I am REALLY hoping they do the right thing. I've not yet given up on them but it isn't looking good so far...After months of looking and test driving I bought my first brand new car here in 2012 based on their service promise. Darrell Coffey was my salesman, he was great. I was so impressed with his professionalism that I told everyone about my decision, within weeks a co-worker also bought a brand new Elantra from him (also in large part due to the lifetime warranty) I was blown away with their "LIFETIME power train warranty". When I asked how they can offer such a good warranty I was answered with a chuckle and the words, "Simple, it isn't transferable (original owner only) and most people don't keep their car past 100k miles, so when a power train failure occurs the warranty is likely no longer intact. Also, you have to keep ALL paperwork of service and most people don't have that which also voids the warranty requirements." It made me feel like the "warranty" was almost designed to be unused.
I wanted an efficient and reliable car and intended to keep this vehicle for 200,000+ miles. I decided to do ALL my servicing at the dealer (crazy I know) so I could satisfy the warranty requirements. They are, after all, the official Hyundai representatives in my area. Although the requirement was an oil change every 7,500 miles, I chose to go every 5K, eventually I tried to lower that to 4K when possible. Visiting this dealership for service was even out of my way but I kept it up. I began to notice a revolving door, new faces in the Service Adviser and Service Manager desks, I thought about that but also rested easy because they are, after all, "factory trained and certified". If anyone was going to advise me as to the needs of my vehicle it would be the Service Advisers for my local Hyundai dealer, right?
Anytime the Service Adviser told me that a thing was needed, I said OK and paid the price. (I opted a few times to change the wiper blades and cabin air filter myself to save some money).
I kept ALL my paperwork and even started an Excel spreadsheet to track my mileage and service.
I had my car "serviced" 25 times in 4 years at this Hyundai dealership and never declined any service package that was suggested.
On 2 occasions, I asked to meet with the Service Manager to share my concerns of their advisers missing needed items and thereby putting my warranty at risk, I was assured that they cover all needed items to keep me in good condition. Specifically on 8/17/16 at mileage 119638 I got a routine service performed, oil change and tire rotation. When I left and went to my next stop I realized that they had NOT rotated my tires, even though I paid for it and the paperwork supported that they had done so. I knew this because neighborhood kids had marked one of my tires with sidewalk chalk and the same tire still had it in the same place. I then noticed that none of my wheels had any marks in the brake dust. None had been touched at all. I immediately drove back and spoke with the Service Manager, he apologized, took my car back in, and had the tires rotated, he then offered me a coupon for my next oil change. My confidence was beginning to lessen but he again promised that they were all trained professionals and that this was a one time incident.
In early December of 2017 my car broke down (150,000 miles on the odometer) and left me stranded on the side of the road. I had it towed to the nearest Hyundai dealer and got an Uber ride home ($90 for the tow and $45 for the Uber), they informed me that I needed a new engine. When I began the claim process through the 3rd party (Wascor) I was informed that I didn't perform all my servicing therefore NO WARRANTY. Wascor said that I didn't do the recommended 60K service. My Service Advisor never recommended a 60K service. I requested a meeting with the current Service Manager Richard Dooley and General Manger Jeff Godwin. They have requested a "goodwill" repair from Hyundai which has been denied. They are now saying there's noting they can do to help me. They've given me a "discounted" repair estimate of $4700 to put a used engine in my vehicle, after which my vehicle will be "worth" about $4500.
I have been acting in good faith for 5 years that the parties would be there in case of a claim. I've done everything asked of me by their Service Advisers. I've used the dealer for all my service needs when less expensive alternatives are everywhere, I've driven out of my way to do so. I've recommended this dealer to others which has resulted in at least 1 known sale.
I've been told by 3 individuals in 2 different Hyundai dealerships that this situation "is not right" and that if "any customer needs to be fought for that it is me".
Why am I left in this position?
Jeff Godwin can choose to do right by this customer or he can choose to leave me hanging. A "discounted" repair estimate is not an acceptable offer.
All I ask at this point is to be made whole. I had a working vehicle 3 weeks ago that was paid off and maintained to the fullest of the Service Advisers' recommendations. I have paid towing and car rental expenses due to this breakdown. I have not even been given any diagnosis as to what went wrong with my engine. Now I have nothing.
I will be editing/updating this review as events unfold.