My experience, someone tried to break into my wife's 2010 Camry by busting out the door lock. Called Alamo, spoke with Richard, and asked for a quote to get the lock fixed. Was told $261. Told him I would call back once I determined my wife's schedule. Called later that day, Richard was gone so I spoke to someone else who set an appointment; or at least that's what I was told. As stated in other reviews, when we arrived, there was no record of any appointment made. Richard claimed he didn't even remember speaking with me. No matter. We told them to take it, get the lock fixed, and was in no hurry to get it back as we had alternate transportation. Someone jumped into her car, used every available horse the V6 would put out driving it out of the garage (??), and off we went, none the wiser.
A couple of days pass and Richard calls to leave a message on my cell. Says it's done and it would be $376. As soon as I hear this I call back and tell Richard that I realize he claimed to not remember our conversation, but he had quoted $261. To his credit, he changes it immediately to the quoted price. However, it was when we picked it up when we understood why.
Later that same afternoon we go to pick up the car. I go straight to the cashier, pay, and she sends someone to go get it. We are stunned at what we see. The lock itself has been replaced, but because of other damage to the door, the lock cover will not reattach. The paint around the door lock was cracked and chipping in spots (I swear it didn't look that bad when we dropped it off), xxxx thing looks worse now than before. Of course Richard, Bud King, everyone with any knowledge had left for the day. So the person we talk to hands us Bud King's card and says to call the next day. A couple of days of phone tag later, my wife is finally able to speak to him and Richard.
Excuses abound!!! We didn't provide a list of parts we wanted repaired, we only asked for the cylinder to be repaired and that's what they did, we complained that it took too long (Wah?!?!), yada, yada. They even said the repair we truly needed was one they couldn't do; we needed a body shop. My question: isn't it their job to tell us that when they see it before making what we believe to be a partial repair, at best?
As someone stated in another post, most Toyota dealers try to upsell any work they can do (cabin air filter anyone???). Not these guys. They do about 80% of the work, never completely explain to you what needs to be done, and then make excuses if you don't like what you see. And Mr King's attitude can best be described as flippant; his job is to protect his employees and his employer, we get that. The tone in which he spoke to my wife, however, made her feel as if he believed they did everything that was asked for and we're the idiots if we see it otherwise.
During the conversation, my wife became extremely frustrated and asked for the name and number of Mr King's supervisor. Admitting that speaking to the GM, Brad Childress, was far more pleasant and professional than speaking to Mr King, she still received the same basic response. She then asked Mr Childress for the owner's name and number. She left a message for him to call, but we're now on the third day; she's yet to receive any response and, frankly, not expecting one. That fact alone should explain best how this dealership truly feels about their customers. She's going to mother ship Toyota next.
In the end, I give them a second star because they did do me a solid; making an engine repair to my Tundra free of charge. I admit, however, that after this last episode, I fear I need to take it to another dealer to have the work checked. I will not be using this dealer for anything in the future. I suggest to anyone reading this, and the other posts, that you do the same.
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