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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?
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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?
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.
took my zx10 in for service i has never ran so good the did a wonderful job the staff were very helpful and fixed it in 2 days when i had had it at another shop and could not get them to work on it
He's a COMPLETE RIP OFF.l took a scooter, in to get repaired, repeatedly, and every time, it would break down on me, within 2miles of his shop. Please "BEWARE" DO NOT, take anything there.
I was surprised after my trip to (All In One) see the reviews. All i can say is that my experience here was a great one, with fair pricing.
first of all we don't open for business on Sundays and i was at the shop by my self helping a customer from out of town that brook down and asked for my assistance . despite we helped you getting your van off the road to our shop and we didn't charge you diagnosis or storage fee, when you declined work. thanks a lot for your review, you didn't even offer to pay us anything for helping you off the road thanks for your generosity.besides my insurance liability wont allow me to help you load your van on a tow dully.
Took a 2000 Chevy Malibu to Bao to have a new head put on it. It took them two months to complete it, but they said they'd give me a discount due to the wait. Upon picking it up, they charged $900 with no tax if I paid in cash. That's not a discount. Then after giving me a tax free discount (which only helps them) they proceeded to tell me that their work is not warrantied due to the discount they gave me. First off, if they're giving me a discount due to their incompetence, why should I be punished by having my warranty stripped away from me? The discount was issued for a fault of their own, not mine. Second off, I paid the full amount, there was no discount. Then, to top it all off, I found a spark plug wire disconnected from the coil pack. A few days after plugging the wire up to the coil pack, the car starts misfiring like it was before I took it to Bao. Conclusion: STAY THE HELL AWAY FROM BAO AUTO REPAIR!
The work they did at my home had to all be done over- I did not realize until listed my home for sale- What a big mistake their worker had made on my ceiling- replacing the skylight- He replaced with plywood- The ceiling is popcorn and popcorn texture cannot be put on plywood only drywall- He acted as if he did not know what he was doing- which he did not- They hire people that have no experience and send them to your home- I think because I am a woman he took advantage of my - I did not realize they were not trained professionals , hey advertised and pay poor guys to work for them a fraction of what they charge- Hire someone who knows what they are doing- and make them stick to the estimate they provided, and their work- Take it from someone who now has to pay someone to redo what they have done-
My muffler fell down today. Joe, the owner's son, came to me and offered to fix my car. He rewelded the muffler to the tailpipe so that it no longer dragged. He agreed to do this for only $20 as a good gesture. He could have tried to sell me a new muffler or overcharge because I was in a bind. This is a family business. The father came, while I was there. He is also very nice. They are a very honest and competent business.
My car was stalling a lot so I decided to take it here. They told me I needed a new engine, so I paid to have it replaced. Turns out the engine was fine and they would not refund my money
Wonderful service, excellent pricing. I highly recommend All Pro! They were prompt, kind, and and professional.
My baby is an 86 560SL, red on black, with 39k miles. My father kept her in the garage with a cover over her, he rarely drove her, he was a large man and preferred his SEL's. When I had her towed to Knoxville she had 27k miles, and her tags had been expired for four years. I have no idea how long it had been since she was even started. To make a long story short, the fifth mechanic that tried to get her running had it towed to his brother-n-laws mechanic, Don Gibson. Don had it running the night he got it, which was the evening before my father's funeral. I love this man! No one, other than Don or his son Dewayne, will ever touch my car again. They are strictly Mercedes, and they are the best.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.