We purchased a certified pre-owned 2010 Lexus RX450h last May. A neighbor scratched the front bumper of our vehicle while exiting the garage and someone scratched the back bumper at the parking garage in the hospital (hit and run). When we purchased this vehicle, we were provided a Carfax - it was clean with 1 previous owner. No accidents were reported!
Since this is a nice vehicle, we wanted to get these paint problems repaired. There is no visible structural damage to either bumper, since none of the damaged occurred at high speed. We got 4 (four) quotes so far, including one from Penske Auto Body (Penske Automotive is the owner company of Lexus of San Diego) and ALL of the sales reps at these FOUR locations explained that our CERTIFIED PRE-OWNED vehicle does NOT have original LEXUS bumpers.
ALL FOUR locations quoted us between $1000 and $2500 PER BUMPER to have these issues fixed! They explained to us that they either have to order new bumpers or strip the paint and do a better paint job (the paint is peeling in large pieces).
Now how do we know these are not original bumpers? Well, they are WHITE PLASTIC!!! Original Lexus & Toyota bumpers come in black plastic that has to be primed and painted to match the color of the vehicle. So either Lexus of San Diego decided to cut corners and make profit or they certified a vehicle that was brought in without original parts!!
Being the nice people that we are we stopped by Lexus on San Diego yesterday to figure out what happened. The manager of the new vehicles location explained to us we need to find Rhett Saunders at the Pre-Owned site of the business. We tried to locate him, but he was not present. Instead we got to speak to Jim Buck, for the purpose of this review we'll call him a gentleman, but he behaved far from that. He was extremely rude, kept interrupting while we were trying to explain to us the facts that we were given, and at the end said this is our problem and we should fix out ourselves.
JIM BUCK, we realize things happen and in your words "That's why we have insurance." But if you actually cared to listen and not interrupt us at every single sentence you would've heard the 2 issues we have - if Lexus of San Diego didn't certify a vehicle with FAKE bumpers, we wouldn't have to pay out of pocket another $2500 or more to repair our vehicle. And what we wanted to know in the first place is how Lexus of San Diego certifies a vehicle and claims to perform a 300 point inspection.
DEAR MANAGEMENT, please be aware that this employee of yours treats your clients that invest in your business with absolute disrespect!!!
In closure, stay away. I highly doubt we would be treated with respect and anyone will follow up, but dear prospect buyers, be aware that this dealership has costs us a lot, in financial aspect, in personal aspect and in emotional aspect. Spend your money somewhere else!!!