• Report: #1039243

Complaint Review: Tint Masters Auto Center (TMAC)

  • Submitted: Sat, March 30, 2013
  • Updated: Tue, April 02, 2013

  • Reported By: Kim Smith — anytown North Carolina
Tint Masters Auto Center (TMAC)
1118 W. Chapel Hill Street Durham, North Carolina United States of America

Tint Masters Auto Center (TMAC) TMAC Shotty Work, White Spots, Bubbling, Peeling, Ghetto Tint Job Durham, North Carolina

*Author of original report: My apologies

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: SOLUTION

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Below, is the exact letter in which I mailed to Tint Masters Auto Center via certified letter. I have yet to receive word from this business within the time frame that I requested, so I am filing a complaint in small claims court next week. I urge everyone to stay away from this business because they do not know what they are doing and will ruin the look of your car. This ghetto business is owned by a bunch of drug dealers who have no morals or business sense, or any respect for human beings. STAY AWAY FROM TMAC!

TMAC 
Audio & Window Tinting
ATTN: Rodney Edwards/Tony Peterkin
1118 W. Chapel Hill Street
Durham, NC 27701

Dear Sirs:

On March 14, 2013, I paid $100 for a window tint job on my Mercedes Benz, and today I am extremely unhappy. I learned of Tint Masters Auto Center after seeing a sign outside a tattoo parlor located on Alston Avenue in Durham. 

Following my visit to a hair salon, I stopped in Ink Well to inquire into window tinting and spoke with a middleman named Montoya, who claimed to be the brother of the owner of the window tinting business. My interaction with Montoya was
conducted inside the tattoo parlor, at which time I handed him an upfront payment of $100 and was given a receipt (see attached). Subsequent to paying for the tint job, I was asked to follow the employee to another location to get
the tinting done. I thought that this was an odd request, but since I pre-paid for the service, decided to follow the employee. The employee and I arrived at 1818 Chapel Hill Road where window tinting and car washing were being
conducted. Prior to Montoyas departure, he stated that I would need to speak with a Tint Masters Auto Center employee regarding the details of my window tinting job. I waited for over an hour before my car was pulled into the garage, when
an employee named Mike approached and asked for my car keys. Mike and I briefly discussed shading and the work began.

After a total of 2 hours the tinting job was completed and Mike handed back my car keys. I immediately noticed problems with the tinting, including patches of water which had settled in the corners of my windows and white spots. In fact,
there were copious amounts of white spots or dots, and when I brought these imperfections to Mikes attention he stated that the water and white spots will eventually go away in a few days, once the tint has had a chance to dry. When I arrived home and parked my vehicle in the driveway, I was able to better inspect the tint job. Not only was the settled water and white spots very visible, however there were crooked lines where the tint was not properly cut, and on the rear passenger side window there is a 2-1/2 inch gap at the bottom of the window where the tint was again, not properly cut. I immediately called
Montoya to let him know what my windows looked like, and was informed that the white spots occurred because employee, Mike had failed to blow dry the windows for the appropriate amount of time. Montoya called TMAC and spoke to an
employee who stated that I needed to wait a few days to allow the tint to dry before bringing my vehicle back to Chapel Hill Road for re-working.  This was a Thursday.

By Sunday, I had begun to text Montoya, expressing my overwhelming discontent with the tint job. I stated that I was very unhappy, and that the window tint made my vehicle look cheap. After three days, the window tint had begun to bubble,
particularly on the rear window, which is very visible to other drivers. Three days later and a series of text messages to Montoya, I was not convinced that Tint Masters Auto Center had performed a professional tint job on my luxury
vehicle, and requested a refund. I communicated to Montoya that I did not have faith that the employees of this tinting business possessed the knowledge to perform professional-level work, and that my tint job looked as though an
amateur had done it. Needless to say, I am very upset and dissatisfied, as well as embarrassed with the way that my vehicle looks.

To make matters worse, I was informed by Montoya that I would not be entitled to a refund of the shotty work which was performed on my windows, and that my only recourse would be to return my vehicle to allow TMAC to correct their many,
many mistakes. As I previously stated, I am not convinced that this can occur, since the initial outcome should not have produced the results in which it had, however due to reasons previously mentioned in addition to poor quality film, I
do not trust TMAC. A business which performs a service for its customers should make every good faith effort to do its very best work; otherwise, the customer should be entitled to a full refund. This is not my first experience with window tint, and did not experience these issues the last time that I had a tint job performed. I allowed two different establishments who are in the window tinting business to look at my windows, and the work was given a failing grade. Furthermore, I do not appreciate the bait and switch and Ink Well passing itself off as part of Tint Masters Auto Center. In efforts to resolve this matter favorable, I made a series of telephone calls and was informed that the owner of the establishment is an individual named Ray Hubert. However, no one at the Miami Boulevard location knows Ray Hubert, and another individual (Kristy) who also claimed to be one of the owners cursed me out when I asked for the owner as well as her last name. I informed Kristy that since TMAC is registered as a corporation in North Carolina, and as a public officer, her last name is public information. Again, I received no cooperation and was treated extremely nasty by this woman.

According to the North Carolina Secretary of State, I learned that both Tony Peterkin and Rodney Edwards are registered agents and/or co-owners of Tint Masters Auto Center. As such, I felt it appropriate and necessary to let each of you know
about my experience with your business entity. I have pictures of the tint job which was performed on my vehicle, and will be more than happy to email them to each of you. Then, you tell me whether or not you would drive around with your
vehicle looking like mine. Contrary to the policies at Tint Masters Auto Center, customers do have recourse against their less than par workmanship, and botched tinting jobs.

If I do not receive a full refund from the tint job with (5) days, I intend to file a complaint in Small Claims Court, and allow a judge to decide whether or not a refund is warranted. The total cost to recover my damages is $226, which includes the original cost of the tint job plus Court costs and filing fees of $126.

This is not a matter of $100 breaking your business or my bank, as I intend to pay 3M Tinting $249 for a professional tint job. I am a very busy professional with a tight schedule, however have spent two weeks dealing with this issue, and it
has disrupted my life immensely.

I appreciate your time and attention to this highly important matter, and should you wish to discuss this issue, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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#1 Author of original report

My apologies

AUTHOR: Kim Smith - ()

As a result of the certified letter, I was contacted by a representative of TMAC. This young man was very apologetic, polite, and professional... plus, promised that my window tint would be fixed. As the customer and author of the aforementioned complaint, I regret that some of my comments in reviewing this business were attacks of a personal nature. This should not have occurred and I apologize for any and all discomfort that this may have caused. 

Unfortunately, ripoffreport.com will not remove my review of TMAC, but hopefully this comment has lessened some of the severity of the report.
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AUTHOR: TMAC AUTO CENTER - ()

As soon as the certified letter was received we reached out to customer to get the situation resolved. Have scheduled appointment to get the situation resolved but being there was a lack of communication with TMAC this has been prolonged. As far as drug dealers and our business we pride ourselves in making every customer happy thats why we have such a large customer base.
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