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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?
Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
Love these guys. I will be back they now have a customer for life. I needed some work done for my car sat. They closed at 1230pm, I told them dont worry id pick it up monday.I called and left the message. But to my surprise they called me after hours about 130pm. They finished!! They actually stayed late and put a customer first. Thank you so much I am driving to work thanks to them.
Take my vehicles to get repaired at Paul's Automotive wouldn't take them anywhere else these guys take care of everything
Fast Eddie's was definitely fast! I grew up in the auto service industry and found this shop to be clean, quick, and knowledgeable. They replaced my fuel pump, fuel filter and changed my oil within 4 hours my first CALL to them... Probably would have been quicker but I had get the truck towed to them. I have a wedding to attend and they saved my weekend.
Service here is amazing, my car was making a noise Eddie said to bring it by I had my car back by the end of the day my brakes were changed my oil was changed I believe a piston was broken so that was replaced if it wasn't for fast Eddies I don't know what I'd do! He took into consideration I only had one vehicle to get my daughter from point a to b and got the job done! I would definitely recommend this auto service to anyone!
went for one of there overpriced oil changes and they "forgot" to replace custom valve stem cover s that I have successfully had on this vehicle...without theft ,for more than a year. They "claim"they replaced them and offered a future reduction for NEXT oil change...This site condones theft by it s employee s and will NEVER get my business or any referral again
Good customer service, great prices. take care the problem with my check engine light with a good job. I was recommended by a good friend of my, I recommended this guys. Good job C and C Auto Care Thank you. I am in the road . Oakley
I fully recommend this shop to repair your car. The engine computer of my pt cruiser was stolen and when they knew my predicament they help me find a less expensive tow truck to have my car in their shop. It took them only a few days to fix and program the computer. I am using now my car with much confidence since the owner himself fixed it. I recommend this shop, for its efficiency and reliability.
I was recommend to Tess last October and I couldn't be happier. Tess is the first mechanic I've ever trusted. He has gone above and beyond for me, from a rental/loaner vehicle to towing my BMW to his shop. He has worked on my BMW, Jett TDI and RV. I can't say enough good things about him and Alex. The reviews I am reading are so far from anything I've experienced with Tess and behavior I can't even imagine on his part. There are two shops in the one building, so call Tess directly at 625-2445. :)
Took my BMW to them as they claimed to be experts for an issue in the battery, I had replaced the battery myself and could not get the car to start, but I had read online there is something the shop has to do to learn the new battery or something, anyway they kept the car for almost two weeks and then told me they had to take it to the dealer to get it done. I said OK, 2 days later they called me and said it was done, but I owed 1650.00 dollars cash as the dealer had to replace some computers, arrr, well I had no choice but to pay them. I went by the dealer afterwards and requested a copy of the last repair and to my surprise it showed only a charge of 198.00 to learn the battery and nothing else, no computers or parts replaced, well I just got ripped of by these guys so be careful. Time to go to the BAR and file in small claims court.
Not sure where these guys are located, I checked and found 5 different Access Auto's with slightly different names, kinda of scary, but OK. I found the latest listed Access Auto in Oakley on Main St, looks like the same place so I called for an appointment, phone rang for a bit and then was forwarded to a cell phone. A guy answered who I could not understand at all, I am not sure where he was from. I was a little worried about taking my BMW there as they advertise as an American car shop, but heck, they are convenient and posted smogs on the wall. I got there, then noticed 2 shops there in the same building, East Bay Autohaus and Access Auto. It appeared that East Bay Autohaus had all the Mercedes and BMW on their side while Access Auto was empty. I spoke with a man named Tes, he was rude and made me wait for 15 mins as he said he was busy with a technician, yet his shop appeared empty. I almost left, but then he came to me and asked what I needed, I said a smog on my older BMW, he said "sorry we can't smog older cars" then just walked off. Just horrible customer service. I walked out through the office and on the way I spoke with a girl up front that was very nice and polite, she asked if she could help me. I said no thank you, I am here for Tes, she still offered me water and coffee even though she apparently works for East Bay Autohaus not Access Auto. Won't go there again
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.