We regret that Mr. C didn't have a great experience on his visit to our auto repair facility. We appreciate the feedback, we will use it to try to make ourselves better. I would like to take this opportunity to try to sort some of this out. 1) If our service advisor came across as insistent, that's not how we intend for him to be. He is very passionate about presenting the problems that need to be solved on a customer's vehicle because he cares and doesn't want them to have to continue to deal with these problems. 2) It's unfortunate the vehicle died when Mr. C left our facility. We did mention that the vehicle was doing that when we called him so it shouldn't have been a surprise to him. Due to the coolant leaks, we could not test drive the vehicle before repairs were made. We don't want to cause the vehicle to overheat. If we had been able to drive it first, then we may have been able to spot some of these other problems he was having. There are no repairs that were made that could cause these other drivability problems regardless of what the causes of them were/are. 3) A defective fuel pump normally doesn't cause a problem only at idle. When a fuel pump doesn't have enough pressure the problem usually reveals itself when the engine is under acceleration or it just won't run at all. On our post repair test drives(two-one by tech and one by our QC person) there was no problem on acceleration, but only at idle. 4) The vacuum leaks that were found by our diagnostic smoke test are still a problem. Normally vacuum leaks don't just go away, they are still there. Vacuum leaks are normally what causes problems at idle whether vehicle is dying or idling too high. 5) I am confused on what Mr. C thought our service advisor or automotive technician was dishonest about. We are more than willing to accept that we may be wrong, misinformed, misdiagnosed a vehicle, or any other form of being wrong, not dishonest. It is well known to all of our employees that we do not tolerate dishonesty whether it's with a customer, each other, or a vendor. For all of us in our business the work we do with our hands and the way we treat our customers, each other, and vendors is linked to the relationship we have with our Lord Jesus.
Mr. Falconer was given an explanation and estimate by phone for all that his vehicle needed before any repairs were performed(as we always do) and he approved the amount that was given. His actual invoice came to $20 less than the estimate that was given. After the repairs were made, the invoice paid/signed(signaling that he agrees with the charges), and the vehicle picked up he brought estimates back to us from other shops that didn't include all the labor and parts that went into his vehicle. After adding the labor and parts amounts that were not included to the estimates he brought in to us, the amount was close to what he was charged.
Our labor entries from our labor guide on the invoices have a generic description that includes all possible scenarios of labor that sometimes don't apply to that particular vehicle. At the end of the description it says "(if necessary)". These statements in the description should have been removed by us but it does say "(if necessary)".
We strive to serve our customers with excellence in quality repairs and honesty with every detail. We would never try to deceive our customers into believing we made repairs that we didn't make. We regret that Mr. Falconer was not completely satisfied.
Tony Spraggins - Spraggins Auto Repair
After speaking with Terry, she thought she was receiving a call about a different shop that she went to before coming to us. She indicated that she was not unhappy with our work.
We are sorry you feel this way. We did look back at the invoice and saw that you had us check for a popping noise that we discovered was caused by both inner tie rod ends having slack in them. We also checked for a brake chirping noise for you that revealed the brake pads were down to the wear indicators and the rear drums were full of brake dust. In response to this, we cleaned and adjusted the rear brakes and changed the front brake pads and resurfaced the rotors. The front brake job itself was $225.29. We thought all of these charges were clearly proposed to you before we made the repairs. If there was any misunderstanding, we apologize.
Mr. R came in to us and said his vehicle was shaking. We told him he needed to take his vehicle back to where he had just had the tires balanced because they had no weights on them. We made no repairs to his vehicle. Maybe he confused us with another company. We tried to contact Mr. R and left a message.