HUNTSVILLE, TEXAS -- I sold our lake house below Tyler, Texas and was bring home my bass boat. I knew the tires were old but had a spare and it was on a Sunday so decided to go for it. I got about 20 miles outside of Huntsville, Texas when the driver side trailer tire blew out. I removed my little Suburban jack, changed the tire and was on my way again but was very nervous as the other tire on the other side it was as old as the one that blew out, and if it went I would be stranded and again Sunday afternoon.
I still had about 100 miles to go before I reached home and was coming into Huntsville Texas, used my iPhone and found a location for Wal-Mart and decided not to take a chance on the tire not blowing so I went over to Wal-Mart. I pulled in with my 18' bass boat, two wheel trailer, into the tire lane and their employee came out and asked what he could do. I replied "Put me two new tires on my boat trailer." He responded that Wal-Mart did not have a jack big enough to lift my trailer. I raised my trunk lid and showed him my little screw jack that came with my Suburban and said use this. They also had floor jacks sitting everywhere in their tire shop.
He informed me that they could not do that as it was against their policy to change trailer tires. Thought it strange but they have no authority to override Wal-Mart's policies so I asked would he at least put a tire on the rim that the other tire blew out on. He said yes if I handed it to him and all he had to do was mount a tire on the rim and hand it back to me - this at least gave me a spare to make the next 80 miles. They put the tire on and I paid him and left and did make it home.
Next day took the other tire off of the other side, went to Wal-Mart and told them I wanted a tire just like the one I bought from Huntsville and had the tire with me. They laughed at me and said did I not know that they could not put a car tire on a trailer. I replied "Just match the one there that I got from y'alls other store in Huntsville." They replied "No this is a car tire not a trailer tire." Then why did Huntsville put a car tire on my trailer rim and their response was "We have no idea unless he was just not educated on tires."
Because of that Wal-Mart would not touch or sell me trailer tires and I asked "Being this is Wal-Mart I cannot buy trailer tires from you and you give me credit for the car tire I was sold in Huntsville." Their reply was "Go take it up with Wal-Mart in Huntsville." "Huntsville is 80 miles from here, 160 miles round trip - why can't you do it?" The manager came out and said "No go to Huntsville. We want nothing to do with this."
I went to another company and bought 2 new trailer tires and have a brand new Douglas 215 70r14 tire that I paid $74.00 for laying on my garage floor. I called Wal-Mart in Huntsville. Their response was "We will talk to the Wal-Mart in your area and ask if they will do the refund," but the Wal-Mart in my area refused and now I have to drive 180 miles to return a $74.00 tire which I will not do as It will probably be a hassle when and if I go to Huntsville for the exchange.
Wal-Mart used to be a reputable store but not anymore. I have told all my neighbors about this and have instructed my wife, 3 daughters, grandchildren do not do business with Wal-Mart. I know losing my business will never ever phase them at all. They are too large and too strong but if enough does it will start to show.
CHANDLER, ARIZONA -- On August 25th 2010 I brought my car to Walmart Tire and Lube Store #2671 1175 S Arizona Ave, Chandler AZ. Besides the oil change I asked them to change the oil filter the air filter and to also change 2 tires, balance them. I want to clarify that my car was in perfect conditions before I brought it to Walmart.
After around 2 hours they spent working on my car they called me saying it was ready. I picked it up around 5pm and drove home. On my way though, the light of the coolant on the front console start flashing but as I lived 30 minutes from the store and I was almost arriving my place I decided not to return to the store immediately but to go home, call them and ask them what did they do with my car.
After waiting long minutes on an automatic machine I finally could talk with the person in charge of the Tire and Lube store. He told me they just did what I asked them to do and that they didn't mess with the coolant system at all. As the store was closing soon they asked me to go the next day to have my car checked. That afternoon after visual inspection under the hood I could see that the coolant liquid was lower than usual.
The next day in the morning I opened the hood again just to find out no coolant at all! Obviously there was a leak somewhere. I didn't risk it to go all the way to Walmart, so I went around the corner to Big O Tires where they found out that the upper radiator hose which connects the coolant with the radiator was broken and worst that it had been glued to provide a temporally solution. I went mad and after paying 226.77 dollars for replacing the broken hose and adding new coolant.
I went to Walmart and put a claim, complaining on Walmart breaking the upper radiator hose, gluing it to provide a temporally solution and not telling me what happened - risking the life of my car's motor, not to mention my own life as this incident could lead to a sudden accident on the highway.
The weird misbehavior of Walmart didn't end up there. I put a claim on August 26th 2010 and the person in charge, I believe his name is **, told me that I should receive shortly a letter from Claims Management. After two weeks I went back to Walmart and complained about my claim and that I didn't receive, nor heard about it in 2 weeks. The person in charge checked the claim and just told me "I don't know why but something happened and it didn't go through, let me try it again".
I stayed calm and just told them to please understand my situation, the car was working perfectly before the oil change. The person changing the oil, the oil filter and air filter may had stepped badly on the hose and after breaking it tried to glue it. Anyway, the claim went through this time and after a couple of days I received a letter on September 9th from ** from "CMI, Claims Management, inc. Respect Service Excellence". He took my case and told me he would ask Walmart for the video of that day and revise it for any weird behavior of the workers under the hood.
On October 8th I received another letter from CMI from the case manager **, saying that a decision concerning my claim had been taken. I called him and he just limited his time to tell me that my car was already 10 years old and that that could happened by chance. He added that he didn't need to ask for the video and just limited to ask Walmart for a report on the case.
I tried to make my point on the fact that it is really suspicious that the car has been working perfectly and just after an oil change the radiator hose is broken, appeared to be glued and specially that "no way" I could have been driving the car in that conditions over to Walmart in the first instance. No positive answer regarding my claim came from ** who stopped listening to my complaints and in an impolite and unprofessional way tried to get rid of me on the phone by saying a couple of times "This conversation is over".
Now, the only thing that is left to me is to advise everyone out there to stop buying at Walmart, not only for the bad quality of the products and services but also for the irresponsible behavior they show everyday to their customers. I am not alone. There are plenty of this type of cases complaining against Walmart. I just wish I had listened to them before.
My daughter took her car to our local Wal-Mart to have her oil changed. She shopped while waiting on it. Soon they called her to come get her car. She drove it home, which is 5 or 6 miles from Wal-Mart, then drove it to school the next morning, which is maybe 2 miles from our home. That afternoon she got in it to come home and water started going everywhere, so we knew a hose had busted. So it was a few days before I got my mechanic to come check on it, after all it was in a safe spot at the high school.
When he came I meet him there. He started it and my god it was knocking so bad and smoking - it was unreal. He told me there was no oil in the car. I told him she had just had it changed a few days ago. Sure enough when he pulled the dipstick out, NO OIL was even on it. He added oil to start it to see where the water was coming from, and yes it was a hose. But it did not explain where the oil was. I called the Wal-Mart and a manager came out, took pics and looked under the can. And sure enough no oil under the car. No oil on the filter and the oil plug was OK.
He said he would file a complaint with the home office. Well after a month or more, I called the home office and they said they had closed the case due to no one responding to their calls. Well they were calling a child's phone #1. And the manager failed to give them My number that I had given to him. So my daughter had no clue what it was all about no message was left and when she would call back it said this office is closed.
When I got to speak to ** today he said Wal-Mart was not responsible, that it not having no water must have blown the oil out. LOL, I was like I have driven many years and never have I drove a car that overheated that it blow the oil out. He said he had video showing the mechanic had put oil in the car. I ask to see the video. He refused. He said it was the property of Wal-Mart store. So he said at my expense I could have the car towed to a mechanic shop, and have them call him with a report on what they think cause the problem to begin with, I'll NEVER SHOP ANOTHER WAL-MART.
I will take it to a mechanic, and I will have it seen to and have them call Wal-Mart. But I sure doubt they will do anything about their mistake. They want you to spend your hard earned money at their store's and buy all your wants and needs there, but they sure don't want to own up to anything they do wrong to you.
AURORA, INDIANA -- Monday Feb. 11, 2008 I went into Wal-Mart at 12:00pm to get new tires on my car. I asked if they could be done by 1:55pm because I had an appointment I needed to be at. They said no problem. I sat at Wal-Mart for 2 1/2 hours waiting for my tires to be changed. I purchased 4 tires. They finished at 2:30pm. I paid for my purchase, $416.66 and left. I drove home, parked my car and didn't leave again.
Tuesday Feb. 12, 2008 I got up for work, went out and was going to start my car, and realized the 2 of the 4 new tires were flat. I was 1/2 hour late to work because I had to use a different car. I called Wal-Mart at approximately 8:30am. ** answered the phone. I let her know that I just bought new tires the day before and that 2 of the 4 were flat. She told me to bring the car back. I told her that I didn't have any way of airing up the tires. She said I could use a can of fix-a-flat and they would reimburse me when I brought the car down. I told her I was at work and would bring it when I got off.
At 5:30pm I went to Wal-mart. I spoke with a manager on duty, **. He said they would pay to have the car towed from my house to Wal-Mart. I agreed. He then said he could send me home with an air tank and I could fill the tires and drive back down there. That was a better idea. I took the tank home, filled the tires, and drove the car to Wal-Mart.
I got back to Wal-Mart at 6:30pm. When I got there, ** was there with his boss, **. ** and ** said they would figure out what was going on and fix the problem. At around 7:30pm they came and got me and said “This is the problem - your rims are bad. It looked like somebody had pried at the rims.” I was very confused on how the old tires were never flat. ** said they could try grinding them down. I went back inside. At 8pm ** came back in and said he needed to put the spare tire on my car because the tire wasn't holding air. I told ** to put my old tires back on and refund my money.
I have spent a total of 5 hours in the past 2 days down there trying to get my car new tires. ** refused to put my old tires back on. He said he found them, but they were too bald, and it was against the law to put them back on. I told ** that the tires were not bald, and it was my mistake, I didn't know that my boyfriend had just had 2 new tires on the car 1 year ago.
** decided then, that he couldn't find my tires. I asked for a refund. ** said the Tire Center was now closed and that they would put the spare on. He said it was safe to drive my car on the interstate with a spare tire in the sleet, rain, snow, and ice. I was very upset that ** wouldn't help me, that I went up to the Customer Service desk. When I was there, I asked to speak with somebody higher than **. They said to call the Florence Walmart and ask **. My cell phone went dead so I asked to use the phone at the jewelry counter. They called the number for me, and the manager called back, but ** wouldn't let me speak to him.
** threatened to call the cops on me because I told him that I wouldn't leave until I had my $400+ back. He refused. He said that I would have to come back on Wednesday Feb. 13, 2008. I told ** that my 10 month old son was ordered by the Doctor to go have a chest x-ray at Children's Hospital to make sure he doesn't have pneumonia.
I told ** that I haven't been able to take him because my tires are flat, and they won't stay inflated to make it downtown Cincinnati to the hospital. ** still refused to refund my money and give my old tires back. I asked ** to speak with his manager. He said "I don't play that game". He said he was not going to argue with me, and his decision was final.
I told ** that I was going to contact the news, and an atty. He still stuck by his decision. NO REFUND. He said he would refund my money when I came back with the tires. I told ** that I would get a second opinion on the rims, because they held air in my other tires just fine. ** told ** to walk me back to the tire center and let me out and give me my keys. ** did, and apologized for what was going on. He said ** is his boss and couldn't override what decisions ** made.
When I got home, after 9pm, I called the Florence store. I talked to the highest manager there, **. I explained to her everything that had just happened. She apologized sincerely and couldn't believe ** didn't give my money back. The slogan is 100% satisfaction guaranteed. I also told ** the slogan, he didn't seem to care. ** was so upset.
She gave me the number to the District manager and said ** just cost their company more money because not only will they refund my money, but they are going to have to make it right with me. She told me to call **. Gave me is direct line and said he would be in at 7am. I called **, but again, they wouldn't let me speak with him. I spoke with a manager under him.
I went to Aurora Tire Center and asked if they could help me. They said they could. They took the Wal-mart tires off, and put their tires on. They said my rims are not bad at all, they just needed cleaned. They cleaned my rims, put on 4 new tires. Loaded the Wal-Mart tires for me and sent me on my way in 15 minutes. They even charged me $70.00 less than Wal-Mart.
I drove down to Wal-Mart, went inside and got my refund. That was it! I called 1-800-WALMART. They said somebody would be in touch with me to make this right. Nobody ever called back. So, BUYERS BEWARE. If you want to purchase tires… Do NOT get them done at the Wal-Mart Tire lube and express. They need to change their name too.
When I was in Wal-Mart, a manager, NO NAME listed to protect them, let me know that this is NOT the first incident with **. I quit shopping at Wal-Mart for a few weeks. Now when I go in there, ** makes sure he makes an appearance. I guess to let me know, HE WON. It's OK though. He will run more business out of the place. I don't go there as often as I used to. I go out of my way to make purchases that I once just drove there to get. I am very unhappy with Wal-Mart, and I feel now that the Customer is NOT always right in their eyes. They aren't looking out for their customers. It's a shame. 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed? Not in my case!!
HOUSTON, TEXAS -- I entrusted Wal-Mart @ 7075 1960 West Houston, TX 77069 with my vehicle which I took in for a tire replacement which I had warranty for. A Wal-Mart Associate released my vehicle to a stranger off the street. Wal-Mart is now saying that they are not responsible for my losses. Not only did Wal-Mart release my vehicle, but my house keys which were on the same key ring. There was mail in the car which in turn had my address. This in turn put me in an unsafe situation resulting in me having to move.
Wal-Mart is refusing to accept responsibility for their negligence. They refused to show me the surveillance on that day. It is my job to make the general public aware Wal-mart is capable of, and as easy as it happened to me it could happen to anyone. For more details on my story you can find my story on abc13.com (go to archives), telemundo.com and houstonchronicle.com (story titled "Wal-Mart is unlike Oprah"). I protested this store this past weekend and my story will be out in 2 other newspapers. I came to this website to make the public aware so it won't happen again to someone else.
I am adding this to my post for all the people that don't understand why I moved. I came on here to make people aware and instead I have people that are doubting me and my story and in some ways criticizing me. The reason I went to the extent of moving was because of how my car was recovered. 2 hrs after my story aired on ABC I received a phone call from someone who claimed to be a tow truck guy. When I asked how he got my phone # is said from inside the car. When I asked if HPD was there he hung up on me. I called him back and said he had lost signal. He was unable to give me a physical address. He only gave cross streets.
To make a long story short he had me and the police on a wild goose chase giving me 3 different addresses. The whole time he continued calling me asking me if I had called the police. When I asked why he said that he would get in trouble because he should've towed my vehicle. He had no idea I was following the police to each address he was giving me. The 3rd address was a fake but was close to a park. On a hunch the police decided to drive by the park. This park was a dark secluded park with no lighting and was in a very bad area of Houston Called Acres Homes. This is where my car was found.
After my car was recovered who ever this individual was continued to call my phone and not say anything. I made a second police report for harassment and fear of safety. I had already changed my locks but because of this and finding out that my mail, personal belongings, amongst other things were gone and this guy had them is why I moved. This story is a fact and it happened to me. I'm here to warn people. I have TV, newspapers, and radio coverage. These reporters do their homework. I also have support from Al from Sprawl Busters and the people over at Wake Up Wal-Mart & Walmart Watch!!!
OAKLAND, TENNESSEE -- Called at 2pm and asked how long to mount and balance 4 new tires. Told, "1 hour." Arrived at 2:30pm. It is now 5pm and my truck remains hostage for more than one hour in the maintenance bay on the rack. Unbelievable. I will never do this again with Walmart and I will actively advocate to avoid this Walmart in the future.
WINCHESTER, TENNESSEE -- Way to go! Belittle and defraud a 75-year-old one-eyed women with car problems! Give them a break. If a legitimate concern over a defective battery for a little old woman's 2003 car develops and she returns in less than a week with receipt in hand... don't demean her, refuse to make it right and send her packing all because her well-meaning son bought a different and functioning battery at a local auto parts store on his way home from work. To anyone $118 is a lot of money -- more for a 75-year-old pensioner.
BREMEN, GEORGIA -- This Wal-Mart is the most disappointing Wal-Mart I have ever visited. It's as if all the employees hate being there, so therefore are going to take it out on the customers. I have never seen employees refuse to help their customers, however, will jump at the chance to assist one of their buddies that come in. I think I will be going to Target instead and will not be returning to Wal-Mart there unless there is a change from management down to the last employee.
WILES BARRE, PENNSYLVANIA -- I have been a good customer of Walmart, since I moved into the Wilkes Barre area. April 13th, 201: I bought new tires and had them installed on my 1998 Volvo at the Walmart Wilkes Barre Supercenter. There were no other cars being serviced at the time. I left my car in front of the service bay and handed the key to the serviceman at the counter. When I returned to pick up my car, I was told the key was stuck in the ignition lock and couldn't be removed. I tried everything I could think of to get the key out but it was absolutely stuck. The servicemen (2) trying to figure out what they'd done and to get the key out said "this is beyond their skill level and training." I was told to get a written estimate from a Volvo dealer for the repairs. The problem for me was not only having my key stuck in the ignition; that in turn caused the car security to disable the locking system, because the key was still in the car. I had a car that couldn't be locked with the key in the ignition. It was an invitation to being stolen by anyone. I couldn't use the car unless I was prepared to leave it completely unprotected and ready to drive.
When I tried to reach any of the managers I was told I should contact two days later, no one would speak to me (telephoned all day and was left on hold). When I finally got to speak to someone, the final word was the Assistant Manager would telephone me. I never received a call from that manager. I went online and wrote an email to Walmart, which I believe was sent to the Wilkes Barre store customer service department. I got a telephone call that day from "Frank" who listened to the story and said he would file a claim for me. I was contacted by Claims Management (CMI, a wholly owned company of Walmart to handle claims) representative who asked many questions and said he would get back to me.
When CMI finally called me back a week later, "Joe" denied responsibility and required that I get the Volvo dealer to write a finding that Walmart had been negligent and caused the damage to the ignition cylinder where the key was stuck and not just ordinary wear and age. I asked if Joe had taken his car in for service and was returned a car that was disabled and unable for use that he would think it was the car's fault for being worn and old? He denied the claim.
I think Walmart refused to be accountable for the acts of its employees. There is no other conclusion to the facts, unless you believe it was the car's fault.
Thank you for all the people putting their complaints on here, it reminds me why I think people are so stupid. First of all have common sense. It is common knowledge that the technicians that perform service are NOT certified. As is the case in 90% of of quick lube/oil change locations. They are not allowed to check brake fluid, or coolant as you have to be state certified to do so.
Amazingly it is helpful if you know what the hell you are driving. "Uh, it's the purple car out there." OK, so I can write it up as a purple 2003 Cavalier when actually it is a purple 98 Caravan. Don't be dumb. Yes I can change that later via VIN scan. BUT it doesn't help when we try to help you with tires, oil weight, etc.
Some people drive ghetto pieces of junk. If you have a gas leak NO THEY AREN'T GOING TO WORK ON IT! Moron. Your tie rod is duct-taped on. Yeah that's safe. You have no lift points left due to rust. So therefore they would crush through your floorboard, crush line etc. If you drive the car, at all... You need to know what it is. Do you know how to drive it? It is a machine that needs to be taken care of. Just an oil change every 4,000 miles ain't going to cut it.
Sometimes when you bring your car in, there is a wait. No duh. Now you need to keep in mind, that maybe your car is fine, but there could be an 88 Civic in front of you whose hood won't open. Well, they have to page them back (if the customer even hears it) and wait for them to return. Meanwhile this extends your wait. It happens! A lot of times there may only be one person even available to work on your car. IT IS NOT THE ASSOCIATE'S FAULT. Yelling at them about the wait is not going to make it go faster. Let me come to your job everyday and scream and yell at you and call you incompetent. Would you like that? Neither do they.
There are always unforeseen situations. And yes there are always policy changes, which is beyond their control. GET OVER YOURSELF! If you want your ghetto rigged car serviced take it to a private ghetto-ran shop. They have liabilities! ** happens everyday. So get over yourselves and get on with your life.