BARSTOW, CALIFORNIA -- Made 1 p.m. appt. Arrived 12:40. They took the next local around me, asking if they wanted a front-end alignment while they were in the alignment bay (I found later, there is only one alignment bay), to which the man answered "no." At 3:00 p.m. my brother arrived to give me & my mother a ride to her house. He let me take his car and he stayed. They were just pulling my vehicle, finally, into the bay when I left. I found later, the woman was the owner's wife, so she knew exactly what she was doing; and had been her business' receptionist at least 25 years.
Complained to Midas (right after the complaint my car quit totally, electrical problem, but from two air sensors being plugged in backward into the idle air control? Something they weren't even working on. May have been in the way for the alignment?) I asked Midas not to give the complaint to the business as it was on the owner. I just asked them to investigate. I asked that maybe they put someone like the lead mechanic in charge, someone who would run it fairly. They GAVE THE COMPLAINT TO THE BUSINESS TO HANDLE, WAS THE email REPLY TO ME.
Midas official called me after I complained again, then said they were calling the woman, and then calling me back. So I guess after they talked to the woman, they took her word for whatever she said. I WILL NEVER FORGET THAT MY 90-YR OLD MOTHER WITH WALKER AND VERY WEAK, SAT FOR 2 HRS 20 MIN. WHILE for some reason someone chose "they just didn't like me" and would make me wait. We both made the best of the time we had to wait, until over two hours passed.
I went around to the bay to ask why my vehicle was not even yet in the garage. I complained, finally, around to the back area, as I did not want to upset my mom. Everyone arrived in perfect timing, including me, for the alignment bay. Two people were leaving and she could have put the man, who was after me, in either other bays.
Got home with my mom, WHO DOESN'T EVEN FINISH A WHOLE "ENSURE", WHO GULPED IT DOWN WITH HER LIFE-SUSTAINING MEDICATION, AND WOLFED DOWN FOOD I PREPARED QUICKLY FOR HER WHILE SHE WENT TO THE RESTROOM, as she couldn't easily use the restroom at Midas and didn't try.
So later, this woman who purposely left a 90-yr old sitting for over 2 hrs, tried to call me numerous times after my complaint; and every time I hung up without saying a word. I had already told Midas I did not wish to speak to her, or see her ever, when they called. I had to complain to them online again, to ask them to have her stop calling me. I told them I didn't want anything from them, as they obviously didn't want to handle a problem involving the owner, themselves. I never told them about the $400 repair (thank God from my trusted mechanic at Purrfect Auto) that could have cost $1000-$2000 elsewhere on my type veh).
So Midas cost me $400 to replace my idle air control, plus their repair cost, plus a 3-hr wait for the actual repair work with an appointment time (the time they finally released my vehicle) - for which the actual alignment was probably no more than 15 minutes to do - and the unexplainable idle air control sensors being switched into wrong positions, ruining the idle air control. It must have been God that got me home. The next time I drove my vehicle after stopping at home, it quit running just past the security gate exit of my community. Luckily I have towing with my insurance.
THIS WAS A FEW MONTHS AGO, BUT WHEN I SEE THE SWEET LITTLE MIDAS COMMERCIAL ON TV for the last few days, it angers me. I wouldn't use MIDAS if they were the last repair place on Earth. Especially, you will find IF YOU HAVE A COMPLAINT AND SEND IT TO THEM, THEY DON'T REALLY LISTEN.
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA -- I took my car to Midas because I couldn't get in to my regular trusted mechanic for a couple weeks (probably because they are great guys and extremely honest about what you do and don't need). The customer service was fine and they were friendly. That part I have no complaints about.
I was told that I needed a new battery, serpentine belts replaced, cabin filter (you don't even really need this, btw unless you have really bad allergies) and an air filter. I knew I absolutely needed the battery and an oil change so I had them do this. I should have questioned the price but I was at work and in the middle of a million things and wasn't thinking clearly.
I was charged $189.95 for a 25-60 CARQUEST battery plus $15.99 to install it. After getting my serpentine belts and air filter replaced at my regular mechanic today, I asked about the battery price for a comparison. My mechanic showed me where the product number was on the battery so I could look up the CARQUEST price and told me that they get the batteries for $115 and charge $10 to install it. He was right on the money. The battery on the CARQUEST website was $114.99. I can understand a small markup, but Midas is putting a 65% markup on the battery.
I know this is my problem for not being a more informed consumer, and I also know they can charge whatever they want as long as people agree to it. However, I don't appreciate the price gouging and do not plan to take my car back to Midas again. Do yourself a favor and look up the price of parts that they say you need! I will stick with my mechanic from now on. Lesson learned.
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS -- I recently bought a 2001 Saturn LS. As I was driving around, the coolant reservoir started boiling over. As it is HOT HOT HOT in San Antonio, and I was in Stop & go traffic, I kind of expected this. But the needle on the temp gauge never went above 1/4. So, I took the car into the Midas on Nacodoches Rd. I told them I wanted an oil change, a diagnosis on the Service engine light, and figure out what was going on with it heating up.
They did the oil change first. Good. But they never put up a new sticker in the window. Then, they did a pressure test on the coolant overflow reservoir. They called me into the bay and told me that the coolant was coming out yellow and that that meant that the coolant was leaking into the block. This of course meant that I would have to replace the engine. They offered to do it for about $1500.
HELLO!!! I just told them that I put in a gallon of anti-freeze. The anti-freeze I used was the new kind that can be used for any vehicle, is pre-diluted, and is GOLDEN YELLOW!!! The mechanic said that he could do a breakdown on the engine to see if I had bent valves, but that would cost about $500 whether the valves were bent or not. I told him that for that kind of money, I would have to think about it. I paid my $177 bill and went to get in my car. Before I left, another mechanic came up to me and said that with all the problems the car had, he could take it off me for $50.
REALLY!?!?! $50 for a car. I couldn't be more insulted if the guy had spit in my face. After I drove off, it occurred to me that they never said anything about the codes for the Service Engine light. I feel SOOOO ripped off. I understand that you can't blame the whole company for the actions of a single franchise, but I keep hearing complaints about Midas. I don't think I will EVER trust ANY Midas again. Sorry for the guys that are honest, but the actions of the crooked speak louder than the words of the honest.
KEARNEY, NEBRASKA -- On 4/3/13 I stopped in the Midas located at 102 W 25th St, Kearney, NE 68847 to have my tires rotated and balanced while driving cross country from Chicago, IL to Los Angeles, CA. The store was getting ready to close. The manager went out to my car to get the miles off the car, and when removing the key from my ignition, he locked it up. He later went out to move the car into the service bay, when we learned he wasn't able to start the car. We called a locksmith, as there was no parts in town to replace it.
The locksmith came out and took a look at it, and informed me IN FRONT OF THE MANAGER that he had snatched the key out WITH FORCE while the car wasn't fully in the OFF position, resulting in bending the pins in the ignition. I was stuck with a $65.00 bill for the locksmith and told I would need to replace the ignition, as the Midas employee damaged it. The employee who damaged the ignition admitted fault as well, and said he was very sorry. He told me to come back the next day and they would do my rotation on my tires for FREE.
On 4/4/13 I returned as I had stayed the night at a local hotel. I was charged for the service as well $60.80. On 4/24/13 I called Lexus as requested to do by ** to get the price of the repair, and was told he would pay me to have the car fixed, as well as the $60.80 I paid of the service and the $35.00 I paid for the hotel.
When he found out the bill for the car repair was $737.80 he refused to pay it, and told me the age and miles on the car was the reason my ignition broke, and proceeded to tell me I'm in Los Angeles now and he is in Nebraska, and there wasn't anything I could do about it. I have threatened to contact my attorney and sue Midas and he refuses to pay me for the damages.
I have a written statement from the locksmith even stating the Midas employee was the one that damaged my car, and if Midas still refuses to make payment to me for this damage, I do have full right and intent to sue Midas to the fullest of the law. I will seek damages for car, hotel, repair bill at Midas, attorney fees, court cost and interest if allowed by the court. This $900.00 problem will turn into a $5000 or more problem.
FORESTVILLE, MARYLAND -- I went to the MIDAS located at 5717 Silver Hill Rd, Forestville, MD for an oil change. My info was already in the system because I had been there before for service on my previous car. The worker that was assisting me asked me the normal questions about my new car (model, year, etc) which is a 2013 Chevy Sonic. As he was typing on the computer, he said out loud to himself, "what in the world?", then asked me if my car was a diesel. I said "no" and then he asked me which car was mine. I pointed outside to my car and he went outside and looked at my car.
He came back in and told me for my car an oil change was going to be $86. He told me that because of the type of synthetic oil blend recommended by the manufacturer needed for car, that was why the price was so high. Of course I did not get the oil change because I thought the price was outrageous and I'm sure that $86 did not include other fees (labor, taxes, disposal of old oil, etc). I went to the Chevy dealership I purchased my car from and got not only an oil change but a tire rotation, multi point inspection, and my car was washed for $53.35.
If I would have let Midas do the oil change. I would have got just that an "oil change" and ended up paying probably $100+. I WILL NOT GO BACK TO THE MIDAS OR ANY OTHER LOCATION.
WICHITA, KANSAS -- My car had overheated due to coolant leaking out because a coupler for the upper radiator hose had broken. I took the car to Midas, explained the problem to the guy at the counter who seemed only mildly interested. I had them look the car over and they agreed that the radiator hoses needed to be changed along with some other work. I got all the work done to the tune of 1300 dollars. 2 days later I'm taking my girlfriend to work when the car starts to overheat. Lo and behold if the hose in question isn't rigged up just like me and buddy had rigged in order to get the car to Midas.
There is no way they changed that hose!!! I may not be explaining this right but the way the thing is broken, anyone that would have tried to change that hose would have noticed the broken coupler upon trying to connect it on that end. Which makes me wonder what else did they charge me for and not do?
COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA -- Midas told me the tension belt was "off" and needed to be replaced for $420, and that I needed a new water pump, that anti-freeze was leaking onto the belt for $380. I called another mechanic to get a second opinion and he told me he could do all that for $300. When I called Midas back to tell them not to do anything to my car, they said they had already "torn it apart" and would cost $280 to put it back together without fixing anything. As you can imagine, I was beyond angry. I will never go back to Midas again.
WEST PALM BEACH AND LAKE WORTH, FLORIDA -- I took my vehicle in for an inspection regarding the engine. I was not able to get out of my car when I arrived home because my door handle was broken. I know that it was not broken and was working well when I handed them my keys. What's upsetting is that they pretended like nothing happened and did not even mention it when they handed me my key.
I called and talked to the store manager Matt at the West Palm Beach location (and later with another Matt – Lake Worth location manager). It took them a week to find the part and when they finally did, they wanted to charge me for labor! I am very upset for the fact that I was expected to pay for something that "Midas touch" broke. This is definitely not the type of service that I appreciate. I have never been a Midas customer before and never will be again!
FAYETTEVILLE, GEORGIA -- I took my Forerunner in for front struts to only find out that the service team lied! They could not fix my truck but were blatant about saying that they could. After dropping it off at the opening of the day, it sat in the parking lot without anyone even looking at it.
Absolutely amazing that I had to call them about six hours Yes six hours later to say "are you all completed?" The response was "we thought we had the correct parts." But my question then was when was someone going to call me the customer? Then the manager proceeded to say "we had no numbers for you," really? You quoted my number from the computer that particular morning.
Needless to say, I will never return to that place again. I actually should have listened to residents in the city who stated "service is horrible there! Don't listen to their price quotes. It is a hoax." I sure learned my lesson. One simple call within the hour and I could have taken it somewhere else... absolutely horrible. I sure hope all Midas are not that way. If so, beware!
WEST SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA -- I was there in December for a broken exhaust pipe, it was repaired for $170. There were many other rusted places in the pipes there I was not told about. Fast forward to July, another pipe breaks so I make an appointment. I had a 10AM appointment and the car wasn't looked at until noon. I spent 5.5 hours total waiting around and spent $300 only to have a muffler fall off (literally) a week and a half later. This was due to the manager not telling me that pipe holding the mufflers on in the rear was rusted badly on both sides. That repair was another 3.5 hours waiting around and $150. I could have done a much better job inspecting the car myself.
I complained through their website, and all the general manager would do is defend his people, and he said he would send a certificate for future exhaust work. They don't want to ''oversell'' is what general manager Steve says. Oversell by (withholding information) not telling the customer that they need new pipes, so that they'll return multiple times to spend multiple hours and dollars? Terrible.