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Four tips for keeping yourself and your vehicle safe while you wait.
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.
I would like to say. I just saved a friend from this shop. She took her car into this shop. Towed in. Was charged 2 times for a dino. 2 seperate times for battery chargers. On top of parts. And the car still does not run at this point. Over $600 in repairs and the car still does not run. At this point my friend told them she just wants her car. So apon further investigation. The only thing they did was recharge the battery and run a dino. Mind you these 2 minimal things cost my friend $385. Now the biggest thing is that their dino said the car wont run because of the ecm needs replaced. Got the car away from their. Second opinion. The ecm is fine. Fine. What is wrong is. Spark plugs and wires need replaced. And the ac. Compressor was siezed. By doing both these things. Car runs great. Now. All that being said. If you ran 2 dinos on the vehicle then why did you not find that the ac compressor was seized. Ding ding ding. Answer. Shady mechanics. You saw a small girl and thought you could get one over on her. You were going to have her buy the ecm. Then when that didn't work you were going to charge her more money. And more money. Pathetic. Its shops like yours that cause folk to worry if they are being lied to just get their cash. ALWAYS GET A SECOND OPINION
had a good experience with this auto repair shop, pleasent and knowledgeablegroup. will be returning for any future repairs.
I brought my van in to get a new/rebuilt transmission. Jay told me on two different occasions when it would be done. They never called to tell me there was a problem...I ALWAYS had to call them. It took them 10 DAYS!!!!!!! They left my gas tank below EMPTY and my van was so dirty when I got it back. They DON'T care if you need your vehicle done quickly because you have a big family. THEY HAVE NO COMPASSION!!! NO SYMPATHY!!!! Jay and Jeff know that when you bring your vehicle in, you are pretty much stuck and at their mercy. They say this is a CHRISTIAN based company...HA! The only person that acted like a Christian was the sweet lady at the front counter. All Jay and Jeff had to do was care about my families time....and they didn't!! I hope, by writing this, I have saved someone from a huge headache. STAY AWAY!!
I was told my car would be ready for pick up on October 9th. I went to the shop at 6:30PM (hours posted on door read 11-8). Shop closed early. My car sitting out front not fixed. No communication attempt. Left message. Had not heard back. Stopped in on the 10th. Jack apologized. Said he was busy. Asked to to give him until following Monday. I agreed. Went to the shop at 5:30 PM today the 16th. Shop closed early again. Again no communication. Left a message. Have not heard back. Have no idea if he does good body work or not since I haven't gotten my car back yet.
Unbelivable! Never going back to the old way for changing my oil, these guys are great! They came to my house to change my oil while I was inside practcing to play my guitar! And the price was less than my dealership!
Don't listen to that other person. I took my car there to be fixed and they were WONDERFUL about it. Listened to my concerns and were prompt to get my car back as good as new. They even charged less than the others wanted! I HIGHLY recommend this place.
My boyfriend went in there today to get a tire put on they took an hour then he noticed that they cracked his wheel. They refused to take the blame for doing it then charged him extra for doing nothing. He was also cussed at by the employee. NEVER USE THIS SHOP! They not only overcharge people but they will also mess your stuff up and make you pay for it.
BEWARE OF THIS PLACE!!! I have been a loyal customer of Yost for many years. I brought my vehicle in this week to get checked out before I go on a road trip. I had no concerns with the car. I was told that all four tires and break hoses needed to be replaced and that they would need to order the hoses for the back. When I got home that night I checked my car maintenance records and discovered that they already replaced the front break hoses a year ago when brought it in with an issue. I did some research and talked to people and the info I could see indicated that the hoses would not go bad that quickly. Everybody I talked to has either never had to replace their brake hoses or straight out said that this was suspicious and I was being scammed. When I went to pick my vehicle up I asked why BOTH front hoses would have gone bad so quickly. I was told it could have been, ‘because of the heat’ which is not logical because there would be more people with the same problem as I am sure my car does not get any hotter than anyone else’s. Realizing how dumb that sounded the employee also said that, ‘it could be a faulty part’ which I could except if it was one of them, but not BOTH. I was not charged as the part was still under ‘warranty’ but I now question the necessity of the other things they did. Don’t trust this place!! They did the bare minimum to make things right with me after I caught them and tried to minimalize their responsibility by blaming the weather and the parts.
Two years ago we had work done there and Paige was a great help with the stressful accident repair experience. Now here we are again needing repair work after we were rear ended on Kellogg. State Farm tried to make out like it was going to take weeks to get any thing done. Again, Paige stepped in to make sure we are going to be taken care of timely. Thanks Paige! Boo SF
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Mistakes happen, and when it comes to owning a carpet or rug, mistakes usually mean stains. The plush softness of carpet and rugs comes with a price: the time and care required to clean them. Cleaning your carpet or rugs can require some extra work and special techniques that differ from typical hardwood or tile floors. In some cases, you may even need to hire a professional to get the best results.
For minor stains or routine cleaning, it's possible to effectively treat a carpet or rug yourself. If a thorough vacuuming doesn't get rid of dirt in certain areas, here's how to tackle them on your own.
A number of liquids can stain carpet or rug materials, including wine, coffee, nail polish, or blood, to name a few. Depending on what caused the stain, the carpet or rug's material, and how long it's been there, you may need to use different techniques or cleaning supplies to get rid of it. In general, though, keep the following ground rules in mind for stain removal:
Take these steps to remove a stain as soon as possible to prevent drying.
Some stains may come out with little more than water or a mild soap. More serious stains may require a solvent to make removal easier. The best solvent to use depends on what caused the stain.
-Water-soluble stains: These include berries, cola, food dye, jelly, mud, washable ink, or wet paint. Mix a solution of 1/4-teaspoon nonbleach detergent (or white vinegar) with 32 ounces of water.
-Dark water-soluble stains: Chocolate, coffee, mustard, tea, wine, and bodily fluids often stain much more readily than other water-soluble materials and need a different solvent. Use 1 tablespoon of ammonia mixed in 1 cup of water first. If this doesn't work, try combining one part chlorine bleach with five parts water. These solvents may remove color from certain fabrics like wool, so check with the manufacturer for the best cleaning method.
-Oils and waxes: This would include glue, gum, nail polish, and cigarette residue. The best way to clean each of these varies - some may need to be simply scraped off or, if possible, frozen to make it brittle and then chipped away. Most glue can be dissolved and removed using a solvent like rubbing alcohol. Nail polish may also be dissolved using rubbing alcohol or with nail polish remover containing acetone.
Unfortunately, some stains may prove difficult to remove using household products. In any case, vacuuming and spot cleaning may not be enough to get your carpet or rug looking like new again. That's why many homeowners opt to hire a professional carpet cleaning service on a regular basis, around once every 12 to 18 months.
When it comes to heavy-duty carpet cleaning, you have many options to pick from. The two most common methods for cleaning carpets are steam cleaning and dry cleaning.
Steam cleaning is a common method for professional carpet cleaning, but the name is somewhat misleading. Steam-cleaning services use machines that utilize hot (but not boiling) water in combination with a vacuum. The water is heated inside the machine and sometimes mixed with detergent before being sprayed directly onto the carpet. At the same time, a vacuum sucks up the water almost immediately after hitting the fabric. The hot water extracts far more dirt and stains than would be possible by hand.
Cleaning machines using hot water extraction can be purchased or rented for home use, but they aren't always as powerful as what professional cleaning services use. Improperly drying the carpet may also cause bacteria or mold growth. Professional cleaners also employ a number of other methods to pre-treat the carpet and ensure adequate drying. For these reasons, professional carpet cleaning may be preferable to do-it-yourself methods.
Carpets or rugs can also be thoroughly cleaned using a dry-cleaning method. As the name suggests, there is much less water involved in dry cleaning, which means the carpet can be ready to use in less time. Using powerful solvents to break down dirt and stains, dry cleaning puts less physical stress on the carpet, and thus might be better in the long run. However, dry cleaning is usually more expensive than hot-water cleaning services. In addition, the chemicals used to dry clean carpets might irritate pets, people with sensitive skin, or anyone sensitive to strong odors.
Before choosing a professional carpet cleaning service, make sure you will be getting what you paid for by asking the right questions and doing your homework.
Again, there are pros and cons involved in using a hot-water-based cleaning service or dry cleaning. Take into consideration not only cost, but how long the process will take from start to finish, including drying time. Also take note of the material your carpet is made from, and consult the manufacturer if possible to learn about the best ways to clean it. If you or your family is sensitive to any chemicals, be sure to keep this in mind and ask about what chemicals are used.
You can find reviews of most professional carpet-cleaning services online, as well as information about a company's specific process, the chemicals used, and cost. It's also wise to ask friends and family members about services they've used in the past to get a recommendation. Don't always go with the service offering the lowest price, or hire a service who advertises door-to-door or over the phone, unless you have done thorough research on them.
Carpet cleaning services will be entering your home, potentially while you aren't there, so you want to feel comfortable with the business you trust with this responsibility. Ask if the company conducts background checks on employees, as well as if they are insured in your state. Without liability insurance, a mistake that results in damage to your home or furniture may be your responsibility to pay for.
If you've found a carpet-cleaning service you can trust, ask to get a quote. This may involve specifying exactly what services you would like performed, as well as the size of your home's carpeted area. Make sure you understand exactly what is included in a quoted price. Some businesses may charge extra to move furniture, clean stairs, or use special treatment methods. It's also common for businesses to sell customers on products and services they don't need. Don't hesitate to ask questions if any detail about the quote is unclear.
If you instead want to rent or buy a carpet-cleaning machine to use yourself, you have many options to pick from.
Since heavy-duty carpet cleaning isn't a frequent activity for most homeowners, many choose to simply rent one of these machines. Of course, renting is usually much cheaper than owning a machine or hiring a service, which is the biggest advantage in this situation. But not all rental units perform equally, and some might require extra drying time or the use of special solvents that will cost more. There's also the time and effort that goes into carpet cleaning - renting a unit means you must also move furniture yourself and pay close attention to ensure you're operating the unit correctly. Making a mistake could mean damaging your carpet or the unit itself. Also, improperly drying carpet could allow harmful bacteria and mold to grow. Before renting a carpet cleaner, make sure you're up for the task at hand.
Homeowners can purchase carpet cleaners ranging from compact units to full-size industrial-strength machines. Besides price, take note of the features of a unit and compare them to what you most need from a carpet cleaner. Some models specialize in removing allergens from pet hair, while others may work better on tough stains, for example. Another key consideration: Make sure you have room for it. Some carpet cleaners can be bulky and require ample storage space.
Other features you may want to look for in a cleaning unit include:
Make the right choice in carpet cleaners by considering all the options available to you and how they fit into your needs and budget.