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I love the Porsche design; they never fail to turn my head and I've ALWAYS wanted one of my very own. Hubby said that if that's my dream car, we should get one for me, and we decided to bite the bullet and buy a custom built Cayman.Eric P. is a friendly, easygoing guy, a pleasure to deal with except for a couple of hiccups. First, he twice gave me erroneous information about the car I was considering (the cost of an extra package and info about the European delivery program). Second, I sent a follow-up e-mail with some pretty important questions and an appointment request but I never got a response. Apparently Eric "didn't get the e-mail," but he responded immediately to my husband when he sent a message 5 days later asking why he didn't respond to me. In the meantime, I had begun to shop my car build code to other dealers in CA and UT, and they promptly responded to all of my inquiries! I prefer to buy my cars locally, but buying out of state isn't new to me. Armed with two stellar quotes from competing dealers and my final custom build, we went to Gaudin to work a purchase deal and sign the final papers. Eric wasn't available so he had Jeff S. take care of us. This is where everything totally fell apart. Jeff rubbed me the wrong way from the start. He knew we were coming in to order my car, yet he hadn't even bothered to pull up my build code. It quickly became clear that this dealership isn't used to dealing with people who negotiate as he expected us to sign on the dotted line at the MSRP. I won't apologize for wanting to save money and I will never, ever agree to paying the MSRP on a new vehicle. That's just crazy talk!We told Jeff that we had competing price offers from SLC and L.A., and he sat back with a smirk. We own a vacation property in UT and spend lots of time in the SLC area (he started LAUGHING when we said that, like he didn't believe us), and my husband's firm has an office in L.A. so we spend a lot of time there too. Buying a car at either of these places wouldn't be much of a hassle. With that, he actually said "what's it worth to you to buy your car from the place that will be servicing it and taking care of you?" I replied, "no, what's it worth to YOU to get MY business?" I mean, really! Now Gaudin can be sure I will not take my car in for service there because of what Jeff said. He made me think that they'd either purposely mess up my car or treat me like crap because I didn't buy from them! I hope that's not what he meant, but it's certainly what was heavily implied.At this point we gave Jeff the numbers from the other dealerships and he left with a huff. He came back with Gaudin's final offer and it was nearly $4k more than the best offer we had from the dealer in L.A.! We asked if that was really the best he could do and he said yes, stuck out his hand, and said "thanks for stopping by." I understand there's a cost to doing business but the deal we worked with the CA dealer wasn't exactly outrageously cheap because it's still a pricey luxury sports car. I get the feeling the folks at Gaudin didn't think we could afford the car because they were more than happy to let us walk away. This isn't a case of sour grapes because they wouldn't match the better price, but this felt far from the red carpet service they like to brag about. I'd be doubly embarrassed that I lost a sale from someone who literally lives less than five miles from their dealership.If you're in the market for a Porsche and want to get your car for several percentage points off the sticker price, you need to shop your build to out of state dealers because Gaudin prefers to sell to customers at MSRP, period.
So I'm not one to rate a car dealership five stars, but I had two awesome experiences at Volvo of Las Vegas. My husband and I were in the market for a new luxury SUV and, being concerned about safety ratings and reading the rave reviews in "Car and Driver," we decided to check out Volvo.Melissa jumped to help us out, and she was absolutely fantastic. She was kind, low-pressure, and had a cool, laid back vibe. We both absolutely loved her. After taking a test drive, we decided to think it over for a week and made a future appointment to come back and meet with Melissa when we had more time to explore the new vehicle.Once again, Melissa was great. She honestly could effortlessly (and correctly) answer every single question we had about the car. We've been car shopping around for months and hands down she was the salesperson with the most authority out of all the places we visited (including Porsche, Lexus, BMW, Audi, and Mercedes). She took us on a lengthy test drive and spent a ton of time with us, demonstrating all the cool semi-autonomous features. She explained every option in depth and was simply great all around.When we asked, she thoroughly explained the European delivery program too. For those of you looking at purchasing a new Volvo, ask about it! It was a huge selling point for us and almost made purchasing a car too good to pass up..but a trip to Sweden to the Volvo factory wasn't enough of a positive for us to buy the car.Eventually we decided against the Volvo and went with the Mercedes instead, but we were both super impressed with the professionalism and courtesy at this dealership. We made the decision after discussing it at length (for the record, we decided against the Volvo because of the sheer panoramic sunroof shade, the boxy exterior body style, and the ridiculously inefficient "self parking" feature -- seriously, it would make it HARDER to park, not EASIER)! However, we will definitely consider purchasing a Volvo in the future, and I will absolutely ask for Melissa by name.
As a homeowner and consumer advocate with over 40 years of plumbers experiences in 3 states, I rate my 11/4/2015 experience with Union Plumbing as one of the BEST. Bought a gas Rheem water heater from Home Depot 7/1/2014. On 10/29/2015, no hot water. Phoned Rheem's 800# and spent 38 minutes with tech trying to restart it but pilot would not light. Tech "said" he was ordering a new control module that I would receive at my home by next day air. Within 2 hours, received call from Union Plumbing to schedule the service call but I said I was waiting for the part and would call back to schedule. No part arrived the next day so I phoned Rheem to get the tracking #. After over 15 minutes on hold listening to elevator music, operator apologized and said initial tech did not order the part, which she then ordered. I phoned Rheem on 11/2/2015 and obtained FedEx tracking # so I then phoned Union to schedule service for 11/4/2015 and was told tech would arrive between noon and 4PM. Ian Hickman phoned me 20 minutes before he arrived at 2:30PM. I watched Ian drain the tank and install the new Honeywell WV8840C1605. During the process Ian educated me on the fact that many of these Honeywell parts are failing and being replaced in Rheem and AO Smith water heaters due to coating on the probe and faulty circuit board. The new part has improved stainless steel probe, circuit board and even a nice blue indicator light replacing the orange one. One hour later I could hear and see my water heater doing it's job. Having renovated my home and replaced Kitec fittings over the past 2 years, I've experienced 5 different plumbing companies in Nevada. Thank you Ian and Union Plumbing for a first class experience!
Quite the rinky-dink, deceitful little business. After reading a satisfactory Carfax report, Humberto sold me a nice-looking 2006 Nissan Altima. It had been regularly maintained, so how could there possibly be anything wrong with it? Well, a little over two weeks after I purchased it, the AC started blasting out either lukewarm or flat-out hot air when on the coldest setting. Shortly after, the "Service Engine Soon" light came on. Not sure what kind of place sells a car without giving it a proper tune-up first, but I took it to AutoZone for a diagnostic test, and got a P0420. This is probably the most vague diagnosis a vehicle can get, but it's probably the catalytic converter. Let's just hope this is only thing wrong, shall we? And, wait for it, wait for it...As it turns out, it needs a new exhaust manifold, front struts, and radiator hoses as well as a timing belt - all adding up to about $2,200 in repairs. Essentially, the $400 I saved when they knocked it off the price will have to go a mechanic (plus an additional $1,800) to fix the issues. Good lookin' out, guys! "As-Is" vehicle sales are a gamble the buyer usually doesn't win. However, the fact that the issues were never disclosed at the time of purchase nor did I receive a copy of the engine report mandated BY LAW after 75,000 miles probably means I have a damn good case against them. Avoid the aggravation and spend the extra money somewhere else. At least there you'll know what you're getting.
I went to look at a 2013 Audi, in Las Vegas Nevada, which had recently arrived. Drove and liked it however by the time I received an insurance quote, and had done some other shopping the car had been sold and no others were available in the vicinity. I discussed with my Salesperson, Robert, what he wanted to do, since I couldn't wait for months to order one and preferred not to travel out of town where others were available. They found a more upgraded one out of state and negotiated to have it shipped here, and at no charge to me. They were not under any obligation to do this. They also worked out a very competitive price which turned out to be less than I would have otherwise paid out of the area where I had priced several. I left a deposit and signed to have the vehicle transferred. A few days later the car arrived in good order, no miles,nor damages, clean, fueled, tested fine, ready to go. I completed the paper work, was not pressured to take additional items though I took some which I had previously reviewed. Robert went over the various systems with me and gave me a lift back from the airport. A+ all around so far!
WOW! how to describe BEST car I’ve ever purchased & from a dealership with BEST VIP treatment ever experienced. I did internet search “2017 convertibles” and saw a car I’d never seen before … 2017 Fiat Spider 124. SPECS: I wanted something fast, compact and with latest gadgets (backup camera, 7” screen, remote everything). I’d already driven a $55,000 German sports car so I went to test drive the Fiat. AMAZING! 0-60 in 6 sec, zero noise or wind blowing at highway speeds with top down. Fiat even BEATS German convertible BECAUSE it has pushbutton start & top up or down in 5 seconds. All this at HALF the German cost.Towbin Fiat made my choice even better. UNBEATABLE PRICE (and I shopped ALL over the USA), Vanessa Rau treated me like I was royalty. She showed me many features as we walked around my new car, even connected my smartphone to 7” touch screen. If you are looking for ANY convertible in Vegas & don’t at least test drive the Fiat 124 at Towbin, YOU ARE CRAY CRAY CRAZY!!!
The good reviews must have been posted by employees or by people who know literally nothing about cars.These people invent problems and they overcharge. Here are a few examples I have experienced in person. For corroded terminals, they want to replace the battery. When the coolant level is low, they want to replace the thermostat. When the mechanic breaks something, they want to claim it was broken. They want you to pay at least $400 or more, no matter what. Still, the shop is not one star, because they actually fix the problem too, assuming you pay a lot more than necessary. As long as you know this and you know EXACTLY what you want, plus do not mind paying $135/hr, you can go there, because they have the instrumentation to diagnose and the tools to repair VWs. They are, for the above-mentioned reasons, in fact, better than the average mechanic in Vegas, which does not mean they are good.The parts store is good and sometimes you can get steep discounts.
After months of considering getting a new car, I traded in my old Chrysler 300 and leased a brand new 2017 Volvo XC60 T6. I absolutely love the car! I am very happy with my decision. I would like to Thank Marcus Rice/Sales Associate, for making me feel welcome and addressing all of my concerns in a timely manner. Marcus made the car buying process seamless. I would also like to give a big Thank you to Lane McEnaney / General Manager, for being flexible and making adjustments in order for me to drive off with the car I wanted! I would highly recommend Volvo Las Vegas on Sahara to anyone who is car shopping. The Customer Service, Staff, Environment and Management are excellent, professional, and friendly. They also had a great selection available to choose from. Thank you for setting such a high standard in Customer Service and car shopping experience. 5/5 star experience!
I spoke with salesman Jason Well's over internet for several day's he found what I wanted and did most of the deal over the phone and through fax machine we drove over from Southern ca. with our car as a trade in on my trailer we were met as we arrived by Jason he gave us great new's he had fought for a lower interest rate and got it showed us the car took it out on test drive loved the car went back in filled out the final paper work signed and we were on our way within 2 hr's start to finish this Dealership was great to work with and it was a pleasure to work with Jason I would recommend Findlay North VW to anyone that want's to buy a great car .we not only got a new car we also got extended family we were treated great and with the up most respect from everyone at Findlay VW Thank you jason you were Awesome to work with . Val Simon
I needed a plumber fast (because a particular large home store would not install my new dishwasher, nor my washer and dryer because there was slight corrosion which the plumber said wouldn't make a difference, the installers were just lazy) I randomly picked Orchard Plumbing out of the phone book, it was a holiday and the actual owner came within a few hours. He said he really didn't think these items under the sink needed to be replaced, and I appreciate the honesty. I asked him while he was there if he would install my new garbage disposal and he did, quickly and efficiently. I then decided to have the items the large home store installers said they wouldn't install because of slight corrosion, he sent one of his employees. Both men were extremely friendly, fast and did a great job. I would highly recommend them to anyone in need of a good, honest plumber.
If you own a house or commercial building, you're bound to need a plumber at some point. Here's a list of the different kinds of plumbing services you might need assistance with:
You might only think of needing a plumber when the pipes in your house burst. However, a plumbing contractor also installs all of those pipes, whether they're made of PVC or copper, in your building. Professional plumbing services also lay pipe in place for wastewater, rainwater runoff and even air conditioning systems.
Not only do they install pipes, plumbers set up sewer lines and vents as well as gutters, down pipes and storage tanks for residential and commercial facilities.
Just like getting a regular oil change for your car or truck, your home's pipes and water system also need regular maintenance and check-ups to ensure they're running right. This is why plumbers also offer upkeep services to test your entire plumbing system on a monthly or biannual basis to catch any issues with your pipes before they become an emergency.
This type of work spans from moving a water line or cleaning a sewer line to installing an ice maker or even a hot tub.
Most likely, you'll need a plumber in case of an emergency repair. Services can run the gamut from repairing a clogged toilet and leaking faucets to replacing whole water heating systems. Some jobs can take just a few hours while others might require a day or two of work if the repairs are extensive, such as replacing a hot water heater.
Other tough jobs could require your plumbing contractor to put his or her carpentry skills to work by sawing through walls to get to your pipes.
You can also hire a plumber to get the cost-saving advice you need. If you're interested in buying a new home or property, it's smart to hire a contractor or a plumbing service to not only tell you if the building's foundation is sound, but also if the pipes are in good working order. You wouldn't want to purchase a new house and repair the damage someone else did to the property. This is why many plumbers also offer consultancy work to check a facility's water and gas systems and advise home and building owners on best practices they can perform to minimize damage to their pipes.
Having plumbing work done, whether it's for your home or business, can be incredibly expensive. That's why it's vital for you to ask a plumbing service the right kind of questions before you hire them. You want to do as much due diligence on your part as possible to get a professional who will not only do quality work but also charge you a fair price for it.
It's best to hire a plumber to do a simple, everyday maintenance task for you first so you can judge his or her work. If you're happy with it, save their contact information so you'll have them on hand in case you need an emergency repair. This can spare you the extra worry and anxiety of having to track down a plumber if you have a broken pipe. Additionally, it can save you from being overcharged.
However, what should you ask a plumbing service if you've never even hired one before? Here are a few questions that can help you identify the professional from the amateur:
Are you licensed and registered?
Some states do not require plumbers to be licensed, but for the safety of your house, the people living under your roof and for your pocketbook, you'll want a licensed plumber to do the needed work.
A licensed plumber means the person completed the necessary education or training required to work as a professional tradesperson. Hiring a licensed plumbing service means the people working on your building are knowledgeable about water and gas pipes. If you use unlicensed workers, you run the risk of them damaging your home even further and endangering you by doing faulty work.
Check your state's laws beforehand, as hiring an unlicensed plumber could be illegal where you live.
Not only do plumber apprentices have to complete their training and education to receive their licenses, they also are required to pass a criminal background check and carry liability insurance. Hiring just anybody can make you vulnerable to fraud since unlicensed plumbers might not know what they're doing or could pretend to fix something and end up charging you for the incomplete work.
Are you insured and bonded?
A trustworthy plumber will have both commercial liability insurance as well as be bonded. The insurance and the bond protects the plumber from paying for any damages made to your house out of pocket. Having professionals that carry both of these policies can protect all of you from any mishaps that could occur while they work on your building. Remember, not all plumbers are the same and not all of them carry the necessary insurance and bonds to protect themselves and your home from damage or shoddy work.
How many years have you been in business?
Not only do you want a licensed and trustworthy professional, you'll want one who's been in business for a few years. More experience also means the plumber will have a prior work history you can check. A more inexperienced plumber might not have many customer reviews or examples of his or her work to show you.
What, if any, professional associations do you belong to?
It can never hurt to ask plumbers if they're part of a professional association, whether it's a state or national group. Being a part of a professional organization provides an extra guarantee that the person you hire is licensed and offers you a warranty for their labor.
May I have a list of references?
While it's advisable to ask friends, family and neighbors if they can recommend a good plumber, they might not have anyone you can call. With that said, it's best to ask a plumbing service for a list of references that you can contact to get a good picture of the kind of work their business does and if it's quality or not.
Before you hire a plumber, contact their past customers if you're able to. These people can be a wealth of information if you ask them the right questions. Pose the following queries to these former patrons when you get the chance:
Do you offer a written warranty for your work?
Whenever you make a large purchase, you always request a receipt, right? Well, you will want a written warranty for any work or repairs done to the plumbing in your house. You want someone that's doing major maintenance or repair work on your house or commercial building to stand by his or her labor. Before you hire a plumber, ask him or her if they offer written warranties.
Will I need a permit for this work?
If a plumber needs to do major repairs to your house, the work could call for a permit. You'll want this since a permit provides added assurance that the work is done correctly. Having this added measure in place means an inspector will check the work your contractor or plumber does to ensure he or she did the job correctly. If you ever plan on putting your house or commercial building on the market, a real estate agent and prospective buyers will also want to check any large work you did to make sure it was done properly.
To keep yourself safe from fraud or a possible scam, always remember to ask plumbers for their license along with a written warranty for their labor. Besides this, further safeguard yourself by checking their references and ensure they or their company is insured and bonded to do their work.
While it's smart to get maintenance work done on your pipes every once in a while, there are a number of prevention tips that will not only prolong the life of your pipes but also help you save on your water bill. Here are a few you should keep in mind:
Be mindful of how much water you use in your bathroom, kitchen and even outdoors when watering your lawn. Make sure your toilet handle works properly and doesn't stick. You don't want it continuously flushing. Replace your old shower heads with more efficient low-flow options that can cut down on the gallons of water you use each morning.
Simple things such as turning off the sink while you brush your teeth or only running your dishwasher or clothes washer when you have a full load to clean can make more efficient use of water.
You won't always need to call a plumber to help you fix a nasty clog if you treat your pipes right. Don't use your toilet or kitchen sink like a trash can by stuffing hard to flush material down the drain or pouring fats and oils down the pipe. Throw coffee grounds and eggshells in the garage instead of in your sink. Also, only use your toilet to flush human waste and toilet paper, because any other materials could clog your commode.
Frozen pipes are hazardous and can cause massive amounts of damage to your home. To prevent your pipes from freezing during the winter, run your faucets at a trickle and keep your house's heater at 55 degrees Fahrenheit or above to keep the water flowing.
Plumbing problems come in all shapes and sizes. The following are some of the most common, as well as how to fix them:
If you turn on your bathroom or kitchen sink in the morning to find brown or rust-colored water coming out of your faucet, don't panic. The discoloration is most likely due to old iron pipes or recent use of a hydrant or water main that disturbed the usual flow of water. Keep your water running for a minute or so and it should run clear after a while.
Leaky and Dripping Faucets
Having a leaking or dripping faucet can run up your water bill. To fix it, first shut off the water under the sink then remove any decorative parts of the faucet and replace the washer and O-ring before reassembling everything.
Your water heater could be the cause of a lot of issues around your home, from a lack of hot water to foul smells and popping sounds. Hire a professional plumber to take care of the more complex jobs that a heater can require. However, if you're having hot water issues, you can simply examine the thermostat and adjust it accordingly.
If you hear odd sounds coming from your water heater, it could be due to sediment building up. To get rid of this, make sure you clean out the heater every few months. However, if you hear a boiling noise, it could mean the heater is overheating and you should call a plumbing professional as soon as possible.
Drain and Toilet Clogs
Before calling a plumber, try to unclog your drains and toilets yourself by using a plunger. Make sure you use a standard bell-shaped plunger for your sink and shower drains and a plunger with a flanged end for your toilets. If neither type can loosen the pipe blockage, put a plumber's snake to use. Ratchet the snake down the pipe to eliminate any clogs.