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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?
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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?
Whether your home needs a complete renovation, or a room needs to be repaired, there are some things to know before you hire.
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.
Steer clear of this crook. The work he does is shotty at best. I would have given him a negative 5 stars, but that isn't allowed. Also, he has another shop he moves vehicles to so they can be worked on but refuses to give the address to the car's owner. Suspicious!!!
Honest, fast reliable service would go back in a heartbeat. The had my vehicle for couple days to do the work i had been putting for 5 years.
Fast, friendly, honest service! The shop is up by a family members house and had to go in for some quick repairs to travel home, great place. Thank you Pitstop for all of your help!!
Bought a car from Joe Vercetti of Pristine Motor World, his mechanic ran two brake lines under the car before selling it to me so they saw the condition of the frame. Still sold the car to me. My mechanic put it on jackstands, the frame bent from jacking it up. Several layers of metal rotted away, gaping holes rusted out of the frame, rocker panels gone, bumper rittled with holes, the entire frame is completely rotting away. All the brake and fuel lines crumbling to dust. Will never pass inspection in a million years. Joe Vercetti refuses to stand behind his cars and make this right. Will not buy the car back and insists he "gave me a good deal". He gave me a 2,000 car that can never pass inspection and if it drives over a good pothole, could tear the entire frame off from underneath the car!
Just called this company, Damage Control inc to set up some small cleanup after a sump pump stopped and basement was flooded. All item are removed and cellar needs to be washed down and cleaned to prevent mold. Person not happy when I said i was going to be paying. Came back and stated they wanted $1000.00 to walk in the door. Would not give an hourly rate or any pricing.Very unprofessional and smells like a rip off in the making.DO NOT USE!!!!!
The owner towed my car on Dec 16 2014. It took him two weeks to find out 20 of 24 valves were bent and it would cost me $1,810 to replace all valves and install a new timing kit. I had asked if there was anything else he would recommend and he suggested polishing the heads for another $100. The first company he sent the heads off to be polished sat on them for 3 weeks before he went to them and sent them off to another company. That company took 5 days to polish them. He then spent the next 4 months installing the timing kit and installing the new valves. He sent the heads off 3 times before they passed compression. Once he got it all back together. He claims the crank blade bent knocking out my crank shaft positioning sensor and a retainer cracked. And on top of it he tried to blame me for it. I capped him at $2,500 and asked if he would be willing to do payments, and he said yes. So it took him another 2 months to replace the blade, sensor, and one retainer. Mind you now for the past 6 months he has told me my car will be ready next week, every week I believed him for 6 months that my car would be ready at the end of the week. And the worst part is I believed him each time, even told management everything he told me. I've ate very little just to make certain he could get paid. So after six months he then noticed the distributor had gone out and ordered a new one. It took him 2 more weeks to install that part. He picked me up on 64/26/2015 to take me to my bank. He shows me a video of my car running. I ask him how much do I owe him, he said, $3,400. He went $900 more then I wanted to. I took out nearly everything I have $2,500 leaving me only enough to make it through the next two weeks, before my next paycheck. I even reinstated my car insurance, had to use someone else because the low rates I was getting was no longer available, the past 6 years I've been with Progressive was no longer valid since I had gone over a month without being carried by them. I give him the money under the agreement that I would be leaving with my car right now and would make payments on the rest. It came down to $233 for the next 4 months. Then he asked me for $200 more just so he could break even on parts. I told him I couldn't do it, and if he wasn't going to let me leave with my car now, to had over the $2,500 I just gave him. He got up out of his seat went to my car and started to take it apart. He said he would take the new battery and the distributor out then I could the car as it was. At that time I asked to speak to Dennis and not this psycho path that was present. He walked off to go pet a dog. Came back to show me where he didn't charge me for two belts, towing, and the battery. He then added up the some parts in front of me which came up to $900. Then told me maybe on Wed I'll let you leave with the car and make payments. My life has been working a job that I don't like but wouldn't leave until I had my car. Because I was under the impression my car will be finished at the end of the week, every week for 6 months. And my receipt is a corner from a torn page.
If your looking for an Honest, Trustworthy mechanic Joel is the man for you. He offers more professional service then I have seen in many years. My experiences with him have always been great. He not only explains what is wrong with a car but he tries to educate his customers in how to avoid the problem in the future and what it takes to repair it in the present. He does not want to hide any part of the repairs from the customer.
this place will rip you off...will never go to this shop to repair your VW.... I took my VW beetle over there to get my air conditional fix because not blowing any air, they charge me 650 which is ok for me if it gets fix ... leave the car for a day.they call said the car is done...go pick up and find out the AC blow air but not cool air...ask them why...they said they will check again and they call me ask me another 450 to get fix...call the manager...the manager dont even want to talk to me.NO MORE VW...
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.