Local Man Victim of Appliance Repair Business Scam
BBB is interviewed by KIII-TV for a story on AB Appliance Repair. The Corpus Christi-based business has an F rating with more than a dozen complaints. KIII-TV (10/9/12)
I pick up unwanted appliances, fix what’s worth fixing then sell them with
a warranty. I tell people often times it’s not worth paying a repairman to
fix it. Usually it costs $100 just to diagnose the problem, the repairman
must make money driving all over town, he does have expenses, and it takes
time to diagnose a problem, he cannot do that for free. Then he has to run
around locating parts that can be very expensive & you might pay $500. I
sell a really nice used washer or dryer for $100.
I fix & sell used appliances a lot cheaper than what you pay a repairman, I
work out of my garage, but there are those who do what I do and purposely
sell non-working appliances as working – as is. I plug in the appliances to
demonstrate they work & give a 90 day warranty, it’s real simple, bring it
back & I give you a full refund or replace it, less than 1% ever comes
back. If you are super paranoid go to a used appliance store with a store
front & check BBB.
New appliances are crap, not worth anywhere near the floor price, even
trusted name brands because they all use expensive circuit boards & that is
what fails the most, it’s mostly imported crap. Now I see cheap
refrigerator compressors. It was the compressor that was the best part of
any refrigerator, not anymore, & that is the most expensive to replace. You
get 5-7 yrs on new appliances when they used to last 30 yrs, so the real
story is how the corporations are ripping off the consumer.
This is a catch 22. In this case the repairman hasn’t got an ounce of
morality, the reporters say never pay up front, but from a repairman’s side
is that 25% of the population are wishy washy. If the repairman did take on
the job, buy the new parts & actually fix the machine then the owner
decides it’s too much money then the repairman is lucky if he can sell it
for $100 & loses $300, you certainly can’t make a living doing that, you
need money up front.
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