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Sam Swope Auto Group, LLC

Phone: (502) 499-5000 Fax: (502) 499-5009 10 Swope AutoCenter Drive, Louisville, KY 40299 View Additional Web Addresses


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Customer Complaints Summary Read complaint details

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

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7 Customer Reviews on Sam Swope Auto Group, LLC
Customer Experience Total Customer Reviews
Positive Experience 3
Neutral Experience 1
Negative Experience 3
Total Customer Reviews 7

Additional Information

BBB file opened: November 01, 1977 Business started: 05/12/1960 Business incorporated: 12/20/2001 in KY
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Kentucky Motor Vehicle Commission
105 Sea Hero Road, Suite 1, Frankfort KY 40601
Phone Number: (502) 573-1000
Fax Number: 502-573-1003

Type of Entity


Business Management
Mr. John D. Hill, C.O.O Mr. Michael Sanderson, C.F.O Mr. Dick Swope, President & C.E.O. Ms. Patti Swope, Chairman Mr. Sam Swope, Founder Mr. Norman Walker, Vice President Director of Marketing
Contact Information
Principal: Mr. John D. Hill, C.O.O
Principal: Mr. Michael Sanderson, C.F.O
Principal: Mr. Dick Swope, President & C.E.O.
Principal: Ms. Patti Swope, Chairman
Principal: Mr. Sam Swope, Founder
Principal: Mr. Norman Walker, Vice President Director of Marketing
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  • 10 Swope AutoCenter Drive

    Louisville, KY 40299 (502) 499-5000


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Complaint Detail(s)

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Complaint: Repairs were made to my vehicle before authorization was given and before insurance adjuster was able to give a true estimate on my car. After paying $3417.35, for repairs that the insurance company didn't cover, there is additional major problems with the parts and work that was performed on my car. The new radiator is leaking, intercooler leaking, power steering pump is leaking onto the alternator still and requires 1901.32 in body work that was not performed and over 4200.00 of additional repairs that were neglected to be performed at the time of the accident. The day after I picked my car up from ***** ** ********** - 02-09-2012 - the check engine light and service engine soon light both were on, and my service adviser would not take or return my phone calls before leaving Louisville to come home to Kansas City. Phone calls and emails have gone un-answered by ****** *******, ***** ******, and **** *****. A formal complaint has been submitted to the Kentucky Attorney General's Office, Letter of Intent to Sue has been sent to Sam Swope Auto Group, and Civil Motions are being filed in Jefferson County, Louisville, Kentucky.

Desired Settlement: The resolution being asked for is the full amount of 3417.35 be refunded in full. ALL repairs be made to vehicle - Air Conditioner Compressor, Air Conditioner Condensing Unit, Drier and Valves, EVAP Canister, Both Front Strut Spring Seats replaced, Alternator Replaced, Tie Rods and boots Replaced, 2 new BF Goodrich Advantage TA P195/60 R15 Tires, Intercooler/Radiator/Cooling Fan replaced under warranty with Volvo Parts - Bumper Cover, LT Headlight Assembly, LT Fender Liner, Lower air guide, A/M Condenser and Loss of Use damages of 3150.00 - Grand Total for all repairs and loss of use $11766.90 These repairs to be done in Kansas City, Missouri at ******* ** ********* for body work and paint - ****** **** ********* *** will do all mechanical repairs, since they are a Volvo Authorized Repair Center.

Business Response: Re. **** ****** ********* * *******

Dear Mrs. ******

My apologies for the delay in responding to Mr. ***********  complaint, but due to his threat of litigation, I wanted to personally review and investigate this issue. After careful review of the complaint, I have determined the Volvo Service Department performed well within the Sam Swope Auto Group standard of customer service. Mr. ********* was provided a Ioaner vehicle, which he drove for over 6,800 miles, while in his possession for approximately one month. Sam Swope Volvo was also required to pay for toll and parking violations, which occurred while Mr. ********* had the vehicle, for which we were never compensated. We were notified by Mr. ********* that insurance would need to be utilized due to the high cost of the vehicle’s repair. The adjuster prepared an estimate on May 16, 2011, for which we completed the work on or about June 7, 2011. Mr. ********* was then notified the vehicle was ready, however did not pick it up until February 3, 2012. He was also aware of the wear and tear issues due to the vehicle’s age and neglected state of maintenance. We were only authorized to repair the vehicle per the insurance estimate and replace a part that Mr. ********* provided, There are many outstanding issues surrounding this investigation, which Mr. ********* failed to mention in his complaint. However, we will hold those items for our attorney to review  should  Mr. ********* pursue any litigation. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me directly.


**** ** ****
********* **** *************
Sam Swope Auto Group LLC
10 Swope Auto Center Drive
Louisville, KY 40299



Consumer Response:

Thank you for your prompt response to my inquiry.  I will have to say that there is some details that were left out, to a small degree, but the major facts remain with Sam Swope and Volvo of Louisville, not only performing below standard as to what Volvo customers expect, but they also took advantage of the situation that I was in at the present time.  I have the documentation that was sent to the general manager of Volvo of Louisville, and can attach that for your review.  IT comes do to an oversight of my insurance company. USAA and also Volvo of Louisville for making repairs to my vehicle before the insurance adjuster came out to take a complete look at it.  Currently, after putting over $3500.00 of my own money into my “high mileage” Volvo, which was taken care of very well and at every suggested service interval, service was performed. You can look that up by the VIN Number in the Volvo Customer database.  

 The parts and labor are covered by a 12 month warranty by Sam Swope Auto Group,  Two Years by Volvo USA -  The turbo inlet cooling line should have been replaced, since it was on the estimate from USAA, and also it was coming in direct contact with the new Intercooler, which also was not replaced to OEM Specifications.   IF this $3.50 cooling line had been replaced when my car was in the shop for over 6 months until I could get the finances to pay for the $3500.00 out of my pocket, it would be saving us this conversation now.   3 Weeks ago, the said cooling line blew out, and in turn my engine is ruined.  IT would require a head gasket/seal/ring job, or replacing with a used motor for about the cost of $1350.00 plus labor.  I have tried to contact the dealership, my service advisor (George Fraiser), and have spoken to Volvo Customer Care numerous times.  This is not a common maintenance item.  Volvo Customer care stated that it should have been replaced and they did not understand why it was not.   So currently, no one is accepting responsibility for this mistake or under sight.  Let’s say someone was just being cheap, and decided to leave the ORIGINAL cooling line attached when it should have been replaced. 

I am just wanting some resolution as to warranty, so that I can get my engine replaced and once more have my Volvo back on the road.

Hopefully this makes some sense, and clarity as to where I am coming from Ma’am.

You can contact **** ******, at ******** Volvo in Kansas City, Missouri at ###-###-####, if that is necessary.

I am attaching the initial Intent to Sue, but at this point, it was going to be more effort and time in the court system in the State of Kentucky than I can be present for .

There is a warranty out there, and I want someone to stand behind that and the error that was made by fixing my vehicle before the insurance adjuster was able to come out and look at my car. When he did finally come out, the car was completely fixed, well 92% fixed, and that is where it was called good by Volvo of Louisville.  I am also attaching the Volvo for Life Brochure, that is to provide some additional documentation.

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