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AutoNation Mazda Spokane

Phone: (509) 703-6561 8412 E Sprague Ave, Spokane Valley, WA 99212

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Factors that raised the rating for AutoNation Mazda Spokane include:

  • Length of time business has been operating
  • Complaint volume filed with BBB for business of this size
  • Response to 7 complaint(s) filed against business
  • Resolution of complaint(s) filed against business

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Customer Complaints Summary Read complaint details

7 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 6
Total Closed Complaints 7

Customer Reviews Summary Read customer reviews

0 Customer Reviews on AutoNation Mazda Spokane
Customer Experience Total Customer Reviews
Positive Experience 0
Neutral Experience 0
Negative Experience 0
Total Customer Reviews 0

Additional Information

BBB file opened: June 22, 2011 Business started: 12/09/1992 Business started locally: 12/09/1992
Licensing, Bonding or Registration

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Department of Revenue Washington State
Department of Revenue ( Public Records Division), PO Box 47478, Olympia WA 98504-7477
Phone Number: 800-647-7706

Idaho Secretary of State
700 West Jefferson Room E205, Boise ID 83720
Phone Number: 208-334-2300

Montana Secretary of State
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Phone Number: 406-444-2034

Contact Information
Principal: Mr. Jerry Bick
Business Category

Auto Dealers - New Cars Auto Dealers - Used Cars Auto Parts & Supplies - New Heaters - Automotive Auto Air Conditioning Alternators & Generators - Auto Repair Auto Body Repair & Painting Auto Diagnostic Service Auto Electric Service Auto Repair & Service Auto Repairing - Foreign Brake Service Lubricating Service - Automotive Transmissions - Automobile Wheel Alignment, Frame & Axle Service - Auto Auto Services Automobile Dealers - Imported Cars Auto Parts & Supplies - Used Auto Services - Oil & Lube All-Terrain Vehicles - ATVs

Alternate Business Names
Appleway Automotive Group Appleway Collision Center Appleway Mazda Appleway Mazda Subaru Appleway Subaru AutoNation Subaru/Mazda/Volkswagen/Audi of Spokane

Additional Locations


    8412 E Sprague Ave

    Spokane Valley, WA 99212 (509) 703-6561


BBB Customer Review Rating plus BBB Rating Overview

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Customer Review Experience Value
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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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1 star 0-1.49

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Complaint Detail(s)

4/15/2015 Problems with Product/Service | Read Complaint Details

Additional Notes

Complaint: I purchased a 2014 Subaru Crosstrek on March 21, 2014. I informed the sales person that I was paying cash and would not need financing. I was told by the salesperson and business manager that they would do a credit check but that it would be a "soft hit" and not affect my credit rating. Despite this promise a "hard hit" was made and my credit rating was adversely affected.

Business Response:

Tried to reach customer by phone multiple times and got no answer.  Dealership does have a copy of signed credit application which gives authorization to pull credit.  When dealership run consumer(s) credit it shows as an inquire on customers credit report.  This should not adversely affect consumers credit score. 

Consumer Response: [A default letter is provided here which indicates your acceptance of the business' response. If you wish, you may update it before sending it.]


I have reviewed the response made by the business in reference to complaint ID ******** and find that this resolution is satisfactory to me.  

I only acknowledge this because I do not have the time to continue this process with this business that I will never do business with again. 
A customer that is paying cash for a car should not be required to complete a credit application. I only signed the credit authorization based on the sales person (******) and business manager's (******) representations that it would be a soft hit.  Despite the response by  the business that there were not subsequent communications between us, in a subsequent email, ****** acknowledged that he was misinformed in this regard and that it was a hard hit.  Admittedly there is nothing we can do at this point. I simply ask that in the future, Autonation not require that a credit application be signed by customers that clearly indicate that they are paying cash for their cars.


******* *******

2/18/2015 Problems with Product/Service | Read Complaint Details

Additional Notes

Complaint: When I purchased my 2015 Forester on October 19, 2014, I purchased an extended warranty and GAP **surance. After do**g some research and speak**g with Subaru of America and my **surance company, I decided GAP through my own **surance company was sufficient and that I didn't need to purchase the extended warranty until my factory warranty was close to expiration. Per **structions on the contract I cancelled my extended warranty on October 21, 2015 and my GAP coverage on October 23, 2014, well with** the time period required for a full refund. Around November 1, 2014 I received a copy of a letter that Subaru of America sent to Autonation Subaru **struct**g them to refund $2,961.00, the amount of my warranty to my lien holder. I notice the tax amount of $257..61 was not **cluded ** the amount Subaru of America authorized as a refund so I called Autonation Subaru and was **form that my lien holder would be receiv**g two separate checks with** the next 4-6 weeks, one for the warranty and one for the tax. The warranty was refund to my lien holder on December 5, 2014; over a month later I still have not received the refund for the tax. To cancel the GAP **surance I had purchased for $795.00, I went to a web site that was provided ** my paperwork and followed the **structions, I then had to keep check**g back to f**d out the status of my cancellation, eventually there was a message stat**g that the cancellation was complete and to contact my dealer two weeks after November 14, 2014. After leav**g three messages with **** ****** ** the f**ance department I went to Autonation Subaru on December 29, 2014 where I spoke with ***** ****** (F**ancial Services Manager) who told me that he was new and did not have computer access to my account, he said he would check **to my issues and call me back the next day. Mr. ****** did not call me as promised (said he had the wrong phone number), I f**ally called him on January 5, 2015, aga** I was told that he did not have access to my account and that he would leave an urgent message for **** ****** to call me. I still have not received a phone call from **** ****** or anyone at Autonation Subaru regard**g my refunds. I followed the procedures ** request**g my refunds and believe I deserve to receive them ** a timely manner, it has been almost 3 months and I can’t even get a return phone call from Autonation Subaru from someone that can tell me what is go**g on.

Desired Settlement: The immediate refund of $1052.61 which consists of the $257.61 for the tax paid on the extended warranty and $795.00 for the GAP **surance.

Business Response: Our CFS Director spoke with customer and problem has been corrected.  Customers lienholder did receive the funds, dealership provided the **formation to the customer show**g paid.  problem resolved.

Consumer Response: [To assist us ** br**g**g this ****er to a close, you must give us a reason why you are reject**g the response. If no reason is received, your compla**t will be closed Adm**istratively Resolved]


I have reviewed the response made by the bus**ess ** reference to compla**t ID ******** and have determ**ed that this does not resolve my compla**t. For your reference, details of the offer I reviewed appear below.

Autonation Subaru only sent the amount of my GAP refund ($795.00) to my lien holder, they still have not refunded the tax ($257.61) I was charged on the extended warranty amount.


****** *******

7/21/2014 Problems with Product/Service | Read Complaint Details

Additional Notes

Complaint: We purchased a Subaru Forester on 4-14-14 and signed up for the Added Security plan. When we cancelled the plan on 4-15-14, we were informed the total refund of $1000 would be returned in about 6-8 weeks. At 8 weeks we asked for an update on the status of the refund. The finance officer was out of the office and would be back in on Thursday (6-12-14) to check on our account. Since then we have heard nothing in spite of sending several e-mails to the finance officer and one to his supervisor. It is now 10 weeks since the cancellation and we have received no information and no refund. We can provide copies of the e-mails if needed.

Desired Settlement: Refund of $1000 returned, with interest.

Business Response:

Customer issue has been resolved.  I apologized to customer for taking our dealership this long to cancel his warranty and issue refund in a timely manner.  Refund check was issue today and customer will pick up today before 4:30pm. 

General Manager; AutoNation Subaru Spokane Valley

Consumer Response: [A default letter is provided here which indicates your acceptance of the business' response. If you wish, you may update it before sending it.]


I have reviewed the response made by the business in reference to complaint ID ******** and find that this resolution is satisfactory to me. 


***** ******

1/24/2014 Advertising/Sales Issues | Read Complaint Details

Additional Notes

Complaint: My 2003 Volkswagen Passat was having shifting issues due to a software issues so I called the Volkswagen dealership in Spokane, Wa. I talked an employee named *** in the service department over the phone and asked him about the "reflash" process. He tells me that it can fix the issues that is going on with my car including the shifting. I was lead to believe this and so I made an appointment for the following day and drove my car up there to get it serviced. However, that wasn't the case. This so-called "reflash" searches for "error" codes in the vehicle and told me that there was $8000 worth of damage that needed attention. I was not shown proof of these error codes except for a sloppy hand-written list of parts and labor costs to fix my car. *** told me the car wasn't worth fixing and tried to sell me a new used car in the process. When I returned to the dealership to get my car I was unable to get it back until I paid the full balance of $119.57, despite my frustration with them.

Desired Settlement: I want to get a full refund of the purchase price for the so-called repair.

Business Response:

Customer called and stated that he was having shifting issues with his car, also said that he found on ****** that there was a reflash available for this problem from Volkswagen.Customer was told by our service advisor that he needed to bring the car in and have the problem diagnosed. The customer brought the car in and authorized the diagnoses. The Technician that inspected the car scanned the onboard computor system for faults and current programs, he determined that there were no faults or errors in the system and there were also no software updates available for this concern from Volkswagen and the vehicle had the most current software. Based on the condition of the fluid in the transmission and the shifting characteristics when driven, it was reccomended that the valve body, filter and fluid be replaced. We also performed a multi point inspection at no charge and found several other items that needed to be addressed, that information was also given along with an estimate to the customer. There was no repairs performed on this vehicle and customer declined any reccomendations. We performed as contracted and will not be refunding any money.

***** ********

Service Manager

12/11/2013 Problems with Product/Service | Read Complaint Details

Additional Notes

Complaint: In the beginning of August, 2013, I sold my 09 Subaru Outback I had purchased from Autonation Subaru. I had purchased an extended warranty for the vehicle. On August 2nd, I went in to cancel my extended warranty. I gave them a copy of my title showing me as the legal owner of the vehicle. They said I should receive my refund check (almost $500) in about a month. Two months later, I still had not received it so I called and was assured it should be just a couple more days. Another month later, I called ****** ***** ********, and they told me they had sent the money to Autonation Subaru September 1st. I called Autonation back and asked what was going on with my refund. They claim they had received the money in October, not September, but had sent it to ** ****** ***** **** (the prior leinholder) The manager was rude and told me to call ** ****** ***** and try to get the money from them. I told him I didn't think that would go very well and that since they messed up, since they had a copy of the title, they should be the ones to resolve the issue. He was very rude and kept saying that he didn't have to help me, that it wasn't technically "his job". After arguing for a little bit, he promised he would look into it and promptly return my call. Well, it has been another 2 weeks and I still have not heard a word from them or received a penny. It has been almost 4 months and this should have been taken care of.

Desired Settlement: I would like Autonation Subaru to send me my refund check promptly (within 1-2 weeks). 4 Months is way too long. It is almost the holiday season and I had counted on having this money a couple of months ago.

Business Response:

Att: BBB

Dealership as reach out to the customer and cancellation "extended warranty" refund check for 2009 Subaru Outback has been mailed out November 20th 2013.  1st check was mailed out few weeks prior to Nov. 20th and was return for undeliverable street address.  Apologize for the inconvenience.    


General Manager

Consumer Response:

Better Business Bureau:

I received my refund check at the end of November, and so the issue has been taken care of.

Thank you,

***** ****

11/22/2013 Problems with Product/Service | Read Complaint Details

Additional Notes

Complaint: On 11/14/13 took my 2011 ********** ***** into autoNation for basic oil change and service was quoted over the phone the price of 467.00 upon arriving was told by **** ******* that I was required to have my transmission serviced for a price of 840.00 or he would void my warranty at that time. I told him I only had the money for the basic service and he became quite rude saying he would then void my warranty since I was only getting basic service. After speaking with my husband he called them and told them to cancel the service. When I went in to get my keys I had my father accompany me mr. ******* said I would have to sign a void of warranty since I was taking my business elsewhere. When I refused to sign he said I could not have my keys until I did. Under my fathers advice I signed and added the statement "do not agree with above statement being forced to sign". The only resolution I will agree to is that Mr ******* be disciplined or removed and I expect proof this has happened. Additionally there are services listed on the estimate that do not apply to my vehicle. If fluid for a transmission costs in excess of 400.00 it had better last forever. And I have the choice as a consumer to use any ********** dealership by not using them DOES NOT VOID a warranty this threat by Mr ******* was illegal and uncalled for I expect results in this matter and to be contacted and not by *******.

Desired Settlement: Apology from this company compensation for travel and waste of my time.

Business Response:

I apologize for any miscommunication that may have taken place in this situation. I have spoken to Mr. ******* and reviewed the documents. Your vehicle maintenance intervals are scheduled every 10k miles, as part of a 40k service the transmission service would also be due, this in accordance to **********. Mr. ******* was not saying that your warranty was void, he was saying that if you take you vehicle to a non ********** facility to have the work performed and they use the wrong fluid or material, or fail to perform the procedure properly and there is a failure thereafter that ** may not warranty that component. Your vehicle powertrain is warranted by ** for a term 0f 60 months or 60k miles, but the owner has a responsibility to perform the required maintenance at the proper interval. As our customers take delivery of thier vehicle from the service department, they are given a invoice with doumentation concerning the vehicle, we do this to protect the customer and our company. Your case was no different, your invoice shows the initial order for the 40k service with a note at the bottom of that says husband said not to touch the vehicle, so no work was performed. It has two other lines that reference your declination of the 40k and transmission service. Your signature acknowledges the declination. There is no where on the work order that states that vehicle warranty is void. If you have any further questions or comments, please contact ***** ******** Service Manager.

9/19/2013 Problems with Product/Service | Read Complaint Details

Additional Notes

Complaint: I bought a new Subaru Outback from Appleway Automotive Group in March 2012. At that time, I also purchased the New Gold Plus Added Security. I no longer have this vehicle and understand that I should get a partial refund for this agreement. I was told that ******* ****** would be the individual that I should contact regarding this. I have left messages for him at Appleway as well as emailed him. After nearly two weeks time I still have not heard from Mr. ******. I also emailed Subaru of America and have gotten correspondence from someone there. In fact, that person has even called ******* ****** as well as his supervisor to give them my information. I still have heard nothing from Appleway.

Desired Settlement: The purchase of this agreement was to cover seven years of extended service for this vehicle. I owned the car for seventeen months. I would like to receive a refund for the balance of the agreement.

Business Response:

Spoke with customer and apology for the inconvenience and delay.  Cancellation form has been sign by the customer and process is in place for the refund.  Customer has been satisfied with the results.

Thanks You