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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.
85 Tunnel Rd Suite 19Asheville, NC 28805
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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.
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Kevin and Robin run a taught ship! I have always been treated well and the work is always above standard. They (Scott) put a new motor and transmission in my 97 GMC pickup and you would never know that they had ever been out of the vehicle.(a prefect job not one minute's trouble) I take all 5 of my vehicle's to them and they never disappoint me! and the price is always reasonable! I have been a customer of X-Pertech for about seven years maybe more I have all my family and friends going there I have them on my speed dail in my cell phone! X-Pertech is the best place I've found in Asheville Nc for honesty and intergerty, and it clear that i'm not the only one in Asheville that thinks so cause the lot is ALWAYS covered in cars they have moved though according to this web site they're at 615 Swannanoa River Rd. they are now at 1295 Tunnel Rd.Asheville nc. Eric
There is a difference between repair shops and true mechanics. Bobby is the real deal. I have been to most of the shops in town, and in the last 5 years none of them could really get my jeep running right and a good deal of them ripped me off and did nothing. This Guy knows cars, he is clearly not one of those mechanics that relies on a Scanner to tell him what Replace. In fact a lot of the cars he works on (including mine) are vintage pre computer and pre fuel injection. The guy is a carburetor wizard . If you want your car fixed right take it to Bobby. My classic Jeep has never felt better, and I feel that his prices are very fair for the quality of his work.
I brought my vehicle to M&D and was very surprised at how at ease they made me feel. I needed a lot of work done on my vehicle and was definitely nervous what it was going to cost me. However Keith and his Wife put me at ease right away with a full explanation of what I was going to need, and what I didn't need in order to save me money without sacrificing my safety by not getting certain things done. I feel this missing in most car shops these days, most other cars shops would have tried to squeeze ever dollar out of me they could. M&D is the real deal and I would recommend them to anyone needing automotive repairs.
After being disappointed by several other auto repair shops, my wife and I started taking our cars to Xpertech three years ago. We have been very pleased with attention and service we've received. I've been very impressed with the knowledge and integrity of this business. When trying to find a new mechanic, I'm always very cautions, even suspicious because of past disappointments. I feel confident that the owner, Kevin, and the other mechanics have been honest with us and treated us fairly. After comparison shopping, their prices have consistently been competitive.
While traveling through the area during the holiday, this shop provided me with outstanding service and for a very affordable rate during the middle of the holidays. I was left with the feeling that the technician was very knowledgable and skilled with dealing with customers. The technician included me in two road tests and technical discussions of the problems. They identified the problem that I suspected, and corrected it along with another problem. I am so glad I did not go to a chain shop.
My car broke down while traveling. Thanks to AAA we got a free tow to the center. It turned out to be a pretty big repair. Called my mechanic back home and talked to him and he told me Carolinas AAA was actually quoting me a lower price than his estimate was showing! Work was done quickly and they were excellent at communicating with me. I have NO complaints whatsoever and am glad if I had to break down out of town, I was able to use them.
Professional and trustworthy do not begin to tell you what an incredible experience I had with Sams Auto service. He treated me like a daughter and gave me his expert advise when I was at my darkest moment with a car I wished I had never bought. Honesty is always the best policy and I totally trust this family with my automotive needs. He has a lifelong customer in me and my family.
Thanks Keith it’s great to have “Dealership service” for the workingman price. It is also great having that communication through the whole process. Some places today make you sit in a room and rot for 8 hours. You did a wonderful job with the alignment of my front tires. The traction is better and so is my piece of mind. We will be bringing our other friends to you soon great job!
The people that work at smokey mountain auto service are out of this world. You can expect to be greeted with a smile and amazing work when coming to Ronald. Every car I need inspected and anything else I go to them. That is why if anyone asks me of a shop I always tell them about smokey mountain auto service. Thank you guys!!!
If you ever want good service and a good price go to retro lube .They just dont have places like this any more .I would never go to any place else This is a local business and they really care about your car and you They will always go out of their way to make your visit fun .so go check them out and tell your friends.
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.