Beware of the Gypsy’s – 7 warning signs you may be scammed

  1. Selling door-to-door: Reputable asphalt contractors will sometimes offer their services if they are doing a legitimate job in the immediate area. Always ask for references.
  2. Claiming they have leftover asphalt from another job: Professional asphalt contractors will know with great accuracy how much paving material is needed to complete a project. Rarely will they have leftover material. Some of the reasons a contractor might have leftover material is due to weather, equipment problems, cancellations, etc.
  3. Push you to make a quick decision: Reputable contractors will provide a written estimate that will be valid for weeks or months. If the great deal they are offering you today is not available tomorrow or next week, it may be a scam.
  4. No contract offered: Insist upon a written contract specifying, in detail, the work to be performed and the agreed-upon price.
  5. Cash sales ONLY: Most reputable contractors take checks or credit cards and don’t require CASH ONLY terms.
  6. Deals that seem too good to be true: If the quoted price seems very low, chances are the quality of the work also will be quite low.
  7. Unmarked trucks with (800) numbers: Often the trucks they travel in are unmarked, or they have an out-of-state address and phone number. A little research will reveal that they have no permanent address, and the phone number is often an answering machine. Some have been known to use an address with a suite number that turned out to be a storage building.

About Us: “Specialists by Reputation,” AC Asphalt is a locally owned and family operated asphalt maintenance and installation company serving residential and commercial customers in Northeast Wisconsin.