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Dishonest charging for service repairs

By bkcorfman on 1/29/2015 at 9:35 PM. Helped by Service dept..

Always took our vehicle to Desert Auto for regular service that we purchased new at Desert Auto. First Problems with AC coil leaking in dashboard. Desert Auto could not find the leak and just recharged the AC system under the 36,000 mile warranty. Then after the 36,000 mile warranty returned vehicle with same problem, Desert Auto found the leak no longer covered under the 36,000 mile warranty. Thankfully the extended warranty covered the repair with no deductible. At approx. 50,000 miles the check engine light came on. Took vehicle to Desert Auto who ran tests showing engine misfired, and determined that coolant was in the engine oil and quickly gave us a loaner vehicle thinking we would be without a vehicle for a while. Couple days later Desert Auto called to say it was condensation in the engine oil, not coolant and the problem was carbon build up in the engine that caused the misfire “check engine light”. They went on to say that the intake manifold was removed and the total repair cost would be over $500 to clean the carbon build up and work. I argued with the Service manager that they had misdiagnosed the problem from the beginning, the intake manifold should never had been removed if the problem was condensation and carbon build up. Long story short the Service Manager agreed to charge only $250 and no car rental fee. My wife and I reluctantly paid the charge. Our last issue was the blower motor for the AC worked intermittently, Desert Auto could not diagnose this without it happening when we took the vehicle in. So we had to return the vehicle when the problem occured again. Desert Auto completed the repair quickly the same day and told us they would forgive the $300 charge since we were unhappy the last time we had our vehicle repaired, since our extended warranty had expired. I had to take our paperwork to their office to correct the problem with the expiration date that was 7 months later than what Desert Auto told us.

I would not recommend this dealer.