Consumer Team: Wrecked Car Scam in DFW

(DALLAS-FT. WORTH, TEXAS – Consumer Team News)   When it comes to car buying in Dallas-Ft. Worth, Consumer Team radio host Pete Thomson says ‘buyer beware.’   The Consumer Team is airing a series of reports on car scams in Dallas-Ft. Worth.  According to Thomson, the ‘wrecked car scam’ is costing North Texas consumers significantly.   Thomson said, “It’s so easy for pros to hide issues with a car.  Unless you buy from a responsible source, a consumer can really get into trouble.”

The Consumer Team: Exposing the Wrecked Car Scam

The Consumer Team: Exposing the Wrecked Car Scam

Another problem, according to Thomson, is the fact that Carfax reports are not always accurate.  Thomson added, “Consumer Reports has done several investigations into the reporting services.  Bottom line is that you can’t always trust what you read.  The services like Carfax can miss major problems, and there are ways that the services can be gamed.   We believe it’s fine to check these services, but not based a purchase on them.”

Instead, Thomson says, consumers should find a local dealership that has a good reputation in the marketplace.  “Our choice on Consumer Team“, Thomson continued, “is Auto Locators of Texas.  Richard Walsh and his team do an excellent job of selling only high quality vehicles for a fair price.”

Thomson cited Walsh’s extensive experience in buying vehicles.  Thomson said, “Richard has been buying cars at auction since he was a teenager and he can spot problems.  Beyond that, before he sells a car, it’s given a complete inspection and servicing.   We believe Auto Locators of Texas is best practices for a pre-owned car dealership.”

The Consumer Team with Pete Thomson is broadcast Saturdays, 6-8 PM on CBS Radio’s 1080 KRLD in Dallas-Ft. Worth.  The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media, Dallas, TX.

 

 

Ventana by Buckner: Luxury & Value for Retirement

(DALLAS-FT. WORTH, TEXAS – Consumer Team News)    The corner of Central Expressway & Northwest Highway is getting ready for a big change. Ventana by Buckner, twin 12 story luxury high rise towers, will offer DFW residents a new concept in retirement living.  Consumer Team host Pete Thomson recently called Ventana ‘a game changer’ for retirement.  Thomson added, “Ventana will change the way people retire in Dallas.   It combines luxury and excellence with the integrity of Buckner Retirement Services.”

Ventana - Coming to Northwest Highway & Central in Dallas

Ventana – Coming to Northwest Highway & Central in Dallas

Excellence and luxury permeates all aspects of the new Ventana.  From the floor-to-ceiling views of downtown Dallas and the Park Cities to world-class restaurants to a spa and health club, life at Ventana will be filled with luxury.   Thomson said, “At Ventana, you’re just minutes away from all the best that Dallas has to offer.  Restaurants, entertainment and shopping are all within minutes.   This is a very appealing lifestyle.”

According to Thomson, the value that Ventana delivers is unsurpassed.  He added, “From a value standpoint, we like the fact that Ventana’s monthly fee includes a number of services that are normally additional charges at other retirement communities.  These extra charges often add up to thousands of dollars every year.  When you run the numbers and truly account for all the services are included at Ventana, the value is very apparent.”

Thomson also praised the continuing care aspect of Ventana.  Thomson said, “When someone moves to Ventana they can be confident that many of the services they’ll need through their retirement life will be available at the Ventana campus.  That makes life much less stressful, especially during the times that a person needs more medical services.”

The integrity part of Ventana, according to Thomson, comes from Buckner Retirement Services.  He said, “Buckner has been impacting lives for over 100 years.  Their support of orphaned children dates back to just after the Civil War.   Buckner Retirement Services brings a level of integrity to Ventana that is very meaningful.   We believe the non-profit approach to retirement services is superior to for-profit on a number of levels, most notably the quality of care.”

For people weighing their options for retirement, Thomson recommends meeting the team at Ventana. He said, “Ventana’s information center overlooks the site where Ventana will be built.  And their model of the two 12-story towers really makes Ventana come alive.”

For more information on Ventana call 214-234-1035.  Learn more about Ventana by Buckner on The Consumer Team with Pete Thomson, Saturdays from 6-8 PM on CBS Radio’s 1080 KRLD.  The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media, Dallas, Texas.

Consumer Team: Nick Nemeth is “Best Practices” for Helping Consumers

(DALLAS-FT. WORTH, TEXAS – Consumer Team News)   The Consumer Team’s Pete Thomson regularly promotes ‘shopping local’ on his consumer advocacy radio program.   When it comes to getting help dealing with an IRS tax issue, Thomson says picking a local attorney is critical.   “We believe shopping local is very important to achieving success as a consumer.  When it comes to dealing with an IRS tax issue, hiring a local attorney is very important.   Nick Nemeth is our choice on The Consumer Team.”

Nick Nemeth - DFW Tax Attorney

Nick Nemeth – DFW Tax Attorney

Nick Nemeth is a regular contributor to The Consumer Team talk radio program which is broadcast Saturdays, 6-8 PM on CBS Radio’s KRLD.   Thomson commented on Nemeth’s contributions to The Consumer Team.  He commented,  “Besides being local, Nick Nemeth is what we consider best practices when it comes helping consumers in North Texas get IRS problems resolved.   He’s smart, honest and very consumer friendly.”

The consumer waters are filled with sharks, according to Thomson, when it comes to tax resolution services.   “Just listen to talk radio or surf the web,” Thomson added, “and you’ll find a number of national companies that aggressively market their services.   They make big promises but, in the end, deliver little to the consumer.   With some of the national companies, the consumer doesn’t even talk to an attorney.   It’s a bad deal for consumers.”

Thomson encourages anyone dealing with an IRS tax issue to call Nick Nemeth.  He added, “We love the fact that Nick offers a free initial consultation.   During that time, a consumer can get good counsel from an attorney who is well respected in Dallas-Ft. Worth.”    To reach Nick Nemeth, call 972-484-0829.

The Consumer Team is DFW’s longest running and highest rated consumer advocacy radio program. The program is focused solely on Dallas-Ft. Worth and promotes locally owned and operated business sponsors.   The Consumer Team with Pete Thomson is produced by McQ Media Inc, Dallas, Texas.

 

Consumer Team Welcomes Tax Attorney Nick Nemeth

(DALLAS-FT. WORTH, TEXAS – Consumer Team News)   Consumer Team host Pete Thomson today announced that Dallas-Ft. Worth tax attorney Nick Nemeth will be appearing as a regular contributor on The Consumer Team.  Nemeth, who helps consumers resolve IRS tax issues, will join Thomson for a series of educational broadcasts.   Regarding the addition of Nemeth to The Consumer Team, Thomson said “We’re very excited to welcome Nick Nemeth to The Consumer Team.  He represents best practices in the category of tax resolution.”

Nick Nemeth - DFW Tax Attorney

Nick Nemeth – DFW Tax Attorney

The Consumer Team broadcasts with Nick Nemeth will address common consumer mistakes made in tax resolution, according to Thomson.   He added, “The first and often biggest mistake consumers make is calling one of the national advertisers that make big promises in their radio advertising.  Oftentimes consumers pay big retainers and don’t even speak with an attorney.  Nick Nemeth is a local, DFW tax lawyer who has a very good reputation for helping consumers resolve IRS tax issues.  We recommend Nick for any consumers needing to deal with an IRS issue.”

The addition of Nemeth to The Consumer Team is consistent with the program’s commitment to the Dallas-Ft. Worth Market.  According to Thomson, large consumer services that cover multiple markets can’t offer focus or quality.  He added, “The big consumer sites that cover multiple markets are the new yellow pages.  If a business owner can fog a mirror and has a valid credit card, they’ll be recommended.  In our view, that’s not a reliable method for the consumer.  On The Consumer Team I’ve chosen to take a different approach.   We want to be very effective for North Texas.   The only way to truly accomplish that is to stay local.  I know all of our sponsors personally.  Some of these folks, I’ve known for over a deade.  There’s no way I could achieve that kind of focus in more than one market.”

The Consumer Team airs Saturdays from 6-8 PM (Central) on CBS Radio’s 1080 KRLD in Dallas-Ft. Worth.  The Consumer Team with Pete Thomson is produced by McQ Media Inc, Dallas, Texas.

 

Consumer Team: Ventana is Changing Retirement in Dallas

(DALLAS-FT. WORTH, TX – Consumer Team News)   The corner of Northwest Highway and Central/Hwy 75 is about to change in a big way. Ventana, a luxury high rise retirement community, is being built at this location by Buckner Retirement Services.   The Consumer Team with Pete Thomson is airing a series of educational segments on retirement in DFW and the new Ventana.

Ventana - Coming to Northwest Highway & Central in Dallas

Ventana – Coming to Northwest Highway & Central in Dallas

Pete Thomson, host of The Consumer Team, says  he considers Ventana to be the future of retirement living. Thomson said, “People are very impressed with the the luxury of Ventana.  It will be a stunning community with beautiful views of the Dallas skyline.   There are some other major benefits.  First, Buckner Retirement Services is building Ventana.  Buckner is one of the most trusted names in North Texas.   Beyond that, Ventana will be a continuing care retirement community which means that residents will have access to many healthcare and medical services on-campus at Ventana, and at rates that are very predictable.   Over the span of a person’s retirement, we believe that Ventana’s pricing model delivers much more for the dollar and gives consumers more control over their budgets during retirement.”

The Consumer Team will feature different aspects of Ventana during on-air interviews on 1080 KRLD Radio.   Thomson said, “Our interviews on retirement and Ventana will be very educational.  We’ll be talking to the leadership of Ventana and Buckner Retirement Services.   We’ll also feature several people who will be among the first to move to Ventana when it’s complete.”

The Consumer Team with Pete Thomson is broadcast Saturdays from 6-8 PM on CBS Radio’s 1080 KRLD.   The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media Inc, Dallas, Texas.

Texas Retirement Specialists Receives CISQUA Award

(DALLAS-FT. WORTH, TEXAS – Consumer Team News)     Pete Thomson, host and founder of The Consumer Team, today announced that Texas Retirement Specialists is receiving the 2016 CISQUA Award.  The award, which recognizes outstanding North Texas businesses, will be presented to the staff of Texas Retirement Specialists on June 1, 2016.   Consumer Team founder Pete Thomson commented on the award.  He said, “I’ve known the team at Texas Retirement Specialists for over 4 years.   During this time I’ve been able to see first-hand the outstanding work they do in helping families plan for retirement.   It’s an honor to have them as part of The Consumer Team and exciting to see them receive the CISQUA award for 2016.”

Texas Retirement Specialists - 2016 CISQUA Award Winner

Texas Retirement Specialists – 2016 CISQUA Award Recipient

The Consumer Team CISQUA Award recognizes exemplary performance in the areas of consumer integrity, service, quality and accountability.   Regarding Texas Retirement Specialists selection, Thomson added, “The retirement years can be very fulfilling for people who plan appropriately.   We appreciate the manner in which Texas Retirement Specialists educates their clients to anticipate the headwinds of the retirement years and to be prepared.   They’re also advocates of alternative investments, outside of the U.S. stock market, which I believe is prudent for anyone over 55 to consider.”

Thomson said that the CISQUA Award was created to promote best practices in the Dallas-Ft. Worth business community.   He added, “On The Consumer Team our goal is to connect educated consumers with the best businesses in North Texas.   By bringing CISQUA to Dallas-Ft. Worth, we’re hoping to raise the level of awareness regarding these key areas of business responsibility.”

Thomson called Texas Retirement Specialists‘ commitment to financial education an asset to North Texas.  In addition to being regular contributors on The Consumer Team, Texas Retirement Specialists sponsors a weekly radio program, Found Money Radio.  The program is broadcast on 1080 KRLD and 820 WBAP Radio.   Thomson said, “After someone listens to Found Money Radio for 5 minutes, it’s obvious that it is a different kind of financial talk radio program.  And that’s because Texas Retirement Specialists wants to help people understand what’s important relative to managing money and retirement planning.  They’re committed to financial education.”

The Consumer Team airs on CBS Radio’s 1080 KRLD Radio on Saturday from 6-8 PM (Central).   The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media Inc.

Consumer Team Hits Milestone on KRLD

(DALLAS-FT. WORTH, TEXAS – Consumer Team News)   The Consumer Team with Pete Thomson has hit a milestone; starting its 5th year of broadcasting on CBS Radio’s 1080 KRLD in Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas.  The program is heard Saturdays from 6-8 PM.

Pete Thomson - The Consumer Team

Pete Thomson – The Consumer Team

Consumer Team host Pete Thomson said that starting year #5 is a significant milestone for the consumer advocacy radio program.   Thomson said, “I’m really proud of the job that our team has done. We’ve stayed true to our vision which has been to be a resource for consumers in Dallas and Ft. Worth.” Thomson regularly talks about the two missions of The Consumer Team.  He commented, “Each week we’re focused on accomplishing 2 things:  First, we want to keep our listeners current on important consumer news and information.  In addition, we want to connect our listeners to businesses from North Texas that they can count on.”

KRLD is the top rated news-talk station in the DFW market.   Thomson said he believes being on KRLD has been a significant contributing factor to the program’s success and longevity.   He added, “KRLD is an amazing station.  It has tremendous reach into the DFW market.  The partnership with CBS and KRLD has been a very good experience.  They’ve been very supportive of The Consumer Team.   They really appreciate what the program is bringing to the airwaves.”  The Consumer Team with Pete Thomson is produced by McQ Media, Dallas, Texas.

 

 

Consumer Team: The Truth on Tax Relief

(DALLAS-FT. WORTH, TX)   The commercials describe some hidden and even secret sounding program that can magically make your back taxes disappear.   According to Pete Thomson, host of The Consumer Team, many of the national advertisers that advertise in IRS the tax relief category don’t deliver to the consumer.  He said, “The national tax relief advertisers make huge promises, often collect a big dollar retainer and then don’t help the consumer.  We’re very concerned about this.”

DFW Tax Attorney Nick Nemeth will join Pete Thomson for a series of interviews on KRLD Radio's Consumer Team

DFW Tax Attorney Nick Nemeth and Pete Thomson Talk About Tax Relief on The Consumer Team

Thomson says there’s a better way to resolve an IRS tax issue.  He recommends hiring a competent local attorney who has experience in helping clients resolving IRS problems.   Thomson called Dallas-Ft. Worth attorney Nick Nemeth an example of a highly competent DFW local attorney.   Thomson said, “Nick Nemeth is a very good example of the type of attorney that consumers can count on for help.  He’s local in North Texas.  He’s very knowledgeable and he’s respected by the IRS, which is a big deal.”

Nick Nemeth will be a special guest on The Consumer Team with Pete Thomson on Saturday, April 30th.   Thomson called the interviews with Nick Nemeth a great first step for anyone dealing with an IRS tax problem.  Thomson added, “In our segments with Nick, we address the truth on tax relief. Nick will talk about the options that are available to consumers, including offer in compromise.”

The Consumer Team is broadcast Saturdays, 6-8 PM on 1080 KRLD Radio.   The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media Inc, Dallas, Texas.

CONSUMER TEAM ALERT: Homeowner’s Insurance Exclusions

(DALLAS-FT. WORTH, TX – Consumer Team News)   Homeowners count on their homeowner’s insurance policies to be there when they experience a loss.   It’s the nature of insurance and why we buy it.  Still, according to Consumer Team host Pete Thomson, there is a growing number of consumers who are discovering that their homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover certain losses.   Exclusions on seemingly normal and routine claims such as roof damage and slow water leaks come as a big surprise to homeowners.  According to Thomson, the problem is a result of big insurance companies trying to be price competitive.  Thomson said, “The big insurance companies are trying to capture market share by offering lower priced policies.   However, as they slash premiums they’re also cutting coverage.  And consumers are largely unaware that they’re buying policies that have coverage exclusions.”    Thomson reports that the biggest insurance companies are the culprits.  He added, “It’s the biggest direct writers. It’s the big national companies that advertise all the time and have their names on football stadiums and blimps.”

Roger Harkins of Tri-Star Insurance Professionals

Roger Harkins of Tri-Star Insurance Professionals

To address the problem with insurance policy exclusions, The Consumer Team has launched a series of special broadcasts entitled ‘Bad Insurance’ on 1080 KRLD Radio, Dallas, Texas.   Roger Harkins, an independent insurance agent from Dallas, Ft. Worth is joining Thomson for the broadcasts.   Thomson called Harkins a valuable resource for the broadcasts.   He said, “Roger Harkins has been our insurance industry contributor for over 10 years.  With over 30 years in the industry, he understands the marketplace and is able to make solid recommendations to our listeners.”     Harkins is the owner of Tri-Star Insurance Professionals, a Dallas-Ft. Worth based independent insurance firm.

Thomson said that The Consumer Team insurance segments will be educational and address what consumers can do to make sure their homeowner’s insurance policies will cover them adequately.   Thomson said, “Roger and Tri-Star Insurance Professionals are offering Consumer Team listeners a free insurance check-up. They’ll analyze a policy and identify any exclusions that could create problems for a homeowner.  And because Tri-Star Insurance Professionals is a trusted choice agent, they can shop the market to a number of different insurance companies to find the consumer the very best deal.”

The Consumer Team with Pete Thomson is broadcast Saturdays from 6-8 PM Central on CBS Radio’s 1080 KRLD Radio.   The Consumer Team is produced by McQ Media, Dallas, Texas.

 

 

 

 

 

Consumer Team Interviews Tax Attorney Nick Nemeth

(DALLAS-FT. WORTH, TEXAS)    When you owe money to the IRS, life can get very unpleasant.   Wage garnishment, bank account lock-downs and even asset seizures can all be part of owing back taxes. For consumers with IRS tax issues, finding competent assistance can be very challenging.   To address the needs of consumers facing IRS tax problems, The Consumer Team has announced a new series of interviews with Tax Attorney Nick Nemeth.    Pete Thomson, host of The Consumer Team, commented on the new series.  He said, “Consumers facing IRS tax issues can have some real challenges.  We believe that Nick Nemeth represents best practices when it comes to helping consumers through IRS tax problems.”

DFW Tax Attorney Nick Nemeth will join Pete Thomson for a series of interviews on KRLD Radio's Consumer Team

DFW Tax Attorney Nick Nemeth will join Pete Thomson for a series of interviews on The Consumer Team on 1080 KRLD Radio

According to Thomson, consumers facing IRS tax issues need to be very careful about who they call for assistance.    He added, “There are a number of large, national firms that make big promises in their commercials.   Because consumers are often desperate for help, they’re a prime target for these opportunistic companies that promise to make all their problems go away, but deliver little or no assistance.’     Regarding Nemeth, Thomson said, “Nick Nemeth is a local DFW attorney which is a huge advantage over hiring out of town representation.   His office is next door the the IRS where he is known and respected.  His track record of helping consumers successfully resolve IRS tax issues is impressive.”

Thomson said the interviews with Nick Nemeth will be useful for anyone dealing with an IRS tax problem.   Thomson said, “Sometimes when you’re dealing with a large problem, just knowing where to start is a challenge.  Consumer Team listeners will benefit from Nick’s knowledge and experience in dealing with IRS issues.   He’s an outstanding individual and we’re pleased to have him on the program.”

The Consumer Team is broadcast Saturdays from 6 to 8 PM on CBS Radio’s 1080 KRLD in Dallas-Ft. Worth.   The Consumer Team with Pete Thomson is produced by McQ Media, Dallas, Texas.

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