In December of 2009 I owned a pick up truck. It had a leaky exhaust so I brought it to Goodyear Auto Service Center on Route 23 in Butler, NJ. Here is the story as told to the Better Business Bureau, Consumer's Original Complaint: I paid over $500 to have an exhaust problem fixed. The fix lasted only as long as it took to drive home. A bolt fell out and they refuse to fix the problem. I have since taken the vehicle off the road because that it doesn't run. Desired Settlement: Refund of labor or fix what they broke at no additional charge.
Here is the response from the manager at Goodyear: "Customer complained of an exhaust noise from under car. There was a loud noise under car and an obvious hole in exhaust that needed to be replaced. After we replaced exhaust, we heard another noise coming from front of car. There was a crack in the manifold that was making a noise that couldn't be heard over the other exhaust noise. We don't do that kind of work in our shop and we explained that to the customer. He didn't want to hear it. He believes that we should pay for a repair that he absolutely needed and was shown. Unfortunately he had 2 problems.
We fixed one but are unable to repair second. We are an honest shop and our customers come to us because we are fair an honest. This customer feels we should pay for his exhaust that had a hole in it, how is that fair. I'm sorry but that is stealing as far as I'm concerned and it's wrong. Unfortunately sometimes other things go wrong when you fix one item, our job is to let you know if we see something else, which we did. The customer just didn't want to spend anymore money. We did not break the customers vehicle, it came in that way. We fixed the obvious but unfortunately he had another issue.
We explained what it was and recommended an exhaust specialty shop or dealer that could fix the other problem, but he just wanted a refund for the exhaust with the hole in it. That's not right. I would never ask for something for free if it was actually broken. If I replaced something that wasn't broken than I would agree. But in this case, a part was broken, we fixed it. We double checked and found something else that we couldn't fix. We were fair, honest and up front, how are we at fault. We are always willing to help and explain to customers. I don't know what more I can say."
My response to the manager: "They said the job was done and they promptly took my money. (They never said anything about another problem until I brought it back to them a week later.) The exhaust sounded good, just like normal. But by the time I got home it was louder. If they finished the job and it seemed good, then steadily got louder over the next couple days, it seems to me that there was a problem that wasn't there before. After I brought the vehicle back to complain, they were quick to lay blame on a cracked manifold even before they looked at it. I left the building but before leaving the parking lot, I decided to go back in argue their quick response.
After the manager looked at it, he said that there was a crack in the manifold or a bolt was broken or missing and said they could do nothing about it. On the way home, I stopped by another mechanic and had them look at it. They noted that a bolt had either fallen out or was over tightened and broke off and he couldn't see any crack in the manifold. If Goodyear would have replaced the $4.00 bolt that they forgot to tighten or over tightened, I would have been happy. Instead they chose to lie and cover their mistakes and deny responsibility. At this point my vehicle is no longer registered or insured as it is not safe and will not pass inspection.
It sits in my driveway awaiting my decision to sell it, send it to the junkyard or contact a lawyer. I don't expect Goodyear to refund me for the parts, but a refund on the labor charges would settle this complaint. Goodyear calls me a thief by trying to steal from them. I am not a thief. I am an honest, law abiding person who is tired of being ripped off on goods and services. They should own up to their responsibility and make good on their promise of good service..
I realize that their decision will probably stand which is why I have developed a web site devoted to big companies like Goodyear and others who take money that people work very hard for and provide inferior services. At least I will get satisfaction from getting the word out to watch out for these companies."
The outcome: Absolutely nothing was done by Goodyear. They made no attempt to solve the problem. They didn't even offer a compromise. The better Business Bureau closed the case in February of 2010 as unresolved. The truck was due for inspection and would not pass in the condition it was in. I took it off the road, cancelled the insurance and turned in the license plates. I started using a car that was given to me by my elderly mother who had recently given up driving. The truck sat in the driveway for nearly a year until I finally decided to clean it up and sell it. It was bought by the first guy that came to look at it.
The new owner had what turned out to be a broken bolt removed and a new one put in and as of mid 2011, it is still on the road. Since my encounter with Goodyear in Butler, there have been other customers that filed complaints with the BBB. I sincerely believe that this is not the practice of all Goodyear service centers and I don't want to say that they are all bad, but I certainly will never go to another one just because of the way one manager treated me.
MAGEE, MISSISSIPPI -- I put a set of Viva 3 Goodyear tires on my 2013 Kia Sorento. Bad decision, tire rides rough, you fill every bump in the road and the tires are extremely noisy. I have owned other Goodyear tires and never had any problem. I cannot wait to wear these tire out. Then I will change to another brand.
I purchased 4 new tires from Goodyear on Charlotte Pike in Nashville, TN. About a month and a half ago, I was leaving for work and noticed my tire was a little flat. I stopped and put some air in it, but by time I got to work, it was just as low as the first time. I called Goodyear in Brentwood, where I work, and they said someone would come out and put air in it so I could drive to their store and have it looked at. The valve stem was broken and leaking, so they charged me $23 to fix it. Here we are a month and a half later and I managed to get a screw in one of my other tires just a couple days ago, took it to the Goodyear in Belle Meade, another $23 to repair.
Monday afternoon, I'm driving down the road and a driver in another car pulls up and says, "You know you have a flat tire, right?" So, I went to Goodyear in Brentwood again and asked if there was any kind of warranty because paying $23 for a third time would practically be the cost of a new tire by now. The guy never really answered me, just said they'd look at it. An hour and a half later, with NO other customers in the store, they finally called me back up to the counter and said, "$23.37 please". What the hell... are you serious?
So $69.54 later and 3 tires have been repaired. They told me that my rim was bent, but I have not hit anything with that tire. The valve stem was leaking again and for the second time, on a different tire, I had to pay to replace something that isn't exactly my fault. A nail or screw would be different, but I have no control over the valve stem. When walking out of the store after being ripped off for a 3rd time, the man at the counter had the gall to say, "Come back and see us." I looked at him and said "I'll be going to Sams Club next time. Since I'm a member, it'll be $5 or $6 or even possibly free."
As he was trying to argue with me, I walked out the door. Anymore of his verbal spew would have been enough to send me over the edge. Too bad the location on Charlotte Pike closed down. Looks like I'll be taking all my business elsewhere. The employees at the Brentwood Goodyear / Gemini Tire are rude and the company they work for are money grubbers.
NORTH CAROLINA -- Look out for Goodyear. I know a lot about cars and actually worked on them so I really feel the pain. I took my GF to Goodyear to replace the two front tires and patch the spare tire. They told us that it would take approximately an hour. We left the car in their care and went shopping to a nearby store. BIG MISTAKE!!!!! While we walked away from the shop she received a phone call about an hour later telling her that her alignment was off and that the tire that needed to be patched actually needed to be replaced because according to them the nail hit the wall of the tire.
It's true, if the nail hits the wall of the tire it cannot be replace but I never saw the tire. My GF doesn't know anything about cars so she couldn't tell me if the nail hit the wall of the tire or not, but be careful if you take a tire to be patched. After I learned that she approved it I knew they had us, I just couldn't prove it. To make the long story short, the total was approximately $460.00 for 3 tires and alignment. Did my GF really need the alignment??? We'll never know. Did my GF need a new tire instead of a patch??? We'll never know.
The best advise is to go around the shop and stand there while they work on your car and act like you know what you're looking at. My dad does it all the time, he even walks (not at Goodyear though) in the shop and checks his brakes. I was reading about the credit card stories from Goodyear. I you haven't read them please do so. I'm sure that other auto shops work the same way. I WILL NEVER GO BACK!!!
SANTA CLARA -- I receive a $25 coupon from Goodyear for any service $50 or more. So I took my car to Goodyear at the Valley Fair shopping mall in Santa Clara, CA. Full synthetic oil change is $54.95 minus $25 coupon. $30 is a good deal for a full synthetic oil change (Valvoline brand). Two hours later they called me and said you have a nail in your front right tire. Guess what the cost to repair is??? Yes $25. I could have said, "no do not repair" but it's Saturday and I have no time. Plus I have to go to Fresno on Sunday and don't want to drive with a nail in the tire. I'm not saying that Goodyear did it.
It's just a strange coincidence that I have a $25 coupon and unfortunately I also have a nail that will cost me $25 to repair. Same thing happened to me when I took my car to Big O Tires on El Camino Real in Santa Clara, CA. They said it's not repairable. Cost? Nearly $150 for a VR rated tire. I told them to not repair. I took it to another shop. They removed the nail and it was free. The nail didn't pucture the tire but went sideway. Good job Big O tires. This will be the first and last oil change at the Goodyear store.
So here are my advices: 1 - take a napkin, pull the oil stick and clean it with the napkin. Save the napkin and do the same after the oil change then compare the color of the oil. Before it should be dark near black, after the oil change it should be brown. 2 - check your tires for any damages. 3 - check the oil pan to make sure that no oil is leaking.
ACWORTH, GEORGIA -- Goodyear, Bells Ferry and Hwy92. This actually happened in '08 but I felt so dumb I was too embarrassed to do anything about it. My mother referred me to them and they are really nice while they are sticking it to you. My car is old 98 Pontiac over 200,000 miles. I expected to pay for major tune up, timing belt, sensors replaced and here is the problem - they replaced the sensors but fail to stop the oil leak and therefore right after the warranty expired, I took it to America's Best Transmission, on Bells Ferry. ** are not in the business of taking women for a ride. They are honest, hardworking mechanic.
They located the problem and I had to pay to another $600 to have it fixed but guess what, it's still fixed. I am ashamed because I probably should have sent my information to the BBB but you would think the company is great. It's always crowded but not. I paid for a radiator and they gave me a leaking refurbished. They charged for platinum brakes when I just need regular brakes. I pray they get what's coming. I thought about writing on my car how they did me but I decided God does really well in the vengeance department.
Yes it depleted my savings and my car didn't work but I found America's Best and they have not taken me for a ride nor my daughter. My mother was so hurt by what Goodyear Bells Ferry & 92 did but I told her not to worry but I will let the world know how they treat woman or maybe African American Women. So Please be aware of the smiling faces and the knife in the back from the good ol boys of Goodyear at Bells Ferry & 92.
91606, CALIFORNIA -- My friend and I both went to the Goodyear in North Hollywood on Laurel Canyon for some car repairs. She asked for an oil change on her car, and I asked for a battery for mine. They started by telling her that in addition to an oil change, she needs a transmission flush, a brake system flush, a new serpentine belt, a new cabin air filter and 4 new tires. She informed them that she has just had a full 30,000 mile service performed a few months earlier in which the transmission and brake flush were completed, but they continued to insist that it hadn't been done since she purchased the car (It's a 2005 Toyota Matrix with 44,000 miles on it).
Finally, she asked them for pricing. We didn't get very far because they quoted $71.95 for the cabin air filter not including installation costs. I stopped him there asking for an explanation of how an air filter could cost $71.95 and his explanation was, "We use quality parts." I asked him, "Are you serious? It's 16 inches of cardboard." He just stared at me blankly. So, I turned to my friend and said, "We can buy that at Wal Mart for $20." To which he replied, "Maybe you could find it for $40." So, I said, "Okay, fine, lets say it's $40, that's still $32 of mark up. You think that's acceptable?" Again, he just stared at me blankly.
And the cost of the battery? $148.00. I told them to keep it. After telling them to do the oil change (AND NOTHING ELSE) and leaving, we received several phone calls trying to sell us the additional unnecessary services. Meanwhile, we went over to Napa around the corner and picked up the filter for $20 and the battery for $92. These people are rip off artists. They try to sell services that are unnecessary and mark parts up 50% and more.
I bought a set of Goodyear Viva tires. I have 50,000 miles on them, but my steering wheel started vibrating so I stopped at the local Goodyear store to have them check everything out. They told me that the right front tire was "separating". However, even though they make them for Walmart, they don't sell them. He said that they haven't sold them for 16-17 years!
Goodyear would not stand behind their product. They said that I had to go back to Walmart. So I did. While I waited... for 1 1/2 hours. I reviewed my options and did some online searching. Seems that I'm not the only one who has this problem! Goodyear and Walmart both know of the safety issue, but continue to manufacture them and sell them! I then found out that all Walmart was going to do was discount the price on another Goodyear Viva tire. I decided not to pay for defective tires that would have to be replaced in a year or so, and deal with the lousy service as well. I walked out. Hope you all do too! Safe driving to you!
Update: It's actually been 2 1/2 years, not 1 1/2. But in answer to the question posed in the comments, yes, I guess I did drive an average of 1600 miles a month! Wow! But the reason that I say I would be back in a year to go through this whole thing again is from other people's reviews... I do have 3 other tires that the service man from Goodyear said we're going to do the same thing. The warranty with these tires is 65,000 miles.
PISCATAWAY, NEW JERSEY -- I had two new year tires from Walmart of Goodyear Viva 2 brand. I also purchased the road hazard policy from Walmart for accidental damage coverage of Tires. I drove few hundred miles on the tires this month of January 2010. One of the tires blew out due to nail in sidewall of tire and steel lining showing out of treads on the tire. I went back to Walmart and they refused to replace the tire.
They had a ridiculous statement of uneven wear on tire, so they cannot replace the tire even though I had the road insurance policy with Walmart. This was third tire on Goodyear Viva 2 in last two years. The Walmart manager and his two associates ** started arguing with me back and forth on this tire. The tire was of extreme poor quality.
So Goodyear has done it now, they have hired an overseas company to make their Wal-mart tires. I have first hand experience as that says 3/4 of them are junk. I bought a set of Goodyear's three weeks ago and they have left me stranded 3 different times. They blow out quick as well as vibrate and make a nice whap whap whap sound until they do. Goodyear will not offer a warranty and Wal-mart will not honor theirs all over the country. They will not honor mine yet on the 3rd tire because they think its my driving causing it.
I've got news for them, they are going to have to prove I'm driving in my sleep. Take the tire or have it inserted as a suppository because the Goodyear Viva 2 is the worst tire I have ever seen. I'm going to go in tomorrow and try to get cash back because I won't let them to mount another Chinese junk on my car. Ever.