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The guys at this place were so awesome I was on a road trip traveling through to My Rushmore and three lugg nuts broke on my car, called AAA THEY contacted Tow Pro, and towed us to Bargain Barn Chris the tow driver was the nicest guy and Travis and the guys fixed my car and got us back on the road in no time. I am so grateful to them, it could have been so much worse but the guys with both the tow company and the tire place were great. So if your ever in Rapid City, S.D. and you have car trouble do yourself a favor and call this one on Deadwood Ave. Thanks again
They tried to charge me $1,000.00 more than what the work that needed to be done was worth. THEY MARKUP THE PRICES OF THEIR PARTS 100%. Avoid this place at all cost, they are crooks.
They literally lost my business from a phone call. I called regarding a State Fleet and Travel vehicle. They supposedly have the bid for state vehicle tires. The individual who answered the phone was the most idiotic, condescending person I've dealt with in awhile. All they literally had to do is come fill up our flat tire, take the vehicle, get four new tires for it, and make a bunch of money. Definitely wouldn't recommend.
BEWARE-Was having issues with the spark plugs and the connections on my Ford F-150 and brought it here before Thanksgiving for a diagnostic test which cost me $150. Was informed that the computer was not working that communicated with the engine. Told it was $1900 to fix it. Needless to say I was in shock, took it to McKie Ford (highly recommended) for a second opinion. They ran a diagnostic test and it was NOT the computer it was a coil and they had me fixed and safely on the road in 1 1/2 hours and $130.00 later. I do not recommend this company, I would of been out $1900 with a truck that still did not work. Find another place to go like McKie Ford-they know what they are doing.
Called to set up appointment for coolant system service. Told the appointment would be for 1:00PM, but bring your vehicle in at 9:30 AM.What? I am not going to travel from out of town and then sit for three and a half hours waiting for my vehicle to maybe get iin at the scheduled time, especially when I had other appointments at 3:00 PM that I could not cancel if GWT sluffed off and didn't get the job done in a timely manner!On top of that the service writer didn't even know what the monthly special for that service was!
This OUT OF STATE COMBAT VETERAN had nothing but a very GOOD FIRST TIME EXPERIENCE with Great Western who happens to be owned by a Viet Nam COMBAT Veteran! Got great prices on my tires for my camper.Did outstanding work on my hubs for my F-350 4x4. Made sure all was right...double checked their work. Balancing was right on. And I can go on with little things they pointed out...geeeee...guess I am just a "rare exception" compared to the OBVIOUS PLANTS/COMPLAINERS sent from competition! I saw regular folks "waiting" for however long it took to do the job. NO ONE complained. Smiled and thanked GW! Saw BIG RIGS in and out of the other store...repairs...tires for Big Rigs...immediate service because these guys NEEDED their trucks for their livelyhood. Saw dozens of BUSES from School Districts...Churches... etc etc.. So for a couple of "paid off LIARS" to say what they have in the other reviews is in my mind a CONFIRMATION I made the right choice in picking GW. They may not be perfect but I will say, they know what they are doing, have experienced qualified employees who do not "bait and switch" and I was not charged when there was a "honest mistake" in work and you won't either. My experience was with a company owned by a fellow VETERAN who will take the customers side if and when there is a honest mistake. Given I talked with other tire companies...none sounded as knowledgeable as GW and so I know I made the right decision to spend my USMC Combat $ with Great Western!
I have been a customer of Bowman's for many years. They have always been able to get my vehicle fixed in a timely manner and at a reasonable rate. They are an honest bunch and have even fixed things free of charge! I am a single parent and they have helped to keep me on the road. Thanks Bowman's!
i have been going to bowmans auto repair for ten years now and i have tried other places in the meantime and bowmans is honest , reasonably priced , great customer service and i get my vehicles fixed right the first time .
These guys are fast and have the best prices!
Having a paved driveway or parking lot has many benefits over gravel, dirt, and even concrete. It's neater, looks better, and doesn't turn to mud when it rains. However, a paved asphalt lot or driveway comes with maintenance requirements of its own.
Asphalt expands and contracts with the temperature and weather conditions. This improves durability, but over time, it's important to make sure the asphalt is still holding strong.
There are two common ways to maintain aging asphalt pavement. Many people opt for repavement, but seal coating is also a good option. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Repaving your asphalt driveway or lot entails putting new asphalt down. It can either be laid on top of the existing driveway, or the current asphalt can be torn up and replaced. If the asphalt has undergone major damage, such as large cracks, or is deteriorating from underneath due to groundwater erosion, repaving might be the best course of action. Putting it off might only make the problem worse.
The cost to rip up an old driveway, remove the debris, and lay down a new one is usually several thousand dollars, with some jobs costing up to $5,000, depending on the scope of work and the home or business location.
If your driveway is in fairly decent shape, and you are performing simple preventative tasks to keep it strong for many more years, repaving it completely probably isn't necessary. Repaving is a long and expensive process and only truly needs to be pursued when the driveway really is at the end of its life. A good rule of thumb is if one-quarter of the driveway or more needs to be repaired, repaving is the way to go. But if less than that is crumbling, a seal coat would be sufficient.
Putting a seal on your asphalt driveway will help it resist water damage and can double its lifespan. It will also protect against oil spills and pothole formation, and helps ice and snow melt faster. Plus, it shields the driveway from UV rays, which can cause the asphalt to become brittle.
In addition to these benefits, seal coating is typically a much less expensive process than repaving. It generally costs a few hundred dollars. In 2016, the highest price was about $1,000 and the average homeowner paid less than $400 to seal coat their driveways. Every new asphalt driveway or parking lot should be seal coated, but the process must be done at least 90 days after the asphalt was laid. The optimal timeframe is between one and two years after the driveway is laid.
It can be difficult to tell the difference between one paved lot and another. But when choosing an asphalt type for your driveway or parking lot, there are a range of options.
Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA)
HMA is the most common type used for driveways. Numerous benefits are associated with this style, including:
Perpetual pavement is generally used for roads and consists of three layers:
Roads made of perpetual pavement have their top layer torn up and replaced every few years, but the bottom and middle layers are meant to be permanent.
Quiet or Stone Matrix Asphalt
Stone matrix asphalt has several qualities that make it perfect for highways with heavy traffic volume. Using this type can reduce noise pollution by as much as 50 percent, which makes it ideal for travelers on long road trips or anyone who lives near a highway. It's also highly durable and very resistant to rutting. However, it's also significantly more expensive than other options, so it isn't often used for driveways, parking lots, or even smaller roads.
Porous asphalt is usually laid on top of a recharge bed that rainwater can drain into through the pavement. It's a common choice in parking lots to prevent surface flooding and can also help improve groundwater quality.
Asphalt is highly versatile, very durable and fairly affordable for many people. It's primarily used for road surfaces; 94 percent of U.S. roads are made of asphalt. Other uses include:
While your driveway or parking lot certainly isn't what makes you or your home or business great, it is a contributing factor to people's first impressions. Bad pavement jobs can result in pooling rainwater and premature cracking, so you need to choose a paving contractor who can deliver a durable, professional-looking surface. Before deciding on a contractor, hold a few interviews to determine which company is best for your job.
Are You Insured?
Any time you hire a contractor to complete a project at your home, you should double-check to make sure the company is insured. Liability and worker's compensation are good starts, but having an umbrella policy and auto liability are also ideal.
Is Your Asphalt Recycled?
Most asphalt is partially made of recycled material. Some people prefer recycled asphalt because it's more environmentally friendly than new asphalt. However, too much older material in your new driveway can make it look worn down and decrease its lifespan. Be sure to inquire about the ratio of new to recycled asphalt.
What Type of Equipment Do You Use?
Asphalt needs to be laid quickly and efficiently to ensure it looks nice. Asphalt that begins to cool before the rest of the job is done will end up sloppy. If your contractor uses outdated equipment that is prone to breakdowns, you're taking the risk that this situation will occur.
If the contractor responds to this question by saying he or she can pave an asphalt driveway by hand, consider looking for another contractor. He or she might be highly skilled at hand-paving, but a machine will generally do a better job that will look nicer and last longer.
How Much Will It Cost?
Of course, you'll want to get a quote during your contractor interviews. One red flag is being asked for a down payment. The typical asphalt paving job shouldn't require a down payment.
If the quote sounds too high, ask what is included. The size of the job will make a difference, as well as necessary materials. If your driveway or parking lot needs to be leveled out or if there are drainage issues present, your quote might begin to creep higher. Talk about the grade of asphalt and any challenges your job requires - these could increase the cost.
On the other hand, if a quote seems unrealistically low, find out why. Perhaps their equipment is outdated or their asphalt is low quality. Worse is the possibility that there are hidden fees you didn't discuss during the initial conversation.
Do You Have References I Can Call?
Speaking to people who have worked with this contractor before is one of the best ways to get a feel for how they work with clients. You can also search online to see if anyone has reviewed the company on sites like YP.com.
Additionally, ask if there are any nearby examples of the company's work you can see. Perhaps they've done parking lots you drive by every day.
How Many People Will Work on My Project?
Ideally, your contractor will have a crew of between five and eight people. Too few will make the job challenging, which could result in a poorly laid driveway.
When asphalt gets old, or if the wrong type of asphalt was used for a particular job, certain types of defects can begin to show.
Alligator Cracks and Potholes
These are scaly-looking cracks that run throughout a portion of a road. They are caused when the asphalt wasn't provided enough support or drainage. Over time, they can deteriorate until they become potholes.
Prevent alligator cracks by making sure the base layer is strong enough. If you begin to notice alligator cracks or potholes, only a full-depth patch can remedy them.
Longitudinal, Transverse, and Joint Reflection Cracks
Joints are usually the weakest part of a paving job, and inadequate joint construction can eventually lead to cracks.
Longitudinal cracks are parallel to the road's centerline or the direction the driveway or parking lot was paved. They are usually caused by poor joint construction or simply aging pavement.
Transverse cracks run perpendicular to the road's centerline, and can be caused by poor joint construction as well. Seasonal or daily temperature changes can also contribute to transverse cracks.
Joint reflection cracks occur on asphalt surfaces that are laid over concrete surfaces.
Bird Baths, Edge Cracks, and Rutting
These issues are usually seen on the sides of roads. Bird baths, or depressions, are caused when the pavement isn't as deep in one area, or the land on which the road was laid is uneven. A slight depression can be fixed with another layer of asphalt.
Edge cracks are generally caused by weak edges. When there isn't enough support at the edge, the road will begin to stress and crack over time.
Rutting occurs in the wheel tracks of a road and is generally seen when the asphalt isn't thick enough to support traffic.