At Boulder Garage Door, we’re all too familiar with the fact that consumers need to beware of garage door company scams. While it’s not something most people even think about, mostly because garage door repairs and replacements don’t come up every day, unscrupulous frauds have figured out how to scam you out of your hard-earned money.
Because we don’t want this to happen to our neighbors here in Boulder and Denver, here’s how you can beware of garage door company scams.
If you call a garage maintenance specialist and they show up in an unmarked vehicle wearing street clothes instead of a company uniform, this should be a big red flag. Think about any company you call to do repairs. Their logos are always prominently displayed on their clothes, and their vehicles usually look like portable billboards. Legitimate companies take advantage of all the advertising they can.
Out of the Ordinary Prices
Take some time to do a bit of research first. Look around online or call other businesses to get a general idea about the cost of the repair that you need to have done. Be very wary of companies that charge far above or below the average cost that your research shows.
Sometimes people will pay a high price thinking that they are getting better quality work, but they’re just getting scammed. The reverse is also true. People go with the cheapest option figuring a repair is a repair so why pay top dollar? But, the company may just be setting you up for failure.
Lifetime guarantees can be a good thing and when a company offers one, it certainly makes them sound legitimate. But beware of garage door company scams where they offer you a lifetime guarantee on the installation of a part that they know will fail quickly. When you call them to make good on it, they’ll be happy to provide a replacement part for free – but add a big fat service charge for the reinstallation.
Bottom line, scammers know that people don’t deal with garage door companies very often. These types of repairs are only necessary once in a great while. So, when people need a fix, they want it quick and may not know who to call. That makes them an easy mark.
All we can recommend is to be on the lookout for the signs we discussed here when choosing a garage door company. Do your homework by checking their reviews on Yelp and Google. Contact references and former customers. Be extremely careful and trust your gut – if it sounds too good to be true or just doesn’t feel right, walk away before getting in too deep.
Another great way to protect yourself is to hire a well-established company like Boulder Garage Door. With us, there’s no need to beware of garage door company scams. We’ve been around for over 40 years and have put a lot of hard work into building a positive reputation that speaks for itself. So, if you need garage door repairs or even a full replacement, simply give us a call to set up your appointment.