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Question DetailsAsked on 8/29/2017

Is it legal for Appliance Repair to charge before work is performed?

It is illegal for licensed trades to charge before rendering services, what about appliance repair as there is no contractors license needed to perform that trade?

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You must be in California or such, because generally it is not illegal to charge for services before performing them - just generally not too bright to pay in advance. You would have to google for advance payment laws for your locale to see if illegal - but I doubt it, though I would be VERY, VERY leery of any company which does that.

Getting you to sign a work order saying they are charging X $ for diagnosis or for firsst 1/2 ro 1 hour sometimes yes, but actually paying up front - have seen a legit contractor requiring full job payment up front (and you lose most of your hold over him for incomplete or shoddy work if you pay up front), but I have heard of the initial service charge (to show up plus commonly includes first 1/2 or 1 hour work charge) being charged up front if the contractor has doubts about the resident's ability or likelihood of paying.

Have heard of it in the poor part of town at times, by tow truck operators, and by plumbers (for some reason they tend to get stiffed frequerntly). And of course you routinely pay up front for entertainment event or transportation tickets, for parking, and commonly for rent - so not totally unheard of.

If you don't like it, tell them no thanks you want to pay for completed work only, and if they don't like it go to a different vendor.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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