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thisheregirafFe 03-11-2013 05:42 PM

car taken for joy ride by service tech

so hot right now. so i go to pick my car up after an oil change at a place i trust. well, boss must've left early today.

i get in my car and it's reeking of the 'i really got after it' smell ya get when grease drips onto the downpipe from the turbo side boot. so i call the place up right after leaving and i was like 'yo, who's the short little guy that likes to drive fast?' ... (the steering wheel was in my nuts and and mirror was pointed at the damn ground when i got in) guy says.. 'oh uuuh, uhmmm, what car? what's he drive?' and i say 'my car'.

i explain that the smell that happens when you get after it. he replies 'oh well, i know someone took it for a test drive after...' i say, 'a test drive after an oil change?' ... 'yeah to make sure everything was working'. .. silence for a minute. and sounding real sheepish he says 'call tomorrow when the owner is in'. i say 'yeah i'll do that.'

end o' story. so this ******* tech is hooning my car, on a clutch that's maybe 2 months old that he doesn't know. goddamn. what would you do? demand he get fired? what sort of compensation would you be after? i dunno what to think, too hot right now...

LosAngelesLGT 03-11-2013 06:01 PM

Compensation? GTFO. Free oil change with another hooning. Demand he get fired? Who do you think you are Mr big oil change spender? How about be glad you figured it out earlier rather than later. The boss doesn't go for drives with the techs. Its a culture problem at the place.

Stop wasting your time and simply find another mechanic.

thisheregirafFe 03-11-2013 06:09 PM

no i don't figure i'm mr. big time oil change, but thanks buddy. i work damn hard for my money and don't take to kindly to some prick beating on my car. it's a local indie shop, not goddamn jiffy lube, and i have never had a problem with them before and don't figure it's their "culture".

LosAngelesLGT 03-11-2013 06:12 PM

You are totally right what was I thinking that a company that is run tight and right might have employees that both respect their job and their customers. I must be out of my mind. I think you should keep going to the shop.:)

thisheregirafFe 03-11-2013 06:16 PM

no, no. you're right. if one person does it it's probably how they all act and have always conducted business. i'll go back, but not without writing a scathing blog post first.

GTEASER 03-11-2013 06:17 PM

Valet Map?

Andrew H 03-11-2013 06:21 PM

change your own oil?

I'd be pretty pissed too, but I wouldn't expect anything, just give the guy a good talking to

thisheregirafFe 03-11-2013 06:22 PM

yeah kicking myself for not using valet map. but took ap outta my car earlier this week and forgot to bring it with. spoze that'll teach me. but christ, i'm only at stg. 1 until next week. couldn'a been that much fun.

LosAngelesLGT 03-11-2013 06:28 PM

Its always fun to drive it like its stolen. If you are considering going back you are voting with your money. You absolutely need to let the boss know but I wouldn't expect anything to change other than their lip service to you.

Personally I wouldn't give them the opportunity with one of the most expensive mechanical things I will ever own (automobiles in general).

EDIT: You have head "F--- me once, FU, f--- me twice, F me.

apexi 03-11-2013 06:30 PM

You sound like you want some sort of payment and/or punishment so I guess in your shoes I would ask to get reimbursed for the cost of the oil change and move on. If nothings broken I don't really think it's a huge deal. Yeah there might be a little bit of extra wear and tear on your car but what's done is done and I doubt there will be much long term impact if any.

It would take a lot for me to demand an employee get fired, and there is no way that I would do that in this case.

thisheregirafFe 03-11-2013 06:37 PM

yeah there's no way i'm taking my car back to them. i'm going back to have a chat with the owner, because he should know how his employees are conducting business when he's away.

i spoze i'd call it even if he handed over his keys to let me take his car for a quick spin around the block. fair's fair, right?

SpecBGuy 03-11-2013 06:47 PM

always check your mileage before leaving your car in the shop or tell them to write the mileage down on the invoice.
i try not to valet but when i have to i take a picture or remember my mileage before handing them the keys.
you can tell the owner of the shop but like said above my LALGT hes not really going to do anything but say sorry (maybe)..

Gmachine 03-11-2013 06:54 PM


Originally Posted by thisheregirafFe (Post 4334803)

i get in my car and it's reeking of the 'i really got after it' smell ya get when grease drips onto the downpipe from the turbo side boot. ...

Is that how you describe the smell of roasted clutch lining?
I liken it more to a semi truck panic braking as he tries to avoid crushing the cars in front of him.
Sure it's not just some grease,oil from a sloppy job burning off on the manifolds ?

LosAngelesLGT 03-11-2013 07:09 PM


Originally Posted by apexi (Post 4334898)
It would take a lot for me to demand an employee get fired, and there is no way that I would do that in this case.

LOL hard at "demand an employee get fired". Right when someone starts making demands I stop caring about ANYTHING they are saying.;)

OP if you are not going back to the shop you are wasting your time and energy.

Fitz 03-11-2013 07:17 PM

I can be the 1st to tell u, that we have had complaints of people claiming there cars were beat on. I understand he proably raped the piss out of it as he proably beats a honda or some trash to work everyday. Test drive after an oil change is normal, about 1-3mi, and were I used to work they would get into light to mild boost with any turbo charged subarus to make sure everything was working alright. We had a few customers come in saying the same thing u said. My boss delt with it in the manner of, Sir do u have proof other than your car smell? I'm quite sorry u do not, but I trust my empoyee's I can offer u a discount on ya next oil change which normaly is the coupon u would get in the mail. Then he would go out, find the tech that worked on your car and basicly chew him a new ass, if it was a commen ocurance he would be sent packing.... Best of luck hope he didn't f*** yea car over

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