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Four tips for keeping yourself and your vehicle safe while you wait.
Four tips for keeping yourself and your vehicle safe while you wait.
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From frayed wires to down powerlines, what can an electrician do to help your home get back on track.
Biggest bunch of crooks I ever had to deal with,Markup of over 300% on parts, Rotors and brake pads over $900 dollars ,Total of $1850.00 for brakes, six spark plugs and an oil change. Are you freaking kidding me
RDN Auto is the best repair shop forreliability, honest pricing and repair savvy thatI've encountered in 50 years of driving. Finding a great mechanic is just as important as making a choice of a doctor, barber or handyman when one moves to a place like Barnegat. Give Rich a try. You'll be doing yourself a favor.John O'ConnorBarnegat
Went to quality tire and auto service today for an oil change, they told me I needed bulbs for my rear license plate and third brake light . When I got home I checked the work , they never changed the plate bulb and charged me twice for the third light. My bill was 60.00 for the bulbs they never did , when I called they said they would refund my money, great !!! I'll never go back again !!!
Excellent service. Went there the first time and they honored every offer available, including the silver club. I will continue to return for all of my service needs. I was very impressed with the shop cleanliness.
She had a real job on her hands. I have 3 young kids and there's not enough time in the day to do it all myself. She cleaned everything, even put the kids toys away. I didn't even recognize my house when she was finished. She really went above and beyond. -Excellent cleaning service.
Never Again!On 9/27/2013, I visited Quality Tire & Auto Care W. Bay Ave, Barnegat, New Jersey. I had scheduled an appointment to simply have my tires rotated and nothing else. I spoke with the manager at the front desk upon entering this Quality Tire & Auto Care.. My car was driven into the bay by a young man that preceded to rotate my tires. Upon completion of the tire rotation and immediately upon leaving the parking lot we felt and heard a loud “clunking” type sound at the right front of the car. We immediately pulled into the next parking lot, turned around and went back the approximate 100 feet to the Quality Tire & Auto Care Center parking lot to determine what was terribly wrong with my car. My car was pulled into the bay and lifted approximately 3 feet off ground. At this time the individual from the front desk indicated that you “must have a flat tire”! In fact, upon looking at my right front tire and personally observing a lug nut fall off this wheel, it was quite evident that this young man forgot to tighten all of the lug nuts on the front right tire of my car. I was easily able to rotate the lug nuts seeing that they were not even hand tightened. All lug nuts were hanging on the end thread of each lug nut stud. It immediately became apparent how lucky we were that we were less than 100 feet from Quality Tire & Auto Center and had the presence of mind to immediately turn back. I am in complete amazement that a “trained” technician could forget to tighten the lug nuts on a car before it left the bay and was out on the road. This could have been a tragic and costly mistake should we have continued on our way and if the tire flew off the car! I am hoping that this did not do any damage to my brake assembly or lug stud threads. Post tightening of the lug nuts by “Larry” and during the test drive with “Larry”, I had the opportunity to speak with him about such negligence that he agreed should never had happened. I also had the opportunity to speak about the attitude of gentleman at the front desk who is typically dismissive, sulky and downright rude during most of my past visits. Larry had indicated that he well understood my concerns and would bring it to the attention of “Pat” the owner. My passenger stayed back and spoke with the man from the front desk that indicated to her something like: this is strike one against him, referring to the technician. We were told that this only happened “one time before”, but one time is too many! No one ever apologized regarding this situation that could have ended up very badly. The attitude was again dismissive as a non-event! I initially started going to Quality Tire & Auto Center to purchase tires and to address all my tire needs. My additional experiences of constantly needing to redirect them back to tire needs only (as I service my car elsewhere), in conjunction with the attitude of the front desk and today’s lug nut situation makes Quality Tire & Auto Care Center not only NOT my car care center, but now NOT my tire care center either. I’D RATHER PAY FOR MY “FREE” TIRE ROTATIONS ELSEWHERE!!!!! Oh, By the way, never got a follow-up call from Pat the owner.
I will never take my car anywhere else! Clean, courteous, and reasonably priced. Their new tech is very experienced and has a passion for what he does. I will never go anywhere else for my vehicle repairs.
After being told (by another shop) That I was looking at a $3000 Rebuild, I brought my Car to Bob's, and He Quickly Identified a problem with a Valve Body Solenoid, And Fixed My Car for under $250! He even Installed an Update that Makes the transmission Shift better than it did New! What a Joy it is to find an Honest Mechanic, Thanks Bob!
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: