we saw this weekend and all of them were answered professionally and without a bunch of sales garbage. We bought the truck and didn't have to spend more than a a little over an hour at this dealership TOTAL from driving on to driving off in our new truck, and that includes the financing part! Great store there guys....keep it up! Goes to show you you don't have to be an unscrupulous dealer to sell cars!
There are different kinds of electricians. Some mostly work with contractors to install and map out electrical circuits inside homes and commercial buildings while others lay wire for large projects such as telephone lines and traffic lights. Keep this in mind when narrowing your search for a professional. If you need a tradesperson to work on your home or building, contact an inside or house wire expert. These professionals specialize in designing and putting new electrical systems in place for houses and commercial buildings.
When you contact an electrical contractor, describe the job that needs completing. Maybe you have a large project, like a remodeling plan that requires new wiring, or a small one, such as replacing a light switch or socket. Let the electrician know. Not every person you call will have the training and know-how to do more complex work.
To further hone your search, make sure you ask electricians the following questions before hiring:
1. Are You Licensed?
Trades such as HVAC, plumbing and electrical work require contractors to carefully install complicated systems that could be hazardous if they're installed incorrectly. Therefore, most states require electricians to receive training and obtain a license before working. An electrician that's licensed is one that's competent and knowledgeable enough of his or her trade to install and maintain electrical systems.
Electricians must complete thousands of hours of training in order to get a license to practice their trade, so make sure not only the company you choose but the employees doing the work show you their license. When you view the license, ensure that it's up to date and that it's issued by your state.
2. Are You Bonded?
There's potentially a lot that can go wrong if a tradesperson like an electrician installs wiring the wrong way. To spare you and your home or office from subpar work, make sure the electrician is bonded. Being bonded means the professional has an intermediary that can pay for any damage caused to a property or foot the bill if the contractor fails to finish the job.
3. Are You Insured?
Besides a bond, you also need an electrician that's insured. Many states require contractors to carry some form of insurance along with their license. Insist that whomever you hire has the proper amount of insurance for the work you need done and call the insurer to check the policy.
See that who you hire for the job has liability and workers' compensation insurance so you don't end up paying for injuries or accidents caused by the company's work. Workers' compensation insurance means the business can provide for any of its employees if they're hurt on the job.
4. Is Your Business Licensed?
Not only should you check that the electrician is licensed by your state, you should also ask if his or her company has the certification to operate in your area. Both the electrician as well as the business he or she works for need licenses either issued by the state or local municipality.
5. Who Will Do the Work?
Ensure the person who actually comes out to complete the work is licensed, bonded and insured. You need to know not just the company that's doing the work but the person they're sending out to your home or building. Make sure the employee doing the job isn't an unsupervised apprentice. If it happens that the business uses a subcontractor, check with both the company and the tradesperson that the same kind of bond and insurance applies for that subcontractor as it would for an employee.
6. How Much Do You Charge by the Hour?
If you have a small and simple job that needs completing, such as a new light switch, then ask the electrician how much they charge for it before hiring him or her. When it comes to larger, more intensive and time-consuming work, you'll want to inquire about the contractor's hourly rate. Many tradespeople will offer to come out to your home or building, examine it and give you an estimate as well as tell you how much they charge per hour. It's best to get this in writing before proceeding.
While you're at it, call several electricians to come out to your home to give you an estimate on the work. This way you can get an idea of what the average price of the job will be.
7. Do You Offer a Warranty?
Many reputable tradespeople provide warranties for their work. Inquire if both the labor and parts the electrician uses are under warranty and how long the work is guaranteed for.
8. Do You Have or Need a Permit?
Depending on what kind of repairs or installation you need, your city could require a permit for the electrical work. Ask your electrician if the job calls for one and have him or her put the permit under his or her name. Ensuring the tradesperson obtains a permit will safeguard you from any blame if the labor turns out to be subpar.
Finding a trustworthy electrician isn't hard, but you must do your due diligence. Make sure whomever you hire is licensed, bonded and insured, and that the professional can show you proof of all three as well as get the necessary permit for the job. Besides these important factors, you can take further steps to guarantee you obtain a reputable tradesperson.
1. Get Referrals
Ask your family, friends or neighbors if they can recommend a professional to you and inquire if they're pleased with the work. Better yet, ask them if they can show you the project the electrician completed and ask them how long it took the worker to complete it.
2. Look Online
It can't hurt to also check electricians out online. Look for reviews, ratings and, most importantly, see if they have any complaints on file with your municipality or with your local business bureaus. If former customers filed grievances against them, you may want to steer clear.
3. Ask for a Quote
Reputable electricians will give you a quote for small work over the phone if you ask and will travel to your home to quote you a price for larger jobs. Be wary of one that declines to give you an estimate or insists that he or she charge you for coming out to your house.
4. Ask Them About Their Experience
Being bonded, licensed and insured is all well and good, but you also need an experienced professional to do the work. With that said, interview electricians about past projects they completed and how many years they've been in business or how much training they have.
5. Be Wary of Suspiciously Low Estimates
Watch out for contractors that greatly underbid other electricians. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. Also, always remember to get the estimate in writing before settling on a company.
While all electricians need a license, not all of them do the same types of jobs. They are usually split up into three groups: outside, inside and residential.
Outside: These types of electricians work outdoors on electrical lines that connect to power plants.
Inside: Inside experts typically focus on commercial and industrial buildings that require a lot of power.
Residential: If you're a homeowner, you'll most likely need to hire an electrician that specializes in residential wiring. Residential electricians work with low-voltage systems and wiring to install fuse boxes and light fixtures.
Like many trade groups, electricians learn their craft by going to vocational schools and shadowing professionals on the job. In order to become a full-fledged professional, a person must undergo an apprenticeship with master and journeyman electricians. An apprentice needs 8,000 hours of practical work before graduating to the journeyman level.
If an apprentice reaches journeyman status, he or she can complete most electrical work but cannot design it until completing more testing along with 2,000 more on-the-job hours.
Many do-it-yourself enthusiasts might be inclined to fix electrical problems around their home, but they risk shock and bodily injury. It's always best to call a licensed electrician, even if you have something as small as an improperly working wall outlet.
Keep the following safety tips in mind: