Downtown Merchants Beer & Wine Walk Continues

Downtown Merchants Beer & Wine Walk Continues

January 19, 2017 (Kingman, AZ) On Saturday, February 11th, the Kingman Downtown Merchants Association (K.D.M.A) will be holding their fourth Beer & Wine Walk – this time in celebration of Valentine’s Day. The walk will be from 3 to 6pm, starting at The Standard newspaper located at 221 Beale Street. Cost is $20, which includes your souvenir wine glass and map designating the various stations to visit.  You can buy tickets ahead of time at www.kingmandowntownmerchantsassoc.com

The event will focus on building awareness for members of the K.D.M.A. while introducing the citizens of Kingman to the wide variety of businesses in Historic Downtown Kingman. Proceeds will aid in K.D.M.A.’s efforts to revitalize Downtown Kingman.

KDMA has also set dates for future walks – June 17th and October 21st. You’ll want to put those dates on your calendar now so you don’t miss them!

Participating merchants are members of the Kingman Downtown Merchants Association. For information about the event or on how to join K.D.M.A., call 928-715-2394 or visit their website at www.kingmandowntownmerchantsassoc.com

Mohave County’s Top Five Industries of 2016

Mohave County’s Top Five Industries of 2016

BBB’s Most Complained, Inquired and Reviewed Industries

(Lake Havasu City, AZ – January 12, 2016)  Better Business Bureau’s Mohave County campus continues to be a great resource to consumers and businesses in the community. In 2016, Better Business Bureau Serving Central, Northern and Western Arizona (BBB) received 53,641 inquiries from consumers requesting information about businesses in Mohave County. More than 170 complaints and 275 customer reviews were also submitted to BBB in 2016.

“Compared to 2015, inquiries and customer reviews are up while complaints are down,” said Elaine Cullen, BBB Mohave County Director.  “It’s great to see business inquiries and customer reviews increase over 22 percent from 2015, while seeing the number of complaints decrease by 17 percent.”

Most Complained About Industries:

1.   Incentive Programs: Same as 2015, consumers received cold calls and/or attended seminars promising “free” travel only to end up being charged unexpected fees and taxes that often cost as much as the travel. Requests for refunds took months, if received at all.

BBB Tip: High-pressure sales tactics, one-day or limited-time offers, upfront payment and big savings are all red flags. Beware of companies concealing their identity or providing limited contact information. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is!

2.  Air Conditioning Contractors & Systems: Up from number four last year, some consumers alleged they were misled into purchasing a new unit or paying for unnecessary repairs, while others reported difficulty utilizing warranties when needed.

BBB Tip: As with any major purchase, consider a second opinion and get multiple bids.  Read and understand all warranty information; not all system parts may be covered. In many cases, a lack of regular maintenance by a licensed air-conditioning contractor could void a warranty.

3.  Auto Repair and Service: Same as 2015, incomplete, delayed and unnecessary repairs were reported by consumers concerning the auto repair and service industry. Some consumers claimed paying in advance for repair work that was not completed, while others stated the repair shop didn’t repair what was promised and refused to fix the problem when consumers brought it to their attention.

BBB Tip:  Always obtain a written estimate before authorizing any work, be leery about making payments upfront, and require authorization for additional work on the vehicle.  Make sure the estimate includes a description of concerns, what the technician found to be the cause, and the correction or course of action for repair, including total cost. Don’t forget to ask about warranty for parts and labor.

4.   Jet Ski/Personal Watercraft: Down from number two in 2015, consumers were charged fees for watercraft damages and/or fuel costs they did not incur. Consumers also reported the price being advertised was different than the amount charged.

BBB Tip: Inspect the watercraft for damages, make note on the rental contract, and take photos before going out on the water. Get copies of all documentation.  After use, check credit card statements to ensure the correct, agreed amount was charged.

5.   Auto Dealers – New Cars: New to the top-five list, consumers reported feeling misled by sales representatives when purchasing or repairing a new vehicle. When a problem with a purchase contract or a faulty repair job came up, consumers claimed the employees lacked customer service skills and did not make a good faith effort to resolve issues.

BBB Tip:   Before making a car purchase or repair, check out the dealership’s reputation at bbb.org. Read the entire contract prior to signing. If servicing a vehicle, get a written estimate that outlines repairs to be done. Retain all paperwork and receipts; you may also ask for old parts to be returned if it helps with peace of mind.

Most Inquired About Industries:

  1. Employment Service
  2. Air Conditioning Contractors & Systems
  3. Contractors – General
  4. Auto Repair & Service
  5. Auto Dealers – Used Cars

Most Reviewed Industries:

  1. Air Conditioning Contractors & Systems
  2. Recreational Vehicles – Repair & Service
  3. Air Conditioning Repair
  4. Jet Ski/Personal Watercraft
  5. Incentive Programs

In La Paz County, 11 complaints were submitted in 2016, with the highest number in the trailers – camping & travel industry. BBB also received seven customer reviews in that county and inquiries were close to 4,000.

Be sure to check a company’s rating, complaint history and customer reviews before a transaction at bbb.org, especially if you have not done business with company in the past.

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For more information or to schedule an interview with a BBB spokesperson, please contact Elaine Cullen at 928-302-3701 or ecullen@arizonabbb.org.

About Better Business Bureau Serving Central, Northern & Western Arizona

For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau (BBB) has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2016, people turned to BBB more than 172 million times for BBB Business Reviews on more than 5.3 million businesses and 11,000 charities, all available free at bbb.org.  Incorporated locally in 1938, BBB serving Central, Northern and Western Arizona serves 10 counties through its campuses in Phoenix, Lake Havasu City, Prescott and Yuma, supported by over 11,300 BBB Accredited Businesses. Businesses that earn BBB Accreditation contractually agree and adhere to high standards of ethical business practices. BBB provides objective advice, free business reviews and charity reports, and educational information on topics affecting marketplace trust.