Always Be Careful When Getting Things Repaired
Everyday on the news it seems like there’s some type of scam to look out for. Sometimes, it’s some sort of new scam, that involves emerging technologies, but most of the time it’s just some scam that happens all the time, all over the world. There are lots of businesses out there that rely on honesty from the businesses side to make sure everything goes smoothly. Most of these businesses that have a high importance on honesty are mainly services like car repair, house repair, and even boat repair. As a customer you often depend on these professionals to be truthful, and not take advantage of you because they know you might be vulnerable.
Car dealership and car repair shops are notorious for these types of scams. It’s hard for most people to combat these problems because not everyone is a car expert, so it’s hard to cut through the noise and know who is telling the truth. Many places will claim that you have more problems than you actually do, in the hopes that you will go with it and pay for them to fix the additional problems. Some businesses will even say they will fix the problem, but then do a half-ass job or not even do the job at all. This is believable too because these businesses rely on customers having problems with their car, and if you completely fix the car then they probably won’t be a customer again for a while, but if they keep having a problem then…well you see where I’m going.
The last form of scam, which is possibly the worst, is when they give you an estimate and when you come back to pick up your vehicle they raise the price, just like what happened with Danny DeMichele. They usually say there was some unforeseen cost, like having to special order a part, or spend a bunch of extra hours of “labor” to do something specifically. Whatever the reason may be, the problem is that they already have your car in the shop, and possibly taken apart. They basically have your car hostage, and all of a sudden you need to quickly figure out what is the core problem. Is the car really messed up or am I being scammed?