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Carstar Automotive Canada Inc.

Phone: (800) 665-2264Fax: (905) 388-11241460 Stone Church Road East, HamiltonON L8W 3V3 Send email to Carstar Automotive Canada Inc.

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A BBB Accredited Business since 30/12/2011

BBB has determined that Carstar Automotive Canada Inc. meets BBB accreditation standards, which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. BBB Accredited Businesses pay a fee for accreditation review/monitoring and for support of BBB services to the public.

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Reason for Rating

BBB rating is based on 13 factors. Get the details about the factors considered.

Factors that raised Carstar Automotive Canada Inc.'s rating include:

  • Length of time business has been operating.
  • Complaint volume filed with BBB for business of this size.
  • Response to 2 complaint(s) filed against business.
  • Resolution of complaint(s) filed against business.

Customer Complaints SummaryRead complaint details

2 complaints closed with BBB in last 3 years | 1 closed in last 12 months
Complaint TypeTotal Closed Complaints
Problems with Product / Service2
Advertising / Sales Issues0
Billing / Collection Issues0
Delivery Issues0
Guarantee / Warranty Issues0
Total Closed Complaints 2

Customer Reviews Summary Read customer reviews

0 Customer Reviews Customer Reviews on Carstar Automotive Canada Inc.

Customer Experience Total Customer Reviews
Positive Experience
Neutral Experience
Negative Experience
Total Customer Reviews 0 Customer Reviews

Complaint Breakdown by ResolutionAbout Complaint Details

Complaint Resolution Log (2)BBB Closure Definitions
09/02/2014Problems with Product / Service | Read Complaint Details

Carstar did not fix what they said had been fixed and then the part that had been paid for was not installed in the car nor was I made aware of this.
The repair was both mechanical and bodily. Before permission was given to Carstar they advised the firs issue had already been fixed which I found ironic as I had not given them permission as of that time. In any case upon hearing this I agreed to just have them complete he started job as hey had done the estimate and found the issues. They were suppose to buff the car which was not done as such had to take the car back to get that completed. Once the car was delivered to my house the noise that was supposedly fixed was immediately realized. The gentleman who delivered the car and with whom my initial communication was engaged denied ever discussing the noise. I asked him to contact **** who was the mechanic who advised the noise had been fixed and the car was now good to go. **** confirmed to the delivery and initial point of contact that indeed he thought the noise had been fixed. Based on that confirmation, the said individual took the car back to fix the noise. After almost two weeks of keeping the car the story had now changed, where the noise was attributed to a wear and tear. They now asked me to go outside and pay for another estimate, to which I obviously opposed since I had already paid for their service and from what they had initially said was a wrong estimate. I asked them to simply fix the issue to which hey refused. There was a back noise that I had inquired of them, which they had said was a wheel bearing. I paid for the part and they covered the labour but I still demanded they fix the noise at the front. As if that was not enough when their estimate who had been booked 3 times and never showed up until the mater was escalated showed up, we discovered there was a part that I had paid for and they ordered but never put in the car. As per their best practice they were suppose to advise me accordingly but that did not happen. I was never advised the part they put in was an old broken part and that hey would fix it after receiving the part. 7 months after I discover this was the issue. I ask them to fix the part that was ever put in plus the noise issue and they decline. I then immediately get a call from the franchise owner who offers to fix the noise issue for free but I would have to buy the part to which again, I answered "NO". The franchise owner ends he call with, should you change your mind let *** ***** know and we will proceed. In any case a couple of days latter I receive a letter that the offer had been rescinded and I should come and pick up the part or they will mail it to me. While all of this is going on I had received 2 calls from their customer service department who had been made aware of the situation and promised they would have someone call me back to take care of this situation. I never hear from them or from anyone for about 3 months. I follow up with a call to head office, that was when *** and he president got involved. While this is going on as well, they send a letter to my insurance company that the repair is complete and that the noise at the front is not related to the accident. I wonder why this diagnosis was not brought to the forefront at the initial estimation.

Desired Settlement
I simply want them to deliver on their promise which is to fix what they said had been fixed, as well to put the part that they had me pay for and they did not install nor was brought to my attention.

Business Response
CARSTAR Mississauga has agreed to install the Inner Splash Shield. They are waiting customer to contact the store to make arrangements for installation.

However, the licensed technician at the CARSTAR Mississauga and an ***** representative has determined that the damage to the CV Joints is not from the collision but from normal wear and tear of the vehicle.

Consumer Response
(The consumer indicated he/she DID NOT accept the response from the business.)
I need Carstar to advise me on the noise at the front that they had initially said had been fixed. If in fact what they are saying is true that the noise is a wear and tear, why did they not tell me that initially and advised me that the noise which was part of the accident had been fixed. What noise at the front then was fixed?
My car was brought to them to do a proper estimate and so if they are telling me that the initial estimate was wrong then they should pay any vendor of choice for me to take the car to for a proper estimate. I should not be the one to consume that cost. The agreement in coming to them was for a right and accurate estimate. If the wear and tear they NOW keep referring to was so obvious, then they should have never missed it.
Also, why was I not informed or advised that the part that had been put in the car was the old broken part. Why was there not any attempt on their part to communicate this to me after almost 6 months of this happening. I also want to know the reason for Carstar making me a below standard offer and taking it back without reason. The only resolution, I seek is to have Carstar fix both those issues.

Final Business Response
CARSTAR Mississauga has tried to reach the customer and left voice-mail messages.

CARSTAR Mississauga has agreed to install the Inner Splash Shield. The customer is advised to contact the CARSTAR Mississauga to make arrangements for the installation of the Inner Splash Shield.

CARSTAR Mississauga is not responsible for the repair to the CV joints as the customer's insurance provider has determined the damage to the CV joints was caused by wear and tear and not a result of the collision. The customer is advised to address the issue with the CV joints with their insurance provider.

Final Consumer Response
(The consumer indicated he/she DID NOT accept the response from the business.)

03/27/2013Problems with Product / Service

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Additional Information

BBB file opened: 17/10/2011Business started: 14/11/1994
Contact Information
Principal: Mr. Sam Mercanti (President & CEO) M. J. Marshall (VP Finance)
Business Category

Auto Body Repair & Painting, Auto Body Shop Equipment & Sup

Map & Directions

Map & Directions

Address for Carstar Automotive Canada Inc.

1460 Stone Church Road East

Hamilton, ON L8W 3V3

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1 Locations

  • 1460 Stone Church Road East 

    Hamilton, ON L8W 3V3(800) 665-2264
    Fax: (905) 388-1124

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