At the Helm: Using common sense can save money, aggravation — Valley Morning Star : Outdoors

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Posted: November 14, 9:02 am

read and about it of the Someone hires small home contractor, a auto or mechanic, plumber electrician and them money front, and the last they see

More often not, when contractor does complete the it either them forever do it, the work incomplete or To avoid caught up a bad like these losing your here are common sense you should

Arnold needed old galvanized trailer rebuilt. axles, hubs springs were rust that the coupler no longer down on hitch ball, the brakes work. Estimates boat dealers a couple dollars higher a guy Ray, who referred to by a So he to use to save

The mechanic have a to do work. His on Craig’s stated that would do work on-site, Arnold thought great. After mechanic inspected trailer he that he do all the work a single and that parts would $1,160, which needed up The labor be another

After paying mechanic for parts, the problem was he couldn’t the work the heavy still on trailer. So, launched the and put into a per day nearby.

The arrived two later and the first the mechanic barely started off the rusted bolts his little The second there wasn’t more progress the mechanic right after

Despite Arnold’s phone calls try and him, the routine went for a and a of days didn’t show at all. the slow Arnold loaned mechanic his heavy duty to speed up.

That’s the mechanic for more because the was harder he expected. couple of parts cost than originally and he forgotten to him sales Now in bind, Arnold no choice to pay and that the last he saw his money his grinder.

old bay had seen fishing trips by the deep scars, and gouges hull bottom. worse, the floor and were completely Thinking that his boat a boat would cost too much, elected to the work by an fiberglass repair that looked like a graveyard.

The owner Roman that could completely the boat, doing the for $3,900, that he have it in less a month. paying him front, Roman would stop to see the work progressing.

The week looked because his had been and gutted down to bare hull stringers. But turned into and Roman’s never moved where he saw it. confronted the several times, each time was this that excuse finally, after months Roman his money

The owner him that didn’t have money and again to the job the next weeks. Two later Roman’s hadn’t been and he to the police for but they that this a civil and he’d to sue.


Knowing that this jerk solve the and only him more Roman picked his gutted boat, loaded console and into the of his and took to a boat builder. boat was only ready about three but for $1,000 less he paid original fiberglass that ripped off.

Needless say, Arnold Roman and of other have learned expensive lessons with unprofessional often illegal repair shops. Roman told “I didn’t common sense, I never have taken truck to place that or operated that.”

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To being ripped like these here are few tips.

appearance of repair shop its staff normally a indication of quality of you can If it like a it probably

Make sure business is Check for business listing the city county, in books, websites with the BBB or of Commerce. when in ask to their business business or certifications and importantly their Sales Tax

Ask for list of of satisfied that you contact to about their

Except for orders of or materials, pay the amount up Only make as the progress and the final due of least 25 of the bill.

Try make all with a money order credit/debit card of cash that there a verifiable trail.

If unforeseen parts, labor expenses come demand in on the order that work is cease and you be before any work is so that are no at the

Lastly, use sense. Even a well-known, and reputable dealer, builder repair shop a little priced, it be well it in long run.

ALWAYS, STAY AND HAPPY

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