Our paving contractors are committed to working efficiently and producing quality results. However, not all asphalt companies share our work ethic. If your asphalt driveway is cracked or showing signs of age, your home could be targeted by scammers. Continue reading to learn how to recognize the red flags of an asphalt paving scam. If you suspect you’re dealing with a scammer, file a report with your local police department and the Better Business Bureau.
Beware of people who knock on your door promising deep discounts. When it comes to asphalt paving, you get what you pay for. It’s worth taking your time to research asphalt companies before committing to driveway repair. Often scammers are able to offer low prices because they claim they’re using leftover materials from a previous job.
Keep in mind that what these scammers are offering is completely different from asphalt recycling. While our company sometimes uses recycled asphalt, we always make sure that we have enough for your driveway. Scammers use scraps from a previous job to partially repair your driveway. When they run out of asphalt, they promise to return the next day only to disappear.
Out-of-State License Plates
It’s a red flag if a company representative has an out-of-state license plate. Established driveway pavers have spent years building their reputations by doing quality work. Scammers move from town to town to avoid getting caught. We recommend choosing a company that has been doing work in your area for several years. For example, A-1 Asphalt has been in business since 1988. Not only is our company local, but we’ve been providing asphalt repair for over 30 years.
Even if a company representative gives you a local phone number, this is no guarantee that they’re actually from your area. It’s not uncommon for scammers to give you a local phone number to a disposable phone. For this reason, always check out their license plates.
No Contact Information
If a legitimate business is going door to door, the first thing they’ll do is hand you their business card. Reputable asphalt repair. If a company representative doesn’t give you their card, it’s because they don’t want you to be able to call them when they skip town with your money.want to build a relationship with you so you feel comfortable asking questions and setting up an estimate for
Paying Cash Upfront
It’s a major red flag when a door-to-door salesperson pressures you to pay cash up front. They claim that the deep discount they’re offering is a limited time opportunity when in reality it’s just a scam. Legitimateaccept cash, credit cards, and checks. A scammer doesn’t want to accept a check because they know you’ll try to cancel it once you realize their game.
The best way to avoid a paving scam is to research asphalt companies before giving them your business. Our Grand Rapids driveway pavers are more than happy to answer any of your questions so you can make the best decision for your paved surface and budget. To request your free estimate for driveway or parking lot paving, call A-1 Asphalt at (800) 871-4401.