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07-30-2007 09:40 PM  13 years ago
MasterCrash

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Ahhhh Hummmm,,,,,,,
""A blonde said, "I was worried that my mechanic might try to rip me off. I was relieved when he told me all I needed was turn signal fluid.""
And I thought that I Would never CRASH!!!
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07-30-2007 11:22 PM  13 years ago
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a couple stories for you

1) when my friend worked for the Chevy dealer here some lady drove in and asked why the white lettering on her tiers never stopped in the same place on all 4 tires..

2) same guy,, a brand new car straight from the factory had a short in the wiring, he chased it down, when he found it he found a Styrofoam cup taped to the wire, written on the cup was "you found the short"..

3) another friend (Jeff) went to Midas and told them to replace the Master Cylinder on his van, about 2 hours later Midas called Jeff and told him that it was the brakes that needed replacing, Jeff argued a bit and the Midas guy insisted that the brakes needed replacing, so Jeff gave-in and told them to fix it,, so the next day Jeff went and picked up the van, drove down the street and as he came to the first Stop Light he put on his brakes and "NO brakes", he slammed into the back of a car,,,, needless to say the Master Cylinder was bad..

4) my cousin (a women), went to the Chevy dealer here to buy a car,

she walked in and told the salesman that "she wanted to buy the car on the lot"

the salesman told her "no. you want to lease it",

she said "NO, she want's to BUY the car",

the salesmen said "no, you realy want to lease it"

my cousin said "no I want to buy it",

the salesmen said "what is it you don't understand",

my cousin said "what is you don't understand, I want to buy the car,,

the salesmen said "OK I will get the paper work"

when the salesman came back he had a lease in his hand,, my cousin stood-up and walked out the door..

5) in 1989 I bought a new Chevy Z24, well it was one piece of crap, the motor kept stalling, so I brought it back to the dealer, they had it for 3 days, they called me and told me the motor wouldn't stall for them, when I got to the dealer they told me again that the motor wouldn't stall, I said and quote "Oh yeea, give me the keys", I got in the car and I started it 5 times and it stalled 5 times,

6) another friend had an high-end Auto Body Shop,, he had replaced a very expensive tailgate for a lady because someone ran into the back of her car at a stop light,, well about a month later again another person ran into the back of her car,, well this lady insisted my friend and his body shop replace the 2nd tailgate for free, well she kept at my friend and he had to tell her he didn't do the damage so he didn't have to fix damage for free, well she was still insisting he fix it for free so he told her if she did leave we would call the police,, she then left..

Jim
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07-31-2007 12:07 AM  13 years ago
cookie monster

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I worked at an auto repair shop for nine years. The best one was a guy came to the shop and said " My van makes a bad noise when i stop at a light...and when i take off it come's back" We road tested it for two day's and worked on it for eight hours... He called me and chewed me out about the time it was taking and that he would sue me if it was not repaired soon We found out that the kids on his block put rocks in the hub cap's... it was funny that we charged him four hundred and seventy five bucks to remove rocks from his hub cap's. What a dork ! !Miniature Aircraft fury extreme 90 710 radix Y.S 91
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07-31-2007 12:28 AM  13 years ago
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LOL
JIm
Jim
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07-31-2007 12:57 AM  13 years ago
bagobitz

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I once bought anice car at scrap value because "the auto.gearbox is faulty...it stops driving,but it's ok after a rest".......fuel pickup pipe was suckinga blockage....pulled in,blockage fell away....off you went again........hell, I must have had 4 hours labour in that car .........the owner had spent hundreds(and I sold it for hundreds )
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07-31-2007 01:29 AM  13 years ago
RappyTappy

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Whats even lamer is the amount of time it took for 'professional' mechanics to figure out there were rocks in the hubcabs. Still buyin' and flyin' then crashing and cryin'
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07-31-2007 02:00 AM  13 years ago
rcmike

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Whats even lamer is the amount of time it took for 'professional' mechanics to figure out there were rocks in the hubcabs.
I was thinking the same thing.
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07-31-2007 02:18 AM  13 years ago
kryptik

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More than one...
one reason why Toyota/Lexus is outselling everyone
I have a driveway full of Toyotas. Love em all(especially the 07 Camry SE V6). I stained my armrest in my 05 Tacoma, took it to the dealership, and the tech said "it looks like a defect to me...", and replaced the entire console to the tune of a $713 charge the dealership paid for. I then bought my Camry a couple months ago, and had the windows tinted, which resulted in slight cosmetic damages to a couple trim pieces. The dealership again stepped up and covered the $215 charge for repairs. If Toyota is willing to do things like that to help me continue my GREAT new car experience, then Toyotas are what I drive. Just for me, they have invested less than a grand, which is an investment that has paid off. I have purchased 4 new Toyotas in three years, and at my recomendation, my inlaws just purchased a pair of Limited 4runners. Good business? You do the math...If Toyota keeps building them, I'll keep buying them.
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07-31-2007 03:52 AM  13 years ago
hoverman

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^^^^^^^^^^^excellent example of what this country has become, you admit to damaging the car and brag about toyota paying to fix it. and that is the best example anyone could ask for. i would have had more respect for you if you said you payed to have it fixed but you are not differnet than most wanting something for free who dont
deserve it....unreal
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07-31-2007 10:59 AM  13 years ago
MPA

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bull hover

free market

Toyota can give away prixes, free steak knives, or free repairs.
Whatever it takes to get the buyers to buy, that's just the cost of selling your product.

He damaged the car, Toyota accetps that 5hit happens and fixes it for free.
Good on them and there is nothing wrong with being pleased the dealer doesnt screw you because you accidentaly stuffed something.

All the owners of my Pole systems get the same, the gear cost them $11,000 a rig.

They phuck it, we replace it for free, and make it better next time so it doesn't break so easily.
We put it down to the cost of destructive R&D.

I learnt this customer service technique from people I wokred for that have more regular and satisfied clients than all those around them, in various industries.

Don't argue with the buyer, just fix it and if you can afford to do it, do it for free.
It is cheap advertising.
Do that for people and they become roving ambassadors for your goods and services.
Like kryptic
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07-31-2007 12:04 PM  13 years ago
bagobitz

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hoverman, -do you seriously think that" wanting the extra mile" is the sign of a 'Tard ? If so, you're the subject that started this thread!

British bikes and cars went to the wall because of that attitude.
Early imports were grotesquely styled oriental visions of what the westerners would like....we laughed at the burkes that bought them,BUT we saw how well built,equipped and engineered they were....AND RELIABLE
the primary object of transport is to move people/goods from A to B

Range-Rover...brilliant concept,over 30 years of user-feedback and still an unreliable POS..with bits breaking and failures routinely accepted....Toyota Land-cruiser...more "down-market"and plasticky,but you'll ALWAYS turn the key and go....that's why it's apparently the No.1 choice in the Aussie outback...their LIFE depends on it....not some shoddily -executed piece of bullcrap "Bigger-D1*k " crap

The Japs bought their way into our market-place,initially...but they learned fast and so did the punters....British-leyland/bmc/austin -rover...slung-together "sheds"were spurned for the jap product...even Ex-POW's were forced to grudgingly admit it was a better product and many, fed-up being shafted by UK manufacturers, bought.
The British motor industry slit it's own throat...Detroit's following the same arrogant path....Yes! the public at large ARE stupid...but they DO follow the leaders,like a flock of sheep.
In the case of Jap products, they win and repeat the buying pattern BUT the Chinese are following the same post-war path that Japan followed

I predict...superb, low-priced products from China (they've already started) for about 15-20 years,until they have killed US/UK/European manufacture...then their prices will rise as their wages and cost-base escalate....then they'll set up local manufacturing facilities to sidestep quotas and import-tarriffs.

we get jam today, dry bread tomorrow...it's the way it is...complacent lazy westerners are NOT prepared to "go the extra mile" and will pay dearly for their stupidity.
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07-31-2007 11:10 PM  13 years ago
kryptik

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Close Hoverman, but you're wrong...
excellent example of what this country has become
Actually, in both cases I TOLD THEM what happened. They paid to fix it anyway. That's why Toyota is all I'll drive. I went to them heart broken that I had damaged my new babies, and they "kissed it and made it all better". I left with that same euphoria I had when I bought them. How much did it cost Toyota? In the grand scheme of things, that's about the equivalent of you giving the kid that cuts your grass a free soda, even though you paid him $10. Is he what's wrong with America for enjoying it?? You know what the real problem with this country is? People are too quick to jump to conclusions and assume they have all the answers.
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07-31-2007 11:41 PM  13 years ago
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I'm with Kryptic here!
There are three maintenance shops on the airport that my shop is at. Mine is the most exspensive... And the busiest! When a customer needs a minor repair, like a fouled plug or something that I can fix in less than an hour, I do it right away. When the costumer asks "How much?" I just tell them that it's on me, and thank them for being my customer. Guess what? They keep coming back! I never advertise or have to look for work. My customers are loyal to me, because I always go the extra mile to keep them happy.

I wish I could say that about the dealership that maintains my wifes car. They do lousy work, bill us list price for everything and charge for every second of labor. I'll never buy another Mercedes again! There are only two dealerships within 100 miles of us. Both dealerships suck. I won't buy another car from them. When the warranty expires, I won't let them work on the car ever again. I'm done with the dealerships PERIOD! There loss, my wife loves her car, but... The next one is going to be a Toyota
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07-31-2007 11:51 PM  13 years ago
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MPA,

Totally agree with you there. Nothing cheaper than free advertising and a goodwill gesture. A guy popped into see me the other day with a broken digital trim switch on a 9XII (9303). It took me about 5 minutes to change it, 5 minutes to give it a recalibration and test. Took it back to him and as he was reaching for his wallet, I told him that it was free of charge. I told him that in my opinion the switch shouldnt have gone in the short period that he had it.

The look on his face was a picture. So off he went a very happy bunny and he will pass the word on.

Good free advertising for the sake of a couple of £.
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07-31-2007 11:53 PM  13 years ago
RappyTappy

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I hate shops that charge for every second of labor. Worst I saw was once they wanted to charge a relative of mine $50 to remove 6 screws to a panel to get to the wiring, I laughed in their face I couldn't believe the a$$ clowns.Still buyin' and flyin' then crashing and cryin'
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08-01-2007 12:02 AM  13 years ago
jimco

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I got a call last night, bout 7:00. Guy just got in from a week in LA. Said ac was blowing, but not cooling. Ask him if outside unit was running.He Checked it out, and no, not running. Told him to go to breaker box, sure enough, breaker tripped. Been having some really bad weather around here. Lots of power spikes. got him cooling on the phone. Saved him about 140.00 on service call and labor to trip the breaker. Now this guy was not a regular customer, in fact not one of my customers. He wanted my address, to mail me a check. Told him no way, call me when he really needed me.
Guess what he will be worth in the next couple of years.????
Do a bunch of em like that, and business stays good, all the time. Been in business here for 34 years, and always busy. It pays, to pay back.
Honey, where's the check book, it's Fedex again
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08-01-2007 12:36 AM  13 years ago
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Sure, they walk around the plane, wiggle the controls and strain the fuel... But, they have never been taught, or bothered to ask "On a Pre-flight, What should I look out for?"
Amen Brother!!! I am one of those pilot types but I had the luxury of growing up around airplanes and when I was a skinny 14 year old I was the one who got sent into the empanage of many an airplane replacing cable fairleads, checking cable tension, and doing ring tests on steel tubing. I experienced enough failures as a glider and banner tug pilot, I knew what to look for and what to teach when I became an instructor. I dragged my students out to the hanger one by one and showed them what was underneath the cowling, what the aircraft structures looked like, how the systems worked and what the service difficulties were. Most hadn't a clue of anything mechanical. But when they came back to me after some operational experience, they were grateful that the knowlege of systems that I bestowed on them may have saved their life.

Igonorance is bliss but knowledge is the key to survival.
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08-01-2007 02:08 AM  13 years ago
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So Kryptic, Why would you take it to the dealership, show it to a tech if it was stained? You wanted something for free and you got it. this is why Toyotas/Lexus vehicles cost more than the average car.Team MikadoUSA 480XXTreme, 550SX, 600SX, 700XXTreme, 800XXTreme!!
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08-01-2007 02:58 AM  13 years ago
kryptik

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So Kryptic, Why would you take it to the dealership, show it to a tech if it was stained?
Because I was going to pay to have it replaced. Why do you go to a dealer repair shop?? For the free coffee and donuts? I went to have my car repaired. I explained to the tech what happened. I stained my armrest, tried to clean it, and the cleaner took the color off the armrest. He looked at it, and decided that the armrest should have not discolored so easily. Instead of replacing the armrest, he just ordered a whole new center console assembly. I did not ask to be comped. They just did it. Same thing with my Camry. When I had my windows tinted, the heat gun flashed some molding in a couple spots. I took it in for a repair, (once again at my expense, I am very particular about my things)and the tech decided it should not have reacted to the heat that way, and replaced them for me. The jist of this story is that my local dealer has gone way above and beyond my expectations, and hence earned my business for life. I am not bragging about "getting over" on anybody. I am saying that I was treated well, and this is how...
I'm being a good customer. Somebody went out of their way to make my life better. So I'm sharing my story, which, in essence, is giving them what they paid for.
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08-01-2007 03:09 AM  13 years ago
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remember that they back charge Toyota the mfg so the company pay's the dealer back. Toyota has replaced item's in my celica without asking but i know their charging the mfg for the part's and labor, thats why Toyota charge's more on new car's.Miniature Aircraft fury extreme 90 710 radix Y.S 91
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