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Gilchrist Buick GMC Inc

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Phone: (253) 474-0645 Fax: (253) 620-1919 View Additional Phone Numbers 5840 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA 98409

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This company offers auto sales and repair services.

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A BBB Accredited Business since

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Factors that raised the rating for Gilchrist Buick GMC Inc include:

  • Length of time business has been operating
  • Complaint volume filed with BBB for business of this size
  • Response to 4 complaint(s) filed against business
  • Resolution of complaint(s) filed against business

Customer Complaints Summary Read complaint details

4 complaints closed with BBB in last 3 years | 2 closed in last 12 months
Complaint Type Total Closed Complaints
Advertising/Sales Issues 1
Billing/Collection Issues 0
Delivery Issues 0
Guarantee/Warranty Issues 0
Problems with Product/Service 3
Total Closed Complaints 4

Customer Reviews Summary Read customer reviews

0 Customer Reviews on Gilchrist Buick GMC Inc
Customer Experience Total Customer Reviews
Positive Experience 0
Neutral Experience 0
Negative Experience 0
Total Customer Reviews 0

Additional Information

BBB file opened: January 01, 1958 Business started: 01/01/1958 Business started locally: 01/01/1958
Licensing, Bonding or Registration

This business is in an industry that may require professional licensing, bonding or registration. BBB encourages you to check with the appropriate agency to be certain any requirements are currently being met.

These agencies may include:

Washington Department of Licensing
PO Box 9020, Olympia WA 98507
Phone Number: 800-451-7985

Business Management
Gary Gilchrist, President
Contact Information
Principal: Gary Gilchrist, President
Business Category

Auto Dealers - New Cars Auto Parts & Supplies - New Auto Repair & Service New Car Dealers (NAICS: 441110)

Alternate Business Names
Gilchrist Auto Centers Gilchrist Buick Inc

Additional Locations

  • 5840 South Tacoma Way

    Tacoma, WA 98409 (800) 576-1613 (253) 620-1900

  • 6014 S Tacoma Way

    Tacoma, WA 98409 (253) 474-0645


BBB Customer Review Rating plus BBB Rating Overview

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Neutral Review 3 points per review
Negative Review 1 point per review

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A+ 5
A 4.66
A- 4.33
B+ 4
B 3.66
B- 3.33
C+ 3
C 2.66
C- 2.33
D+ 2
D 1.66
D- 1.33
F 1
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4.5 stars 4.50-4.99
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Complaint Detail(s)

11/12/2014 Problems with Product/Service
10/17/2014 Problems with Product/Service | Read Complaint Details

Additional Notes

Complaint: I'm a patient person. I brought my 2006 Buick Lucerne because the engine light was on. I had to wait 2 wks to get an appt. with their service dept. Their diagnostic machine said it was the catalytic convertor. I had a choice, go with the $900 version from GM or I could get an "after market" for $325.00. With the part, labor, their diagnostic and taxes, came to $505.00. Unfortunately, they couldn't complete my car the day I brought it in. I was assured they could the next day. I won't bore you with all the details, however, I took my car to them 4 TIMES. After the 4th time, I spoke with their service dept manager****** *****. I told him of my dissatisfaction, how my car was in there for 4 full days. I told him I did not want to pay for their diagnostic ($112) because they had not resolved my problem and had wasted 4 days of my time. He agreed but as a friend was taking me to the dealership to get my car, he called to say "I has misunderstood him and we would NOT refund my $112 for a computer diagnostic" that didn't fix my problem! I told him I would make multiple complaints to different agencies but he said he did not care and would not refund my $112. I left the dealership, my car still runs ROUGH, the engine light came back on 10 blks down S. Tacoma Way and I paid $505 for NOTHING and wasted 4 days of my time!!!

Desired Settlement: I would like my $112 for the initial computer diagnostic, which I have paid. After 4 trips to the dealership, where my car remain ALL DAY, I still have the initial problem I came to them about. The engine light is still on, and the car is running rough. They did not fix anything and now I will have to take it to someone else, who will charge me another $112 for a computer diagnostic!

Business Response: Initial Business Response /* (1000, 5, 2014/08/28) */ BBB 08/28/14 ****** ***** Accredited Resolutions Consultant Case ID: XXXXXXXX Mrs. ***** first visited our store on August 13th 2014, please see attached RO#XXXXXX. The complaint was "customer states check engine light on and runs rough and will surge at stops" at that time the vehicle had 167,438 miles on it. We scanned fuel and electrical system for codes and found P0420. Tested Cat Converter and found slow to respond. We gave Mrs. ***** the option of replacing with a Genuine GM Part, or using the less expensive aftermarket part. She opted to go with the Aftermarket part. We sent the vehicle up the street to a local muffler shop for installation, as these parts are universal and typically weld in units. Charged her $112.00 for the diagnosis and $350.00 for the converter, repairs were paid and vehicle picked up on August 14th, 2014. Mrs. ***** brought the vehicle back on August 15th, 2014 Miles were 167,500 Reference RO# XXXXXX also attached. Complaint was "customer states check engine light came back on seems to miss at stops and on acceleration" We scanned the system again, still has Cat Converter code, sent back to muffler shop again , they said the converter was defective, and they replaced with another Converter. We also noted vehicle was running rough suspect coil and plugs, Customer needed vehicle back and would take as is, and did not want us to further diagnose. Mrs. ***** first spoke to me on August 19th 2014, She had complained that her car was not done and that she needed it back, she also stated we had the worst customer service she had ever seen. I tried to explain that it was the aftermarket part that had failed and that they were locating another part and installing it as soon as possible and would call her as soon as it was done. She kept going on about how lousy our service was and that she would never return to our store. I told her again that I was sorry and we were doing everything we could. She then told me the only thing we could do to make things better would be to not chare her for the diagnostic fee, I told her she was right, she should not have to pay another diagnostic fee on the defective part, so I waived the Diagnostic fee on RO#XXXXXX. The repairs were complete, the service advisor called to notify Mrs. ***** the vehicle was ready, she then told the service advisor "she would be there in thirty minutes, and does not want to wait, there better be a check for her for the $112.00 diagnostic fee ready to go!" The service advisor then came to me to explain what she had said, apparently she thought I was going to refund her for the original diagnostic on RO# XXXXXX, which I did not agree to, as we did diagnose her vehicle correctly. I then phoned Mrs. ***** immediately to attempt to straighten this misunderstanding out, I told her there would be no diagnostic fee for the second repair, as we had to diagnose it again, but there would be no refund for the diagnostic on the first repair. She started to scream obscenities at me personally, ( including the ******* and also stated I would surely get $112.00 of bad advertising. I told her to please come pick up her car and the conversation was over. There will be NO REFUND. In closing, I would like to state a few facts, this is a high mileage vehicle with possible multiple issues. The converter was bad and needed to be replaced. The delay for the catalytic converter was the vendor we used had to order parts that were not in stock. Mrs. ***** would not let us diagnose the vehicle further, as she was in a hurry to get it back. We try to work with each and every customer, however screaming degrading obscenities in my mind, is not the best way to work things out. We stand with our initial decision not to refund the customer. If you have any questions please contact me for further assistance. ***** ***** Operations Manager ********* Chevrolet - Buick GMC XXX-XXX-XXXX ****** ***SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS REDACTED BY BBB*** Initial Consumer Rebuttal /* (3000, 7, 2014/09/07) */ (The consumer indicated he/she DID NOT accept the response from the business.) To say the response from ***** ***** is disingenuous is an understatement at best. Although my car does have high mileage, it is well-maintained and this is the first issue I have had with it. I purchased it through a Buick dealer and it is in no way "a beater." I initially brought my 2006 Buick Lucerne to ********* Chevrolet, Buick, GMC on 8/13/14, after making a service appointment, nearly 3wks ahead of time. I brought my car in at 0730 am on 8/13/14 (day #1). I explained, the issues with the car and that I would need my car back that day, as I live in Lacey. I called them later at 130 pm, as I had not received a call. I spoke with *** **** who told me they hadn't started on my vehicle. When I expressed concern, he said it wasn't a problem as they had lots of parts in stock and would be able to fix my car. I received a call later, the problem was the catalytic convertor. The GM convertor would be $910 but they could get me an after-market converter for $350 + labor. I was told it had a 6 mo. warranty. I would have to return on 8/14/14 (day #2), so they could do the work. I agreed and returned on 8/14/14 at 0730 am. I picked my car up after 4pm on the 8/14/14. As I drove away, the car was still running rough and within 5 blks. the "service engine light" came back on. I called ********* and informed *** what had happened. I was told to bring the car back tomorrow morning. When I arrived on 8/15/14 (day #3) I left the car for the entire day. I received a call from ***, stating the cat converter was bad and they would have to replace it. The problem was, they would have to get another one, so could I return on Tues. 8/19/14? I agreed and returned on Tues. 8/19/14 (4th visit). At no time, did they tell me it might be best to go ahead with the actual GM cat converter. Their answer was to get another aftermarket one. When I returned for my 4th visit, I was given a NEW service associate, ********. She was NOT familiar with the issues with the car. *** *** was in the service area but did not elect to assist me, eventhough he was well acquainted with the issues. I had to re-explain why I was there and the issues with the car. I explained I had to have the car back by the end of the day as I lived in Lacey and had no way home. She said she would try her best. I received a call from *** after 1pm telling me they would the car was ready later today. I told him I was not happy and would like to speak to the service manager. I was connected with ***** ***** and explained to him, I was not happy with their service and fact it took 4 trips to their service dept. He asked what he could do and I stated I didn't wish to pay $112 for a computer diagnostic which didn't help to solve the problem. He agreed and stated he would not charge me the $112. After 4pm, I received a call from ***, the car was ready. I asked him to have my check for $112 ready, so I would not have to wait in their dealership and that was what *** ***** had agreed. As we were heading to the dealership, I received a call from *** ****** stating I must have misunderstood him, as he would not be refunding me the $112 for the computer diagnostic. I was very unhappy *** ***** decided to renig on his promise and unfortunately after 4 visits to their dealership with less than satisfactory results, I did use the "f-word" twice while speaking with *********. I also informed him I would make a complaint regarding the service at *********, which I have in this complaint. During the entire 4 visits to their dealership, I was always courteous and polite to their staff, never raised my voice and left my car with them all day. It was only after 4th visit and no satisfaction, I became upset when *** ***** renigged on his agreement. When I picked up my car on 8/19/14, it continued to run rough. About 10 blks from the dealerships, the "service engine light" came back on. What is so frustrating, is the fact, they lead me to believe the 2nd cat conveter would fix the problem but it has not. When I got home, I looked at the last invoice I received and noted it said, "sent back to************************** for new convertor-clear code-has rough run at idle in gear-suspect coil and plugs-customer is taking as is." They NEVER told me they suspected further issues and when I came to pick up my car. No one spoke to me other than to tell me to see the cashier. They had gotten their money and now they were dismissing me. I was able to return to Spokane and made an appointment with ****** ***** to have my car serviced. They told me the after market cat converter would not work on my car and they would have to get a GM cat converter. The cat convertor was replace with a genuine GM part at a cost to me of $1250.00. I am having no further problems at this time. I had them return the cat convetor to me and I currently have it in my possession. I take my car to a Buick dealer, as I feel they are the EXPERTS on my vehicle. ********* Buick did not provide the type of service I have enjoyed from other Buick dealers. I feel they tried to take advantage of me, as I was a woman alone and didn't have a male to advocate for me. Initially, I would have been satisfied to have my $112 returned. Since I have had the part replaced, now I want the entire $505.89 returned and I will be more than happy to return their catalytic convertor to them. It does not seem right that I should have to pay for their incompetance. Final Consumer Response /* (4200, 12, 2014/09/21) */ (The consumer indicated he/she DID NOT accept the response from the business.) Obviously Mr. ***** did not read the receipt I attached from Becker Buick, who correctly fixed my car. Their receipt plainly states," Found current catalyst is not built to the standard expected by the ECM software. 2.00 Installed OEM catalyst. Cleared DTCS. Road tested vehicle. No DTCS reset." They installed the WRONG cat convertor, they SHOULD refund my money. I will be happy to return the cat convertor but I want to be reimbursed my $350, when I return it. I am growing tired of these interchanges, where their dealership refuses to take responsibility for THEIR error. If they agree to return the $350 for the cat convetor, then I will return it. I am no longer willing to wait for them to determine if "credit consideration can be given." They have stalled and tried to obsfucate long enough. If they do not agree to refund for a part I will return, which clearly did not work on my car, then I will have to seek a legal remedy for this untenable situation. Final Business Response /* (4000, 14, 2014/09/30) */ We will refund the customer the $350.00 for the catalytic convertor when the part is returned to us.

10/3/2013 Advertising/Sales Issues | Read Complaint Details

Additional Notes

Complaint: I bought a new 2013 GMC Acadia Denali in late June from the Gilchrist dealership in Tacoma. When purchasing the vehicle, the salesman ordered "assist steps" for my car, as well as several other accessories. I am of short stature and actually need the assist steps to help me get in the vehicle more easily. These steps are useless (a good portion of the surface where you'd step is under the car), and in fact, on the GMC Acadia website (under "accessories") it states that they are *not* to be used on the Acadia Denali the model I purchased. The salesman should have known this, and relayed that to me. I have tried to email and call both the salesman and the sales manager, **** *********, numerous times and don't get any response back.

Desired Settlement: I would like the Gilchrist service department to remove these assist steps, and I would like to be refunded the money I paid for them ($560). If they would like to go above and beyond, I'd be happy if they'd install the new ones I will have to go and buy on my own.

Business Response: Initial Business Response /* (1000, 6, 2013/09/23) */ We will take the running boards off of her vehicle and refund the $560. I did talk to ******** one time a couple of weeks ago about the boards. She did not tell me she wanted us to take them off. I also have never received any emails from ********. Gilchrist Buick GMC would ALWAYS remove any accessory if a customer is unhappy with it. Final Consumer Response /* (2000, 8, 2013/10/03) */ (The consumer indicated he/she ACCEPTED the response from the business.) I had the running boards removed by the service department at Gilchrist, and several days later received a check, refunding them. So, yes, I'm satisfied and happy this is resolved. Thank you.

9/13/2012 Problems with Product/Service