I got a notice in the mail that the little shit-car I bought for the wife has some outstanding recall work.
This is a brand that no longer has dealers in the US. The card has two other “service providers” (looks like former dealers, now carrying other brands), but both are hundreds of miles away. I called the number provided and talked to a rep, and she said there is an “authorized” shop locally. She says she’ll get it all hooked up.
She emails me a release that basically says, “We will provide the parts and technical support to SHOP X, but anything beyond that is between you and them” (not a direct quote, but that’s the gist of it. Couldn’t “cut and paste” from the document).
I emailed back that I don’t agree to that. She responds that the manufacture will pay SHOP X, and that… well, here is the actual email (with brand omitted and typos intact :rolleyes: ):
“This is an authorized shop with XXXX and they have agreement with us. XXXX pays them. They have done 1000 recalls for XXXX. You can now drive to the XXXX dealer on the notice. I( tried to help you go closer”
First of all, kudos on making an email snippy! Jolly Well Done! Second of all, why not put that language in the agreement you want me to sign? The part about XXXX paying for the repairs. Third, I don’t *have to *drive anywhere. I can toss this notice out and Have a Nice Day. Go Fuck Yourself!
So, my question is this: Am I obligated to have this stuff done to a used, 8 year old car? Can I tell them to Go Pound Sand? Or can I say, “Hey, you want the recall work done to presumably Cover Your Ass. Come pick it up and bring it back when you’re done.”? Four separate recall repairs are due on this shit-car, none of which seem too important to me.
Here is why I’m asking: I’ve never not been ripped off when taking a car to the shop. I’m afraid I’ll drag ass up there and get stuck with some kind of BS charges. I suppose I could avoid this by having the shop give me something in writing beforehand, but maybe this local place won’t do that (I guess I’ll call them later when they open and talk to them about this). And I don’t feel like driving hundreds of mile to the other places.
What does The Dope think?