Hiring The Right Mechanic

Ok so today on our radio blog, we’re going to go over how to hire the right mechanic for the job! Whether they’ve been featured on a radio station before ( such as ours – Free Association Radio 🙂 ), we can say that this doesn’t seem to be a good qualifier. The best mechanic to hire for an automotive repair job needs to be looked into a little deeper in order to make the right decision. In this post, we’re going to get down and dirty talking about how to hire the right auto repair shop.


Qualities of Good Auto Repair Shops and Mechanics

Ok so let’s jump right in. The number 1 quality to look for in a mechanic before hiring them is honesty. If a mechanic is honest, they will tell you about the problem your car has in very deep detail. They will also show you the origin of the problem, as well as how they are going to fix it. Knowing whether the shop is owned by honest mechanics or not is fundamental to your decision. You should not even look further into the repair shops reviews or website if they don’t pass this first qualifier.

The next thing to look for in a good mechanic is to make sure they do timely work. Now although this may sound counter-productive, it’s actually a great qualifying factor. It doesn’t mean they rush their work, it instead shows dedication and experience in working on those types of jobs. If an auto repair shop tells you to leave your car there for a whole day, they better either have a full schedule, or be working on a complete overhaul. There are a bunch of mechanics that will tell you they need a day or two to work on your car, don’t go to them unless they were referred to you by a trusted friend or family member.

The third thing to look for in hiring an excellent automotive shop is to check out their online reviews. Testimonials and reviews are literally word-of-mouth. I know, sounds crazy right? But this is a fact. Actual customers are actually typing in their actual experience they had with that specific shop! Now are you getting the picture here? There are tons of people writing reviews every single day. Some of these places to look for reviews are Google, Yelp and Angieslist to name a few. If they have all 5 stars, you know they did a great job for every single customer that wrote their review.


The Big, Bad, and Ugly Shops

Yes, we’re being a little over dramatic with the subtitle here! But it’s for a reason. The bigger chain shops that seem “trustworthy”, are actually some of the most untrustworthy shops out there. The reason we know this, is because we tested this with 100 car repair shops in the past 12 months. What we found, was that the larger chains had over 60% bad experiences! The small locally-owned mom & pop shops had only 10% bad experiences. Our theory behind why this is so, is that the bigger chains are actually franchised to local residents.

Due to franchising, it really takes the customer relationship out of the picture. This is because franchise owners start the business out busy in the beginning already, due to their branding and high marketing budgets. So they deal with volume, and focus less on quality.

Locally-owned shops generally care a lot more about their customers because they want to have more and more referrals, as they don’t focus on spending heavily on marketing budgets. They like to deal with families as it makes their job easier and their day brighter. For most, it’s needless to say that they wouldn’t notice this difference. But that’s totally because they like the shop so much to begin with, that they have never experienced anything worse! Focus on small local and perhaps family-owned shops. They will do a better job, and they will save you a boat-load of money! Saving money is something everyone wants and needs to do. If you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars, why would you?


Your Opinion Matters Most

It’s very obvious that your opinion does indeed matter the most out of all else. So if the shop has passed everything we stated above, and you don’t like them for any reason at all, then they’re removed from the list. Auto repair shops are among the biggest scammers of them all. Constantly over-charging for prices, taking longer on jobs than necessary, etc. This makes it very easy for you to judge a good first impression on them. If this first impression is flawed in any way, you should run! Don’t even try them out. If they gave you a negative vibe in the first point of contact, trust your gut and leave. There are thousands of shops to go to, so don’t think you’ve wasted your time. You’re now closer to getting to the point where you find the right business to go to.

On the contrary, if you had nothing but great vibes, laughter and fun with the mechanic, don’t dismiss this. This means you found the right one, and if they passed all the other qualifying factors to look for in a good mechanic, go with them. It’s hard enough to find a good honest mechanic as it is. Don’t make it even harder on yourself, just go with your gut instinct as it matters most.

The only business we would recommend to anyone reading this post, is I Am Mechanics Las Vegas. They are literally the highest rated shop in the city of Las Vegas. I Am Mechanics has great reviews, over 20 years of experience, and the staff necessary to complete any job in a timely manner. And for these reasons, we feature them as the only auto repair shop we recommend. Here’s the I Am Mechanics Facebook page. So if you’re in Las Vegas, NV, and need your car fixed, these are the right guys to go to.

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Water Damage Repair Costs

Water damage in a residential or commercial area can be a major hassle. Especially if there are no water damage repair companies that have been hired in the past by your friends or family. In this blog article, we will explain what should happen if you were to ever be in need of a repair due to a leak or flood in your home. We will indeed go over average prices and costs of a restoration.

Water Damage Repair

So you woke up today and found that you left the sink running all night. The real problem is the leaking drain underneath the sink! What do we do? We need to get online as soon as we can to look up a company that can repair the leaking part of the pipe, and extract the flooded water. They also will need to dry the area and use precautionary measures to make sure no mold will grow here. This is why cost for a repair or restoration can be so high. The repair can be either very extensive or extremely quick. Regardless, you need a reputable company that will be able to repair your problem.

What happens at this point, generally speaking, is a consumer may go online and search. After performing a search you’d probably read all the reviews online about the business to make sure they’re legit. This is definitely a must if you want the job done right. You usually can’t just hire and shmuck to get this type of work done in your home. Especially because it is your personal property and most likely where your family lives.

Personal Property During A Flood

You must take the right measures into account before getting out of hand. If you don’t, you may find yourself in an even tougher situation. Imagine that you wake up to see your entire downstairs flooded. You may freak out immediately. After all, you are just human. If all of your belongings that were touching the floor are now wet, you may have to dry them off and follow a few steps. After taking your most prized possessions out of the water first, you need to dry them off. If they are electronic, DO NOT turn them on! Turning an electronic device on while wet will allow the device to get fried by the water passing through a current. This needs to be avoided.

What you can do is place your possessions in a bag full of dry rice. This will extract the water and absorb the moisture into the rice. After this, take out all the rest of your possessions and dry them off and put them in higher reach out of the water. For heavy furniture, place plastic bags under the legs and stands so it is water-proofed. This will make it so water doesn’t get soaked into your expensive furniture. At this point, you may be ready to call up a water damage restoration company in order to get an estimate. After all, this is a business blog so yes, expect us to give you a businesses information so you can contact them at the end of this post. Either way, you can always do a quick search and read all reviews before hiring the right guy for the job.

Water Damage Restoration Average Price

So if you’ve decided you need to get a water damage restoration contractor out to your house, please do the following. Make sure you prevent your items from being damaged. Call the company immediately after so they can further assist you and let you know what you can do. There is always more you can do to keep your belongings safe and out of the flooded area. The company you call should have some tricks up their sleeve to be able to help you much quicker with ideas that we haven’t even listed here. After calling up the company, make sure they come out IMMEDIATELY! If they can’t, call someone else.

A water damage restoration company should be open 24/7 to be able to help anyone in case of emergency. If you happen to be in Las Vegas, NV, you can try to call Disaster Rescue. They always have an emergency response team for water damage crisis 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can always reach them through their website here: lasvegaswaterdamagenv.com. They are fast and the most reliable company in Las Vegas for water damage repair. The average price for water damage can range from $500 – $150,000 depending on whether it’s a commercial or residential job. It also depends on size, and how long the water has been soaking into the floor and fixtures. For a price, please contact Disaster Rescue for help.

I hope this business blog post helped you guys out! If you have any questions at all for me, feel free to contact me at Free Association Radio through our contact form. I’m always glad to hear from anyone that would like to inquire about my writing style, or to inquire about a featured business in one of our posts. But that’s all we got for water damage repair costs.

Marketing For Business Owners

Here we go on another extremely beneficial post for you business owners! Today we’re going to talk about marketing; oh yes how fun right?

While most business owners will fail because they lack the vision necessary to see the potential there is in investing in marketing. A lot of smaller business owners are going to stay small forever because they simply don’t think they need to have a marketing budget. This post should stop this way of thinking for some of you that are still accustomed to thinking this way. Marketing is how customers find your business. It’s how they actually find out who you are and put a name to the product or service you offer. So with no marketing at all, no one would ever find you unless you are physically located in an area with a high flow of traffic. For most businesses this isn’t the case. For those businesses that can actually go for acquiring more customers, this post will knock your socks off.

Alright Let’s Get Into Some Marketing Talk!

Marketing isn’t only restricted to print, radio and TV. There’s a lot more to it than just those things. For example, there’s something called inbound marketing. This is a form of marketing online where your company can write a great piece of content, drive traffic to it, and hope that some of the people who read it will buy from you. This form of marketing is extremely effective for specifically product-based businesses. This is only one form of internet marketing, and it’s really targeted. Print, radio and TV ads are all not targeted as much as some forms of online marketing, and on top of that, they’re more expensive! So why would a company even invest in the offline stuff? Well, it’s important for one thing – branding. Getting your logo and other branding materials nationally recognized is the first step to getting a successful national outreach. This is due to psychological imprints of familiarity and trust for those brands. So the next time, or the first time, someone needs the product, they buy from the brand of which they are familiar. Makes sense right? This would be the ONLY reason to invest in offline marketing.

Try Marketing Online

Internet marketing on the other hand, is used more commonly by small businesses everywhere. The reason for this is due to the extremely low costs per impression or interaction. The fact that almost every person in the United States is on the internet dozens of times per day doesn’t hurt it either. Do you think this is the same for phone books or other print material? No way! The only thing that is actually similar is the fact that people are listening to the radio and watching TV multiple times daily. But here’s a major difference:

Although TV and radio ads can be targeted in a way, it’s nothing compared to internet marketing. TV ads can only be targeted to the point of which channels you decide to show your ads on and what times you do so. The same with radio, you can target people listening to certain stations, but they aren’t necessarily “looking” for your products or services at the time they see or hear your ad.

The Big Companies Do It, Why Shouldn’t You?

So with internet, this is quite the contrary. Your marketing dollars are only used to put your ads or content in front of people who are actually searching for someone to buy the product or service from! This is a major break-through in the marketing world. This means a significant decrease in wasted marketing budgets all over the world. The internet is available everywhere, and fortune 500 companies are using these forms of marketing to their advantage on the daily. What needs to happen, is a realization of these facts by small business owners all over the United States. There’s a poison going around in the business world and it’s not pretty. Business owners are afraid to even start these implementing these forms of marketing online because they don’t fully believe in it yet.

The truth is, a marketing budget used online can stretch much further than any form of offline marketing. For instance, there is a very unique form of marketing called SEO, or search engine optimization. This is a technique that allows a website to rank #1 on search engines like Google, Yahoo, or Bing for keywords that a lot of people are searching every month. So for example, if you’re a locksmith in manhattan, then keywords you’d probably want your website to rank for are “locksmith manhattan” or “manhattan locksmiths”. This literally means that anyone who’s currently looking for a locksmith in Manhattan are going to find you first! The power in that is insanely underrated. Finding you first means they already are familiar with you, just like what I was saying earlier about the familiarity concept behind offline marketing. This brings you the best of both worlds. SEO is used by almost every successful company today.

Optimize Your Website

Optimizing your website for search engines is the key to success online. This puts you in front of every potential customer there is on Google. Usually it takes just about 100 more visits per month on a business website for any given company to convert 3-5 customers. So if the keyword was bringing in 1000 searches on Google per month in our area, then you can expect a conversion of about 30-50 more customers per month. This should hit hard for you smaller business owners that think twice about investing in marketing. Think again. You can stretch any small budget you think you can scrounge up to your specific needs. For most of you, search engine optimization will be the game changer you’re business needs.

A lot of people think there’s a “secret to business success”, but sorry, that’s a myth. It’s as simple as getting yourself in front of your customers when they are looking for you. This means optimizing a website, or listing yourself online in business directories. A company we have worked with in the past that has done a great job is Digital Dynasty. We didn’t even get the chance to get into social media marketing! That’s another game changer for businesses all over the world. There are 4 billion social media users in the world. That’s more than half of the humans on earth. But that’s for another post ;).