Before I begin, it's important to note that I have visited numerous Mercedes dealerships (at least 8), and in my opinion, Mercedes Benz of Alexandria, is by far, the worst. Allow me to explain.
First off, it's nearly impossible to get a call / email back, even when your car is being serviced, but, the aforementioned is negligible, compared to the damage they caused to my car. The icing on the cake is that they are denying all responsibility.
While my vehicle was being serviced at Benz of Alexandria, damage occurred while in their possession. Specifically, the front bumper had been crushed, and the parking strip trim had been ripped off.
I first noticed the damage on 7/24, while my car was still on their lot. When I asked what had happened, the service manager (Frank) replied, "I don't know anything about that." In hindsight, hearing the former should have been a huge red flag, since the service manager, at best, was oblivious to the damage that had been done. Nonetheless, since my car had been declared a total loss, I didn't think I would be retaining it, so I didn't take any pictures of the damage. (BIG mistake) However, I think most people would agree, that noting the damage with the service manager is reasonable protocol and should suffice. Up until this point, I've never heard of a dealership that damaged a car, and then subsequently failed to remedy the situation. However, I should have listened to my intuition, because all the 'WARNING' signs were there.
Anyway, I ended up retaining the car 3 weeks later, at which point, I contacted the dealer about the damage which I had noted with Frank on 7/24. Long story short, they denied responsibility for all the damage.
I then escalated my complaint all the way through the chain of command, til I reached the GM (Peter Collins) and, he stated, after interviewing the employees, his view was that the dealership did not cause the damage, which is simply not true. As stated earlier, I saw the damage while at the dealership, in person, and my car had never left the dealer lot. Further, the service manager was informed, as we both stood looking at the damage. In addition, USAA took pictures on 7/3, while my car was at the dealer, which showed my car in pristine shape, which proved there was no prior damage. However, even after I showed Benz of Alexandria this photographic evidence, they still would not take responsibility.
I requested the dealership to check the video surveillance, and asked if they had taken photos of my car, before it left the dealership. To my surprise, they informed me they don't have records of the video footage going back that far, (beyond 30 days) and they did not have any pictures of my car, however I do not believe this. Most likely, they pulled the tapes, and once they saw they caused the damage, they simply denied having this footage. Now some may say this is a bold statement, but consider the following. Would a Mercedes dealership, or any company for that matter, with Millions of dollars in precious inventory, (stored outside, unsecured), take the risk of limiting themselves to 1 month worth of footage, when the cost of storage is negligible? I'll let you decide.
In any case, I have now escalated this issue with the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia - Consumer Protection, and I'll subsequently file a case with the BBB tomorrow. I also called the State Corporation Commission of Virginia, which handles insurance related matters, since they refused to provide me with their commercial insurance policy, since I wanted to file a "garage keeper's claim." The State representative told me that it's very rare for an automotive repair shop to deny providing insurance information once requested, and stated that this typically only happens with smaller, less reputable companies.
In closing, let me say that there are plenty of reputable, HONEST, automotive service repair shops out there, but this is not one of them. I highly recommend that everyone steer clear of this dealership, and avoid them like the plague. You'll be thankful you did.