BBB is urging consumers to beware of a scam involving door-to-door salesmen offering low-cost quotes on asphalt paving. Over the past several days, BBB has received calls and complaints from local consumers who were approached by salesmen offering to pave driveways for very low costs, claiming to use asphalt "left-over" from a larger paving job.
Such door-to-door scams typically result in less-than satisfied consumers who end up paying for inferior work that often must be replaced. These scams are typically perpetrated by scam artists who are in the area one day and gone the next.
BBB is urging consumers to check out the companies making these offers, to make sure the company is reputable and who will perform quality work for a fair price.
To avoid becoming a victim, BBB offers the following advice:
- Be leery if the company claims that it's "leftover" asphalt. Leftover hot mix asphalt would be too cold to place properly, while cold mix is used exclusively for small patches, not general paving. Asphalt is a perishable product and if it cools too much it is useless as a hot mix paving product.
- Deals that seem "Too good to be true". If the quoted price seems very low, chances are the quality of the work will be low as well.
- "One time offer" price quotes. Reputable contractors will provide a quote before doing any work so that the homeowner has a chance to shop around.
- Door-to-door sales. Reputable asphalt contractors do not sell their product door-to-door. Consumers should be very suspicious of anyone appearing at their front doors offering low cost asphalt.
- Vehicles with out of state license plates. This type of scam many times will be run by persons traveling through our local area from other states. The big equipment (pickups or trailers) will be licensed in other states.
To find reputable local asphalt pavers, consumers can contact BBB at 800-987-8280 or ms.bbb.org