Due to the strict part replacement guidelines that your insurance agency requires, we were unable to fluctuate as we normally would on selection of usable parts. Our office staff works tirelessly to find the best prices for our customers on a daily basis through our vast array of resources. However, when a third party entity limits the suppliers & condition (new vs. used / OEM vs. aftermarket) of parts, our hands are tied in regards to "shopping around" to find you the best deal.
In regards to your labor in fixing your own vehicle; this is an option that anyone has. Much the same as fixing your refrigerator when it breaks or building a fence around your property; you pay for the expertise of a professional. We understand that DIY repairs are always cheaper initially (though often times not long term); and can be performed on your most convenient schedule. The simple fact is this: Towing a vehicle to the area's leading repair shop without notice and expecting them to put the vehicle ahead of others that were already scheduled for repairs; in addition to expecting them to fix it at the cost you could do the job yourself; is farfetched at best. Especially in regards to an insurance claim, there is a process. In regards to our shop, there is a schedule. In regards to labor and parts, there are guidelines.
We maintain such a high consumer rating because we follow all of these guidelines. We are fair, and unbiased in our quotes/scheduling/processes. If you misunderstood or chose to overlook any of these aspects that were outlined to you when you brought the vehicle in & in your insurance policy regarding part replacement, that is an aspect that is out of our control. Each customer that walks through our door is treated with the same level of honesty, compassion, and drive towards getting them back on the road as soon as possible, at the best price possible. Much like our scheduling and the insurance policy regarding part replacement, we hold ourselves to these standards without compromise.
We take pride in the amount of customers that trust our shop with their vehicles. Unfortunately, due to the volume of customers, the quality of our repairs, and our good reputation in the area; our schedule is always full. Since your vehicle was towed in without a scheduled appointment, we simply had to create a time slot that would not jeopardize the existing appointments made by customers, while still being able to address your vehicle in a timely manner.
In regards to the price, and customer service - Our Office Staff makes every possible effort to provide our customers with the best prices, and the best service in the industry. We offered you a multitude of pricing options, including the cheapest possible route (which would compromise your AC, via installing a bypass pulley). Your vehicle arrived in inoperable/non-running condition. Our quote was $230.00 for the repair, and $42.24 for our standard diagnostic fee. For roughly $250, your truck would have been operable once again, and the repairs would have been completely immediately after your authorization.
If our pricing was disproportionate in your opinion, we do apologize. We attempted to identify the best route for your needs, and thoroughly explained how each option would affect the vehicle. If these explanations seemed, in any way rude or offputting, we do apologize. Factors that play into pricing do include - part quality, availability of service, experience of technicians, reputation of shop, etc. Simply put, we repair vehicles correctly, with long term solutions. The preciseness of our pricing, and our customer service reflects that.
Please let us know if we can be of further assistance in the future.
We spoke with the customer on 1/19/17. He did not word it that we charged him $350 more, he said when we quoted him the original price the part was $150 more than he could really afford at this time. He was pricing a cheap gear box from Advanced and we were pricing a premium one from NAPA. The customer stated he was pleased with everything and the truck was driving great and he did not mean to give us a bad review.