Our 2016 Toyota Sequoia was recently vandalized in downtown Ventura by someone trying to break and enter. The would -be thief tried to jimmy the driver-side lock, which set-off the car alarm. The dirt bag then reached under the engine compartment and ripped out wiring in the vicinity of the horn. We took the vehicle to Ventura Toyota to get a repair estimate. The estimate was $8,200 to remove/replace the lock cylinder and entire wiring harness, which runs throughout the engine compartment and behind the dashboard. This estimate didn’t pass the sanity test with us or our insurance adjuster. We decided to find a different Toyota service provider that could give us a reasonable approach to fix the compromised wiring and lock. Ventura Toyota charged $335 for diagnostics before they would release the vehicle. That’s a hefty price to visually identify a damaged wiring bundle near the horn and confirm that the key could not be inserted into the driver-side lock. We had the Sequoia towed to North Hollywood Toyota. Our friends down south took three days to repair the vehicle at a cost of $552. For those of you who are good with math, Ventura Toyota’s diagnostic fee of $335 plus an additional $117 equals $552, the cost to repair the vehicle. Ventura Toyota had a lot of audacity to pad their estimate by over $7,600 for unnecessary parts and labor. That’s about as a ridiculous as replacing all four tires and getting a new alignment should one of the tires have had low air pressure. I’ll be taking my business elsewhere.
P.S. North Hollywood gets a 5 star rating. The home town dealership gets 0 stars and a frown face. ?