Incompetent Service and a Dishonest Service Director
I took my Mazda to Cochran after my low beam headlight went out. The bulb was replaced, but when I drove the car after it was dark later that night,
I took my Mazda to Cochran after my low beam headlight went out. The bulb was replaced, but when I drove the car after it was dark later that night, the beam for the replaced bulb was so badly aligned that its direct focus was on the middle stripe of the road--that is, straight down and to the left. I made an appointment to have it fixed soon thereafter; then, after a one-hour wait, the bulb was seemingly aligned properly. The following week, the other low beam headlight went out, so I took the car back to Cochran. Once again, the bulb was so badly aligned that, in fact, the poor illumination almost caused me to crash one rainy night a few days later. I took the car to another Mazda dealer, and the technicians fixed the problem. According to the alternate dealer, neither bulb had been seated properly, thus causing bad alignment and poor illumination. I contacted the Service Director at Cochran, who promised, in writing, to reimburse my expense after I sent him the invoice from the other Mazda dealer. I did so right away, but I did not hear back from anyone from Cochran, including Mark. I called Cochran, but the Service Director's phone took me straight to voice mail. I left a polite message asking that he call me back. I heard nothing back from him, so I re-sent the initial email to the Service Director, along with the invoice. I did not hear back from him. I contacted Cochran twice more, but I have still not heard back from the Service Director or Cochran.
This problem has now gone unresolved for approximately two months. I suspect that one reason that Cochran is behaving in such an unethical manner is that I have taken a temporary position out of the Pittsburgh area; however, the principle of honoring a promise is not one that should be predicated upon whether I am currently living in the area, If you make a promise, please follow through on the promise! // Folks, stay away from this place. I worry for anyone whose car needs service for more complicated and potentially dangerous mechanical issues, and I also worry for anyone who believes that this is an honest dealership.