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I got my car radiator fixed at Maaco Collision Repair & Auto Painting and I have to say the service was great and the price was right. The turn arou…
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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.
The owner is a great family man. He understands the customers. You willbe happy with his cars. Big recommendation for Volkan.
Saw that Morgantown Pre-Owned Automotive had the best prices on cars on Morgantown and the best warranty options, I bought a car for my son and later for my daughter. They are honest and we recommend them to anyone in the market for an affordable used car, truck, or SUV.
Excellent service, great customer service overall I'm always pleased !! Everyone I know takes their cars there and they are pleased as well.
I've had business multiple times with Auto Town Used Cars while I was an Engineering student at West Virginia University and I have absolutely nothing but great things to say about this place and its owner.The owner treats each one of his customers beautifully and goes above and beyond his job description. As a previous customer of Auto Town Used Cars, I can honestly tell you that the owner gentleman does NOT sell a car that he is not comfortable with, period. Highly recommended !
Just like the post made on 1/09/17 I was made another victim of NTB scams. When I went in to have my car inspected they told me I needed front brakes, rotors, a break fluid flush and break calipers. In total it was about $800 worth of labor and materials. The front desk gentleman named Chris Informed me I was unable to pass my inspection because my breaks were "metal on metal". I was fortunate enough that my boyfriend has a background on cars. When he took a look at my breaks his jaw dropped. Not only had the Suncrest Town Center NTB lied about my breaks being metal on metal but everything for the front end of my vehicle was fine. When I went into NTB I was unaccompanied by my boyfriend. This company targets women who know nothing about cars. They catch people who are in need of an inspection and corner them with an outrageous amount of work that must be done or they will not pass you. When explaining my car situation to my sister she too had a similar story with NTB and breaks. NTB is not a honest mechanic shop. When contacting corporate explaining the corrupt nature of the Suncrest Town Center location they had nothing to say. After further investigation, I found out the men in the shop who do the estimates receive commission on their work. Why would they not want to throw crazy service orders and just hope someone's doesn't take a second opinion. I took my car to another local shop where my car was in and out in 20 mins and they let me know my breaks were great just as my boyfriend had stated. I will be pursuing further outreach to save other women from being ripped off from NTBS unethical business model.
I can't evaluate their work since I don't know enough about car fixing, but in general they charge too much. They rip you off by overcharging parts and providing unnecessary services.
NEVER TAKE YOUR CAR HERE! I went in for a 6pm appointment for a basic state inspection (due to my regular shop being out of inspection stickers). Upon arrival I was told that they were running late and that they should have my car done in an hour or so. After waiting for almost two hours they finally moved my car from the parking lot into the garage, not five minutes later the mechanic came it to tell me that my car needed several things in order to be approved. He told me that the passenger side brake caliper wasn't retracting fully and it could cause it to lock up and cause an accident ( even tho it was spinning freely when up on the lift, he also told me that the brake pads on the side that was catching were totally worn out while the other sides pads "looked like new". He also said that due to the caliper being stuck I would need new rotors as well as a new caliper. He suggested that I got the repairs (totaling $700), done there saying " but you need to get your car inspected". I refused knowing that my brakes had just been checked not a month prior to this experience. I then went to my regular shop, with actual mechanics instead of a bunch of 18 year old know it alls. My mechanic removed the brakes and calipers and thouroughly checked them and insisted there was absolutely nothing wrong with anything. I have never been so blatenly conned in my entire life. I now know that it was a conn, luckily I was smart enough to get a second opinion. Never take your car here for anything, these are the most in-experienced lying mechanics I have ever dealt with, and I have dealt with plenty. Overall it was a horrible experience and I still wasted close to $200 on non- necessary work just to tell me that the mechanics at National Tire and Battery in Sun Crest Town Center were trying to make a quick buck and take advantage of me.
When I called about getting my van fixed, the person answering the phone was very pleasant and helpful! He told me who could tow it that would be the least amount of money, but still a reputable company. I could pay the towing bill with my total bill. Also, he looked at it within a day of getting it. I received a phone call before any work was completed. There were no surprises! I recommend this auto service!
This is not just 'another' car repair facility, this is a facility where there is passion and pride that encompasses every repair, big or small. I had a lamp repair, was guided on best practice for tire puncture, have scheduled some future maintenance. The time and extra care Skip delivered during our time of need, has led me to accept no other repair service, and all service should be at executed at this level.
Dishonest ! I bought a classic car online from Steve, saying and advertising "the car is excellent". When I receive it, the power soft top arm was broken (have to dismantled everything to weld it), the starter was making a lot of noise and found out that we have to change the flying gear and the starter gear (have to drop the transmission) both rocker and floor panels are dead rusty, almost nothing left! The 4 bearings has to be changed, leaks from power sterring, shaft, wheels cylinder,...too much to mentionned. Stay away !!!
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.