Our experience at Heintz Toyota was TERRIBLE. They RECOMMEND UNNEEDED REPAIRS. They DO NOT VERIFY before giving recommendation and quote. Senior techs nor service manager verify if repair is needed while vehicle is in shop and prior to quoting estimates for repairs.
Mike Drysdale (Service Manager) and Chris Cass DO NOT RETURN CALLS - EVEN WHEN TOYOTA CORPORATE EXECUTIVE TEAM TRIES TO REACH THEM
Our college student son brought in his 2004 vehicle with over 189,000 miles for an oil change. Upon completion of the oil change, he was told that he had a cracked and leaking transmission and it would need to be replaced. He was given two estimates. One for a used transmission at the cost of $3145.45 and a second estimate for a rebuilt transmission at a cost of $5141.14. These costs are more than the value of the car.
He paid for oil change and left. There was no transmission fluid added nor were there any discussions with him about the importance of checking the fluid level since it was "leaking" and not driving the vehicle without an adequate level of transmission fluid. If they believed the transmission was "cracked and leaking," educating the consumer on this would have been important to prevent further damage to the vehicle.
When he called us and informed us of status of vehicle we asked him to take it back and ask if they could send us pictures of the transmission. A tech did that and sent us the pictures. We showed them to our regular mechanic at home and he did not see any leak or crack. We drove to Mankato to pick up vehicle, brought it back home hours away and had it examined by our mechanic. It is NOT CRACKED and NOT LEAKING.
We called and spoke to Mike Drysdale (Service Manager). He said that as the service manager, he needs to authorize all repairs over $500. This is well over $500. He said the Multi-Point Inspection is done as a courtesy to you by the "oil guy". The tech took a "quick look" and thought it was leaking. Mike Drysdale (Service Manager) himself saw the "poor kid who was trying to take a picture of this transmission" yet never investigated WHY or verified condition of transmission.
There is a big difference between a "courtesy" inspection and a disclosure that "something looks amiss with the transmission. We would recommend that you have that looked at further" and "You have a cracked an leaking transmission and we can fix it for you for between $3100-$5100 on your 2004 vehicle with over 189,000 miles.
Mike Drysdale asked us to bring the vehicle in for another inspection. We at this point already had it inspected by a reputable mechanic. Our son is busy with college academic and sports time commitments and we live hours away. The TIME FOR THE INSPECTION WAS WHEN THEY WERE IN POSSESSION OF VEHICLE BEFORE RECOMMENDING THOUSANDS IN REPAIRS.
We incurred over $300 in costs to travel there from 6 hours away, bring the vehicle back home, have it inspected and return it to our son at school. Further calls to either Mike Drysdale or Chris Cass were not returned.
We contacted the Corporate Guest Experience VP who assigned Executive Team Member Danica Sorenson to look into the situation.
Calls placed from Toyota Corporate to the dealership were also not returned. They responded via correspondence which was minimal and did not address the core issues.
CORE ISSUES -
1 - REPAIRS RECOMMENDED WITHOUT VERIFICATION as to status of vehicle either by lead tech or Service Manager himself.
NO TRUST THAT RECOMMENDED REPAIRS ARE ACTUALLY NEEDED. (OURS WEREN'T)
2 - CUSTOMER SERVICE CONCERNS BROUGHT TO ATTENTION OF MANAGEMENT NOT RESPONDED TO IN A WAY THAT VALIDATES THE EXPERIENCE OF THE CUSTOMER AND BRINGS CUSTOMER SATISFACTION.