Consumer Alert: How Do Consumers Fall Victim to Garage Door Scams?
Posted on July 20, 2017
Part 1 of video series from IDA and DASMA to protect consumers from garage door scams.
IDEA, the Institute of Door Dealer Education and Accreditation has put together a series of videos to educate homeowners on how to protect themselves against scammers in the garage door industry. “A garage door repair scam has spread throughout the United States and Canada. This brief consumer alert video comes to you from IDA and DASMA. North America’s two trade associations devoted to the garage door industry. This video gives you a brief overview of how consumers fall victim to this scam.”
Pay Attention to Advertising
The video states that “your first contact with a scammer with likely come through an advertisement. Although many honest companies also advertise the scammers marketing targets consumers who need emergency repair.” It's important to
know how to spot the difference between a
reputable garage door repair company, like an
Overhead Door Distributor, from a company or individual looking to scam consumers for repair services.
Two Reason Why Consumers Fall Victim to Garage Door Repair Scams
1. When you need immediate service, you often call the first company you find and fail to seek a second written bid from a reputable local company that would likely reveal such gross overcharging and unnecessary repairs.
2. Scammers will take advantage of your lack of knowledge of garage door operation and the actually cost of garage door parts such as springs, rollers and cables.
Is what they are doing illegal? While overcharging is not necessarily illegal, scammers are often using false advertising and deceptive practices to get deeply into your pockets.
IDEA, the Institute of Door Dealer Education and Accreditation,
Door and Access Systems, and
IDA for this great information that will help protect homeowners from garage door scams.
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the most reputable and trusted brands in the garage door industry. We've been around since the very beginning and our network of Overhead Door Distributors are some of the most reputable, trustworthy, garage door experts in their local markets. If you're needing
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