• Report: #1154058

Complaint Review: Al Hendrickson Toyota

  • Submitted: Wed, June 11, 2014
  • Updated: Wed, June 11, 2014

  • Reported By: Antonio — Margate Florida
Al Hendrickson Toyota
5201 West Sample Road Coconut Creek, Florida USA

Al Hendrickson Toyota Service Department Rip Off Coconut Creek Florida

*Consumer Comment: You Didn't Fall For This...Did You???

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Recently (May 28, 2014) I drove to the dealership to get the 55,000 mile service performed.  My mileage was 54,828 miles.  Before any work was done I was presented with a written Repair Estimate.  In that estimate, the following services were noted as needing to be done:

 1.  Brake Job-Front (Replace Pads/Resurface Rotors) – BJF for $199.00.  (Don’t know if that includes labor?)  I have a receipt that states I had the front brakes done for the first time since I purchased the car on April 25, 2012 at 39,909 miles at that dealership. The cost was $256.98.  I am up north at least 2 to 3 months a year and my car sits in Florida with no one using it.  Could it be possible that the front brakes need to be replaced on May 28, 2014 with only 14,919 worth of wear?  The first set of brake pads lasted 39,909 miles and the second set 14,919.  I have never replaced the rear brakes.  I am the only driver of the car.

 2.  Premium ATF SVC (Automatic Transmission Service) for $239.95 (Don’t know if that includes labor?)  I have a receipt that states I had the transmission service done on April 3, 2013 at 47,367 miles at that dealership.  The cost was $235.95.  Could it be possible that transmission needs to be serviced again on May 28, 2014 with 54,828 miles showing?  Only 7,461 miles and I need to do another transmission service?

 3.  Drive Belt for $249.36 (Don’t know if that includes labor?)  I have a receipt that states I had the belt changed on April 3, 2013 at 47,367 miles at that dealership.  Could it be possible I need a new drive belt on May 28, 2014 with 54,828 miles?  Only 7,462 miles and a new drive belt is needed?

 Needless to say I am quite disillusioned.  Did the original service actually take place or was I scammed then?  Or did the original service really take place and I’m being scammed now?  Perplexing, isn’t it?

The service writer also noted Spark Plug Replacement at $313.00 (Don’t know if that includes labor?)  In the Scheduled Maintenance Guide for my 2008 4 Runner it states the plugs need to be changed at 90,000 miles or 108 months?  Why do I need to change them at 54,828 miles and only 74 months?  Should I believe he is telling me the truth?  Don’t think so!

The service writer also verbally said to me that the timing belt will soon have to be changed along with the water pump and appropriate seals and other parts that go along with that job.  Again, in the Scheduled Maintenance Guide for my 2008 4 Runner it states the timing belt should be changed at 90,000 miles or 108 months.  Why do I need to change the timing belt at 54,828 and only 74 months?  Should I believe he is telling me the truth?  Don’t think so!

The service writer also noted in the written Repair Estimate that I need Rear Shock Absorbers at $793.00 and Front Struts at $826.52 (Don’t know if that includes labor?)  Should I believe he is telling me the truth?  Don’t think so.

 After any service, I would usually get an e-mail asking to rate the service.  I did get the e-mail from the dealership and filled it out in an unfavorable way noting some of the previous points (as many as could fit in their reply e-mail).  The dealership did call me on June 2, 2014 and told me that they would work on the issues I had and I have not heard from anyone since.

 Unfortunately, in society today senior citizens seem to be targets of cons, scams, etc.  Perhaps our upbringing is the culprit.  We are trusting, because in our generation a person’s word was his bond and you could believe what someone told you.

 


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#1 Consumer Comment

You Didn't Fall For This...Did You???

AUTHOR: Jim - ()

I think you did from what I can determine.  No, they are not out to get senior citizens.  FRAUD and DECEPTION is meant for ANYBODY who walks thru the doors!  The M-O of the Sleazy American Car Business extends into the service department, as well as sales.  You were very astute in recognizing this, but I wish you wouldn't have gone thru and given them what they wanted.  Remember this please...you can have your non-warranty work done ANYWHERE and you will NOT void the factor warranty.  If they tell you otherwise, they think you are stupid and they are telling you a bold faced lie.  Because of the sorry state of the Sleazy American Car Business, a while back, the federal government enacted the Magnuson-Moss Act.  This means, UNDER FEDERAL LAW, like I said before, you can have that non-warranty work done anywhere.  Just save your receipts.  I highly urge you to find an independent mechanic from this point on.  An independent mechanic is a person who has their own professional shop and is NOT part of ANY chain.  They are local people with better prices, better customer service and will treat you with HONESTY and INTEGRITY.  It is NOT the Walmart auto department, the tires/battery shop or some kid working in his backyard.  PLEASE DO THIS!  You don't need to be ripped off by dealer slime again! 

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