My grandson and I test drove a 2010 Nissan on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. In order to obtain insurance on the vehicle, I left a check for a $500 deposit with the owner, Sam Fava, and was to take possession of the car on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. I got a cashier's check from my credit union on Thursday and went with my grandson to get the car at Texas Autoplex. After giving the sales manager the check and signing the paperwork, we went with the sales manager to get the car. Upon locating the vehicle, it was determined that the battery was dead and the car would not start. Since my car was parked close to the Nissan, I volunteered to use my car to jump-start the Nissan. The Nissan started easily but when it started, white smoke poured from the front and back of the car. My heart dropped since I had just turned over a $6200 cashier's check and signed paperwork indicating there was no warranty. We were told that the dealership would have the car checked and notify us of the status. We were also told that all the money (including the deposit) would be returned if necessary.After numerous calls by my husband to the dealership on Friday, Sept. 30, he was finally able to speak to the sales manager and was told that they would not sale us that vehicle and that someone could come get the cashier's check. They were not able to return the deposit at that time because the owner was out of town and he would be the person who would return that deposit. My husband and I both have called multiple times and spoken to Sam regarding the return of my deposit. Due to health issues, we have not been able to go to the dealership to get my deposit back. I spoke with Sam on Monday, October 31, 2016 to request again that he mail that deposit to me and was told it would be in the mail shortly. A text from Sam on Nov. 7 indicated that I would have the refund by "tomorrow" (that would have been November 8). I have still not received the refund of my deposit. I realize the deposit is to guarantee that the purchaser does intend to purchase the vehicle and is not returnable in case the purchaser decides against the purchase. In this case however, I think the deposit should be returned.I have sent a complaint form to TX DMV. I originally was very impressed with this dealership (no pressure to purchase the vehicle or extended warranty) but would definitely not do business with them in the future.December 27: finally got deposit back so will raise review to 2 stars
We've had units here since 1996. We've never had any problems with access or security. The place is always staffed with friendly people who seem to be constantly working to keep it tidy and clean. The only time we had a problem was many years ago when a gutter backed up and leaked into our un…
Eat and drink at the bar, happy hour is awesome. Table service lacks. I eat there often and only a few times had problems with servers. Had one server forget we ordered another round of drinks, billed up for them, and accused us of getting them. The manager approached and I pointed out acros…
\r Great location right off North MoPac at Parmer lane, right next to public storage but much better rates! They have all sizes for rent in non climate control so that saves you alot of money. Local owned and managed, great neighborhood storage facility... give them a try, I highly recomend them…
I've been going to Mopac Auto since I moved into the neighborhood. They've done everything from simple oil changes to entire engine replacements and I've never been disappointed. If you're the kind that really likes to know what's going on with your car, ask for Dean. It seems that Dean has ta…
Thank you for your help and support! I purchase a car back in December and I'm very please with the car the service the price and everything ! My mother was in the need of a car and I visit a couple places and I regret, we where trying to get a car with $800.00 down and everyone treat us really bad! Like we where crazy ! It never cross my mind to go back to Specialty motors and after two days of searching for a car I decided to take my mom there, when I walked in their office all the guys in there knew my name and they make me fell welcome I ask one of the guys if they can help me with $800.00 dollars and they show me a 2007 Nissan Altima, my mom was very impress and worried about the payment, I ask them about how much the payment will be and just for the record a similar car at another place was about $560.00 per month and they ask me for $3000.00 Down, wow anyways when I ask about the payment their response was I don't know but I promise you to kleptomania it as low as possible so we went on a test drive when we come back they got all the numbers up front $800.00 down yeah!! And my payments at $379.00 so for that reason I promise them that I was going to write a review about it and here I am!! For those guys at Specialty motors I give thumbs-up, thank you very much and I promise that every time I'm in the need of a car I won't make the mistake I made this very last time I will give you guys the opportunity just the same way you guys give it to me and my mom!!
The staff seems really nice before you buy, but once the transaction is done, they don’t stand behind their sale very well. I paid $550 to have my car registered out of state (I also paid to have it shipped to my home), but the registration was botched and my car was not legally registered when it arrived. I went through a lot of time and effort and finally had to have my insurance agent go directly to the department of motor vehicles to have it done right. Even then, my car sat for 5 days, because it was not legally drivable until was able to get my agent involved. I made my disappointment known in paying all this money for zero value received and asking to have at least part of the fee refunded. Craig, one of the managers, said he would consider it, but then delayed and delayed a response. I had to keep calling him back; it was never the other way. He finally said they were not prepared to do anything. You would think after 53 straight months of record Audi sales nationally, profits would be robust enough to easily afford a small refund, if not for fairness’ sake than to preserve goodwill. Unfortunately, it seems that record sales can also breed arrogance. In the end greed won out. My advice – get everything and writing, don’t rely on promises, make sure everything is exactly as you want it before money changes hands. Better yet – just shop someplace else.
I brought my 2008 Malibu in for service, having several potentially severe issues, since the engine light was coming on periodically, the Service Airbag light, the low tire symbol, etc., and the battery was dead when I tried to drive it to the dealer. I called and spoke with the Service Manager, and described all the problems and my concerns, and told him I would bring it in when we got it started. We tried with humper cables, but it wouldn't start, so I called OnStar and they sent someone to give it a jump. The Manager had given me the name of the service person who would have been briefed about my car, and we delivered it to the dealer for service. We were able to get a loaner, which was very helpful, since I had a very busy work schedule that would have required me to get a cab--my husband's work schedule was full aleady, so I appreciated the use of the loaner. The work was compleated, with some of the issues covered when they found that the cable tot he car battery had gone bad, and subsequently the battery was in need of replacement, which they did. Some electrical problems (passenger side electric door locks) were handled through warranty. I was totally pleased with the service, and Joe was particularly helpful and professional. All the Service staff were pleasant and professional.
Great Salesman makes Maxwell Ford a GREAT dealership ! i wanted to review one of the best salesmen I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Mr. Carlos Ortiz at Maxwell Ford helped me to acquire the perfect vehicle at the perfect price !!! He listened carefully to me as I described what I was looking for in a car as well as the budget I needed to work with and I got a vehicle that surpassed all my wishes at a price that fit my budget perfectly!!! I was so impressed with his patience, and sincere desire to find a car that I would be happy with on every level. I have had many salesmen in the past work me over due to their desire to sell me a vehicle based on THEIR desire to either move a vehicle, earn a commision , or any of a number of selfish reasons that made it clear to me that my needs were not a priority. Carlos would rather not sell me a vehicle at all than sell me the wrong one. I was so delighted with the excellent level of customer service that Carlos provided that I referred my boyfriend to Carlos and now both my boyfriend and I have excellent new vehicles we enjoy driving and are delighted to own !!! There was never any pressure, just honesty, courtesy and dedication !!!! Thank you Carlos Ortiz !
I originally came in with my (2005 Chev Cobalt) 5/23 had some kocking lifters in the engine. Well, to find out it was going to be more then the car was worth to fix. So, I asked Felix to call Joe Cortez from Used Cars. Felix in service was fantastic, very good man excellant customer service. Well, Joe showed me a 2007 Chev HHR, I was in a crunch so had to purchase this vehile. But, he should have gone 50/50 with me at service when there as a bill remaining. The service bill was $380., he only took $30.off the bill he should have helped with a minunm of 50% of the service bill. Being I was going thru the trouble of buying one more used car, from the same dealer that sold me the 2005 Chev Cobalt-that the engine blew up.? I just didnt undertand, why he couldnt have helped on the Service bill. Paying the servie chrage of $380. or going 50/50 with me. After, all I have bought 5 or 6 cars from Henna in history.Your man in finance (JEFF) in used cars, needs to slow down when talking th customer. I always, felt like was trying to rush me out the door with the transaction. He needs to smile and act like he cares fo the customer.
I bought a Chevy Colorado 2005 2 months i love my truck. A month before I bought it I was driving my a 2001 Mazda 626 that was giving me a lots of problems already and it left me on the street at all the times the last time that happen on of the Owners from Specialty stoped by and asked me if I needed help. THEY helped me with my old car without asking me anything. After they helped me took my Mazda out the street we start talked and I find out about Specialty which it was few blocks away from the was station were I was.I couldn't believed how nice and respectful this people were.They ended it buying my old car as down payment, picking up the old not working car, and helped me with the insurance the Financing was Not a issue they took care of everything.I am so happy with my car and with Them i will highly recommend Specialty Motors on Downtown They are not kidding when they said "WE WILL BE HERE FOR YOU"Thank you so much guys!!!Javy
They are the BEST!!!Thank you Speialty Motors of Austin and Thank you all that helped us!I Am a single mom with my 2 boys, no family close and no good credit But I do have my job.I went to more than 5 places in south Austin looking for help and either they were really rude or they will literately kick us out of their place... I had only $800 cash for my down payment and an stable job and Not Trasportation what so ever beside the BUS ugh!!!I Find Specialty motors at Craiglist they were right on it pick up my call they did LISENT to me which i was afraid too good to be true.They send someone to pick me and my boys up they did helped me even with my Insurance they went beyond anybody will doThe Owners are the best they are a family they trusted me and I appreciated.We are so happy with our Ford Escape and I just can't THANK enough to them..I give Specialty Motors a 5 star and more if I could.Smantha Deelt.
Alan Klug!!!! What can I say. I will never forget that name. If you ever what to purchase a GM vehicle from an honest salesman, go see this man. I never met Alan, but I did an out of state purchase from Henna Chevrolet and Alan was the man who assisted me. Alan walked me thru the whole process, sent me pictures of the vehicle, pointed out any defects he saw, and told it to me like it is. I received the truck a week later in GA just the way he described it. I had an issue several months later with the antenna and my local GM dealership (Days Chevrolet) wouldn't warranty it. Alan got on the phone, schedule a date for me to drop off the truck and paid for the repair. He made my local dealership honor GM's warranty!!!!!!What else can I say!! It was so refreshing to know there's truly an honest salesman selling cars out there. Henna, don't loose this man!! Thanks for all your help Alan!!Louie KAcworth, GA
My experience with Mercedes of Austin was easy going. I traded my Lexus IS250 for an E350 and during the entire experience I felt like I was just hanging out shooting the breeze with everyone I met with. They even listened when it came time to bargain and always treated me like a good buddy they hadn't seen for awhile. I got my E350 at the price I aimed for and they gave me a fair offer on my Lexus.In fact I bought the car last year, and have had both my A and B service performed. My experience in service has been quick and pleasant. The requested work is done and I'm in and out reasonably quickly or I get a loaner car. I have had nothing even close to some of the experiences people are describing on YP. I'm thinking there's more to these stories...I've always had a positive experience at Mercedes of Austin.
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.