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Michael F.
Winter Garden, FL
Lexus IS 200t
Verified Customer
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07/24/2018 Category: Service
Michael said he wouldn't recommend this business because they ruined his tire. The tire was irreparable after the service, after taking the vehicle to two other places they said that the person who repaired the tire didn't do an adequate job.
This review was collected via phone interview by Customer Research Inc.

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Jim G.
Livingston, TX
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01/10/2018
SUBSTANDARD WORK, DEFENSIVE, AND UNAPOLOGETIC
I am a full-time RV’er—this means that my wife and I live full-time in our trailer. I use my truck to pull the trailer around the country. It is imperative that I keep my truck in top condition so that “my house,” my wife, and I, are not stranded someplace because of an avoidable break-down.

I took my Ford diesel pickup into Traywick's Garage because it was losing coolant. I told Elizabeth that, because my engine was a diesel, that it needed to have supplemental coolant additive added to the coolant to protect the engine—she knew nothing about this required additive. Supplemental Coolant Additive (SCA) is vital for the health and longevity of any diesel engine. Diesels, particularly the Ford Powerstroke (my engine), are prone to a problem called cavitation (or liner pitting).

They pressure tested my cooling system and said I had leaks at the upper radiator hose and at the water pump. They over-pressurized the cooling system and managed to spray coolant over the top of the engine area causing spotting of the area. They replaced the water pump and tightened the hose clamp on the upper radiator hose and sent me on my way.

After leaving the business, I discovered that my coolant reservoir was COMPLETELY EMPTY and that the radiator petcock was broken. I thought that I was still losing coolant somewhere, maybe into the engine itself—it scared the "h…" out of me! After refilling the coolant reservoir myself, and test driving the vehicle, I determined that there was no leak and that Traywick’s had simply failed to completely refill the system.

I called Elizabeth at Traywick’s and told her what had happened and that I had taken my truck to a Ford dealer, out of the area (I was traveling), for remedial work and asked her to reimburse me for that work. She agreed to have me email her and provide her with photographs of the broken petcock and of the invoice from the Ford dealer. In my email, I asked her to call me after she reviewed it—she never called. After two weeks, I called her. She was defensive and unapologetic, said they “never touched the petcock,” and refused to reimburse me. Below are the written communications I had with Traywick’s (in reverse chronological order)—read them, if you like, and judge for yourself about the level of service that I was provided.
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January 8, 2018


Elizabeth:

I think you have made poor business decisions on a number of issues in dealing with me:

1. Failing to respond to my e-mail from almost two weeks ago, after YOU asked me to send it to you, and simply hoping that the problem would go away.
2. Not apologizing for the problems I have had after having your shop work on my vehicle and for the aggravation/worry that I went through when I saw that my coolant reservoir was EMPTY after your shop supposedly refilled the system.
3. Not agreeing that your shop's work should have been better--i.e., taking responsibly for releasing a vehicle to a customer without making sure that the coolant system was properly refilled--I believe that fits the definition of "substandard" work.
4. Not recognizing that in the interest of customer relations you should have agreed to pay for the follow-up work that I paid for, as a gesture of "business goodwill."
5. Being argumentative in your follow-up e-mail today.

We consumers of automotive repair services must rely on the competency and integrity of the businesses we ask to provide services. We can ask for recommendations from friends/family and check reviews on internet business review sites, but ultimately, we have to trust that businesses will treat us fairly and do the work we ask them to do in a competent fashion.

I do believe that your mechanic did not touch the radiator petcock (not "peacock" as you wrote). He, however, obviously did not run the engine after replacing the coolant to be make sure that an "air bubble" was not in the system--this is why the coolant reservoir APPEARED FULL, when in-fact, the system was six (6) quarts low. If this had happened to other, less knowledgeable, consumers in my position, they would most probably have taken their vehicle to a shop for diagnosis and repair, resulting in additional costs to them.

At this point, and based on the five issues listed above, I will be utilizing the internet to post comments on various business review web sites about my experiences with your business. I will also be contacting Winter Gardens RV Resort and relating my experiences with your business and suggesting that they reconsider recommending your services to their customers and, further, suggesting that they consider removing your ad from their park's brochure.

Again, I think you have made a series of poor business decisions in dealing with me.

Please consider what I have written, instead of being angry with me--and look at what happened to me through my eyes.


Sincerely,

Xxxxxx xxxxxxx
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January 8, 2018
Elizabeth Ciardullo


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Mr xxxxxxx,

Per our discussion today, we did not have to go near the radiator drain peacock when replacing the water pump. We also replaced the coolant that was missing from the water pump leak. We did not replace all the coolant, otherwise we would've had to replace 8 gallons of coolant vs the 3 gallons you were charged. The peacock most than likely broke due to age. The fact that you drove 200 miles after you left the shop, proves that the coolant was not leaking right away and further more it was not leaking from the water pump. Our work was in no way substandard being that there was never a diagnostic from the previous shop regarding the water pump.

Thank you
Elizabeth and John
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12/26/17

Request for Reimbursement

to traywicksgarag.


December 26, 2017
Traywick’s Garage
1045 S. Vineland Road
Winter Garden, FL 34787

Attn: Elizabeth

I spoke with you this afternoon about two problems I have had to deal with after your shop replaced the water pump in my 2001 Ford F350 diesel truck on November 27th. Those problems were:

1) After driving about 200 miles, I discovered that there was NO COOLANT, NONE, in the reservoir and had to add six quarts of 50/50 antifreeze to refill the reservoir—my cost was about $15.00 for the antifreeze. I then had to drive the vehicle about 50 miles to make sure a leak in the cooling system was not causing the problem—it was not--the coolant system had simply been under-filled.

2) Last week I decided to check the antifreeze protection level and the diesel additive (SCA) level in the coolant—I took a sample from the reservoir. I paid $30.00 for the test strips and a bulb tester. When I tested the antifreeze level it showed ABOVE 60% (highest level that is shown on the bulb tester), and the nitrite level (SCA) showed too low. A couple of days later I decided to test the coolant again, and this time, I wanted to take a sample of the coolant from the bottom of the radiator. When I put a wrench on the plastic petcock, the head of the petcock FELL OFF—it was barely being held in place by a tiny thread of plastic—the petcock had obviously been over-tightened and broken.

Since I was out of the Orlando area and could not return the vehicle to your shop, I took it to a Ford dealer in Wauchula, Florida—they removed the remnants of the broken petcock, installed a new one and replaced the antifreeze and the SCA additive. I had to spend two hours of my time waiting for this work to be done.
I am asking you to reimbursement me for the cost of this service ($149.96). I would not have needed this service if the work done at your shop was not substandard. Please do the right thing.

I am attaching copies of photos I took of the broken petcock and a photo of the invoice from Alan Jay Ford of Wauchula, Inc., for the remedial work.

Please call me at xxx.xxx.xxxx and I will provide my credit card number for your use.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

Xxxxxx xxxxxx

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Matt M.
Winter Garden, FL
Chevrolet Caprice
Verified Customer
Overall Rating 1/5rating 1rating 1rating 1rating 1
05/26/2017 Category: Service
Matt said he likes the mechanic but the lady in the front, who schedules him in, always talks down to him like he's a child. He said he won't return.
This review was collected via phone interview by Customer Research Inc.

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Laurie W.
Pensacola, FL
Chevrolet Cavalier
Verified Customer
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05/12/2016 Category: Service
Laurie said the communication between herself and the employees at this business was off. They were pricey as well.
This review was collected via phone interview by Customer Research Inc.
John Ocampo & E. from Traywicks Garage responded on 05/13/2016

You and I communicated very well. When you asked my only Spanish speaking tech something yes it was impossible. This is why you can't scream questions across the shop. We wait for a report and it is my duty to explain as a sevice manager. Our pricing is by the State Labor guide not a penny over. We saved your engine from damaging and got you back on the road. Elizabeth


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Mitch S.
Winter Garden, FL
Chrysler PT Cruiser
Verified Customer
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03/14/2016
Not Traywicks garage anymore
Original owner Mr. Traywick is no longer the owner . This shop is only capable of minor routine maintenance . Basically oil , tires, alignments, not even open on weekends so makes it difficult to schedule a day off if you need an oil change or a new tire . Shops clean people are nice just not my type of shop . I need a shop that is able to do more than the routine stuff .
John Ocampo & E. from Traywicks Garage responded on 03/15/2016

Mr. Traywick has not been owner since 2001. It was annouced in the local paper and it is old news. We perform complete auto repair and go as far as to install new engines and tranmissions. I remember you are a backyard mechanic that needed Traywick to find the real problem with your vehicle and alingn it. You got upset because you were incapable of installing a tie rod end and asked if we could do it. And I told you we do not take parts from the outside in. We are a reputable shop that is fully insured and certified. We are closed on weekends and still have a great following Thank God!  We enjoy our families and are very active with our church on weekends. 


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Andres G.
Winter Garden, FL
Hyundai Santa Fe
Verified Customer
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02/25/2016
Actitud de Elizabeth
Con todo respeto, no se si leen esto, pero la ultima vez que estuve la atención del Papá de Elizabeth como siempre excelente, Muchas gracias, Pero en el caso de Elizabeth me pareció muy grosera, mal genio y muy mala clase, simplemente hice un comentario y casi me pega... no soy el primero que lo dice, sinceramente no provoca volver... muchas gracias en todo caso.
John Ocampo & E. from Traywicks Garage responded on 03/15/2016

Usted defamo mi caracter y entro diciendo que yo le dije que la aliniasion hiba incluida. Detras de mi cuando usted me llamo a mi cellular personal estaba mi papi y otro empleado y me olleron decir balanceo incluido. Le di el precio y a la hora de pagar pregunto que porque tan caro? Que descarado es usted. Simplemente las personas como usted ponen de mal genio a cualquiera. El aliniador lleva haciendo aliniasiones por 59 anos y usted queria que le trabajara gratis. Talvez usted trabaja gratis? Cuando uno hace un servicio uno tiene que pagar. La clientela de aqui es esclusiva. Y porfavor no hable de lo que dicen los demas porque lo que piense de mi jente que usted conose no me quita el sueno. Su hija me da muy mal servicio y yo le doy buena propina.


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William and Sherri P.
Winter Garden, FL
Lexus GS 350
Verified Customer
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10/09/2015
Price?
I have been getting my work vehicles maintained and my personal vehicles maintained by Traywicks. I just got my wifes oil change done there and it was 101.43. Seems very high for an oil change. I will be taking my personal vehicles somewhere else from now on.
John Ocampo & E. from Traywicks Garage responded on 10/30/2015

We are sorry that you thought the oil change was high. The invoice amount is the same as it was last time. Your luxury sports car takes 6.8 quarts of synthetic oil and an extra cost for the cartridge filter. We top off all the fluids, check tire pressure and reset the oil life indicator. Also, keep in mind we are a family owned and operated shop and cannot compete with larger chain bulk prices. We offer great quality work and personalized service. If you ever need us again it is our pleasure to serve you. 


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Ken R.
Cumberland, WI
Ford F-350 Super Duty
Verified Customer
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02/16/2019
Excellent!!
Excellent!!!!!!

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Jeff R.
Florida
Verified Customer
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02/12/2019 Category: Service
Jeff said they were good.
This review was collected via phone interview by Customer Research Inc.

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Martin D.
Oakland, FL
Chevrolet Tahoe
Verified Customer
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02/04/2019
Engine light on
Sorry about my last visit. I found out why my engine light was on right after I left you. Mt gas cap was off and lid was open and when I put it back on the engine light went off.
I will be back again as needed.
Marty Daly

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Bucky H.
Saint Petersburg, FL
Ford Police Interceptor
Verified Customer
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01/31/2019
5-Star Experience
I noticed a nail in my tire so I needed a place to patch it - quickly! I first stopped at a shop down the road - 45 min wait! I was on my way to another place close by and was passing Traywick's Garage so I pulled in. They were able to take me right in! Patched the tire quickly. In and out in about 30 minutes. They were professional and helpful. 5 Stars! Definitely recommend.

Side note - the bathroom was spotless! An unexpected find at an auto repair shop

Verified Customer
Windermere, FL
BMW M5
Verified Customer
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01/12/2019
Best Oil Change
Great service, very personable and professional. First time here, they got me right away and 50 mins later I was all done. Elizabeth at the front desk and John the mechanic were both great

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Julie B.
Winter Garden, FL
Ford C-Max Energi
Verified Customer
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01/11/2019
Flat tire
I hit a curb and blew my front tire out and had the car towed to Traywick's Garage. They suggested 3 levels of tires and made sure I had the best two on the rear. They also did an alignment after installing the new tire. I have found Traywicks Garage to always be professional and fairly priced. They have gone above and beyond several times in the past for me with required work and sharing valuable knowledge of my cars.

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Tony T.
Winter Garden, FL
Nissan 370Z
Verified Customer
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01/09/2019 Category: Service
Tony said they do good work.
This review was collected via phone interview by Customer Research Inc.

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Jeff D.
Winter Garden, FL
Ford Econoline Wagon
Verified Customer
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01/08/2019
My favorite/Family business
The repairs and customer service are always 100%. Clean, professional, and honest. Nice people too.

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John M.
Winter Garden, FL
GMC Yukon XL
Verified Customer
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01/04/2019 Category: Service
John said the business does a great job. They are real happy with everything.
This review was collected via phone interview by Customer Research Inc.

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Carol W.
Florida
Toyota Tacoma
Verified Customer
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01/02/2019 Category: Service
Carol said the business did what they were supposed to do in a timely manner.
This review was collected via phone interview by Customer Research Inc.

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Jay D.
Winter Garden, FL
Jeep Commander
Verified Customer
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01/02/2019 Category: Service
Jay said they are super happy with the service. They're fantastic and terrific.
This review was collected via phone interview by Customer Research Inc.

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Paul P.
Nissan Pathfinder
Verified Customer
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12/28/2018
I appreciate the family business feel
I needed to find a place closer to my home as a go-to for my car services and think I found one. I've been doing the corporate big name garages (which was totally fine) but it was always too far, too busy, and a bit more expensive. Traywicks was awesome. they were informative of things they were doing or had done in the short time I was there just to get tires rotated and an oil change. to be that involved with their customers for a simple service was awesome. I feel like I can really trust the team here with my auto services.

Verified Customer
Winter Garden, FL
Acura Integra
Verified Customer
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12/27/2018
The only place I trust with my car
I always take my car to Traywick's. They take care of me and are honest.