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Phone: (208) 522-4501 Fax: (208) 522-4498 2220 W. Sunnyside Rd., Idaho Falls, ID 83402
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Idaho Transportation Department
3311 W State St , Boise ID 83703
Phone Number: (208) 334-8000
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Business ManagementMr. Mario Hernandez, Owner
Auto Dealers - New Cars Auto Dealers - Used Cars
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|Monday through Saturday: 8:30AM-8PM|
Method(s) of PaymentCash, Credit Cards, Checks
Service AreaIdaho Falls
2220 W. Sunnyside Rd.
Idaho Falls, ID 83402 (208) 522-4501 Directions
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Complaint: I bought a car from Teton VW in the fall of this year. When shopping for the car, I told the salesman what I was looking for. One of the features I was looking for was heated side mirrors. The salesman responded that heated mirrors were standard on all VWs. Once the cold weather hit, it was obvious that there were in fact no heated mirrors on the car. I called Teton VW and spoke to a sales manager regarding the situation. He acknowledged that heated side mirrors were not standard on all VW cars and said he would investigate the issue and get back to me. He never did. I then went through VW corporate to file a complaint. The customer service representative from corporate was able to actually get a response from Teton VW, but she said that the dealership was not going to do anything about it. VW also informed me that it is not possible to install heated mirrors on the car. I would not have bought the car if I would have known it did not have heated mirrors. Teton VW sales got me to buy a car from them by misleading me.
Desired Settlement: I would like Teton VW to call me, explain to me why they sold me the car, and explain why they aren't going to do anything. I shouldn't have to go through VW corporate to get a response.
I have had a chance to look into the this. The salesman that helped **** **** ******* is one of our most experienced sales consultants and he knows that all Volkswagens do not come with leather, heated seats or heated side mirrors standard.
He is positive that he did not tell the customer that as well. The customer had the opportunity to fully inspect the car before purchase. And was sold as is. Sorry for any misunderstanding that the customer may have had on this issue.
****** *** ** **** ** *** **** ******** ******* ** **** ****** ***** **** **** ********* ******* ******* ***** **********
Better Business Bureau:
*** *********** response did not address why I had to call his dealership several times, call VW corporate, and file a complaint with the BBB just to get a response back from him. Teton VW clearly does not care about the customer after they have sold the car.
To address the issue about getting back with you when you first called in you talked with one of the sales managers multiple times. And he was doing research trying to find out if heated mirrors could actually put on your car. But before he had a chance to gather all the information and get back with you, you had already filled a complaint with Volkswagen of America. And we did respond very promptly to that complaint.
I did read your complaint from the BBB and I also read your complaint from Volkswagen of America and in that complaint you stated that the sales man told you that All VW's came standard with leather, heated seats and heated mirrors. Our sales staff does extensive product training on all VW models.
If you are unhappy with the car you picked out we would be glad to take it back on trade toward the purchase of a different vehicle that would give you all the options that you would like to have on it.
Again I would like to apologize for any miss understanding that you had with your purchase.
Better Business Bureau:
If it was taking you days to gather information and get back to me, how was Teton VW able to respond to Volkswagen of America so quickly? I filed the complaint with Volkswagen of America because I knew Teton VW would have to actually respond to it.
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Complaint: In March 2015, we had mechanical issues with our 2006 Jetta TDI and we brought it in to be fixed. Engine damage was discovered in the 3rd cylinder and it was determined that the best option was to replace the entire head instead of just the camshaft. After a few weeks in the shop we finally got our car back with instructions to drive carefully for 500 miles which we did. The total cost was $3693.11. Two weeks later we noticed oil spots in the driveway and the check engine light was on again. This time Teton VW told us that the oil leak was covered in the seal warranty of the new head but the check engine light was now a problem with the turbo over boosting. We were told that driving the car with the turbo over boosting would not cause any performance issues or further damage the engine but the turbo would eventually go out and we would have to pay for it to be replaced at that time. I noticed the mileage on the car when I dropped it off was 155,555 miles and when I picked it up after it was supposedly fixed the mileage was 155,556. This tells me that it was driven down the driveway and back but never taken on the freeway to test drive. Upon returning home, which is 70 miles from Teton VW, we noticed that the car was still not running right. We got a second opinion on the diagnosis of the turbo over boosting and the other mechanic said he could fix it for $200 because it was the waste gate valve on the turbo and not the entire turbo that needed replaced. He also said he would not touch the turbo until Teton VW fixed the engine because it was not running right. Upon leaving his shop, we limped home in the car and put it on a trailer to once again drive 70 miles to Teton VW. Upon arriving at Teton VW, we were told that the turbo over boosting had caused further engine damage in cylinder 3 and it was a whole set of different problems than what they fixed the first time. We had also traded this car in at a different dealership and our trade in that day was contingent on Teton VW fixing the engine. We called and spoke with the service manager, *** ******, who continued to say the problems were all new and had nothing to do with the work that was previously done. We were not happy with the diagnosis because it seemed suspicious that the damage was done again in the same cylinder as previously, and after being told the turbo over boosting would not do further damage, the current diagnosis was that the turbo caused more engine damage. We called another manager, ****** *****, and he called back saying he would look into it. After another week of no return calls, we left another message for ****** *****. We received a return call from *** ****** stating that our car was gone because the ***** dealership came and picked it up. We had not been told any details of what was being done to fix the problem and our opinion is that Teton VW waited around and did nothing to make it right until ***** came and took it off their hands. This means that we were charged $3693.11 for work we feel was never done right and we did not receive the $2000 contingency from the ***** dealership on our trade in because Teton VW did not stand by their work. We called Mario H********, the owner of Teton Toyota and Teton VW on May 22, 2015, and left a message to discuss our unhappiness with the situation. Mario gave the assignment to a customer service representative who called and heard our story. We do not remember his name, but he said he would look into it. That was on May 26th, 2015. It is now June 25th, 2015 and we have not heard a word from Teton VW or any of the above named parties. We were also the lucky winners of a Teton VW car care package from our local PTA worth $500 in products and services from Teton VW and we are hesitant to even collect on it due to the situation and our dissatisfaction of the repair work and customer service.
Desired Settlement: We would like our $2000 that we should have got from the car in good working order. Really, the $3693.11 was paid for a job that wasn't done right. So, we should be asking for the whole amount.
I am writing this letter in response to the Better Business Bureau claim filed on 7/9/2015 by ******* *. ******. I am sorry to hear about the problems that he had with his former 2006 TDI Jetta. On March 6, 2015 the vehicle was towed in to Teton Volkswagen stating “Customer states the vehicle won’t start, states she was driving vehicle started to blow smoke lost all power and then died.” The Registered Certified Volkswagen Technician diagnosed vehicle found that the battery was dead, tech replaced the battery. Tech started vehicle found it starts and died removed valve cover found cam follower badly damaged valves sticking through follower.
The customer was recommended two different courses of action one was to replace the cam shaft along with associated valves and the other would be to replace the complete head assembly. The customer opted for the second option of the two, after removing the cylinder head the technician found that a valve had contacted the top of piston number three. Based off the damage to the piston the technician recommended replacing the piston head. See attached repair order #***** (page 2, part number 038-0107-065-LD-001), reference illustration 107-00. The part that we replaced was item number 1 which was the complete assembly for the piston head, along with the original repair that was recommended.
On April 10, 2015 the customer drove the vehicle back into Idaho Falls to have a check engine light and a oil leak diagnosed. “Customer states that there is an oil leak and the check engine light is on, had head replaced here about a month ago, required diag.” Technician found a leak from the cam cover gasket which was replaced under the 12 month, 12,000 mile parts warranty. Technician diagnosed the check engine light, he found there was active code set for p0234 turbo over boost. There was a recommendation sheet which you will see is attached, in this recommendation we use the related and immediate lines not the maintenance item. We use the maintenance sections for items that are not considered to be vital at the time of the inspection. No misfire codes were noted on any of the cylinders see attachment from Volkswagen’s national data base. This system stores all data once the vehicle has been connected to the scan tool. It stores all the information in the national data base, this information can only be retrieved by entering the VIN number so it is specific to that vehicle.
Customer returned vehicle to the dealership on a trailer “Customer states there is smoking coming from the vehicle request to diag.” The technician diagnosed the vehicle the codes that were current at the time were P0303 which indicates a misfire on cylinder three and P0234 for turbo over boost. This misfire code did not present itself until this visit, note the piston head was replaced upon initial repair due to the physical damage from the valve not due to a misfiring condition. The technician and the service manager decided to get a third party opinion on the vehicle so they contacted Volkswagen Technical Assistance. See the attached document which shows that the last paragraph stating that the connecting rod is bent. Which is illustrated in attached document 105-033, item number 14. As you can see this is not the part which we had replace if we had replaced that portion it would be covered under a parts warranty. If this connecting rod had been bent the whole time the vehicle would have had a misfire from the time that it left our dealership. The misfire which is code p0303 only occurred on this most recent visit, showing that the bent push rod occurred some time between the second and third visit. At this point the customer was no longer returning call to the dealership and the used car manager from ***** ********* was calling about the vehicle stating that they traded the car in. We indicated to *** ********* the used car manager, **** ****** the Sales Manager, and **** ******** the service manager that this issue the customer brought the vehicle in was unrelated to the original repair and unfortunately would not be cover under any warranty. Then they indicated that they would let the customer know that it was a non-covered item since they were no longer returning our calls. Based on the cars condition at the time of trade to the ***** *****, they were paid fair market value for the vehicle. The information provided here shows there is no correlation between the initial repair and the subsequent failure of the turbo and the bend push rod on cylinder number three from the over boosting turbo.
General Manager Teton Volkswagen
I am not satisfied with Teton Volkswagen's answer to my complaint. Please do not close this case. Their "service department" didn't want to fix my car, they just wanted to put a band aid on it and get it out of their hair and the are using codes to justify a poor repair job. There are three issues that they still need to address.
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Complaint: I had been researching the purchase of a particular truck from this dealership since 10-14. I felt like the asking price of $23,000 was too much for a truck its high mileage for the year it was,I decided not to pursue and check periodically to see if there was a price change. In 11-14 the price was reduced to $19,800, I still felt was too high, I contacted the dealership in hopes of negotiating a lesser price.I made an online inquiry with **** *******, after some discussion I asked him to make me an offer that would entice me to drive up to Idaho Falls for a test drive, he made me an offer of $21,810. I also had some questions that he did not know the answer to and informed me he would call me back the next day with the answers. After waiting a couple of days, he did not call back (I emailed my concerns with the level of service to the owner Jonah Namson & as of this date no response). I called the dealership and asked to speak with a different salesman and was put in contact with **** who I thought was going to be the final salesman to handle my purchase. After a week long discussion with **** he set an appointment with me to come and test drive the truck, I asked if I could drive it to Pocatello and he said yes, and advised me to bring my title for my vehicle. I showed up for the appt and was told by a salesman that **** would not be in for the day, which I found questionable because **** had made contact with a friend of mine that morning the exact same day only 30 min before our appt time. Irregardless I decided to work with the salesman that greeted me. After some discussion he advised I could not test drive the vehicle without him because of insurance policy issues, this was also confirmed by the owner Jonah, the owners only solution would that I PURCHASE the vehicle and he would give me 24 hrs to return if I wasn't satisfied. I FELT pressured,insulted,insignificant & most of all stereotyped as I have NEVER been restricted from a simple test drive from ANY DEALERSHIP & I can name a few.
Desired Settlement: Due to the inexcusable way I was treated and disregard for all the time I had spent trying to purchase a vehicle from this dealership, I would like Teton Volkwagon to allow me enough time to test drive a vehicle by myself to adequately make an informed decision on a purchase and to offer me a reasonable purchase price to compensate for all the time I invested and mental anguish that this has caused me.
We reviewed our internet chat/phone conversations with Ms. **** - started 10/24 6:38pm with an initial phone call inquiring of Best Price on 2010 F150 - email customer 6:43pm 10/24 Sale price $21810 - 10/29 11:01 follow up email No Response - 11/1 Cust reply email replied (Hello,I am glad that you sent this follow up on my input or feedback on the purchase I wanted to make with your dealership. I had been researching a purchase of a truck for about 3 months now, I first noticed the truck when I was at your dealership getting a repair on my car late this summer. My first contact about the truck was with a salesman named **** I believe. We discussed him making me an initial offer to see if it would entice me enough to come up from Pocatello for a test drive. I had also had some questions about a price range of what an extended warranty could cost me and a couple of questions about the truck itself. He said he would get back to me the next day and did not. I did however, get an email with the special internet pricing. After not hearing back from him for a couple of days I called the dealership back and he wasn't in. I don't remember who I spoke to but the gentlemen offered to help me. I told him I was a little concerned with the price and the truck having such high mileage and that when I looked the truck up in the KBB it was priced about 3-4 thousand more than book value, which I wanted to discuss, he too said he would get back with me and didn't. I take it your salesman do not like an inquisitive type person, so I just gave up and decided to continue to look elsewhere.
|12/10/2014||Problems with Product/Service|
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Complaint: I went in to have my timing belt changed and I received my car badly damaged. They removed the front grill from my car to replace the timing belt and other parts. When they delivered my car, the grill was pushed in, the outer hood release lever was broken and replaced with a piece of coat hanger, a headlight has been pushed inside the fender and my car looks like hell. I called to see what happened and they denied any damages but said they would replace the hood release they had broken. I took pictures of my car before I took it in for repairs and they were not interested in hearing about those. They told me there was a "pre-inspection" they did on my car that showed the damages. It is obvious that the damages are the results of poor workmanship and the "pre-inspection" was written after the damages.
Desired Settlement: I would like the Teton Volkswagen to repair my vehicle at their cost and I would like to take my car to a body shop of my choice.
I recieved your letter of complaint late. Maybe the issue has been resolved? I have spoken to Mr. **** and repaired his hood latch for as we broke it while trying to lift hood open. If you have any questions please call or email at ********************* .
Better Business Bureau:
I have reviewed the response made by the business in reference to complaint ID ********, and have determined that this does not resolve my complaint. For your reference, details of the offer I reviewed appear below.
Teton Volkswagen has not repaired my broken hoodlatch nor have I had any contact with them. The dealer whom I purchases the car from commented that he would bear witness to the condition of my car as purchased and the before and after pictures that have been sent to the BBB are proof of the damages caused during the replacement of my timing belt. Other automotive technicians have agreed that the front grill and other front end pieces are removed in order to make the repairs performed by Teton Volkswagen.
I have a bid from one local body shop listing the repairs to be around 1800 dollars. I think it would be fair if Teton Volkswagen admitted their wrong doing through poor workmanship and delivering my car then leaving before I had a chance to look at it, should pay to have my vehicle returned the condition it was in when I left it with them for repairs.
I have reviewed our video footage of Mr **** car arriving Aug 18th in our service drive with damage on car. We have communicated with **** we will replace the damaged hood release we broke a fault of ours. ****s Passat was dropped off at his work as a convience to Mr. **** per his request.