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Hillcrest Volkswagen (1979) Ltd.

Phone: (902) 453-2790Fax: (902) 454-55623154 Robie St., HalifaxNS B3K 4P9 Send email to Hillcrest Volkswagen (1979) Ltd.

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A BBB Accredited Business since 12/19/1980

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Reason for Rating

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Factors that raised Hillcrest Volkswagen (1979) Ltd.'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
Advertising / Sales Issues1
Problems with Product / Service1
Billing / Collection Issues0
Delivery Issues0
Guarantee / Warranty Issues0
Total Closed Complaints 2

Customer Reviews Summary Read customer reviews

0 Customer Reviews Customer Reviews on Hillcrest Volkswagen (1979) Ltd.

Customer Experience Total Customer Reviews
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Total Customer Reviews 0 Customer Reviews

Complaint Breakdown by ResolutionAbout Complaint Details

Complaint Resolution Log (2)
03/16/2015Problems with Product / Service | Read Complaint Details

Our **** ***** "died" and was towed to Hillcrest. We were told the clutch was worn out and that the replacement cost would be $2000. T
Feb.28, 2014 is the start of the warranty period. Feb. 19, 2014 is the date on the invoice of $1,913.53, which has been paid. Model ******** We are customer No. *** The salesrep was *** *****

We were told the warranty did not cover the clutch and that the clutch was not faulty (pictures were taken and sent by the Service Manager to Volkswagen Head Office to confirm this opinion).

We were told that the clutch was worn out because we had driven it badly, that we "rode the clutch."
This is what we dispute. We have been devoted Volkswagen owners over the years from atleast 3 ******* to multiple ****** later. We have always driven a standard and never had a problem with a clutch. Our cars have always been serviced at a Volkswagen dealership. One of the grounds for our complaint is the low mileage on the car(just over 9000 km). Is it possible that newer clutches are much weaker than older models? German engineering has been one of the reasons we have had such confidence in Volkswagens.

Desired Settlement
Basically we would like a refund of the amount we paid. And it would be a good idea to point out that our driving habits of many years are not likely to change. Will we be looking at a similar problem with this car in 2016?

Business Response
Contact Name and Title: ***** ******** GM
Contact Phone: XXX XXX XXXX
Contact Email: *********************
We are presently continuing dialogue with Volkswagen Canada in pursuit of a partial reimbursement for this customer.
Based on the completion of the technical analysis of the affected parts there is no opportunity for full reimbursement under warranty as there is no manufacturing defect. However we are making a case for partial reimbursement on a goodwill basis supported by customer purchase and service loyalty.

Consumer Response
(The consumer indicated he/she DID NOT accept the response from the business.)
We find it incredible that after driving a standard shift for over 40 years, that suddenly we have a car with low mileage, where the clutch burns out in less than a year. We feel there must have been a design defect in this clutch.

Final Business Response
Vehicle has been repaired.
Total charges were $1915 of which Volkswagen Canada has agreed to reimburse $1200 . Hillcrest VW will contribute 50% of the remainder leaving the customer expense for this repair at $357.

07/02/2013Advertising / Sales Issues

Additional Information

BBB file opened: 12/19/1980Business started: 08/17/1979
Licensing, Bonding or Registration

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

These agencies may include:

Registry of Motor Vehicles (NS)
6960 Mumford Road
Halifax, NS B3L 4P1
(902) 424-5851

BBB records show a license number of 04240 for this company, issued by Registry of Motor Vehicles (NS).

Type: Registry of Motor Vehicles-Dealers License

BBB records show a license number of 283581 for this company, issued by Registry of Motor Vehicles (NS).

Type: Official Inspection Station License

Type of Entity

Limited Liability Corporation

Business Management
Principal: Mr. Colin Silliker (General Manager)
Number of Employees


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3154 Robie St.

Halifax, NS B3K 4P9

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