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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.
Must be a great place for expensive, vintage cars, but I drive a simple bmw 3 series. Last week a woman pulled out in front of me and I had to hit the curb. New tire, new rim. Still needed allignment. Took it to munks...1200 for allignment, inspection, one new bushing. got car 2 days later (had to rent for 2 days). steering wheel crooked, "spare" pieces the size of my head in the passenger seat with a bag of bolts, and an "flapping" sound from under the car at over 50 mph. called in, made appt to bring it back. brought it back. "munk" was at counter and seemed upset at how i was treated, "we'll make it right". rented another car. 2 days later, need my car to go to detroit, cant afford to rent anymore days this week and told them i had an appt in detroit today at 4. was told my car was not worked on, the allignment machine isn't right, but another car is on it anyways, we'll pay for the 2 days of renting a car, we'll give you a free detailing (also offered first time when told they didn't get to cleaning it). bottom line 1200 them + 4 days rental 280 = 1480 oop, car isnt right. gave them 2 days to make it right. I wasn't worth it, pos customer with a pos car. taking it to idol dahm to get corrected. UPDATE: According to Dahm, that'll be another 900 to "fix" Munks repair
Great service.. great prices.. try them out.. Ask for Tiger he will give you the best price. great work
I recently took my audi A8 to get my brakes serviced Tiger (the owner) quoted me a great price. Very very Clean and friendly place. Tiger was very helpful explaining everything I needed and was very professional!!! The Service was no different than the dealership, only difference was price I saved a lot of $$!!! I'm very pleased and happy and I would recommend this place to everyone I know!! Try it out YOU won't be Disappointed! :) ask for tiger :)
We have been going to Sam's Automotive for years. We will not go anywhere else! They are quick, reliable, and budget friendly.
I live right near s&s but always thought they were a specialty shop but I found them online and they do all types of auto repair. The owner Shaun is very honest and doesnt want to do unneeded work. We brought in an estimate from belle tire for my sons car which needed power steering pump replaced. belle tire also insisted he needed a rack and pinion done and gave an estimate which was hard to understand for 1900 and Shaun pointed out they forgot to add 375 for labor on it. He suggested doing the power steering pump first which was smart then to check for leaks after since there was so muck fluid from the bad pump you couldnt really tell if the rack was bad. His price was way less and the estimate he gave in case the rack is bad was too. Shaun is honest does good fast wirk and doesnt try to do unnecessary work. We will definately keep going there!
I can not say enough good things about Bill and Dean at the Speedy 3484 Highland Rd, Waterford Twp, MI 48328. I was desperate to get my car going and tried have a friend install a new starter in my car after they diagnosed it. Well the car didn't work after he installed it ,turned out the new starter was bad and my friend didn't install it correctly. Without any hesitation first thing in the morning Bill was able to get a brand new upgraded starter delivered, and they went to work and helped me out. I will NEVER go anywhere else to get my car fixed. If you need people you can trust THIS Speedy is the place for you. Incredible service... incredible people.
My truck quit on me. No clue. Called Affordable and they gave me the number for towing. Had truck back less than three hours, reasonably priced. Very polite and professional garage. I would recommend this garage.
what a great place to go and have your car repair also very good prices will go back went I need more repairs
Did an excellent Job, was happy with work. I will go back again and they a reasonable priced. Book appointments
Worst place I've ever dealt with. This company tried to rip me off and charge me for repairs that were done without even calling me for approval. The BIGGEST shocker was that (on my invoice) stated that my motor had a bad cylinder and needed a new engine- even went as far as putting the PSI for the bad cylinder on my invoice. Funny- it turned out to be a bent prong on the fuel line hookup going to my motor from the gas tank. Had my boat running perfectly 1 day later and even videotaped it as EVIDENCE- nobody could repair "a bad cylinder" in that period of time.........STAY AWAY. Even got yelled at by the owner's husband who I had never met in 8 years of dealing with this place- screaming at me with a mere mention of wanting to negotiate the unauthorized repair bill..........sad level of customer relations to boot.
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.