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When a car is damaged by an accident or weather, what can be repaired and what must be replaced? Or is it time to buy a new car?
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The auto body mechanics broke the latch to my hood, i picked my car up on 3/9/17 and I go out to look under my hood 3/13/17 and my hood would not op…
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When a car is damaged by an accident or weather, what can be repaired and what must be replaced? Or is it time to buy a new car?
Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
No matter whether an accident involved a freshly licensed teen or an experienced driver, knowing what to do (or not do) is essential to bouncing back.
The auto body mechanics broke the latch to my hood, i picked my car up on 3/9/17 and I go out to look under my hood 3/13/17 and my hood would not open. I look underneath the latch to see if they forgot to hook it back up, and I see that the latch is broken in two. Mind you they never said to me that they broke it. They could of did the honorable thing and said that they broke it and that they were going to repair it, but no they chose not too. Either their going to fix it or I'm taking them to small claims court. Check your car from top to bottom, if you're forced to use the company due to your insurance company.
Mike was on time and was very professional. Fixed my issue in the agreed upon time frame. I would recommend him again.
I called Mike for an estimate to fix our car. He communicated clearly with me his fee structure, right up front. He came out the next day to look at our vehicle, which was parked in front of our house. After his initial diagnosis, we discussed his plan to fix the oil leak and the total cost. He said he never exceeds the total cost quoted and he mentioned he only charges for actual labor time spent and materials, so the total cost can be less than the original quote. He also informed me that he allows the customer to provide the parts, if desired. Mike purchased the parts and promptly installed them. He kept me informed and was easy to talk to. The repair was completed successfully, on time, on budget and not a drop of oil was spilled on the street. He even checked back with me a week later to make sure I was still a satisfied customer and I was! I will definitely call Mike the next time I have an automobile issue.
Honest, on time, skilled. Mike is a book of knowledge with autos. He fixed my problem and explained everything to me.
I developed a leak in the transmission of my 2004 BMW & took it to D&K.D&K told me they worked on BMWs & did transmission repair. Angel said they charge $95 for a diagnostics.D&K called me back & wanted to take the transmission out & replace it. I was told they don't work on transmissions. They just told me that the transmission leaked. I already knew this & could have guessed that I could just replace the transmission without taking it to D&K. They led me to believe that they were a transmission shop. They did no diagnostics. They lied. I told Angel that I would not pay the $95. Angel refused to give me the keys to my vehicle. He was totally unprofessional I had to call the police out there to their shop. These guys are the classic bait & switch scam. They will tell you that they do transmission repair & try to sell you something for more repair than your car actually may need. A rip off! Reporting them to the Bureau of Automotive RepairRobert D Rodriguez
adilsonhgar are you sure you went to BIG O on E 18th? My family and I have been going there for years and have never had a lazy employee. They are friendly, helpful and pleasant. They work with you to give you the best deal. And they stand behind their products. Try them again!
Very bad experience buying a car from this dealer. He will never see my business again that's a promise. I cant even give this guy a 1 star
Justin and his crew are amazing. I have gone to them twice now with a third trip scheduled.So far I've had a tuneup on my classic car, and a motor Mount and trans mount on my daily driver. This is the only guy I'll let touch my cars anymore. Quality work and parts ensured that. Great prices, Great service, Honest work and great results. I couldn't recommend him more highly. A+ shop
Excellent mechanics, and good service.Their knowledge and experience definitely shows. I will most certainly go back and recommend them to my friendsI normally work on my truck my self but I was stumped so I took it to a local mechanic down the street figuring he would have better tools then me and know what he's doing. One week and several hundred dollars later I towed it to Worrells all the way in Antioch where I use to live because I know they are good. In less then an hour they figured out the problem, and ordered the parts. They had it back to me by the next day and gave me a good price to fix it. These guys are well experienced professionals, they know what they are doing and have the right tools.
I was in this shop for 9 months until today.They change the owner and must of the people has not experient at allI have a Honda Accord 2004With low milesMy car was not in bad condition but I have a concern cause when te car was in park position, the transition was making a noise like slow change from sped to reverse. Not liking of damage was there.Te guy told me than I have to change the oil of the transition and filters and I did so.After a week than the guy did this change my car star liking oil from the botton of the engine as a drop by each 10 sec. Then the car was back to the shop and the guy told me than the transmition was in bad condition and he has to re build it again, charge of 3000 with all labor and oils plus guaranties for life.Well...I love my car and I did it.Trust in people as human.After a month the car sat liking oil by the botton againg and I call the guy and was a different, upset cause I complain than the job is not done and send me to wait on phone for 10 min. After a woman with bad actitud answer and told me.You must have to town the car to us and we will call you if we find something wrong.I did it again like idiotAnd now was the shaft seal kit.I pay for that cause is nothing with the transmition And a week againg the car got a hi level of warm in the engine due a entied engine of oil.I saw the stick to check the oil in the engine and was dry...YesDry....I call the guys after I saw the left side of the engine with oil all around. Yes I call again and a person answer me with bad actitud cause was always me the one call to complain for the bad job than they do.The person told me againg take the car to us and will see what's wrong I did itAnd I just get a call than the seal kit was burn due a pressure of the engine and damage the tommy bell and u have to do a full service now cause is the first thing than I have to do.I'm so upsetAnd I file a complain to the costumer complains area of contra costa to their check of licenses and experience than they have to certify as technicians This is not an attack This is a human than spend in this people who just lie and has not experience at all and make you pay the experiments than they do in you car.Be aware and remember than cheep not means experience means be carfulI'm learning.Choose a company with history not just someone think than can make it or fix it.I send my car to the dealer Where they repair what those guys fix.
There has perhaps never been a better tool for do-it-yourself home handymen than the internet. With detailed instructions and videos explaining how to perform a number of common maintenance and renovation tasks around a house, an untrained homeowner might be surprised at how much he or she can accomplish with a quick search online. But even with all of this information, there are still many jobs that lie far outside the scope of most DIY enthusiasts. General contractors are there to fill in this gap.
A general contractor specializes in seeing a home remodel or repair project through from start to finish. To do this, the contractor works with the client - whether they are a homeowner or business - to nail down the scope of the work. Then he or she will turn to one or more subcontractors for specific tasks, like equipment operation, design, electrical work or whatever else is needed.
In essence, general contractors could be thought of as middlemen between a homeowner or business owner and any number of specialists. To get their money's worth, many assume they should just "cut out the middleman" and hire specialists directly, but this often proves more difficult in practice. General contractors won't be completing an entire project by themselves, but should have a long list of dependable experts who can work together and accomplish any task. They might also serve as the manager on the site of a construction project, overseeing workers and providing guidance and assistance when needed. For larger projects, though, the contractor might only handle administrative matters and employ a foreman or other professional for on-site supervision.
There are many general contractors who also specialize in certain tasks themselves. There is usually at least one general contractor on hand to organize the construction of an entire home, for example. But general contractors could also help a homeowner add an additional bedroom, build an in-ground pool or complete a major landscaping project. They could also work with a business to add or improve office space, whether that means making more room or converting a commercial building from a nail salon to a restaurant. Basically, if it's a job that involves building or repairing, a general contractor probably knows how to get it done.
No matter what the exact job may be, a contractor will probably need to accomplish several other essential tasks in pursuit of the ultimate goal, which may include:
Every general contractor performing any kind of work on a project must be licensed to do so in their state. The guidelines for the specifics on licensing vary from state to state. Some states might only require registration of contractors, which is different from licensing. Registration typically means that there must be a written record of what work is being performed and by whom, but it does not guarantee professional knowledge. Licensing, on the other hand, involves an examination process to assess professional competence.
Whether your state requires licensing or registration of contractors, there should be a record of most professionals willing to complete certain projects in your area. Check your state or county website for more information. In states that require licensing, every licensed contractor's contact information is available online or from another public source.
Not every project needs to be completed by a licensed or registered contractor. If it's just a minor job that won't take more than a day or two, and will cost less than a few hundred dollars, it's likely not necessary to find a licensed or registered contractor. However, anything bigger or more expensive, or a project involving plumbing or electrical work, needs to be completed by a licensed or registered professional.
General contractors also must be covered by an insurance policy. This should include liability coverage for any property damage that could be inflicted in the course of a job. It should also include a worker's compensation policy in case anyone is injured on the job. Before hiring a contractor for anything, ask for written proof of this insurance to see exactly what is covered.
A number of trade associations for contractors in the U.S. exist. Some of the biggest include:
Most trade associations for general contractors will provide references for anyone looking to hire a contractor for a specific project. They may also provide a number of benefits for their members, including assistance with licensing, training, insurance and business development.
No matter what you need accomplished, you want to choose a contractor who can get the job done right at a reasonable price. Obviously, this is easier said than done, but there are a few steps you can take to ensure you find a trustworthy general contractor.
The first, and perhaps most reliable, way to find a general contractor is to ask friends and family members for a recommendation. If you know anyone who has had major work done on their home, particularly if it's a similar job, ask them who they hired and if they were pleased with the result. You could also ask neighbors about who they've hired if you notice work being done on their house. Many remodeling contractors post signs in front of homes to advertise their services. As a general rule, it's rarely a good idea to hire a contractor who solicits work by going door to door.
If you are considering hiring a contractor without a personal recommendation, ask the contractor for references from past clients, and do as much background research on them as possible. Look for any complaints (or compliments) online to get a better idea of their track record. There are a number of websites specializing in connecting contractors with people or businesses who need work done. These sites may also allow past clients to submit their own reviews of the contractor.
Before hiring a contractor, make sure you are both in agreement on the project's budget. It's normal for most contractors to charge clients a premium not only for the labor expenses and zoning expertise, but for acquiring the materials as well. Be as clear and concise as possible regarding what you'll be purchasing yourself and what you will be paying the contractor to complete. Homeowners may be able to find a better deal on raw materials when they purchase these directly, but they first need to be sure they aren't buying the wrong things.
Don't forget to discuss how the project will be finalized and what will be done about cleanup. Plans for how the work site will be cleaned at the end of each day as well as at the conclusion of work need to be put in writing. An experienced general contractor should make every effort to keep the workspace clean and prevent dirtying or damaging any other area. Even so, talk with the contractor about the daily schedule, the logistics of transporting workers and equipment, and how cleanup will be handled.
As previously mentioned, you need to make sure to follow any state and local regulations regarding construction work, which includes hiring a licensed or registered general contractor. Ask the contractor for proof of their certification before signing anything, as well as their proof of insurance. You should also check your homeowners insurance policy to see if they offer coverage for contracted work. You may want to call your insurance provider and ask for more details on what your plan will and won't cover.
Perhaps the best way to feel safe about a contractor and the work being done is to hire a contractor you trust. This is why relying on personal references from friends and family is so important, and will often provide a great deal of peace of mind. If you aren't able to obtain a reference, work to conduct extensive research on the contractor as well as the work you are hiring them to perform. This should bring everyone's expectations into alignment and result in a safe work environment.
Before any money changes hands, there should be a contract to sign. Make sure the specifics of the work to be done and all costs are listed in the contract, right down to the most precise details. If you forget to have something included in the contract after signing it, there's rarely a chance of recourse.
Once the specifics of the job are nailed down, be sure to discuss the payment schedule with the contractor. This is important because paying too much up front offers the homeowner minimal leverage if the quality of work does not meet expectations or contractual specifications. Try to establish a reasonable pay schedule with the contractor, such as paying 10 percent of the total cost for each 10 percent of the work that is completed. It's a good idea to include this payment plan in the contract as well.
Finally, look into getting a lien release signed before work begins. If there is ever a dispute regarding payment over the course of the project, a contractor or subcontractor could place a payment claim, or lien, on your property. This can trigger a long legal process that may be frustrating. To avoid this, ask the contractor to sign a lien release, which is a legal agreement that states that any payment accepted is final. This can come in handy if a contractor has his or her own payment issues with their subcontractors. Signing a lien release form certifies that any payment made by a client to the contractor is enough to pay for any goods or services rendered. A lien dispute could also be prevented by performing due diligence prior to picking a contractor, as any contractor with good credit and a long track record of satisfied clients should have no trouble paying for materials and labor once all contract conditions have been met.
Once work is underway, it's never a bad idea to check up on the progress of the job, either by staying in touch with the contractor over the phone or visiting the site in person. If you work with a trustworthy professional, it's probably best to keep your distance and allow everyone to stay busy. If you want to keep an eye on things, make sure workers wear the right safety gear and that everything looks to be moving along according to schedule. Finally, once work is finished and you are satisfied, be sure to thank your contractor and tell friends or family members about your experience.