SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Tuesday, January 18, 2011) – Custom, classic and exotic cars are on display in Scottsdale this weekend, and Angie’s List is bringing in its best performers to pick the brains of the thousands of auto enthusiasts in town for the shows.
“There’s no better place to be if you’re trying to find the best custom and classic car specialists and we’re going in prepared to learn,” said Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List, which recently launched ratings and reviews focused specifically on custom and classic car restoration.
Nearly 100 of Angie’s List top performers – staff members who excel in their various positions – will attend the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction on Saturday. The auction attracts hundreds of thousands of car enthusiasts each year. The Angie’s List crew will kick off a classic car report drive by talking to those car buffs, gathering reports and insights on their personal experiences with restorers across the country, and encouraging them to join Angie’s List as engaged members.
“It’s not uncommon for classic car owners to have to send parts or whole vehicles across the country for repairs and restoration,” Hicks said. “It can be difficult to fully research specialists from a long distance, and Angie’s List plans to make it easier. To do that, we need more detailed, reliable information. So we’re going to Scottsdale to get it.”
Hicks has an ulterior motive for putting her elite team to work in Arizona: She’ll spearhead a project this year to buy and restore a classic car, using only specialists that can be found on Angie’s List. Progress will be documented from start to finish and relayed to members through the Angie’s List magazine and website.
“We’re going to need a lot help from service companies that specialize in restoration,” said Hicks. “I fully intend to drive a vintage car next year that will make heads turn.”
For 16 years, Angie’s List, the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service companies and healthcare professionals, has helped consumers find the best service companies in town. Now serving more than 1.5 million members across the country, Angie’s List has branched far beyond household needs to offer ratings and reviews on more than 500 categories of service.
Angie’s List Classic Car service currently covers more than 80 categories, from babbitting to paint, plating to polishing, and wiring to welding. Consumers grade service companies’ performance on an A-F scale, making it easy for other members to do their homework before they hire. To ensure those consumer reports are reliable, Angie’s List has a multi-layered accountability structure that:
- Prohibits anonymous reporting;
- Limits members to reporting only once on each, specific hiring experience so no one can stack the deck for or against a provider;
- Prohibits service providers from rating themselves;
- Alerts service providers (free of charge) to reports so they know what's being said about them;
- Encourages companies to respond (free of charge) to reports so members get both sides of the story.
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