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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?
Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
Excellent customer service and professional work. I had sidings and gutter repaired in a timely manner. The prices are affordable and very professional service. I highly recommend Why Not?
CONSUMERS BEWARE!! THIS PLACE IS A SCAM!!Took my car in for a regular oil change. Later that day my car stalled in the middle of the road. The “genius” who serviced my car earlier in the day, apparently replaced the oil filter with one that was the wrong size. That caused most of the engine oil to drain and almost blew my engine. Had to take it in to a different shop to get my car back to a usable state. When I confronted the suppose “manager” of this shop, Jose, he was very unprofessional and declined to cover the cost of the damages that was caused by them. He even said that if I tried to write a negative review on Yelp, that he would have it removed “like that”. Well good luck with that buddy, I’ll put this review on every site that I can find which list this horrible business. I’ve already reported this unpleasant business transaction to the City of Des Plaines and the Better Business Bureau. If you are a consumer that was scammed by this place, I suggest that you do the same. I’m also in the process of taking legal action so that they learn a lesson and understand that not all consumers will tolerate their ignorance and incompetence.
VERY BAD EXPERIENCE!! So odd there are good reviews but I guess they get by. Even so, i had a new battery installed just a few years back. I asked to have the headlight cover replaced. Was given estimate then after it was done he takes me over to the car to show me and says "oh by the way the cover doesn't match the other one. Its my front headlights one cover is clear and now the other one is very dark light black. Looks so strange. He said they didnt have clear one in stock. I wish they had let me know before doing it. Cost $200. I even went back to them and it was a mistake. My car was making a noise from front end. Also a few other things. They let me drop car off after hours. I put a note and key in door. 3 days went by but they are up the street so wasn't concerned. I call them to find out they haven't looked at it. Another day still nothing. I call and am told that I need new tires. He sounded very strange and agitated.
Ronal Stricklin, Des Plaines/12/31/2015 When my car began leaking oil real bad, a co-worker told me about jba. So I had it towed in. They said they would look at it the same day, and they did, also they fixed that day. The price was very, very reasonable. Odie, the owner, was very friendly. I would definitely bring my car back the next time it needs service.
buys sells and services mobile homes any thing needed on a mobile home repairs ect this company does it also buys and sells homes in all areas
STAY AWAY! Went here for simple oil change and booked apt. online. I went in to Several people and chaos at the front desk. I just sat down and waited. Was not a problem really. The mgr. checked me in then and he was nice. I asked if they could replace the turn signal too and he said yes. after waiting awhile a man other than him told me the other things that my car needed. This was fine and I already knew from another place too. I joked a little and sensed that the man seemed to be acting strange and made a rude comment about my car being older. I have to say he was the black man there. Im only saying this because I felt maybe he had a personal problem with me and not the other way around. It was so weird. I like people of all races. But he seemed to not like me for some reason as it got even worse. He told me the total and I asked if the turn signal had been fixed too. He said yes. Then I go out to the car and checked. It had not been. I went back in and he asked if I had let the mgr. know about it before. I said yes and why don't you ask him. He said no its ok. The tech said it wasn't on the ticket. Funny too throughout all of this the mgr. was right in small room behind the counter and could hear im sure but never came out. After they fixed it I left again thinking I had the price quotes for just the few things my car needs. Not even much but he said was old clunker. Its 2002 but well maintained. I go back in and he just said you declined and it says on there. I said I know but could I get the prices. He then struggled for a very long time, not saying anything. I went to sit down again. Another woman in there seemed concerned and said "what is going on". He had no personality or ability to communicate, again I don't know if it was personal. He then quoted me for more work than he said at first I needed. I called and he still said that I needed both sides of something he first said one. I thought of calling the mgr. but just feel he must be useless if he lets all of this go on. Not huge deal but so unnecessary and strange. Please at least women, don't go here!!
In my opinion I would look for another business who cares about their clients and their well being I purchased a car about two and a half weeks ago from the owner Sam I am led to believe that this is a flood car 99% of the car is rusted underneath and there are pipes that are welded and rigged with mud flaps to keep the bottom of the engine intact so it does not fall. I was mortified when I found this out I asked him if he would take the car back and he said no you bought it as is its yours but as a dealership you can't legally sell this to someone and get away with it I am heartbroken that I have lost my disability money that I have been saving I am a mother of two and now with no vehicle.
This is hands down one of the best dealerships that I have ever gone too, I went to 12 looking for the car I wanted. They were very willing to work on the price and gave me a fantastic interest rate! The staff was really friendly and willing to make the deal right! I felt no pressure to buy, and every single question I had was answered with incredible honesty. I would absolutely recommend this dealership to anyone looking for a car.
I've been using Ace Auto for years now for all my car needs....body repair and mechanical work. Their labor rates are very fair and they do a great job in a timely manner. If something goes wrong, they stand behind their work and get it right. I tell all my friends about Ace if they need a reliable place to get their car fixed without getting robbed from dealerships or shady shops. They've all been satisfied and go back for all their car issues. I can't speak to the auto sales part of the business but it seems like they have a good selection and reasonable prices.
Tom (the owner) and his crew have done much work on my family's cars over the years. Sure, I've gotten a little sticker shock at the cost of some big ticket repairs, but such is the expectation when you drive older cars with a lot of miles. I'm not sure if we started going to Klasic Tyre because my husband wanted new tires for his car or because we needed something done and our old mechanic wasn't around anymore... but we've been going to Klassic Tyre for several years. Oil changes, breaks... always bring the cars in for those maintance issues... but we've also brought our cars in for bigger issues. They are honest, they don't pull punches with us if it would be dangerous to us and others on the road to not get the work done, but if it's not something that NEEDS to be done immediately, they always let us know so we have the opportunity to make better decisions on when and where (if we so choose).The service and staff are great, we really haven't got any complaints.I recommend stopping in if you're looking for a new garage, we keep going back and have no complaints.
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.