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12-23-2004 08:33 PM #1
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12-24-2004 06:35 PM #3
This means... (very long).
that I am satisfied my posts, and a returned Christmas card to Import Automotive, generated the owner to personally respond to my posts of disatisfaction (via his private correspondence to me).
This means that I am satisifed my opinions have saved many of our peers countless THOUSANDS, read: THOUSANDS, of dollars that otherwise would have been spent on ripoff charges ($159 OBC light install, customer provided part; $425 CA bushing parts and labor; $300+ to BOLT ON 4 CALIPERS and add brake fluid). Likewise, it cost the owner that much in lost sales. Too bad. If I would have been treated fairly (and I recognize fairness) I could have been a repeat customer. I have kids who will be driving. The owner just couldn't see the forest for the trees. I'm also a businessman with many local, state, and federal contacts who WON'T be getting a referral to his shop.
My voice was heard. My voice is heard. Loud and clear.
This means that maybe, just maybe, a slimmer of a chance, that the owner will consider that just because we have "fancy cars", wear a "fancy watch", have a "decent job", wear "nice clothes", or live in a "nice" part of town, we don't want, and refuse, to be taken advantage of. Maybe the next person who enters his shop will receive FAIR and ETHICAL treatment. Not get shafted just because he/she fits a profile.
This means that the owner might give greater consideration to the elderly who have used, and continue to use, his shop. Maybe he will quit operating under the philosophy "the less they know, the more they owe". I can't imagine if someone tried to take advantage of his wife, kids, or parents like that he would stand for it. No way.
This means that everytime someone comes into his shop for estimates/repairs he will have to consider if he is a member/follower of this board. He read my posts. He knows I exercise my rights to voice my opinion in a public forum. He's lucky I didn't apply for a permit to gather and picket his shop. I've the gumption to do that. Wouldn't give a second thought to it. No. I decided to voice my opinion to the proper market: our members.
This means that I will better spend my time on other, equally important matters. However... if ever I read on this forum or any other forum of which I peruse of someone asking for a shop referral, I will STRONGLY ENCOURAGE the person to avoid Import Automotive in Redlands California.
Thank GOD for Freedom of Speech. Thanks to my Mom (rest her soul) for raising me to NEVER let anyone take advantage of you, and if they do, oh well...
So... that is what it "means". Got it? Get it.
And Merry Christmas.
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Re: Happy New Year, Greg!!!
Great! I'm assuming you learned the "hard way" before reading my warning...
I still have yet to find a decent (read: honest) mechanic here in this neck of the woods. I'd welcome any recommendations.
90 Mazda Protege'
04 Hyundai Tiburon GT
04 Hyundai Tiburon SE
00 Chevy Suburban 2500
1 wife - 4 kids - 2 dogs - 2 cats = insanity
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