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Delayed Cooperation & Compensation For Vehicle Damage
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JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY -- This is the letter I've sent to DiFeo and the Better Business Bureau:

On 07/23/08, I brought my 2006 Subaru Legacy GT into DiFeo's service shop at 315 Clen Denny Avenue for a routine diagnostic assessment. The vehicle's fiberglass front chin spoiler was cracked as a result of a DiFeo mechanic driving it down the steep ramp proceeding towards 440N.

Upon noticing the damage to my vehicle, and in an expedient manner, I immediately notified Ken [snip], DiFeo Subaru's service manager, and filed a verbal complaint. He promised to order a new fiberglass front chin spoiler equivalent to the one on my vehicle and install it AT NO CHARGE TO ME. I provided him with the website to where I ordered the aftermarket part from Mach V Motorsports and he confirmed DiFeo would order it PROMPTLY and contact me when it shipped.

Over a full month later and no less than 15 inquiries into the matter, I was told by Ken [snip] that DiFeo's parts department erroneously ordered a front chin spoiler for a Subaru WRX - not a Legacy GT. At this point I began to get the impression that Ken [snip] was stonewalling but still gave him the benefit of the doubt as mistakes DO happen. He maintained that DiFeo would rectify the damage at no expense to me.

Some 3 weeks later on 09/12/08, I again contacted [snip] to check the status on the front chin spoiler but he alleged that Mach V Motorsports did NOT have the part in stock. To my dismay, I called the company within minutes (571-434-8333) and discovered that the front chin spoiler was in fact in stock. I spoke with Mach V's customer service representative and learned that the front chin spoiler was in stock FOR MONTHS. I ordered it on the spot and paid via credit card. The front chin spoiler arrived at my house via UPS standard ground shipping on 09/16/08.

I wasted no time contacting Mr. [snip] for the installation appointment but TWICE he deferred on scheduling me citing it was a busy season for DiFeo. I refused to unjustifiably continue waiting given the aforementioned delays, so on the morning of 09/19/08, I drove to the DiFeo service shop with the part and had it installed free of charge as I'd expected - but only to drive away without being reimbursed for the associated charge on my credit card.

Ken [snip] pacified my anxiety by verifying that I'd be reimbursed in the amount of $446.68 (the cost of the front chin spoiler plus shipping & handling fees) but that it would take about a week for the DiFeo claims department to generate the check. A copy was made of my Mach V Motorsports receipt and I was told the check would be in the mail within days. Today is 10/14/08 and I have yet to receive my promised compensation.

I urgently feel this is a matter that needs the Better Business Bureau's attention. After enduring the multiple mistakes on the part of DiFeo's service and parts department, all I have are Ken [snip]'s leery promises underlined by severe delays. I have never been serviced so poorly by any car dealership in the past and as a result, have now informed my family, friends and co-workers to avoid conducting business with DiFeo.
     
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Anonymous on 2008-10-14:
This is exactly what small claims court is for.
Anonymous on 2008-10-14:
In court the OP may be SOL unless proof can be provided that the service manager promised repairs free.
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Lousy Service
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WISCONSIN -- I took them a week to install a transmission in my car. One week later the car started overheating and smoking. It took them another two days to finally call me back to tell me what's wrong with the car. They claim that there's another problem that has nothing to do with the transmission. I believe they messed up and don't want to fix it without getting more money out of the deal.

My car was in their shop from June 4, 2008 through June 23, 2008. When I took it to them, there was no problem with it overheating. The warranty gave me a car for 5 days, Difeo finally gave me a rental for 3 days.

The rest of the time, I was without transportation. When I picked the car up the first time, there were scratches on the bumper, that they did fix.
     
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Hugh_Jorgen on 2008-07-03:
I can't think of any connection between the transmission and engine overheating, but if you are going to prove they did it, you need to find another mechanic to get to the bottom of the problem.

If you end up in court, "it didn't do it before they worked on it" most likely won't be sufficient. You will need your own expert. Good luck.
tnchuck100 on 2008-07-03:
I agree, Hugh. I can think of nothing that replacing a transmission could due to cause overheating.

The OP did not say how old the car is or how many miles are on it. I will give a 99.9% chance the overheating problem is purely coincidental. Anything can fail at any time.
stylite39 on 2008-10-14:
DiFeo's service department runs a dirty business. They cracked my fiberglass front chin spoiler and tried to conceal it by parking my vehicle nose-out from the shop (contrary to every other automobile in the station). When I became aware of the damage, I had to purchase the accessory myself because their parts dept. allegedly ordered the part for a totally different vehicle. Stonewalling at its finest. Left ozens of messages in the last couple of months but they rarely get back to you. I keep going there in person but they give me the run around. Anyway, they owe me $446 for the spoiler they cracked but I just initiated a case with the Better Business Bureau about their dirty tactics. No customer should have to wait almost 3 months for a reimbursement check and a car part that took 4 days to order and successfully ship. This entire experience with DiFeo is simply outrageous. I hope it comes to an end real soon!
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