My Honda Experience
My name is Sergey, I live in Toronto area, Ontario, Canada. You can reach me by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On September 2nd, 2003 my car Honda Civic SE (plate number AJKP976) was on 72K service at Markham Honda. Besides regular service their representative recommended a replacement of the cooling system fluid. I agreed and it was completed.
On September 4th (2 days later), I have noticed a sudden engine temperature increase after just 15-20 minutes of drive, so I stopped the vehicle immediately. As I found after a short investigation, the radiator lid was not installed in place, so almost all the fluid was splashed out. I found the lid laid near the tank and probably just forgotten to set up causing the fluid loss. Moreover, I also found a strange red plastic cap from some plastic container forgotten in the engine compartment.
I have spent almost 2 hours on road that day because I stopped and couldn't drive with no cooling system fluid. I had to buy antifreeze fluid and fix everything myself (after hundreds bucks payment for their service). Could you expect anything like that after a regular service at official Honda dealership? Now I know - it is possible...
Later I had to double check if all the wheels were kept safe (unfortunately the dealership did tire rotation as well so I had to check everything after them). I find such level of service dangerous to my life (don't you?) and needed to repeat the whole maintenance in another dealership because I was not confident in quality of all other things done that day.
What if I missed the engine temperature increase? What if my engine crashed on highway? What if...
Dear management team of the dealership! Thank you very much for such service!!!
On Friday, September 5th, I visited the dealership again, and talked to Mr. Desmond Ennis who promised to refund money and offered to leave the car to clean it and fix possible problems. However I was still scared to leave my car there again (who knows what can be forgotten to setup next time?).
Their customer service representative did a "follow call" to confirm everything was great and I was satisfied with the service. I told her that everything was extremely awful and I spent my evening on road fixing the car after their service. She told "Oh really" and promised to write it down and inform someone about it.
And silence since that... I like their customer service, he-he...
I didn't hear from them for a long time,
Later I sent a letter to Honda Canada
customer service explaining that quality of service of
Markham Honda definitely disgraces the Honda name and reputation.
I suppose it was really risk for the engine (it was overheated that I'm sure will decrease its lifetime), risk for my car and I believe risk for my health and life. Of course, nobody offers me any compensation for all these risks as well as for my and one my friend's waste evening. Unfortunately they still keep ignoring me and it seems don't even want to talk to me about the refund.
I consider some options now.
If you are lawyer and are interested to know more about it then I would be glad to discuss it in more detail. I have the invoice and receipt. I have copies of all letters (including ignored ones) sent to Markham Honda and Honda Canada. Three friends of mine can confirm how the car looked after the service. And I also have some pictures of the antifreeze-dirty vehicle.
I can be contacted by email email@example.com.
Just a tip for Honda owners: don't forget to check your car yourself after
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