FAIRFIELD, OHIO -- By far, this was the best auto maintenance experience I've ever had. I own a 2013 Chevy Cruze, and when I stopped at a light, my car started to smoke. I pulled over to the nearest auto store, which turned out to be this Midas. A tech checked out my car, explained that I had a severe oil leak then pulled my car in immediately.
Thirty minutes later, the Asst Mngr. (**) came out and explained that my car's O-ring was off, he replaced it, cleaned the oil spill and topped off my oil. He'd never seen anything like this; it wasn't something that would occur under normal driving conditions, so he wasn't even sure how to charge me. Eventually he stated there was no charge, and sent me on my way with a smile. How's that for great service!!
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.
VICTORIA, TEXAS -- Took my 2002 Dodge Neon for preventive maintenance - timing belt, water pump, replacement, brake master cylinder. They informed me two days later my timing belt was not needed and I agreed for them to use their timing belt kit. A few days later they said the car was ready. Pushy and arrogant.
Two days later my car would not start. I called Midas to find problem and they towed vehicle back to their shop. Two days later they called me back with news the timing belt slipped from the water pump they installed - I gave them to install. They said parts were free but labor was a charge. Then I went to shop. they changed their mind and said 1/2 on labor and no free parts. If the water pump caused the problem, why did they install a faulty water pump? The cost will be $1496.00 to fix engine head.
About 4 days later I got vehicle back with oil in radiator, loose bolts on rocker arm assembly, loose air conditioner lines. 4 months later and 3 visits to other mechanics to try to fix car, the engine light came on from lack of compression, the cam wore out from not being adjusted from the value job. Do not go to Midas. They are cheaters!!!
FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, ILLINOIS -- I went to Midas to get a new muffler and tailpipe for my truck. When they gave me the estimate they said it needed additional work that would cost over $800. I wanted a second opinion on the other work so I told them I just wanted the Muffler. The estimate on the muffler, tailpipe, and labor was $195.56. The muffler and tailpipe were in stock and the work was done immediately. When the work was done the price of the muffler, tailpipe, and labor had each gone up over 17%.
When I complained at the store they said they charged me extra because I only got the muffler and did not get the other work done. They never told me they were going to raise the price if I did not get the other work done. When I complained to Midas, the Store Manager called me back and left a message to call him. I called him back. I told him this practice was illegal according to the Illinois Automotive Repair Act. He promised to send me a check for the 17% overcharge. He never sent the check.
LODI, CALIFORNIA -- I brought my car into Midas in Lodi. It was not starting. Took them two days to fix my car, all along they're telling me I need a tune up for $150. I say "no just get it started. I'm two weeks from having my baby, only fix what's broken." I send bf to get car, he pays $429. He leaves on the way home, car starts to misfire and has no power (this is a new problem). He goes back, tells Ken what's going on. Ken tells him we need a tune up.
Bf calls me, I call Ken. I ask him "what's up, our car starts but now doesn't run." He tells me I need a tune up. I tell him no and ask him what he did. He tells me he can't talk to me, won't give me corp. number and hangs up on me. Ken then tells my bf I don't want to get sued, maybe they put the plug wires on backwards. So he switches them, car runs OK, bf leaves. That night bf looks under the hood sees an ark at plug wires. He then takes it to another shop, pay $200 to find out the wires have been cut and they didn't put any new part on our car. So we were charged for nothing and later we also found the part was only $80.