The sale team at Pine Belt Chevy in Lakewood were mediocre at best. While they have enthusiastic personalities, it's all just a show. They did not honor advertised pricing (typical bait & switch, to get you into the dealership) but were helpful in negotiating agreeable terms. They make a big production of each sale/lease by putting your photo on the their large screen monitors, within the showroom and playing very loud obnoxious music after closing a deal (quite embarrassing if you ask me).
Now, I'm not one to typically give negative reviews, as I usually just let things be if I have a bad experience with a particular business but in this case, I felt a review was warranted. The obnoxiousness of the sales team here at Pine Belt would not have swayed me from returning to this dealership, when I was ready to purchase my next vehicle, however their service dept will absolutely discourage you form returning. The sales dept at Pine Belt Chevy in Lakewood, NJ has probably the worst customer service skills that I have ever encountered. They are rude, disrespectful and down right nasty. My truck tire suffered a blow out on the interior sidewall, with 6,300 miles on it and I was basically told that I'm a liar and that I must have hit a pothole, so the blowout would not be covered under warranty and a new tire would cost $208.00. When I stated that I didn't feel as though blowouts were common on the inside wall of a tire, even if I hit a pothole, the truck only had 6,300 miles on it, so could the wear be prorated, I was promptly told "No". Then I proceeded to inquire as to the warranty on the tire through the manufacturer (Good Year) and Pine Belt service team refused to contact Good Year, stating "Maam, you hit a pothole. A new tire is $208.00 and maybe you should watch more closely where your driving".....we'll I was pissed! I had the spare tire on the truck, so I promptly drove it to an authorized Good Year tire retailer, and guess what...............Good Year covered the cost to not only repair the tire but they replaced it with a brand new tire, as they themselves inspected the damaged tire and found it to be a manufacturer defect!!! If I had listened to Pine Belt service dept., I would've spent $208.00 on a new tire and that would've been the end of it. Now, it wasn't the cost of the tire, it was the mere fact that Pine Belt dealership was not standing behind their product and not even attempting to make a simple phone call into the tire manufacturer to exhaust all possible resolutions. After my tire was relpaced by the independent Good Year retailer that I had brought it to, I called Pine Belt service dept. to speak to the manager. Well, after explaining my issue, the manager raised his voice and told me that his service team did nothing wrong and that they make the decisons on if they want to cover damages or not and do not have to call anyone else to see if coverage is available. I obviously let him know that wasn't a good way to conduct business in order to maintain clients..... he cursed at me and then hung up the phone. Needless to say, if this is the way Pine Belt treats their clients, I will never step foot into any Pine Belt delaership again, and neither should you.