Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Paving scams continue...

We have had reports of possible paving scams taking place in the area today. Remember the following tips to detect a scam...

1. A company that knocks on your door claiming to have “leftover” asphalt or other materials. Leftover hot-mix asphalt would be too cold to place properly, while cold mix is used exclusively for small patches, not general paving. Asphalt is a perishable product and, if it cools too much, it is useless as a hot mix paving product.

2. Deals that seem “too good to be true.” If the quoted price seems very low, chances are the quality of the work will be low as well.

3. Cash-only terms. Most reputable contractors take checks and don’t require cash-only terms.

4. “One-time offer” price quotes. Reputable contractors will provide a quote before doing any work so that the homeowner has a chance to shop around.

5. Door-to-door sales. Reputable asphalt contractors do not sell their products door-to-door. Consumers should be very suspicious of anyone appearing at their front doors offering low-cost asphalt.

6. Vehicles with out-of-state license plates. This type of scam many times will be run by persons traveling from other states.

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