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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.
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?
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.
Very professional and honest. Brian was able to figure out was wrong with my vehicle and repair it in the same day. Auto Express Service has a customer for life. I won't trust my car with anyone else.They make repairs either at your location or in the shop. How convenient.
This company worst nightmare I was reserve the day 03/15/2018 moving distance only 180 mil they promise to Me same day delivery.I got the time 03/15/2018 9;00am-11;00am .Driver never show I was call they give me the another time on same day 1;00-3;00pm the driver show up 5;00pm .Every minute he talk on his phone private conversation when I ask Him he ccan be hurry He told me He wont deliver that day pick up and the next day I will get my stuff I wait 4 days when they deliver I was call everyday they was nasty attitude . Now I know why only accept cash or moneyorder I NEVER NEVER USE THIS COMPANY ON FURTURE!!!!!! THEY ARE NOT PROFESSIONAL DRIVERS ASK A TIP BEFORE THEY START PACKING VERY VERY HIGH PRICE
Do not use this service. No one responds to you after they have your vehicle. I'm at the point that I may have to contact the authorities.
I've been going to Tune rite for over a year now for all my car needs. I think they're very down-to-earth, and if you have a limited budget they will work with you to find the best solution for the lowest cost if necessary. I've never had any issues after numerous visits. Excellent work and great value from a top team. Along with honesty, integrity and excellence in service, I fully recommend them for service on any vehicle.
Took my car for the first time based off of Yelp! reviews and I wasn't disappointed! What a great place and I'm DEFINITELY going back!I was planning on spending a lot more but they were honest and explained to me why certain repairs were not needed yet.Spoke with Julio and he was very friendly and professional.Tune Rite Auto has become my go-to shop!
There are so many car transport companies out there, and almost all of them are brokers. Some are shady, ask you for a credit card upfront, promise you a low price only to get you to sign up with them, then try to tell you that they cannot find a company that will do it fo the low price and ask you to pay more. I chose Mercury because they did not ask me for upfront payment,had good reviews, and only took my $ once they had a confirmed quote from a car transport company. I had to ship a large SUV in the winter from Scottsdale to Cheyenne, WY and Cheyenne is off the beaten track. The quoted price was honored and the pickup was on time. There was a delay in getting the car from Denver to Cheyenne (things happen....), and here is where Mercury shone. They were all over it, making sure the car would get there asap, they advocated on my behalf, they continued to answer the phone when I called them (from what I hear this is rather unusual, most brokers will just tell you to call dispatch) and they continued to care until the car was delivered at its destination. If you need to ship a car Mercury should be your first choice.
This was undoubtedly the most unprofessional and disgusting service I have experienced in my life. The dispatch agent by the name of “Jim Gozde” LITERALLY told me he would not remove my vehicle from their dispatch board after I called back trying to cancel a quote they had spotted me for. The original quote was overpriced by 400 dollars compared to a new quote i recieved from a more reliable company. During this phone call he proceeded to give me extra lip and venting to me how he HATES customers like me. This is when i had enough of this rant he was giving and proceeded to demand me being taking off since it was hendering my service with the other company. Jim Gozde then angrily called me a “f***ng* idiot” before he hung the phone up in my face. Never have I been this disrespected and i am active duty in the Marine Corps serving 5 years. I highly recommend that Mercury looks at Jim Gozde’s file and suggest that he is fired; from his outburst it appears he has some type of mental illness or anger issue in which he cannot conduct himself in a professional manner.
Walked in on a very busy Saturday morning, greeted and asked what my concern is. No clue? But I know the sounds of my car and something is very different. Grabbed my key and said they would have someone drive it around.While I wait in the lounge area, I chat up with one of the family owners. Surprised to learn that this business has been open over 20/30 years. But seeing certificates on the wall and the stream of patrons, this place has gotten lots of return business.While the dealership quoted me with up to $1500 of POSSIBLE car issues, this shop diagnosed the issue as wheel bearing - they were extremely BAD. I've had break service done, replaced a tire and no one up to this point has recognized this issue. No one up to this point had even thought about jumping into the car to take it for a ride! For over a year I complained of noise to every place I went. Specially hearing noise anything over 30mph. Not sure if others just thought I was a girl that had no clue or were too lazy to check. But I was ecstatic to finally have an answer to the noise. I was given an estimate of $200 plus tax and about an hour wait. (I did a happy dance!)Thankfully I always keep a book with me. I'm less than a chapter in when the guy updates me as soon as a mechanic was ready to touch my car. Less than an hour later they are finishing up paperwork and I have a safe vehicle back on the road.Truly great, friendly, informative service. I've finally found a mechanic I can trust. No hidden cost. I change the oil religiously and already plan to have them do all recommended maintenance services to keep my car safe on the road for many more miles.
Beware of this Midas and a person named Jovanni who will make you believe everything is your fault and nothing they do is their fault at all If your car ever messes up after you bring it to them as I did for the oil change. Long story short first time they put too much oil and a light came on so I brought it back, they took out one quart and the light went off. 2days later my plastic flew off from the bottom of my car on the highway. I have got my oil change many of times and nobody including Jovanni has told me my plastic was breaking on the bottom but bottom line now they are telling me it’s a problem I’m going to have to handle not them. So taking my car to them cost my a lot more money and almost cost me my car for god knows what happens if there is to much oil. NEVER NEVER BRING YOUR CAR HERE....... Women beware too because you might spend more than you came there for that’s there vibe. And if there was no stars I would give them a 0
I needed my car transported from Massachusetts to Florida. After another company cancelled on me last minute I decided to give Mercury a call. I was put in contact with Jeff who was courteous, understanding, and very knowledgeable about how my car transport would work. I was worried after I was already cancelled on that it wouldn't work out but Jeff assured me he would get it done for me. I got a call back the very next day from Jeff telling me that he had found someone to transport my car. it was picked up 2 days later and delivered in another 2. AMAZING! my car arrived in perfect condition and ahead of schedule. I couldn't be happier with the services Jeff provided for me. I will be using Mercury in the future when I need my car transported again.
Every move is different, so it's vital to choose a moving company that's right for you. The first consideration you should make when hiring these professionals is how far you're moving.
Depending on the moving company, local moves are typically anywhere between one and 100 miles within the same state. Local moves are less complicated to plan, both for you and the movers you decide to hire. They're typically priced based on how much you need to move, how many movers the company plans to provide and how long the job is estimated to take.
Long-Distance and Interstate Moves
Even if you're staying in the same state, you may still technically be planning a long-distance move - though the exact mileage varies by moving company, these are typically moves that are more than 50 to 100 miles long or across state or country lines. In fact, even if you're moving within the same state but you have to go through another state or country first, it's likely considered an interstate move, rather than a local one. That's because the movers are technically transferring items between state lines, which means they'll be responsible for having the correct licensing and insurance in place.
Long-distance moves are much more complicated to plan, typically requiring you to pay numerous extra expenses for everything from shipping items to renting storage space.
Are you making a big move and trying to figure out exactly how much you should plan to spend? Or are you on a tight budget and looking to hire a mover who can keep costs low? Either way, it's important to understand how exactly moving companies charge their customers.
As mentioned above, for local moves, companies will charge based on the number of movers they provide and the amount of time they'll need to spend on the project. Generally, the more rooms in your apartment or house, the more movers and time you can expect to be charged for. The price of long-distance or interstate moves, on the other hand, will be based on the amount of belongings you have - and more specifically the weight of those belongings. The heavier the boxes or items you're shipping across state or country lines, the more expensive your move will be.
Moving costs will vary greatly, depending on where you are. Local moves in a small town in the Midwest will be much less expensive than comparable moves in New York City. For that reason, it's best to do some research about the going rates in your area.
No matter what type of move you're making, you can reach out to prospective moving companies for estimates - this is the best way to determine how expensive your move will be based on where you live and what services you're looking for. Typically, the moving company will send someone to your home who will do a walk through of each room, making note of the furniture, valuables and other belongings in each one. Then, he or she will provide an estimate. The exact amount you pay may, however, be different from the amount declared in the estimate. That's where the type of contract comes in.
Nonbinding vs. Binding Contracts
For any move, a company will ask you to sign a contract. It's crucial to know exactly what type of contract you're signing, though, to understand how much you can expect to pay. In basic terms, there are two types of moving contracts: binding and nonbinding. Binding, as well as binding not-to-exceed, contracts are the most preferable for people hiring movers. These list an estimated price the moving company cannot charge more than. So, even if your local move takes an hour longer or your belongings are heavier than expected for an interstate move, you're still only responsible for paying a fixed amount.
Nonbinding contracts, on the other hand, have no fixed final number. Instead, they list a rate - by the hour or by the pound/kilo - and you're responsible for paying exactly how much your move costs in those terms.
Keep in mind that movers provide a variety of services, many of which you may not require. These can affect how expensive your move will be. For example, a full-service move that includes packing and unpacking will be pricier than a local move that only includes loading the truck, driving it to the new home and unloading it.
For any move, there may be extra costs beyond the typical services offered. If you're asking your movers to transport large, hard-to-move items, like pianos, for instance, you'll likely pay an extra fee. Likewise, if your apartment building doesn't have an elevator or the truck has to be parked far from your home, you may be charged extra. Ask about these potential expenses when signing your contract.
Don't rush through the process of hiring a moving company. Make sure the movers you hire are dependable, reputable and the right fit for your needs.
Look for Reviews and Recommendations
When hiring movers, it's a good idea to both look at reviews online and ask your friends and family members for recommendations. Personal endorsements will go a long way toward helping you determine whether you can expect the company to do a quick and professional job.
Choose Top Candidates
As you're vetting candidates through reviews and recommendations, narrow your selection to three or four top options. Make sure the companies offer the type of move you're looking for, whether it's interstate or local. These three or four companies are who you'll contact for estimates.
Don't Be Afraid to Ask Questions
After receiving estimates, you'll have a better idea which companies are within your budget. However, this isn't the only factor you should use when choosing movers, especially for more complicated jobs. In fact, you may be willing to pay a little more to hire quality movers who can ensure the safety of your belongings. Don't be afraid to call these companies and ask questions.
During the hiring process, you want to make sure of three things: First, that the moving company is reputable and has the proper licensing and insurance. Second, that the movers are dependable, professional and committed to doing the job correctly. Finally, that the estimate provided is binding and that you're aware of any potential excess costs. With these factors in mind, here are some of the most important questions to ask a moving company:
As with any service profession, there are certain moving companies - though they are few and far between - that aren't reputable or that will try to take advantage of you. It's important to be able to recognize a scam if you come across one.
Call the FMCSA
For long-distance or interstate moves, you can easily check that companies have the proper licensing and insurance, which is a clear indication that they're legitimate. All interstate moving companies must be registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, so call 888-368-7238 to confirm the licenses, insurance and credentials of the movers you're considering. The FMCSA can also tell you if any complaints have been filed against a particular moving company.
Check with the American Moving and Storage Association
For both local and long-distance moving companies, AMSA is another good place to check out a company's legitimacy. Moving companies aren't required to be an AMSA member, but the ones that are have committed to the association's rules and regulations, which protect both the companies and the consumers hiring them. If a company isn't an AMSA member, that doesn't mean it isn't reputable, but an AMSA membership is a clear indication of legitimacy.
One of the most common fears people face when moving to a new home is that something they own will be lost or damaged in the process. While no company will be able to guarantee everything arrives safely, there are steps you can take to make damage less likely.
Pack and Transport Your Valuables
If you have items that are emotionally or financially valuable to you, do your best to pack and move them yourself. Keep jewelry, expensive artwork, inherited valuables and even costly electronics in your own car - that way you'll have complete control over their safety at all times.
Choose a Moving Company That Plans Ahead
Moving companies can better keep your belongings safe when the movers plan ahead. What does this mean? Many companies take extra time to measure doorways, halls and stairways to find the safest route in and out of your home. They should also provide furniture blankets, covers and moving pads to keep both your home and your belongings free of scratches or other damage.
Keep the Moving Area Safe
There are some things you can control on moving day and some things you simply can't, such as the weather. If you're moving on a snowy, icy or rainy day, keeping all of your paths, stairways and walkways clear and dry is crucial. This can help protect both the movers and the large items they're carrying to and from the truck.
The subject of tipping is relatively unclear when it comes to movers. However, there is a general rule of thumb that most people in the industry agree on: Tip your movers if they've done a good job and you think a tip is warranted.
Generally, a 5 percent tip is considered appropriate, though some people recommend paying $20 per day, per mover for basic, local moves. However, almost everyone agrees you should first do a quick walk-through of your home to check for any damage to your furniture or belongings and to make sure everything is where you'd like it to be.
If you do decide to give a tip, divide it evenly and give money to each individual, rather than giving the entire sum to the head mover and expecting it to be doled out equally. One type of tip to avoid: alcohol. It's usually illegal for movers to have bottles of alcohol in the truck or van, so tipping a bottle of wine or liquor could get them into trouble.