I purchased a CPO 2016 Jetta from Mckenna on Friday (11/30) and within a week I had a flat tire, two bald tires, a dead battery cell, a major alignment problem, brakes that needed replacing and a vehicle that was unsafe to drive. ONE WEEK after driving my car off the lot and I've already racked up $1,285 in repairs.
When viewing the vehicle, I noticed that the front driver's side tire was completely flat. Before test driving, my salesman had it filled up with air. When I decided to purchase the vehicle, he promised me that the tire would be inspected and replaced if necessary. Before I drove off the lot on Friday, my salesman confirmed with me verbally and via text message that my vehicle had been seen by their service department, the tire was replaced and my vehicle was safe to drive. I was later informed by McKenna's service manager that there is absolutely no record of my vehicle being seen by their team that day.
It was reported my on vehicles certification inspection paperwork that my battery had been checked and was in good working condition, my tires had the minimum level of tread on them (not even going to mention the flat), there wasn't any major structural damage and that my rear brakes had 50% life remaining on them.
HOWEVER, I have documentation from the technicians that serviced my vehicle after I purchased it which states otherwise. My front tires were absolutely bald (not to mention my front drivers side tire was never replaced as my salesman confirmed with me), my battery had a dead cell, my rear brakes were at less than 4mm, and the alignment was so far off on my vehicle that my technician asked if I had gotten into a major accident. Is there something that McKenna isn't telling me?
I would like to have a representative from McKenna explain to me how a vehicle with two bald tires, one flat tire, a dead battery cell, major alignment issues and brakes that are about to go out passed the CPO inspection. It is clear to me, and everyone who has worked on my car since I purchased it, that McKenna fraudulently reported the condition of my vehicle as meeting the minimum standards for certification in order to make it more appealing to buyers AND CHARGE MORE FOR THE CAR.
I understand that wear and tear items such as brakes, batteries and tires are not covered under my CPO warranty. However, it is absolutely unacceptable to allow a customer to drive any vehicle off the lot in this condition. McKenna misreported the condition of my vehicle as it pertains to the items specifically not covered under the CPO warranty (how convenient) and KNOWINGLY let me drive off the lot in a vehicle that was ABSOLUTELY UNSAFE TO DRIVE.
In all honesty, I am GRATEFUL that my car's problems surfaced so quickly. It was reported to CarFax that my vehicle received the 40K mile service (McKenna's service manager has yet to provide me with any documentation of this), so I would not have been due for another service or inspection for another 10K miles. It is obvious that I would not have made it that far without being in a major accident that very likely would have been caused by either my bald tires or expired brakes.
The sheer level of negligence and complete disregard for my safety displayed by McKenna VW is appalling to me. I wrote McKenna a check for $15,045 and they let me drive off the lot in a vehicle that ended up costing me over $1,285 in repairs AFTER ONE WEEK of owning it and was ABSOLUTELY UNSAFE TO DRIVE!!!!
McKenna has agreed to cover the cost of my battery and one tire replacement. This puts a very small dent in the total cost of the repairs. Hans (service manager) has been pleasant to speak to and has been the only representative willing to get in contact with me – Thank you!
I want to warn anyone who is considering purchasing a CPO vehicle from McKenna. It is VERY likely that my vehicle is not the only one who's condition was falsely reported on the certification inspection. YOU MAY BE IN DANGER! If you purchased a CPO from McKenna please go get your car inspected immediately. If I wouldn't have had my car looked over by my own service technician, it is extremely likely I would have been in a major accident due to my vehicle's bald tires and worn out brake pads - both of which were reported as being in sound condition.