On 3/3/14 I purchased 4 tires from wentworth tire. They replaced all four of my tires. As soon as I begin to drive I hear a rattling noise on the right side of my car. On 4/5/14 I took my car back to the shop because I kept hearing a rattling noise in the front right tire. I spoke with Devon who took my keys and drove the car around the area, he then explained to me he thought is was the breaks but he would put the car in the air and look at it. He then came back and said that I was right that it was the front right tire and that I needed a wheel barren. I asked why would I need a wheel barren when I just paid them 3 weeks ago for a service, how could you just put brand new tires on a car without checking it first? He explain that the tire guys are not trained to look at the wheels the just replace the tires. I asked him if this is a tire shop how could you just say I need 4 new tires without checking all parts of the wheel as a whole, wouldn't they notice it when the took off the tire he said yes, but they're not trained back there to see that. I again asked him how would I know someone is trained or untrained to put on tires. I then asked how much the repair will cost, he stated another 345.00. I expressed my dislike in having to pay 345.00 to them when I just paid them 650.00 3 weeks ago but fine as I have no choice. He then stated he couldn't repair my car today I can come back Monday. I expressed my frustration as I had been sitting in the shop with my two children for 2 hours and they don't close until one. He said I have cars in front of you. I asked him was he done with me he said yes I got in my car and headed for the express way. As I drove onto the Bishop ford expressway my car begin to shake vigorously it had never done this before. I then heard a loud noise and my front right tires falls off, I then loose control of my car my children begin crying and screaming and the cars that are on the expressway began to blow their horns trying to dodge me and my flying tire. After my car comes to a halt I check my children and try to console them as the crying and shaken up. I immediately called the tire shop as I just left there less then 15 minutes ago. I talk to the guy who serviced me and explained that my children and I almost lost our life, he say well what do want me to do about it, I was outraged! Something needs to be done to prevent this from happening again to someone else. You think your paying for a service I almost lost my life. Now instead of a minor tire repair my car is now getting body work, I had to file insurance claims, and I have hospital bills for my children.
I want this company to reimburse me for my loss. I want the cost of repairs for my car and my children's hospital bills due to their negligence.
Contact Name and Title: *** *****
Contact Phone: XXX XXX XXXX
Contact Email: ********@wwts.info
Ms. ********* came in to the building very upset from the start claiming that her vehicle has been making noise since the tires were replaced on March 3,2014. 4 weeks later is when Ms. ********* came in to get the noise diagnosed. The Assistant Manager let her voice her frustrations and then offered to take the car on a test drive to hear the noise Ms. ********* was experiencing. The Manager could not determine what the noise was so himself and one of our technicians went for a test drive to determine the noise. They could not determine what it was. At that point the vehicle was pulled in to the shop to be lifted up on one our racks to inspect the underneath of the vehicle. The front end was inspected along with the tires and it was determined that the wheel bearing was had some play/slop to it. It was brought to Ms. ********** attention that the bearing on the R/F needed to be replaced and she was given a quote. She stated that she wanted to have it repaired. At that time we mentioned to Ms. ********* that it would not be until Monday to when the work would be completed. There was not enough time before we closed on Saturday to get that type of job completed. Ms. ********* was expained to that the vehichle was not safe to drive in the condition it was in. She became very upset stating that she needed her car for the weekend and work. We explained that she should not be driving the vehicle with the way it was. She took the vehicle and 10 to 15 minutes after she had drove away she called stating that her R/F tire had come off, she was very upset and then hung up the phone. We made several attemps to reach her to see what we could do to help in any way possible and to find out what had happen. All attemps to call the phone number we had on file did not go through. We continued on Monday when we opened up to make more attempts to call the number on file hoping assist in any way as we were concerned for Ms. *********. The case from BBB is the next contact that we had with Ms. *********. We need to determine what happen to the vehicle to investigate further at this time. We will be happy to inspect the vehicle and talk to Ms. *********.
(The consumer indicated he/she DID NOT accept the response from the business.)
After the test drive, the assistant manager stated that he felt it was the brakes which was the problem. When he put the car in the air, he informed me that it was the wheel bearing needed replacement. That it was the front right tire that needed a wheel bearing.
I wondered how they overlooked it when they had the car three weeks prior to that but I was informed that the technicians were not trained to look for broken wheel bearings.
They gave me a quote to get it fixed. But they couldn't fix it until Monday. At NO time was I told that the car was too dangerous to take onto the road. He told me to come Monday. IF he told me that it was too dangerous to drive, why then would he tell me to come back on Monday. Besides, what mother of three would knowingly take a chance by taking a car on the road ,endangering her children's lives?? If he would have stated that fact, I would have left it there and rented a car on the SPOT. I begged this man to fix my car because I needed it for work but they refused saying that there wasn't enough time.
So after the accident, I called them and they stated that "I told you it was the wheel bearing. Its' not my problem." At no time have they tried to contact me further. I have phone records to prove that no incoming calls on their end came through.
Per investigation by my insurance company, it was noted that the studs were either broken or not screwed in properly, which is why the wheel fell off. NOT the wheel bearing which would hardly cause a tire to fall off the car.
I am very upset that this incident has taken place. I've done work with this business in the past and have never had issues. I never thought that they would do this.
Final Business Response
Upon inspection of the vehicle the I forwarded information on to our insurance. The original day that Ms ********* and I talked, our insurnace was informed of the situation and a claim was started. I believe regular practice beween the two insurance companies is that deductable and rental should be covered. I have a call into our insurnace company today to get more info on the status of the claim. We do apologize for any covenience as there is no control on our part of the insruance company to speed them up at all.
Final Consumer Response
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After I received Wentworth tire's rebuttal stating that they tried to contact me I went to the location promptly at 7:30 I talked to a manager who informed me that I needed to talk to *** *** the owner to rectify the situation. I came back at 9:30 to speak with *** *** Upon talking to him I showed *** ** the pictures from my insurance company that there were no studs on the vehicle and that the wheel barren was completely in tact. He then stated that he would investigate it further, he showed me an invoice stating that he was calling my home number I explained to him that I had checked my caller id and had no records of him ever calling my cell or house phone. I asked him to explain to me how there could be no studs on my vehicle he said he didn't know again he would investigate. I left and went on with my day. Because of Wentworth Tires negligence I have had to come out of my pocket for a rent a car, my insurance deductible, and medical bills for myself and my children. My truck is now fixed and that is not due to any of Wentworth's Tire help. Also I was told by a mechanic that my wheel barren is fine all of this adds insult to injury.