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Ben Page

Subject: rick johnsons auto repair

To whom it may concern: first I want it to be known that I am not usually the type to write a negative review, I have the " if you can't say anything nice don't say anything" type of outlook. However, being in the automotive industry in one way or another for 15 years or so I didn't think q business could stay open with such horrible service and total disregard for customers and their automobile...
I went in for a full service oil change as advertised by Rick Johnson $29. Apperantly, this doesn't even include enough oil for my 6 cyl car. Does not include an oil filter either. After the up charge for extra oil, up charge for filter which is over retail, and up charges for 3-4 other items including misc shop materials, the total cost was almost $51.. This was a total rip off and con since you don't see the bill until the work is already done. This was just the beginning. These people didn't do anything that was promised in addvertizement.. They did not top off any fluids, my wiper fluid light came on the next day, did not rotate tires, they didn't even reset the oil maintenance light, or tighten the plastic panel on the under carriage of the car. They left it dragging on the ground.
Not only was their addvertisment a total lie, their service and concern for the customer and their property was non existent. When I went back in to talk to them about it they tried to make me feel like I was crazy for questioning them and actually attempted to make me seem like I just didn't know how Things worked. I would really be amazed if these people even changed my oil at all since they did nothing else. Never go to this place. They will rip you off, lie to you, take your money, and treat you like a third rate citizen.. If you do go there remember I said "I told you so"...

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had


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I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.


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I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.
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That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.