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Horrible Customer Service and Bad Service in my
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After buying two Mercedes from Mercedes Benz Manhattan I contacted them to schedule a drop off on August 2nd for service (fix damage from a car crash). I contacted them 2 weeks before the scheduled date to make sure they knew that I was going to dropped off my car. And they confirmed for me. As a courtesy I contacted them a week before to ensure that they knew that my car was going to be dropped off.

When I got there to drop off my car at Mercedes Dealer nobody knew about my car and they said that they have to check if they can take my car for service. After 30 minutes of discussions, Katie came to talk to me about checking the car, because it was an insurance related claim and she was the one to handle it, really fast she took the insurance check from my hands even though she didn't know the reason my car was going for service. After I schedule two weeks in advance and have confirmed a week ago, they should be responsible for their schedules, but in this case I was the one who drove over 50 miles to drop off my car in a good dealer and been sent home. I thought it was outrageous. Because of their internal communications problems and I was the one who would have to do the same thing twice. After one hour of back and forth, they accept taking my car. Katie assure me that she would contact the insurance company and reserve a car for me, so I could pick up around noon and drive back home with my 3 months old daughter and my mom.

When I got at the dealer around 5 PM my car was driven to NJ and no arrangements were made about my rental. Katie never called Enterprise, she called Enterprise when I got back to the dealer at 5 PM and told me that there wasn't any car available for me. This was the worst customer service or customer care that I have ever experience. I reminded her that she was supposed to call the car rental and reserve a car for me and she didn’t do it. When I asked her about that she just left, as she didn't need to answer to me. I asked to talk to her supervisor Gail. When Gail came to talk to me, I told her the situation and she start to explain for Katie, protecting Katie and not even listen to me that I need a car and I need to take my daughter and my mom home. Gail did not even try to get me a car to go home, she didn't care at all how I was going to drive my family home. She was basically telling me that Katie had no responsibly to get me a rental for my car even if she told me she would get me a car she didn’t have to do so. Gail simply told me that I have to find a way to go home, but she couldn't do anything for me.

I called the insurance company to schedule a car rental and they schedule the car for me. At that time I was at Mercedes already for 2 hours trying to get a car to go home.

Mercedes and its personnel did not do anything for me they only want the insurance money for the service and care less for me. It was the worst experience I ever had I my life with customer service.
After I arrange the car from Enterprise I left Mercedes around 8PM. I stayed there for over 3 hours trying to fix a mistake made by their employees. Before I left Katie guarantee me that she would call me and let me know the car status and when should I return the rental and when should I pick up my car. She never called me, I called Mercedes 3 times and never heard back from Katie. I decided to call the insurance company to find out how everything stands and they explain to me that Mercedes is trying to get more damages repair in the car and they would have to hold the car for more days. I told the lady at the insurance company that I called because my body shop hasn’t communicate with me at all and every time I call they don’t know anything about my car. I need to be informed and know when I am supposed to return my rental otherwise it would come out of my packet. After the insurance lady called the dealer to find out the status in my car and give a date to drop off the rental she called me back and let me know. I couldn’t believe that Mercedes Benz Manhattan could not call me to let me know about the status.

When I picked up the car the car was showing a message about service and they did not called me if I would like to have the service performed while my car was at the dealer. Now I have to send my car again for service (in a different dealership, because I will never go back there). It is extremely inconvenient.

On top of that they stole $60 in quarters in my car, the plastic container that is located in between the driver and passenger seat, the triangle, my car charger, a back protection, CD’s and they used up all my gas and returned it to me without gas to go back home.
Send your car to Mercedes Benz Manhattan if you want to be humiliated by bad customer services, if you want to be ignored every time you call to ask if your car is ready, and they will tell you that they have no idea about your car. And send your car to Mercedes Benz Manhattan if you want to be robbed and have your accessories missed when you pick up your car. I have over $400 dollars lost with my quarter, my charger missing, CD, the plastic container missing…
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trmn8r on 09/08/2011:
I didn't follow all the details, for example you were going to pick up a rental at 12 noon, but you arrived at 5pm.

In any event, it sounds like Katie really dropped the ball - I had a dealer arrange for a rental once and it worked very smoothly. Despite your attempts to make sure everything was arranged, it is as if you never called.

As far as missing valuables - that stinks. I never leave any money in my car, and I probably would leave CDs either - there is too much opportunity for doors to be left open, temptation, etc.
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Mercedes Refuses to Honor a Recall on My Car
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EVERYWHERE, NEW YORK -- My email to them which covers it basically you'll get it!-

"I have a 2004 e320, it has what appears to be a cracked left side fuel sender. Or so it seems!? This is a common problem on e class models ---as I'm more than sure you know. Campaign 2008-020001 covers this exact problem on 211 models 2003-2006, which my car is. However when my vin was run at the dealer, it is supposedly not covered!? The service manager tells me its ridiculous, that its again, "more than obvious", its the same problem or defect. Yet not covered. He suggested I call Mercedes and after an " investigation" I was told nothing would be covered!? An investigation that included or predominately was decided over, the fact that I have stopped regularly servicing my car at the dealer! My car looks and runs like new other than this problem, in fact I researched it and found the recall because I wanted it perfect as to trade in or sell and replace it! So Mercedes won't cover a problem that has 1000s of complaints pending with the NHTSA. I cannot fill my gas tank because if I do the backseat (drivers side) fills with fumes and my children complain. I pulled the backseat in the service area parking lot and we opened the hatch and saw the gas sitting in the sender ( see attached pic). It was like we were looking at the pictures attached to the campaign!!! Yet not covered!?

I have owned 3 Mercedes Benz in my lifetime. I can honestly say that I firmly believe they are the best constructed, most reliable, and sharpest looking cars on the road. I have spent years telling everyone I know, anyone that would listen, that once you own a Mercedes Benz you can't own any other car. And I routinely argue with my BMW loving best friend ( a luxury car dealer) over which is the better vehicle. My car has reached 125k, it's time for a new Mercedes. If any part of you believes I will ever buy another Mercedes when the company will not in good faith fix my vehicle that is so obviously having a problem that is manufacturing defect, then you are out of your mind!

I'm no idiot, I realize if you have even bothered to read this far into the letter, the company could probably care less about one consumer, but you will have lost a truly faithful customer who would've never bought another brand. And whom will exhaust my fingers and wear out my iPad on every blog, website, complaint site, NHTSA hot-line, and anywhere else I can to be sure that I will deter as many people as I can from ever buying a Mercedes because a multi billion dollar company didn't stand by their product, and fix a maybe $1500 problem.

If you took the time to read this, and take the time to compare my symptoms and pics to that of the campaign ( and I'm sure millions of complaints), then anyone with any power, and want to do the right thing, will help me and keep me on team Mercedes! "
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Weedwhacked on 06/19/2013:
When you no longer service your car at Mercedes it gives them an excuse as to why they won't cover any repair. As all businesses even Mercedes looks for loopholes to save money. No cares anymore about "faithful" or "loyal" customers anymore. It's all about the bottom line.
Sam on 06/25/2013:
Mercedes benz service = douche bags
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Mercedes C Class Caught Fire While Driving
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NJ, NEW JERSEY -- My husband has a few years old black Mercedes C230 Kompressor Sports Sedan. Car was purchased brand new at Mercedes authorized dealer. There is no modification made to this car and all the servicing done at Mercedes authorized dealer. It had only 58000 miles. Last B servicing which checked any safety related issues and includes regular maintenance, was done at authorized dealer on 02/18/2012. No issue was informed on 02/18/2012 to us by Mercedes authorized dealer servicing department. On 06/21/2012, when my husband was driving this car from work to home, he turned on A/C, A/C shutdown and he started smelling smoke. On left side of driver side, there is A/C vent and he saw fire inside the hood through that vent. He pulled over car right away and electricity went out within 1 min of his pulling over and within 4 min, whole car was burnt and now totaled.

This issues poses very serious security risks to public and it needs through investigation.

My husband contacted Mercedes head quarter for investigation and Mercedes declined to investigate. GEICO stated in report that hood is stuck and cause of fire is unknown. GEICO Insurance Company authorized Mercedes engineers to investigate further upon my husband's request and Mercedes USA does not want to investigate further. We do not want others to go through same ordeal as we went through. Mercedes manufactory should be fully responsible for it since there is thousands of people out there driving the same car. It's very shocking that such a reputed company refuse to do anything about it.

Mercedes said it's because our car is too old so it's not their problem, which I found it ridiculous because it only had 58k miles. I understand that things will break when it gets old, but it should not turn into a hazard product which can kill someone. And the servicing department at the local dealer totally agreed that it should not caught in fire like that.

What should I do from this point?

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trmn8r on 07/08/2012:
There is nothing else to do. You brought it to the attention of Mercedes Benz.

Man-made machines that use fuel and electricity can catch fire for various reasons, and as they age the possibility increases. Mercedes cited the age of the car (C230 Kompressor has been made for over 13 years) - my guess is they feel an accessory or wiring caused the problem, and it is not a manufacturing or design issue.
jktshff1 on 07/08/2012:
What is "a few years old"?
ok4now on 07/09/2012:
I would report them to the Insurance Institute and see if there are similar claims. M.B. should have done more to help with this life threatening problem.
Lugose on 03/28/2014:

Saw something similar to what you were talking about yesterday. It appeared that he was just sitting there when it started to smoke and then burn. I didn't hang around till the fire truck got there.
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Awful Experience with Mercedes-Benz Customer Care
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Here's my rant. I’ve actually had a few weeks to think about it before I hit the boards with what I think you guys should know.

I’m extremely disappointed in Mercedes-Benz Customer “Care” or lack thereof.

First a little history; I’m a Mercedes guy. I bought my first Mercedes 12 years ago at Ken Garff Mercedes in Salt Lake City (one of the absolute worst dealerships you could ever impose upon a car buyer). It was a 300TE 4-Matic. My brother had a 300TD and I fell in love with the car. Since then, I’ve owned an ML320 (still own) an E320 4-Matic Wagon and the current car in question our E500 4-Matic Wagon. I’ve been a mouth piece for Mercedes with all of our wagons and my ML that won’t stop running.

Here’s my story; I bought the last wagon used. It had 48k on the clock when we decided to get a few last minute details buttoned up while still under warranty. I brought the car to Ken Garff Mercedes with complaints of the automated CD door not shutting. They looked at it and replaced the door under warranty. My wife got in the car and drove it away. Never checking the door… it was down, life was good, we rarely use the CD player anyway.

Fast forward about 1.5 months later. We’re in Yellowstone on vacation with the car. We decide to load a CD. Push the button. Door goes up. Won’t come down. Same problem. I think “no problem, they should still fix this even though the car is now 1k over the warranty period”. Upon further inspection, they misdiagnosed “why” the door was not functioning. The problem was the CD player not the door. I still thought nothing of it.


They now wanted me to pay for the CD player as the car was now out of warranty. This is where things started to get weird. Do you like the run-around? I got a plain and clear “run-around” Ken Garff stated unequivocally; “You need to talk to Mercedes-Benz Customer Care. They are the ones denying your claim.” I spoke to Mercedes-Benz Customer Care and they stated unequivocally; “You need to talk to Ken Garff Mercedes. They are the ones denying your claim.” Back to “Ken Garff Mercedes” who states it’s Patrick Tam from Mercedes-Benz USA.

Furthermore (ready for this car guys?); because I change my own oil and do my own routine maintenance on my vehicles (brakes etc.), I was told the claim would not be granted because “I do not have a good service history with the dealership”. Keep that in mind… big brother is watching your VIN.

After 4 days of holding our car hostage they come back to us acting like the “Good Guys” and say. We’ll pay for ½ of the CD player and your bill will be $440.00. More calls to Mercedes-Benz Customer Care. I couldn’t believe my ears. To me this was cut and dry. The car was brought into a Mercedes-Benz dealership while under warranty complaining of the problem. I have the receipts. They know this to be true. It was not fixed properly and they “both” are unwilling to stand behind the problem and simply admit error and fix the problem.

Ready for more? I told them to fix the door and I declined to pay for the CD player. They then proceeded to erase all of my previous backordered items that were to be covered under warranty and told me this fine trick “It’s all or nothing. You either take the CD at ½ off and we’ll repair the door for free or it’s full price for everything.” (You know why right? Because they knew it was the CD player all along.)

At that point I had the moron service writer print me an estimate to have the car repaired. The new total is now $1,200.00. I have taken all invoices and notes to my attorney. I even have a phone message from Mercedes declining the coverage.

Why litigation? I don’t know… I’ve never sued anyone in my life but this is clear cut wrong. A claim was made under warranty and not fixed properly. I was told by both the dealership and Mercedes-Benz Customer Care that because I am not a regular customer at Ken Garff Mercedes my claim was being declined.

Shame on Mercedes-Benz Customer Care. I would say shame on Ken Garff Mercedes but they are beyond moral reprehension. They are simply the worst automobile dealership I’ve “ever” had experience with.
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Honoring A Sales Pitch
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HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND -- In August of 2008, I went into Mercedes Benz of Hagerstown originally looking at a 2006 E350 4matic. That car was sold and I was pointed to a 2006 BMW 525i, that they had. I liked the car very much, it had only 31,000 miles on it, brand new tires, pretty loaded and got pretty good gas mileage. So, I negotiated a good price for the car and drove it home. 3 months & 6,000 miles later, I pick up a nail in the tire and get a flat. I take it to the first tire place who says I need all new tires. Thinking it is just a sales pitch, I go to another tire place, they fix the flat, tell me I need all new tires and that I have 2-3000 miles left on them. I decline their offer and head to the Mercedes dealer thinking there was a mistake, they had gotten new tires for the car and perhaps just did not put them on or something.

So, the salesman agrees, he did tell me the car had brand new tires, the service manager agrees, the car needs new tires. The sales manager comes over and says, yes, but you drove the car, so we will put new tires on it for $900. I explained this made no sense to me, as I was told the tires were brand new and as it turns out, they were not, so I should get brand new tires. He told me, that I got use out of the tires and that the old cliche "buyer beware" comes into effect. I told him, I expect "buyer beware" from a shady 2bit used car dealer, not a Mercedes Benz dealership that prides itself on being #7 ranked for customer service. I told them that perhaps practices like this is why they are ranked #7 and not higher.

They should honor what they promised - brand new tires. He then offered me new tires for $450 saying that they did not make enough profit on the car originally to warrant the price of new tires. I asked him how their profit was any problem of mine, but that I had been told the car had brand new tires and I expect brand new tires. He would not budge saying that I had used the tires, therefor he was not responsible. I explained that, had they been in fact, brand new tires and I got the same flat tire, I would not be in their shop now, as the tires would not need to be replaced. No difference.

I am shocked that a Mercedes Benz dealer selling a BMW, told the buyer to pound sand, "Buyer Beware" and do what ever I feel I need to do, but they are not putting new tires on the car. I told him fine, I will reach out to as many people as I possibly could and let them know all about it. All I expected was for the dealer to honor their sales pitch, put 4 new tires of equal quality on the car and we could have called it a day.
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Hugh_Jorgen on 11/14/2008:
Did you not actually LOOK at the tires when you bought the car? It's not like they are hidden from view. That would have been the time to address the issue.
Anonymous on 11/14/2008:
You didn't bother to look at the tires when you examined the car? Did the sales contract say anything about new tires?
Just because a salesperson tells you something does not means it's true. Unless it's in writing it doesn't exist.
BobJohn on 11/14/2008:
2,000-3,000 miles isn't very much left on a tire so they must have been noticeably used when you bought the car.

I laugh when I look at used cars in a lot because the tires have obviously been painted black to make them look new.

Unless you can find a better price on tires I'd snap up the $450 deal they're offereing.
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Fender Cracks Caused by Design Defects/problem for CL500 2002
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SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA -- 2002 CL500 Coupe - 100k miles now - just ended my extended warranty. Car had some service work done at Sacramento dealership on Howe Ave. Routine service work was done at a certified Mercedes Repair shop. All recall work and ABC system problems that occurred before 50k miles were checked by the dealership. Numerous cluster problems on dash.

ABC system had to be repaired twice under warranty. The front end of the car dropped down on the tires. I was told by mechanics and other owners that this is a big problem with these cars. My car has never been in an accident but now I have cracks on both fenders in the same location.

When you open the hood you can see where the cracks started. Appears to be a design defect. Mercedes tells me that's a body shop problem--too many miles and nothing can be done after 50k miles. Why should I have to pay almost $5,000 to fix plastic fenders that I did not damage? This car cost 100k brand new. I bought it at 28k miles and in excellent condition from a private owner.

If this is how the Mercedes Company treats their car owners--not offering any accommodation for my problem--they will never get my business again. Plus everyone I know will hear my story.
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FoDaddy19 on 11/29/2013:
It's a 12 year old German car, repairs costs are going to be high. And yes the car cost $100k brand new, but now it's work $10k-$12k.

Frankly $5000 to repair a German car of that vintage isn't too bad. At any rate MB didn't make much money off of you, as you bought the car from a private seller. So I don't think your threat of not giving them any future business really bothers them.
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Mercedes Benz refused to comply with warranty
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MONTVALE, NEW JERSEY -- I bought a new Mercedes SLK in 2005 (a 2006 model). About a year later, the navigation system began to malfunction intermittently. I have taken the car to my dealer (RAB Motors in San Rafael, CA) eleven times for this problem but it has not been fixed. The dealer's own records state that the problem has been observed and verified by their service technicians. They have replaced some parts of the navigation system but it still malfunctions. Both Mercedes USA customer service and RAB refuse to do anything further. RAB blames Mercedes and Mercedes blames RAB. The car is under warranty both because the problem arose during the warranty period and because a purchased a seven year extended warranty from Mercedes. I have never seen a company simply stonewall a customer when the problem is documented, it clearly is covered by warranty and they simply have no defense. This was my seventh Mercedes car but Mercedes does not seem to place any value on customer loyalty. I will sue them if necessary but I am really shocked at the lack of concern for a loyal customer and total disregard for their legal obligations under the warranty.
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ChuhBaca on 08/02/2011:
It sounds like small claims court may be an option. It may be worth it just to mention small claims to the warranty issuer to see what happens. If not, file the paperwork and off you go.
fdebono@on on 08/17/2012:
I agree ith the above as I have nearly the same problem
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Mercedes-Benz Model: CLK-Class CLK 320
Chassis No: WDB2084652T081499
Registration: Y201VGA

Thank you for your recent e-mail concerning warranty for corrosion
on the above Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class.

This vehicle had a three year warranty from the first date of
registration which also included the paintwork and any corrosion issues. For
an undefined period after the warranty expires Mercedes-Benz can consider
goodwill towards repairs classified as manufacturing issues. The vehicle is
now in its seventh year outside of warranty and at this age Mercedes-Benz
will not provide any financial support towards repairs.

Thank you for contacting the Mercedes-Benz Customer Assistance
Center Maastricht N. V. with your enquiry.

Yours sincerely

Customer Service
Mercedes-Benz Customer Assistance Center Maastricht N. V.
Gaetano Martinolaan 10
NL-6229 GS Maastricht, the Netherlands

Phone No:
00800 9 777 7777 (international freephone)
0207 660 9993 (charged at national rate)
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azRider on 02/22/2011:
wait how old is this car? if its out of warranty for 7 years, and it was a 3 year warranty it must be at least a decade old. its an old car and it rusted? you got to be kidding me. you actually wrote MB and demanded service? I have 1986 Mustang, the paint is fading a little. wonder if Ford will fix this under warranty. get real, its an old car. they rust. they break down. it don't matter if its a benz or a GMC, they get old they rust. its your job to keep it up not theirs.
PepperElf on 02/22/2011:
Az - exactly.

I find it funny how many people seem to expect their warranty to somehow be good for service years after it expires.

As if the company somehow owes them free service ... without the customer paying for a longer warranty.
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Rip off Scheduled B service
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NY, NEW YORK -- I took my 2009 MB SL 550 with only 13,000 miles in for its scheduled "B" service. At the time of service I mentioned that the brake pedal was a bit low and that the IPOD cable had a crack in it. A few hours later the service advisor called me and said the B service was over $450 dollars and that my car needed a recommended "brake flush". He said the brake flush even-though a recommended service was not included in the B service and would cost $180 dollars. He also said that the IPOD cable was not covered under warranty and would cost $100. He also said my wiperblades were streaking and, you guessed it, not part of the B service and would cost $80. When I got the car back I checked what was done for my $450 "B" service......basically an oil change and a 27 point safety inspection which they will do for free if you bring your car in.
What a rip off. I will never buy another MB again. I have a 2010 BMW 750i. BMW covers all maintenance for 3 years....including cables and brake flushes.. I repeat do not buy a Mercedes Benz. If you do then definitely do not bring it to MB Manhattan they are a rip off.
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dan gordon on 11/16/2010:
seems like the issue is where you brought it not the car brand. MB doesn't own dealerships You do have other options
Anonymous on 11/16/2010:
I guess they feel you can afford a MB, you can afford to get ripped off on the maintnence.
MJ on 05/13/2013:
Glad I read this, I did a svc B once and that was a 300 dollar hit. Have private MB tech I am looking into, if he's not available, I'm going to a reputable oil change garage and call it a day. I know they got to make their money, but I got mine pre-owned, not brand new with a single check. God bless those who can do that, until I'm one of them, cost IS a factor. :-/
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Redefining Service (Mercedes Benz Laguna Niguel)
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By Marie May

ser•vice: Installation, maintenance, or repairs provided or guaranteed by a dealer or manufacturer.

The definition above is the one that most people – myself included-- use when they think of the word “service”, especially as it relates to their beloved automobile.

Unfortunately, that does not extend to the ownership and management of Mercedes Benz of Laguna Niguel.

I purchased an S500 from Mercedes Benz of Laguna Niguel in 2006, and have faithfully utilized their service department for all of our scheduled, and non-scheduled, maintenance needs.

Recently the “SRS” light on my S500 was on, and I dutifully took my car in to have the problem fixed at Mercedes Benz of Laguna Niguel. The next day I was told the problem was solved, however as I drove off the lot the light came back on and they asked me to again leave the car in their service bay.

Imagine my surprise and horror when, two days later, I received a call from the dealership explaining that my S500 had fallen off the service hydraulic lift (an 8-foot drop), and my car was totaled. Employees at Mercedes Benz Laguna Niguel confirmed that when my car fell, the impact shook the ground so much it was felt in the showroom.

Although this accident happened on Wednesday, I was not notified until Thursday, after the dealership contacted their insurance company and accident investigators.

When I returned to Mercedes Benz of Laguna Niguel, the car was indeed a total loss. Something went very wrong in that service bay – details that I still have not received -- and through no involvement or fault of ours, our family was now without a car that we truly enjoyed.

I have accepted my insurance companies total loss settlement. What I haven’t accepted, and thought the citizens of Laguna Niguel and the surrounding communities might find interesting, is that the dealership continues to refuse to explain why the car was on the lift in the first place, what happened to cause it to fall off the lift, and why our family was not notified sooner.

In addition, they failed to meet our expectations regarding a fair-value replacement and were profoundly lacking in customer care.

I was a Mercedes Benz owner for 12 years and always had service performed at Mercedes dealerships. I purchased the S500 at Mercedes Benz Laguna Niguel, paid for it in full and had every service performed at that dealership.

After this experience, I an now the proud owner of a 750li BMW, and wanted to alert other customers in Laguna Beach about what might happen if they take their beloved automobile in for “service” at Mercedes Benz of Laguna Niguel.

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