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  • State has oversight of mobile mechanics

    A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the apparently growing trend of mobile mechanics — I say "apparently" because no one can keep track of how many there are. Buy a set of tools, post an ad on the website Craigslist.com — on the Orlando section, there's an average of 40 to 50 fresh listings every day — and suddenly, you're a mobile mechanic.
  • Care for your car to curb gas bills

    Care for your car to curb gas bills
    Finding a mechanic may not be fun, but it is great way to keep your car bills down. And with gas prices expected to reach — or exceed — record highs this year, now's as good a time as any for keeping your vehicle in good working condition....

    Making the right move when hiring a mover in Florida

    Making the right move when hiring a mover in Florida
    Moving-company complaints are among the most common consumer-related gripes in South and Central Florida. A series of reports in the Sun Sentinel led to a statewide crackdown on problem movers about decade ago and eventually to increased county...

    Kevin Hunt: Did Concert Pianist Lose $1,600 To Timeshare Reseller?

    Kevin Hunt: Did Concert Pianist Lose $1,600 To Timeshare Reseller?
    Madeleine Forte of Hamden now knows she's one of the thousands of people who handed money blindly to Global Resort Management to sell a timeshare. "There were 4,000 idiots like me who gave them money," she says. Forte, a concert pianist, and her husband...

    Time-share scam takes time to crack

    It's cliché to say the wheels of justice turn slowly, but at least they turned in Allen Adler's favor. I wrote about Adler more than a year ago when he feared he had lost $2,649 in a time-share scam to International Paradigm Marketing of Winter Garden,...