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tjhunter
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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2013 11:37:51 AM

Mine is when they check your tire pressure and don't put all the valve stem caps back on. Seems like I always end up south one or two missing.
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14smoke
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Message Posted: Jun 3, 2014 8:14:27 AM

Seat not being put back where it was when they drove it into the bay and playing with my radio settings or changing the station.
PummpinEthyl
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Message Posted: Jun 3, 2014 6:32:07 AM

i dont want to see where they have been. no oily fingerprints, no readjusted mirrors, seats, radio.
MertieMan
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Message Posted: Jun 3, 2014 5:10:16 AM

I only use Toyota and I don't have a pet peeve with them.
Alexi7
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Message Posted: Jun 3, 2014 2:44:30 AM

Has to be the upselling; always pushing for pricey maintenance items(throttle body cleaning, brake fluid flushing), that have little effect on vehicle life or mpgs.

That said, I haven't been to a dealer for non-warranty work in decades. Plenty of talented techs out there running their own shop.
cDagasGo
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Message Posted: Jun 2, 2014 10:22:26 PM

valve stem caps
eB40
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Message Posted: May 24, 2014 4:35:16 PM

Leaking fluid, seat being moved.
zdriver1995
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Message Posted: May 19, 2014 6:00:36 AM

fingerprints and car smelling like cig smoke
Timberline
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Message Posted: May 19, 2014 5:27:23 AM

The use of an air gun to tighten lug nuts, rather than torquing them to spec. Yesterday, I replaced all the brake pads on my wife's car and ended up
bending a breaker bar trying to get some of the lug nuts off.
toms1120
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Message Posted: May 16, 2014 7:28:50 AM

Fluid leaks, place cardboard under the engine and check.
cDagasGo
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Message Posted: May 10, 2014 10:35:53 PM

Oil leaks.... Always checking afterwards.
MertieMan
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Message Posted: May 5, 2014 4:43:49 AM

The idiot that doesn't wipe off the undercarriage of the vehicle allowing oil to leak off of it in the garage.
probedude2
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Message Posted: May 5, 2014 1:27:40 AM

Adjusting the driver's seat WAY too far forward for me!
magpie2013
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Message Posted: May 4, 2014 10:26:41 AM

The seat is left too far back, but they do cover the seats and floors and they even wash our baby off every time can't really complain!!:)
Bushmaster
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Message Posted: May 4, 2014 8:35:04 AM

greasy finger prints
jes
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Message Posted: May 4, 2014 8:12:33 AM

Using an air wrench on those plastic lugs holding the wheel covers on. Several lugs have been broken. I now take the wheel covers off myself before taking our vehicles in for servicing.
dieselpower2014
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Message Posted: May 4, 2014 12:36:05 AM

having to move the seats like I had them. Also when they adjust my tilt on my steering wheel.
MeTaBall
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Message Posted: May 3, 2014 7:36:46 PM

Adjusting the seat!
toms1120
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Message Posted: Apr 29, 2014 6:34:19 AM

Check for oil leaks.
BartandLisa
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2014 5:19:02 PM

I am always delighted!
Of course, I do all my own work. ;)
mhradecky
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2014 3:06:45 PM

double check their work.
TomB2
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2013 6:13:05 PM

I only had time for 2 donuts
WEPSMAN
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2013 8:19:45 PM

I has several issues at one service department. 1st vehicle, they left a plastic jug wedged under the hood. 2nd vehicle, they broke off several of the plastic lug nuts during a tire rotation. I found both issues after the service. Needless to say, I do not go there any more. I guess my point is poor service and not paying attention to detail. Also, let me know if you broke something so we can figure out to fix it.
Titanic1985
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2013 9:52:15 AM

Good Morning Camry05,

You wrote, "When I opened the hood, the old distributor cap and the wires were still in the engine bay, just lying there." Your experience, while a bit unusual, is a pet peeve which is inexcusable and could have been quite costly.

When I worked in a garage, we always searched the engine compartment with a drop light to recover tools or replaced parts. If you slam a hood on something like you found, it would definitely damage the vehicle.

I'm glad no major negative event happened to you or your vehicle :-).

Merry Christmas - MGY



[Edited by: Titanic1985 at 12/5/2013 9:53:35 AM EST]
the1roadhog
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2013 9:46:23 AM

That something important wasn't done
14smoke
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2013 9:02:41 AM

I am not referring, in this case, to the dealer contiki...I noted it as a full service car wash I went to, and when I brought it to the attention of the owner's son who I know quite well, he corrected it.

I noted it one other time at an oil change place that I went to more out of convenience than knowing how good their service was at the time. Needless to say I never went back.
Camry05
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2013 11:12:35 PM

Once I took my car to get spark plugs, wires and distributor cap changed and then i noticed a burning smell from the engine bay. When I opened the hood, the old distributor cap and the wires were still in the engine bay, just lying there.
jimmy544
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2013 12:04:31 PM

When they don't do what I ask them to like change the oil and filter and nothing else and try to do jobs that I don't want them to do like change the air filter which then I have to show them how to do it because it is a custom installation.
mingaa57
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2013 11:51:22 AM

call me when it is ready!
PatAZ
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2013 10:55:18 AM

Why does the stealer charge so much more than an independent shop that does better faster work.

[Edited by: PatAZ at 12/3/2013 10:55:02 AM EST]
contiki
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2013 10:46:14 AM

Don't mess with my radio, you're there to work on my car, not listen to my radio.....

I don't have this problem at all..........never have.....

I find when my car and my wife's car go in for service at our local Honda dealership, they turn our radios off......this has always been the case over the many years of service there.........
14smoke
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2013 10:40:16 AM

I agree with you Titanic. Don't mess with my radio, you're there to work on my car, not listen to my radio, hands off, it's mine, not yours.
Titanic1985
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2013 10:18:33 AM

Hello tjhunter,

I rarely have my car serviced as I do my own work, but after much thought I'd have to say my pet peeve is to get into my vehicle and when I start it the radio is set on maximum volume to some "weird" music. If all they are doing is driving the vehicle from the garage to the parking lot, why do they have to turn the radio on at all??

Take care :-). MGY
bluenvoy
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Message Posted: Dec 2, 2013 10:38:51 AM

Up sales when you go in for simple service.
MertieMan
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Message Posted: Dec 2, 2013 10:00:12 AM

The idgit that does not wipe off the underpan on my truck, thus letting it leak oil on my garage floor. Most do now though.
nichols
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Message Posted: Dec 2, 2013 9:37:54 AM

never knowing for show if you can believe them if they try to upsale you
probedude2
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2013 1:58:40 AM

when dirt is brought in to the driver's seat area
Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2013 6:58:51 PM


"Mine is when they check your tire pressure and don't put all the valve stem caps back on."

That doesn't seem like a pet peeve after car servicing. That seems like a a problem DURING servicing.

Desoto49
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2013 12:19:01 PM

Stains, dirt on the light coloured interior
BT1288
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2013 8:59:47 AM

Bloody knuckles.
the1roadhog
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2013 8:23:27 AM

Not vacuuming the interior
kkkaz13
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2013 8:19:17 AM

having to fix my seat when it's just serviced in the dealer for an oil change and tire rotation
HeavyDuty_cache
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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2013 4:34:58 PM

Mine is when they adjust the tire pressure. I keep mine at 65psi and for some reason the shop always puts it down to 50psi, even if I ask them not to adjust the pressure. It seems like I also lose the valve caps.

This should really be in the off topic forum

[Edited by: HeavyDuty_cache at 11/17/2013 4:37:48 PM EST]
CactusBobs
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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2013 2:25:08 PM

when the car owner gives me a bad check !
TrixieNY
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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2013 2:10:30 PM

Wrong forum
bluenvoy
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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2013 1:49:33 PM

Having to reset the seat and mirrors.
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