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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.
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.
All it takes is a little preparation to get your car winter-ready and to keep from getting into an icy situation.
It’s time to bring long sleeves and long pants out of storage, prep your home and car, and contact the cool weather home/yard contractors.
Stokes Auto Service in Bridgeport is the greatest ever!! My 1995 Bonnieville broke down on me the other day at a stop light. Since I was in Bridgeport returning home from my friend’s, I had no idea where to have it towed to. Thankfully, my friend called a few friends for a referral and I had my car towed to Stokes. He immediately checked it out, and not only found the problem of why it died on me, but another ongoing problem of which over the last few years I had taken to numerous mechanics who couldn’t figure it out. He noticed the alternator in my car was not the correct one and the mechanic that installed it forced it in and cracked my Intake Manifold. I was shocked he figured this out, especially so quickly and I hadn’t even mentioned any other issues. He knew my car like the back of his hand! My car was ready 2 days later and now is running like new! He was wonderful! He was spot-on in diagnosing my car within a couple of hours. He thoroughly explained everything to me. Their prices are fair and reasonable and I know he did quality work. I was very comfortable with him. He could have taken advantage of me since my car was towed there and I was “stuck”. But he didn’t. I know I would have paid much more for the same work elsewhere. Money is tight for me and he did all that work within my budget that we discussed. Stokes Auto Service is professional, honest and I got the heartfelt feeling that he really cared about my safety (not the money) and wasn’t going to let me leave with a car that may have jeopardized my safety. And he didn’t know me from Adam! I am so very happy that I have found a mechanic that I can trust! I will not go anywhere else, because being a woman; I have been ripped off by mechanics in the past. It will be a bit of a drive for me to use him, but totally worth it! He has a new happy customer for life! I cannot rave enough about Stokes Auto Service!!!! Tina U Evergreen Park
My name is Ryan Bornheim, the New General Sales Manager at Midway Dodge. I want to personally apoloigize for everything that has gone on at the old Midway Dodge. I want to clear the ear and would like you all to know we are under new management. I pride myself with my great reputation and my prestige customer service. I have made some much needed changes here and I would like to personally invite anyone that has had a bad experience with the prior management to come meet me one on one and tell me about your experience. I know that it is in the past, but I would still like to answer any unanswered questions you may have and/or try to resolve the issue. I have updated the website and there will no longer be anymore issues with inventory. My staff will make sure your visit is 100% professional and you will be treated with the up most respect and great customer service. I am available 24/7 to help anyone with anything they may need. Come on in and ask for Ryan and say you saw this and Ill get your car washed inside and out. I really would like all of you to give us a second chance and be your local Dodge dealer again. Midway Dodge will soon be a number one Dodge dealer in the southside of Chicago. You will be treated nothing less then great and feel like it's your home. So in closing, I would really like to meet anyone that has had a bad experience at the dealership and assure you that I will do whatever it takes to get you back as a customer. Thanks for your time and you can email me at email@example.com also check out our new and improved website @ www.midwaydodge.com.
The person I called to schedule the appointment was in a hurry to gather the information and pretty short with me, however I didn't mind the abruptness simply because it was an urgent matter (it was after 3pm when I called and I needed the document before 5pm) and she seemed competent enough to get it right. The service was extremely fast, however, the messenger himself was rude and hard to look at; not to mention he was going to write me a receipt (by requesting a sheet of MY PAPER) after I had to ask for one several times from him with no avail; it was a weird situation. I ended up telling him nevermind and called the business office twice to insist that he wasn't easy to work with and he wouldn't give me a receipt. After the third call to the office (they seemed frustrated as well, as though the messengers are normally to provide a receipt, who knows this could be some third party deal) they decided to send me a receipt for the service via email. Needless to say, I left no tip for this dude. One would think he would work the system where he could pick up a cool $20 (which happens to be how much the service cost to pick up and drop off a letter that was less than a mile in distance), go figure. All in all, the experience was good as far as service. They fixed my issue and apologized when I did call them the last time. The emailed receipt was speedy as well. This is great if your in a crunch to get your package delivered or picked up ASAP. Karen T.
I've spent $1000's here and most of it was worth it, because I saved alot of money as well. Instead of replacing both of my malfunctioning door locks, they managed to clean and repair the driver-side lock, only replacing the passenger side lock, and for much less than I expected (the dealership wanted to replace them for x2 the cost, without even physically checking out the locks themselves). This is only 1 example of the honest, hard-working approach that this shop employs. I trust them to make honest assessments of the car trouble, while offering cheaper yet effective solutions than I would find elsewhere. Another for instance: I had damage to my right front panel over my right front tire, and they offered to either 1) replace the part ($400), or 2) mechanically pull out the dent and paint it ($300). Instead of just telling me that option 1) was the only choice, I was able to pick option 2), which when I asked for the difference between the 2 options, they said "nothing, they will look the same". This blew me away, because other shops prefer to "replace" instead of "repair" (which probably takes longer and costs less). I went with option 2), and the panel looks as good as new.
Once again Western and Bryn Mawr Auto repair helped me and got my 20 year old car running. I would hate to be the mechanic that fixes my car because my car is so old and am sure my car is hard to work on. Sami and George's mechanics are always nice, friendly and very respectful with me and I always walk away with a feeling like my job would have costed more had I gone to say a dealership. These are good neighborhood guys they always are more than fair with me and they keep my little ford in tip top shape for a 20 year old car. This time they did my break pads, rotors, tie rod, ball joint, 1 stud 2 calipers and an oil change. I am not going to say what I paid but asked around and everyone I asked guessed a much higher price than what these two brothers charged me. They are truly angels and are the best. Let me also add that my 20 year old car starts up like a brand new car in the cold weather and I really think it is because Sami and George's mechanics take such good care of my car. I bring it in every 3 months for an oil change and they look it over for me and make sure it is safe for me to drive. I am so thankful to them.
This has been one of the best experiences of my life. Chris was beyond awesome.My credit and income every month is very limited. While one sales guy was quick to give up on me Chris and Dimittri made sure i stayed in a great mood and told me hold on and have faith. The first car was not fitting my needs at all. but because of my situation i knew i had to br grateful for a second chance. just as we were signing the paper work they called Chris and told him they found me something 4 years newer and 50 dollars less a month. I went to 4 dealerships in two days and he was painful to keep hearing no. Not only did i get a car but i received hope that i can take baby steps to rebuild my credit and that was like a breath of fresh air. Chris by faris friendly polite outgoing and he is just a guy who loves his job, That's so hard to find these days. Thank you Chris for making this one of the happiest days of my life.P.S don't be surprised if i pop up with lunch. its on me after all you guys are saving me 50bucks a month keep up the outstanding work. be blessed.
I take my 2001 Audi A6 to Precision Auto Repair for service for two years now. They did my brakes (other shop messed them up), timing belt, water pump and emission problem. The service was always very good, fast and not too expensive. I get the feeling that they really know their stuff at Precision Auto. Another thing that I like is that they always answer my questions in a way I can understand so I know what is being done and why. Another thing about them is that they will warranty their repairs for a year and they say they refund your money or fix it for free if the car is not fixed the first time. It is important because at some other places and they would replace many parts and each time I would have to pay. One place I went to for check engine light they replaced my oxygen sensor then did tune up and the light was still on! I took it to Precision Auto Repair, they fixed some kind of hose that they said was off and guess what no light. I really like these guys very much. Thanks Precision Auto Repair. Barbara N.
I found Marvin through my uncle when my Ford Explore was having problems. I was told by another mechanic that I needed to have all new ball joints. This was going to be over $3000 worth of work. I went to see Marvin and told him I needed a quote to have all my ball joints replaced. After he had my car for an hour he called back and said I needed to have 2 shocks replaced and one new tire. This totaled $200 worth of work. Because he was honest with me I was sold. I have taken 3 different cars to him. He is always fair, honest and never tries to screw me. I have recommended him to many friends who have all had great experiences! For as long as I live in the Chicago area I will bring my car to Marvin's. Marvin's is one of the few businesses left in the neighborhood (in which I grew up in) that has remained true. It you want a Latte with your oil change or if you can't understand someone with a Spanish accent that is a personal problem and you need to have more than just your car fixed!
Well here's the best kept secret on the northside! This is a family owned business that shows with their pride and hard work. I have brought my domesttic (chevy Lumina) and my fiance's import (toyota Rav 4) into the shop for regular maintenance and repair. Every time Sammy, George or another family member will walk you through whatever's going on with your vehicle and give you options or an estimate. These folk's are sincere where other shops are slick. This shop will help you look for ecomomy or quality depending on your needs. They are exceptionally knowledgeable about many vehicles and they are generous with their advice. Also, this is a working shop. They put their money into getting you a good value, instead of dumpint money gratuitous overhead and a fancy showroom! So be prepared to sit on an old car seat if you're going to wait for the repair. Lasty, if you want to be treated honestly and with respect, head over to Western Bryn Mawr Auto for a square deal from some great people. Ben Z
Well I can say is WOW! I just picked up my car from Dayton and I am so pleased. I had an accident a few weeks ago, where I had a good amount of damage. My insurance company recommended Dayton, so I had my car towed there. The shop manager Glen was very nice and explained the whole process to me and answered all my questions with sencerity. My car was in the shop for 17 days, in which they kept me informed the whole time. Since my car was in the shop, I called to ask if they could also fix a small dent that I had prior. Robin, the lady in the office was so helpful with getting back to me with a price and again answered anything I asked about my car. When it came to the insurance work, Robin took care of everything for me, to where I didn't have any of that stress. My car looks fantastic and back to the way it was before. I am very thankful to the entire shop and I will recommend them to anyone I know. Thanks again Glen and Robin for making my car look great and treating me so well.
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: