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North County GMC Escondido, CA Complaint - GMC North County - Repair

Review by GMComplaint on 2010-03-01
ESCONDIDO, CALIFORNIA -- Friday, February 19th I dropped my 2005 GMC Sierra off at the early – drop at GMC Escondido. On the drop envelope there is an information form, which includes the time a customer will call to check on their vehicle and a place to write contact numbers, both home and work. I wrote my cell phone number in the home number section as I would be at work that day, and my work number in the work number section.
I called around 10:00am to check on my vehicle. "B", my service technician was not available so I left a message asking him to call me back regarding my vehicle and left my cell phone number as a contact number.
I called again around 12:00pm and was able to speak with "B" directly. He said he had just called my husband and asked if my husband called me. I told him that my husband didn’t call me, and asked what was going on with my vehicle. He said my husband had authorized the service and that my truck would be done around 3:00pm that day. I asked him what was wrong with my vehicle and he said they were fixing the problem for which I brought it in. He seemed to be in a big hurry and nearly hung up on me.
I called my husband and he said they were fixing the transmission leak and it was under warranty. At 1:00 I called the GMC driver to pick me up and she did so at 2:00. She dropped me off nearby as I had a little time before 3:00. I called at 2:30 to make sure my vehicle would be ready by 3:00pm. "B" told me that it would be. I arrived at the dealership at 3:00 and waited for my paperwork to be pulled. After waiting 10 minutes came out and said they were just finishing up. He then came in again and asked if I wanted them to wash my truck. I said no. They gave me the paperwork and I left.
When I got home I looked at the service paperwork and saw that on the bottom there were numerous “recommended repairs” that were never mentioned to me but were shown as “customer denied”. I asked my husband why he had denied the repairs and my husband was shocked. He said he had never denied any repairs, those recommendations sounded necessary and he would have agreed to those repairs had they been relayed to him as recommended.
I then called “B” and asked him what was going on since I had never denied those repairs as I had never been told those repairs were recommended. He told me my husband had denied those repairs because I needed the truck by 3:00pm for work. He said that my husband had told him to just do the transmission work because I didn’t have time for the other repairs. He also said he could tell because I didn’t want my truck washed that I was in a hurry. I asked him why he didn’t call me at the numbers I had specified. He said he called the number in the computer, which is my home number. I said that the truck is my personal vehicle and I never gave authorization to anyone to make decisions for this vehicle to GMC. He said that I had told him when I called in that I needed the truck by 3:00pm.
Since I get off work at 2:00pm everyday and do not use my truck for work I would never have said that, nor would my husband have said that. I told him that this gross miscommunication could have been prevented had he called me, the legal owner of the vehicle, on the numbers I had provided on my drop slip for my vehicle. He again reiterated that he just called the number on the computer. I hung up, frustrated. Using my home land line I then called to speak with the manager of the facility and got his voice mail, and left a message. This was at 4:00pm on Friday the 19th.
As I did not receive a call back by Monday, February 22nd at 3:00pm I called on my cell phone and left another message for the manager.
I called again on Tuesday, February 23rd, again using a land line and left a message. My boss suggested I email as my phone messages were not being returned. I sent an email Tuesday morning.
Tuesday afternoon I received a phone call on my cellular. I answered the phone “hello” and the person on the other line said “who is this?” I responded with my name, then he identified himself as the manager, “T”. I detailed the issue I had with “B” and his lack of communication. The manager said “I don’t want to call you a liar, but we make our money doing repairs so I don’t see why “B” would not have recommended those repairs to you.” I told the manager “with all due respect, if your employee had called me, the legal owner of the vehicle, and spoken with me directly we would not have this issue”. He said it sounded like “B” and I are not a good match and that he would refer me to a new manager the next time I brought my vehicle in, and to give a call when I wanted to do those repairs. I asked him to please check my warranty and let me know which were covered under my warranty. He said he would do that.
I called in Monday, March 1st and spoke with the manager “T” again. He didn't remember what the problem was. I had to remind him, and that “B” had called and spoken with someone unauthorized about my vehicle. “T” said “he called your husband” and I said, “yes, he called someone unauthorized to make decisions about my vehicle”. He asked me what he could do for me. I asked him if he had forgotten that he said he would call me back. He admitted he had. He told me the repairs were not under warranty and should have been done at 60,000 miles so were way overdue. I told him that I had been in several times since 60,000 miles and they were never recommended before. He said, well, that doesn't matter. At that point I realized he was absolutely not concerned about my safety or the maintenance of my vehicle.
Comments:5 Replies - Latest reply on 2010-03-03
Posted by Hugh_Jorgen on 2010-03-01:
If your dealership is anything like the one I deal with, they simply enter your VIN into their computer and it populates a work order with the contract information they have on file. They assume this is correct and they don't go back and double check the envelope - the whole point is to eliminate date entry time and possible errors.

If your husband had simply told them when they called that he wasn't authorized to speak on your behalf and they needed to call you it sounds like this whole problem could have been avoided.

Posted by GMComplaint on 2010-03-02:
Hi Hugh,
Why would they have me fill out the drop envelope with contact information if they weren't going to use it? Phone numbers change, and I have given them my cell phone numerous times before. I know it is in their computer since I have received all other communications from them via my cell phone in the past.

My husband is very competent. If they had detailed the repairs he would have authorized them. My point was that the service rep lied several times, and had he called me, on the numbers I specified the miscommunication would not have happened. Had he simply said, sorry, I should have called you this issue would be over. Instead he continued lying, saying that my husband denied the work because I had to have it a)by 3:00pm, which was a lie and b)for work so could not have extra work done on it, which was a lie, and c)that I personally had told him I had to have it by 3:00pm, yet another lie.

Also, not returning phone calls, after I called and left messages several times, is poor business practice.

Why are you putting the onus on me?
Posted by trp2hevn on 2010-03-02:
I'm confused...
"I had to remind him, and that “B” had called and spoken with someone unauthorized about my vehicle. “T” said “he called your husband” and I said, “yes, he called someone unauthorized to make decisions about my vehicle”."...
"My husband is very competent. If they had detailed the repairs he would have authorized them."...
So is your husband authorized or not?
I don't think Hugh is putting this on the OP either. Just simply trying to explain how this might have happened and what can be done to prevent it from happening again.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-03-02:
I don't understand the copmplaint. If you want the recommended repairs, just bring the truck in and have them done. The fact that the truck wasn't ready until 3, and you were waiting for it, disallowed do ing them that day anyway. What's the beef?
Posted by GMComplaint on 2010-03-03:
Ok, picture this: Your vehicle is in the shop. They don't call you, they call someone else, they lie about telling that person there are more recommended repairs and they don't recommend those repairs to you.

Sure, my husband is authorized by me (but only if someone asks me!!!) to make decisions on my vehicle. It's not ok to just assume someone's spouse can make the decisions on their vehicle without asking the owner! And to lie and say he denied them when he didn't is just wrong. The service rep lied several times.

The whole thing could have been avoided if they called me, the owner of the vehicle, on the numbers I gave them.

Ken, I didn't know the repairs were recommended until after I picked up my vehicle. How could I have had them do them that day when I didn't even know they were recommended? If they had told me about the repairs that morning when I spoke to them they probably could have been completed that day, or it could have stayed there overnight. I didn't need the vehicle that day or the next.

Just to drive the point home, after they spoke to my husband I spoke with the service rep. In my opinion he should have said, by the way, there are recommended repairs, and your husband denied them. Is that ok with you? (IF my husband actually had denied them, which he didn't)

Since they are things that are important, I took the truck in to another shop to have them done yesterday.

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