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Irwin Automotive Group - Slime is slime

Irwin Automotive Group - Slime is slime
Been there 4 times now, but this is the last time. I went in for a 30,000 service and a sticker. When I was called out of the waiting room by the service rep I went to the desk and was told the final bill. When I was given the documentation I noticed the vehicle had failed. Wow - great communication! Not a word said! I asked about the failure and he said it failed on tires. But being so well-prepared as he was (unlike his communication skills) he gave me two estimates for 4 new tires they would be happy to install - for $900 - with tires I never even heard of. No thanks, dude - but well played because I have no choice but to come back now that you have failed me and I paid you for it. I went to BJs and got 4 new Goodyear Wranglers for $660 including installation. I am trying to figure out how to upload a picture of my "failed" tires. If you take a look at these tires you would be shocked they failed (and by the way, why do an inspection in the first place if you see the tires are a problem - Oh that's right, you have to come back to them after they fail you!). Apparently the tire is down to the "secondary rubber" on the edges - LOL what a joke. Well, going to the NH-DMV site I reviewed the entire section on tires. I would have passed. What more needs to be said - I guess this - they are liars and cheats. Now I have to look for another dealer FOLLOW-UP After ordering the tires on-line and getting them installed at BJs I needed to get an alignment and of course take it back to Irwin for my sticker (finally), so I scheduled both. Upon exit and payment, I was told by the service guy that there would be a survey and they were looking forward to a good review. I mumbled that it was unfortunate and he unfortunately heard me and inquired further. At that point I showed him the picture of the tire that you see below and I expressed my dismay at their attempt to sell me new tires when I never needed them. I told him the desk guy last week had no intention of discussing the point further with me at the time - basically it fails, period - and that I was beyond dissatisfied. He was obviously troubled by the picture as he stared at it - seeing a very good tire as failed. He checked me out and wanted me to stay to talk to Ron the Service Manager. After waiting 10 more minutes both the representative and Ron came to talk to me. Here is an absolute faithful and truthful reproduction of the discussion with Ron: (1) The way the communication went was wrong. I should have been told before check-out. I also should not have been poo-pooed by the service desk attendant when I protested. As it turns out, this would seem to be our only point of agreement (2) The technician who did the state inspection was only recently certified, is new, and may have mis-interpreted the regulation. He also mis-reported the failure and I found this all interesting, listened patiently, but honestly don't care how it was documented. I bet you think you know where this is going, but you would be wrong... (3) I know what you're thinking, (1) + (2) must equal (3), where an apology follows with some attempt to "make it right", but unfortunately (1) + (2) in this case equals the following: Bottom-line - this issue is my fault. I should have protested further over the desk attendant and forced the manager to come onto the floor with me and the technician, made him print-out the regulation, and see the requirement directly. Hmm. OK. I asked him if he at least agreed that the tires were good, and he said he couldn't tell from the picture. He said that it was my fault (I sense a pattern here) that I didn't keep the old tires and bring them in to prove it to him. Seeing where this was going, I really had only one option available to me - I got up, thanked him and headed out the door. Why do you think of all the things you should have said after the fact - LOL? Anyway. No change from first review - Liars and cheats, dishonest business. It is a shame that in the wisdom of nature, that DNA was wasted on Ron... I also bet the desk guy regretted having me meet with Ron.... So let's go down the checklist: - Throw your own employee under the bus - check - Blame the whole incident on the customer - check - Admit to nothing without the "physical evidence" - check As a CEO I can tell you that people like this do not get to high levels in organizations unless their behaviors are 100% supported by Sr. Management. It's a shame that Toyota and Ford - who care much about customer satisfaction and Quality - trust in organizations like the Irwin Automotive Group.
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#1405569 Review #1405569 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Laconia, New Hampshire
Service
Irwin Automotive Group Vehicle Inspection
Reason of review
Poor customer service
Loss
$660
Preferred solution
Let the company propose a solution
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National Grid - You just can't fix stupid

For 2 weeks I smelled gas from the gas meter outside of my second house on Cape Cod. I left 2 Emails over those two weeks for National Grid - asking if they could come out and take a look at the meter. Absolutely no response. So now the day before Thanksgiving I wanted to call them to find out if they can come by while I am there on Friday/Saturday. The woman freaks out and says a technician will be there within an hour. Someone, she said, needs to be there at the house. Unfortunately I am currently 3000 miles away so that is kind of an issue. I am then told that if they suspect gas issues inside the house (honestly, I don't know why they would - the meter is OUTSIDE!), that they would call the fire dept and break down the door. At this point I had to ask if she was Freaking kidding me! She asked if a neighbor had a key and I said that there indeed was, but I had no way of knowing if they were there - tomorrow is freaking Thanksgiving!. I asked why they didn't respond to any of my emails over the last 2 weeks and she said they don't respond to emails reporting gas smells. Nice! so I guess the emergencies are dependent upon how you notify them, not the emergency itself! I then said that I changed my mind and there was NO gas smell - I just wanted to call to tell her there is NO gas smell - but alas! she said it's like 911, the emergency is already declared! I asked if the meter connectors just need to be tightened if the gas shutoff for a short time will shut-down my furnace permanently, and she said it would. I then asked if the call was being recorded and she said it was. I then said - "you are hereby accepting full liability for my pipes bursting and damaging my home" She answered that they accept no liability for actions taken for safety's sake. I told her this didn't sound very safe to me making a perfectly good furnace to not work - in Winter. She also said that it takes 3 days for pipes to freeze (at this point I am thinking - as stupid as she is, she must have taken some kind of Physics course!). I hung up and after trying my third neighbor I got an answer and she kindly went over to my home - it took me an hour to get someone - guess what? Nobody's there! I am currently waiting to hear how all of this goes - as my neighbor sits in my house and drinks my beer. So here is the moral, folks - you just can't fix stupid. And National Grid is sadly - STUPID! I guess the issues with gas fires up in the North Shore last month put the fear of God in them - the fear only being triggered by a call, of course - Emails bring no fear. And a fear that is downright nonsensical - maybe hysterical! As I write this it is now over an hour. Maybe the technician is on his third dunkin donut - snickering about the whole thing.
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#1405554 Review #1405554 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Hopedale, Massachusetts
Service
National Grid Customer Care
Pros
  • Having electric and gas
Cons
  • Pitiful customer service
Reason of review
Poor customer service
Preferred solution
Let the company propose a solution