Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Here's more on those wrecked Ferrari's in Japan. The damage estimate is now up to $3.8 Million.
It makes me sad to see those cars destroyed, but I just can't bring myself to feel sorry for someone who owns a car that's worth more than my house.
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Monday, December 5, 2011
Make sure you are using someone who is licensed & qualified to do the cleanup work!
I recommend Deon Hahan with Advanced Restoration: 888-886-1740 or www.advancedrestoration.net. Deon has done a great job for several of my clients!
DAVIS COUNTY -- The winds are gone in Davis County. A lot of damage remains, and there is now a new concern: scam artists. The state's top watchdog is telling homeowners to look out this week, after a would-be scammer showed up on her street.
The experts will tell you after natural disasters like the one that hit sections of Davis and Weber Counties, that bad guys come out of the woodwork looking to take advantage. This warning is about not only scam artists but contractors that aren't licensed.
Francine Giani is the head of the Utah Department of Commerce and oversees consumer protection. She tells us the neighbors usually push the door-to-door salesmen her way. Well … similar deal. A man showed up in her neighborhood Saturday offering to help clean up, only he didn't have a license on him.
"I said ‘I don't think you're a licensed contractor,' and I said ‘I happen to work for the agency that licenses contractors, so you may want to pick a different area. But I don't think you want to stop here in Centerville for sure.' So he drove off," said Francine Giani, executive director of the Utah Department of Commerce:
Tips for how to avoid becoming a victim1. Be cautious of people that show up at your front door and tell you, "I'm in the area just for today." "I can perform the work for you really cheap," "You have to decide NOW."
2. Always ask to see a copy of his or her contractor's license. Utah law requires all contractors to be licensed. You can also call the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing to check if a person is a licensed contractor in Utah at (801) 530-6628, Toll-free in Utah (866) 275-3675 or check on line at www.dopl.utah.gov
3. Ask for references of people they have performed work for previously, call those references.
4. Get a written bid. Then phone other licensed contractors to compare material and job costs.
5. Always get a written contract from the contractor. Often people are deceived by work performed on a vague understanding.
6. Make payment out to the name on the contractor's license. Never to an individual.
It's something that's being echoed on this street in Bountiful. The work in Davis County may simply be too difficult for a fly-by-night crew to take care of.
Not only does Total Tree Care have a license, it had repelling gear and all kinds of sophisticated equipment to handle a huge tree that had fallen against a house.
"A lot of times they can get over their heads and get in a situation where the consumer's not protected, or where people are over-billing or over-charging and taking advantage of people in a bad situation," said Mark Malmstrom, who works with Total Tree Care.
Here's a case in point: Malmstrom says if a worker gets hurt trying to clear trees from your property and his company isn't insured, it's on you. Consumer protection is warning people to watch out for workers who claim to just be in the area for the day and say that you have to decide right then.
Investigators are also warning people to beware of anybody asking for cash up front. Using a card does leave a paper trail. Additional good advice: ask to see a copy of the contractor's license, ask for references, get a written bid and a written contract and make the payment out to the name on the contractor's license.
We have talked to multiple police agencies as well. Not many reports of problems yet, but the anticipation is there will be people this week out here looking to take advantage of unsuspecting folks.
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The Associated Press reports from TOKYO:
An outing of luxury sportscar enthusiasts in Japan ended in an expensive freeway pileup — smashing a stunning eight Ferraris, a Lamborghini and two Mercedes likely worth more than $1 million together.
Kyodo News via Reuters
Police officers investigate wrecked luxury cars at the site of a traffic accident in Shimonoseki on Dec. 4, 2011.Police say they believe the accident Sunday was touched off when the driver of one of the Ferraris tried to change lanes and hit the median barrier. He spun across the freeway, and the other cars collided while trying to avoid hitting his car.
Yomiuri Shimbun via AFP - Getty Images
Damaged Ferrari sports cars along a stretch of the Chugoku highway following a 14-vehicle pile-up on Dec. 4, 2011.
Video of the crash aired by NTV, a major national network, showed several smashed, bright red Ferraris cluttering the freeway.
No one was seriously injured, but police in Yamaguchi prefecture said 10 people were treated for bruises and cuts. Police say 14 cars were involved altogether. Read the full story.
Police officers investigate damaged Ferrari cars at the site of a traffic accident on the Chugoku Expressway in Shimonoseki, Japan, Dec. 4. Thirteen sports cars, including eight Ferraris, a Lamborghini and two Mercedes-Benz, were involved in the accident, slightly injuring 10 people.Traffic police spokesman Mitsuyoshi Isejima called the event "a gathering of narcissists," according to Bloomberg. He said the drivers were aged between 37 and 60 years old.
Kyodo News / AP
Police officers investigate damaged luxury cars at the site of a traffic accident on the Chugoku Expressway in Shimonoseki, Japan, Dec. 4.
A highway in Japan is littered with smashed luxury cars and their parts after eight Ferraris, two Mercedes and a Lamborghini collide en route to a car show. Msnbc.com's Dara Brown reports.Related content: Even the crashes are stylish - Million-dollar wreck in Monaco.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
This is a great video highlighting the advantage of having multiple chioces for your insurance needs.
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