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Four tips for keeping yourself and your vehicle safe while you wait.
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Four tips for keeping yourself and your vehicle safe while you wait.
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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?
Fast and Excellent service. Everyone from the techs to the owner is very friendly and helpful. Techs are actually ASE certified unlike other big name companies. Highly recommended
Love this place! The only people I trust to work on my car. They have reasonable prices and explain all of the work they will do and why it is necessary
HORRIBLE service PLEASE don't go to ROY to service any car... SCAMMERS!!! The will charge you and charge you and fix nothing.
Most wonderful mechanic I’ve ever been too. He’s very trustworthy and give you the best price. Very honest with ever situation. He tells you how it is and keeps it 100. Will never take my car to any other mechanic.
Most friendliest and best customer service I have ever gotten at a gas station! They sell all types or candies and chips that you may not find elsewhere. They have so many variety of mexican products too. The gas station is so clean, and they have so much variety.
Had an engine seize which required a complete engine swap, which is about as bigger job as there is. Had the car back within 1 week, it cost less than $2000 and came with a 1 year warranty. Car driving like it is new. Top job
They will smile and agree to do the work for one price. Once your car is disassembled, they will call you and tell you that you need additional work that will cost just as much as the amount you agreed to pay. Once you get the work done for TWICE AS MUCH, the receipt will say NO GUARANTEE. Now any decent person charging close to 600.00 for work will want to guarantee the work. It's just integrity. If they charge high prices and won't guarantee the work, it's not worth going. My car is still idling low. Disappointing.
I was on my way to Florida when my truck made a loud boom and started smoking. I called Myles truck and the service manager advised me it was probably a turbo and he would send his wrecker to tow me in. Within 30 minutes of my call the folks at Myles had their wrecker to me to tow me in. They were able to diagnose the problem very quickly (which was a turbo by the way) and get me all fixed up by lunch time the next day. Myles did an awesome job getting me back on the road. Everyone there was nothing but stellar. Can not recommend these guys enough.
An unknown assailant put a big dent in my brand-new car - didn't leave note or wait for me to come out of store, so I was stuck with paying for the repair. I stopped by Top Notch Collision for an estimate and Alan was so very helpful. He explained the insurance process to me (I had never filed a claim before). He talked with me for 30 mins, not knowing if he would even get my business. I had already been to two other shops for estimates and they could've cared less that I was there - gave me a quick estimate and sent me on my way. So, I chose Top Notch Collision - though my insurance company "encouraged" me to choose one of their "select service" shops. And I am so very glad I chose TNC! My car looks great!! You would never know the repair was made. I have a three-process paint job that had to be blended into the surrounding parts and it is flawless! And the staff took care of everything. I didn't have to haggle with the insurance company. The day I picked my car up, Alan even handled returning the rental car for me. I will most certainly recommend Top Notch Collision - not only is the repair top quality, but the customer service is "top notch".
Jan-Feb 2017Take your car/truck anywhere but here. I took my truck here to get the head gasket replaced. The owner insisted he knew what he was doing and assured me my truck was in good hands. After weeks of waiting and constantly having to call about my truck the owner implied the reason it was taking so long because of the weather. He put me on the back burner because he didnt have "room" in his garage to put my truck. Needless to say, if it was raining or the weather was bad my truck wasn't being worked on. A couple weeks and $3,700 later, I finally get my truck back. Three days later, the head gasket blew again. I called BUI to inform him of what happend and he wanted ME to pay to have it towed back to his shop. I sent him specific instructions pertaining to my truck and the route he should take to fix it. He never bothered to read those instructions. After the head gasket blew again, I took my truck to another shop who proceeded to tell me that the turbo gasket this guy put in was a homemade gasket instead of the metal one it requires. They also told me the bolts he used were all torqued at different levels. I called BUI once again to complain and he offered me $1500 of my original $3700 I paid and when I told him that wasnt good enough he said he would see me in court. I wouldnt trust this guy to install a lightbulb in my truck! Dont make the same mistake I did.
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.