Norh Dakota asphalt paving scams already in 2012
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#1 Apr 18, 2012
BEWARE OF ASPHALT PAVING SCAMS
Asphalt driveways can begin to look pretty worn and faded after a few harsh winters. And it is only natural for a
homeowner to want to get the restoration done as cheaply as possible. But as you concentrate on your home repair
projects this summer, beware of asphalt paving scam operators.
A traveling asphalt paving crew may notice your driveway and offer you a low-priced opportunity to revitalize it.
But a little bit of caution and common sense can help prevent serious problems.
The ability to hit and run is the key to a successful asphalt paving scam. Crews usually wander from one county or
community to another offering a driveway sealing service. Representatives of the crews typically approach
consumers in their yards, promising low estimates because of leftover materials from a completed job a few houses
away or on a nearby highway project.
They may offer a lifetime guarantee, but often the quality of the material used and application is inferior, and you
may soon have weeds growing through the new asphalt. Unfortunately, the paving crew is long gone by the time
you discover you have a problem. It may cost you more to redo the driveway after the fresh look washes away with
the next rain shower.
Another way to spot a possible scam is an offer to do the work without a written contract. Without a written
contract, the original low estimate may grow to hundreds or even thousands of dollars once the work is completed.
The crews often operate near major highway systems and insist on cash payments. If checks are accepted at all,
they are cashed immediately at the nearest bank.
It is up to consumers to protect themselves from scam artists. If you are eager to have the work done, you should
insist that it be on your terms. Ask for references and check them before agreeing to have the work done. Take the
crew's written estimate, and tell them you will get back to them. Get bids from established local paving companies
to compare prices.
Make sure that the asphalt paving company has its transient merchants license, which is issued by the Attorney
Generalís office. This license requires that the company be bonded so that in the event the work is substandard,
you can file a claim against the bond. Without a bond, you will have little recourse if there is a problem and the
paving crew leaves town.
Above all, don't let them pressure you to have the work done immediately. North Dakota law requires that
consumers who are solicited at their home be given a written, three-day right of cancellation.
#2 Apr 18, 2012
Already? kinda early for those guys,But they are always looking to take advantage of someone,I dont like tp hear this already.
#3 Apr 18, 2012
These articles are every place i look lately,Last october a article up in the turtle mountans,2 weeks ago in Jamestown and in Dickinson,And about the 5th time in minot already and the damn potholes still arent filled on the roads lol
#4 Apr 19, 2012
PRICE PAVING..Mike n Martins paving..Daley paving..Carrol paving..Gorman paving..Mcdonald paving,Donahue paving..Linzy paving..these are a few of there last names,But they change there company name very often,only costing 30 bucks for new business cards And 40 bucks for new stick on letters to change there company names..now they all use toll free phone number and a pay as you go[pre pay]cell phone..these guys dont miss a angle,they have thaught of every way to out smart the law,and seems like they always manage to stay one step ahead of the law,,I have heard many of theses paving scammers brag on how stupid the north dakota law is to ever out smart them..I heard these brags from guys who use to work for these crews,they told me alot of helpfull info,these crews are in minot hotels and trailer parks right now.I would start looking around by the car wash and across from the fairgrounds,I heard there is a large crew of them around that area.
#10 Apr 26, 2012
Good luck with that boob...lmao...What a joke.
#11 Apr 29, 2012
I am lost wheres the road ?
#14 May 29, 2012
I found the road,I was also lost lol
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