Pep Boys Complaint - Bait and Switch - Brake Service
ELGIN, ILLINOIS -- This week I received a sale flier from Pep Boys and on the front page was a brake service ad "starting as low as $79.99 (after $20 rebate). This was for a brake pad with a lifetime brake pad warranty. Once they had taken the wheels off they brought me out to show me the issues. They told me I needed new rotors, which I knew I would need going in. The brake rotors were $65 ea. plus tax. I saw shop fees of around $25 dollars, which is in the fine print, so that was not unexpected. The fine print also said "most cars", so a relatively common Hyundai Sonata must not be on the list of most cars. The problem I had was that they did not have the brake pads with the lifetime warranty in stock, so I was offered a brake pad with an 18 month, 18,000 mile warranty and the total for the pads and labor, less the rotors, was more than double the advertised price. I had them put my car back together, and I went to Merlin's and got the job done with a 200,000 mile warranty on the pads and I paid about $100 less than I was quoted at Pep Boys.