4 Tips to Choose a Good Appliance Repair Service Provider

Household appliances make our lives easier. As a matter of fact, most of us can’t live without these units. Primarily, we use appliances to save a lot of time so we can enjoy our hobbies and spend time with our loved ones. Therefore, it’s important to make sure all our appliances work properly at all times. Given below are some tips that can help you choose the best appliance repair service.

1. Look for Right Repair Provider

First of all, you should look for the right service provider to have your appliances repaired. To look for the best one, we suggest that you discuss the matter with your colleagues, neighbors, and friends.

If they give you positive opinions about the service they used, you can check out the same provider. Aside from this, you can check different review websites to find out more about different service providers and their ratings. Don’t forget to check the experience of the service providers. Once you have made a short-list of some good repair services, you should book appointments for meetings.

2. Look For a Qualified Professionals

When looking for a good professional, make sure you consider one that offers quality services. For this purpose, you can ask for certifications and proof of training. The idea is to confirm that the pros you are looking for know their jobs very well. Besides, you may want to make sure that the professionals are trained and know how to repair the latest models of different appliances you use.

In other words, looking for a qualified professional is a must if you want to get the job done in a professional fashion.

3. Know the Repair Cost

For appliance repair, there are not fixed service charges. Therefore, the service provider will charge you based on the type of fault in your device or machine. Therefore, you may want to ask the pro about how they figure out the service charges. Typically, the cost is a combo of service fees, parts and labor.

Typically, experienced technicians make provisional diagnoses. Most of them tend to bring the right parts when they visit your premises to check the product. And this can helps you save a lot of money on labor cost. In addition, it’s much better to get quotes from many providers in order to compare prices.

4. Ask About Warranties

Once your appliance is fixed, it should continue to work for months if not years. But if it stops working a few days later, know that the repair job was not done properly. Therefore, you may want to make sure that the repair technician offers a warranty on their service.

If a service provider offers no guarantee, you may consider hiring another service provider.

In short, there are a lot of repair services out there, which makes it confusing to opt for the right one. Therefore, we suggest that you follow the tips given above to ensure you get the best professional to meet your needs. Ideally, the technicians must be reliable, trustworthy and experienced. Hope this helps.

Tips on Buying a Good Quality RGB Data Repeater

The RGB data repeater is a highly effective tool to use in conjunction with LED lighting modules of all kinds. The repeater enables you to set a cycle using a controller, so you can change the colour of the lights in sequence to provide a visual impact that is guaranteed to impress, whether you decide to use it in your garden, around your pool, in your child’s bedroom or outside your office to draw in customers.

The RGB data repeater has also proven to be highly successful when it comes to drawing attention to signs and billboards, helping to increase brand visibility and help clients identify with your company, hopefully assisting you in enjoying more foot traffic through the door on a daily basis.

There are a number of very important factors you want to take into consideration when it comes to buying a repeater from any supplier anywhere in the world. You want to ensure you purchase the finest quality product at the best possible price from a reliable supplier with a reputation for superior service and support, so where do you start?

Start by searching online. Do a simple search for the product you are looking for and identify a handful of companies that will supply you with the product you need. This can help you create a short-list of companies you feel you want to buy from. Each company will need to be reviewed and compared to ensure you buy from the best supplier that you can rely on and trust now and in the future.

With the companies at hand, you can start going through each one in detail. You don’t only want to identify if they sell the RGB data repeater that you are looking for, butt you also want to spend some time focusing on the company itself. You need to identify if they are professional, how long they have been in business and what lighting services they provide. Ideally find a company that can provide you with a complete lighting service. They can help you identify which lighting products you need while conducting an energy survey and chart for you, so you can see how changing to LED and using the RGB data repeater to make a statement can help you save money in the long run.

You can’t only rely on what you read on the suppliers website, while you can gather a wealth of information on each company off their website, it is advisable to do some of your own research to ensure you are getting the honest reviews from past and current customers alike. You can do this by typing the company name into your search engine and then going through the results. You want to find independent review sites, where you can read the customer feedback with complete confidence. This can help you narrow down your list even further, to one or two companies you feel are going to provide you with the best quality product at a price you can afford.

Before you start comparing the companies, there are few more things to focus on. The first is the quality of the product. Does the supplier stand behind their products? Do they offer a good warranty? Do they provide a decent returns policy, so you can buy with complete confidence?

Next you can compare the remaining companies against each other to see which one is not only going to provide you with the best quality product, but the best service and after-sales support in the long run.

Don’t Get Fooled: 5 Tips For Buying A Good Used Car

Cape Town – Prices of new cars are exorbitant, at least for some, but that’s not the case for 36 794 fortunate South Africans who registered their new cars in January 2017.

Over the last five years during January, new car sales in SA remained steady around the 35 000 mark and annually, 547 442 units were sold in 2016 compared to 617 648 in 2015. That’s a considerable difference in sales of 11.4% and pundits say it’s unlikely to improve this year.

Buying a used car in SA

According to WesBank, statistics indicated that 38 343 new cars were sold in May 2016 compared to 89 390 used cars which clearly shows new vehicles sales don’t even come close to used cars.

Who doesn’t love the new car smell or the fact that you are the first owner but second-hand cars simply offer better value for money especially feature-for-feature. Used cars are also likely to ease up on your bank balance with a much lower insurance premium than a new car.

On the flip side, there is that niggling feeling of breaking down in a used car and sometimes sellers don’t really help either. Anyone can get an ‘OBD2 code’ reader and shady sellers can clear codes without fixing any problems.

Rest assured, following these simple steps will help you choose your new (used) car carefully without anyone taking advantage of you.

Step 1: Use your head, not your heart

We’ve all been there and know how hard it is not to fall in love with what seems to be a bargain. Whether it’s your dream car as a child or a reminder of your first true love – be smart and make the right call. Used-car dealers thrive on infatuated customers as they are easily convinced and could end up with an absolute dud.

When you’re looking to buy a car, the secret is to search far and wide and here the internet can be extremely helpful. Consider all your options and be careful buying the first car you see. Give yourself a realistic chance of scouting around and to see what’s out there. Use the first three cars as a point of reference to weigh-up all the pros and cons going forward.

Step 2: Avoid exotic cars

If you’re buying a new car, you can buy almost anything you want as the parts are available and the car will be under warranty. Buying an exotic second-hand car is not so easy mainly because no factory warranty exists and any service or maintenance costs are out of your pocket.

A good example is parts for a Toyota Corolla or a VW Golf versus a Renault. An oil filter can cost as little as R60 but for a Renault in excess of R200. This easily escalates when you own a high-performance or exotic car.

It is more than just considering the price of parts though. You also need to find a service station that can confidently maintain your car. If your engine is more complex than that of a fighter jet, expect to pay premium rates.

In terms of performance, you should ask yourself this very important question; ‘If this Golf GTI, Type R or BMW M3 is so good, why are they selling it?’

It may not always be the case but more often than not, high-performance cars are likely to have been pushed to the limit before they are sold. Steer clear of these unless you are knowledgeable about cars, have a decent mechanic and prepared to pay a premium for parts,

Step 3: Read the seller, not the price tag

There is no hiding from subconscious cues unless you’re a trained spy. Watch the seller closely while you talk about the car and walk around the vehicle pointing out parts. Shifty or nervous behaviour is usually a sign that there’s something wrong with the car.

Keep a close eye on the seller’s body language. If they seem uncomfortable just follow your gut and walk away. Rather this than being stuck with a lemon.

I once viewed a great-looking car for sale but the private seller seemed rushed. Fortunately, I had a good mechanic with me and he pointed out a soapy residue in the oil. For those who don’t know, that’s a tell-tale sign of a blown head-gasket which can be very expensive to repair.

Step 4: Thorough inspection is vital

When the seller asks how much you know about cars, act as if you don’t know much. This means they will only focus on the good points of the car which leaves you with a great opportunity to check the things they didn’t mention.

Specifically, check brake discs for uneven wear; the colour of the oil should be golden brown and not a dark colour. Battery terminals should be clean, tyres in good condition with even wear and the body should be straight. Check the body seams in the engine bay and the boot to identify any signs of accident repairs.

Also, give the car a mighty push with the handbrake up. It should of course not move but if it does, you’ve already identified one problem.

When a car is advertised as having a “new” battery, it could mean there is something wrong with the loom or alternator. Realistically, why would someone sell a car and give you a battery worth R1000? Same applies to new tyres. They’re expensive to just ‘giveaway’ so be careful and keep in mind faulty suspension or problems with the steering.

Lastly, look for body panels where the colour seems a different shade. This could be an indication that the car was involved in an accident and a purchase not to complete.

Step 5: Give it a good test drive

Don’t just jump in and get going. Instead, get the seller to switch on the ignition and let the vehicle idle. Test the wipers, lights and listen to the engine noise. Walk around the car and once it’s been idle for a while, switch it off.

Start the car again leaving the headlights on. If it doesn’t start immediately there may be an electrical problem. Check all lights, aircon, radio, electric windows and mirror switches.

During your test drive, be sure to test all the gears and find a decent incline on your route. Feel for any “flat spots” in acceleration as this could indicate ignition or injector issues. Flat spots are where the acceleration stops momentarily and then picks up again.

Listen for strange noises. Some people are just poor drivers and the old saying comes to mind, “If you can’t find it, grind it” so check for grinding sounds when you brake or change gears especially. This may indicate a serious mechanical fault and it’s best to walk away.

High-pitched squealing noises from the V-belts are also unacceptable under any circumstances and another reason to simply walk away. After the test drive check to see if any fluids have leaked onto the ground. Oil or coolant could indicate serious problems with oil seals, engine or the cooling system.

Last on the checklist is to trust your gut. Does the vehicle “feel right” to you? If the answer is yes, it’s time to sign on the dotted line and happy motoring until the next buy.