I left my car for a quick computer tune-up service, and expected it done during a weekend. Audi (Dealership) kept my vehicle for a week, and then charged me $452 dollars for the excess loaner-vehicle mileage. The delay in vehicle service forced me to drive loaner to work. Dealership failed to alert me of a new mileage restriction in the loaner agreement. At first, I thought that could have been a glitch (I picked the loaner at closing time, and someone forgot to point that out) and Management would understand and correct it. Management neglected my concerns and never corrected their service failure. They never contacted me either.
1. David McNEIL, Service Rep, ignored my numerous attempts at picking up my vehicle. He did not call me, ever. I managed to locate him on Day 6 of the Loaner rental I informed Mr. McNeil that due to the delay, I would have to drive the loaner to work. I knew nothing about the mileage, but was unhappy to continue driving SUV loaner instead of my 2-seater TTS. The Rep could have put a mileage-exception into the loaner agreement. He failed to do that too. At the same time, he could have mentioned the small print (75 daily mileage limit) in the updated loaner agreement. He failed to do that either.
2. Audi Dealership uses small print in the new loaner agreement to charge the credit card and legally protect Dealership at the same time. As an old customer, I signed Dealership loaner agreement a dozen times before. Anyone reads small print? Especially if the same papers have been signed numerous times before? I do not think so! And that's where the scheme shapes up. Dealership’s loaner department could have pointed out to the major change in loaner mileage agreement, at least verbally. Dealership’s “COURTESY VEHICLE” painted in bold letters over the rear window does not suggest payment. 75 mi limit is my one way distance to work. I would never sign off or use the vehicle should I have known of the 75 mi restriction. Very convenient: Audi Dealership does not take chances-
customer's signature on a small print protects Dealership in case of a credit card dispute.
3. I spoke in person and over the phone; also, emailed directly, and via LinkedIN to the management:
STEVE MILLER, Fixed Operations Director, and then VICTOR BELTRAN, General Manager.
Response was promised, none received. They had no intention to investigate the "profiteering" scheme, whether intentional or accidental. This speaks a lot about Audi Arlington Dealership's customer service.
While I was waiting for the General Manager Beltran, a gentleman waiting for his car in the reception area told me that Audi Dealership did the same thing to him, and that’s why he was waiting for service instead of driving Audi’s "courtesy vehicle." He was entrapped by the same small print, the lack of clarification about the new mileage policy limitation, and the scheme around it.
At that moment I realized what was going on, and that no one would attempt at moderating the issue.
I would rate the Dealership negatively due to the lack of respect to an old customer; intentional or unfortunate neglect of an issue; poor customer service - rudeness, lack of response; lack of alert on the insane $1/mile charge... Since there is no "negative" bullet to choose, one star - is the bottom low, and it goes to Audi Arlington. PLEASE BE CAREFUL DOING ANY FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS with THIS FACILITY - GO SOMEWHERE ELSE. Bold "Audi courtesy vehicle" must go away from the rear windows of their $1/mile loaner vehicles.