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Type of Entity
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Business ManagementMr. Frank Southerland, Owner Ms. Debbie Klymkow, Business Manager
WHEEL CHAIR LIFTS & RAMPS TRUCK CAPS & SHELLS VAN CONVERSIONS & ACCESSORIES
Method(s) of PaymentCash, Check, MC, Visa, Discover
Alternate Business NamesVan City
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Complaint: I ordered a new **** brand cap from Van City on May 20, 2013 for a new 2013 Ram 1500 truck and paid a deposit of $1593. It was installed on June 24th, 2013 and paid the balance of $1593. When they pulled the truck out of the shop into the bright sunlight, it looked great. When I tried to open the rear door and close it it would not operate and the bottom seal was falling off. They attempted to adjust it and decided they would have to order new hinges as they appeared bent. Additionally, the cap was advertised to conceal the black trim on the truck's bed rails for a "seamless look" but it sat higher than it should and looked very poor. I had seen other **** **** on trucks that looked like they fit properly and this one did not at all. When I pulled into the garage at home, I tried to clean what I believed was dust on the side windows and discovered that in fact there was overspray of paint in various areas of the windows and cap. The cap also showed areas where it had been damaged and repaired previously. The side windows were also installed crooked. I explained the situation to VanCity and after a long period of time negotiating with them, I was advised that the cap would have to be sent back and repaired. I explained that that would not work as I had purchased the $3200 cap for camping and needed it. VanCity said we could wait until fall to send it back. I requested that **** send a new one and they could swap it when it came in. VanCity told me "it doesn't work like that, **** needs to see it and will repair or replace" I decided to wait until fall to follow up on it. In the mean time I took a 1200 mile trip through New York and Ontario with 3 kayaks attached to the **** factory installled Thule rack. After the trip, I observed that all four of the rack mounts were incorrectly installed, by ****, with the fasteners inverted from the proper positioning. This error put my gear as well as my family and general public at risk as only about 1 millimeter of aluminum was actually holding the rack and kayaks onto the cap's roof! I contacted VanCity who suggested I contact **** myself. I did so and expressed my disappointment with the quality of the product overall as well as the serious safety issue of the inproperly installed rack. **** ageed to send a new cap. The replacement cap arrived a few weeks later. Initial inspection looked revealed 3 of 4 rack mounts were again improperly installed and would have allowed the rack to fly off the truck. VanCity corrected this when I pointed it out. This replacement cap had a very nice finish and I figured we were all set. It was supposed to be a quicker install as all the wiring was done already. After waiting a rather long time, I was taken back to see the progress. It was quite obvious the installers were struggling to get it lined up on the truck. I was told that the spray on bedliner was the problem as they could not get one side to lower into place. I looked at the cap and it was obvious that the cap molded unevenly. I pointed this out and had to take a coin as a reference and show them that the right side fiberglass was twice as thick in the front. As it was closing time, I was told I would have to come back and that they would contact ****. I requested a refund as this second cap looked nice but fit worse than the first. I was concerned about the quality and safety of the product as it is a large item that was purchased to keep my gear secure inside as well as on the rack. That ****'s quality control was so poor that they sent a poorly molded cap with an improperly installed cargo rack to a customer who had just advised them of this very serious safety issue. Again, I was told that it had to go back to **** for repairs. I refused to be without the item unless I was refunded my money. At this point my patience was wearing out and I went to VanCity and told them to take it off and give me a refund. The owner, ***** *********** flat out refused to refund me anything. After several weeks of discussion and negotiations, VanCity advised me that **** wanted another chance to make this right and were going to send yet another cap, VanCity offered me $250 for the troubles. I was assured by VanCity that they were promised by **** that this be perfect and get the "white glove" inspection prior to leaving. I still desired a refund but agreed to have the third cap sent out. Several weeks later it arrived and I was scheduled to get it installed. When I arrived, I was shown the cap, sitting on the floor and saw a couple minor scuff marks but overall it looked OK. They removed cap number two and started installing cap number three. When I was shown the cap installed on my truck, it was immediately obvious that the paint did not match my truck at all. There was also a considerable amount of dirt that had dried into the paint. *** *********** came out to see what the problem was and told me "it is just the fluorescent lighting in the shop, it will look fine outside". I expressed my doubts about that. I was told to get an estimate to buff out the dirt. *** *********** walked into another area, I thought it was to get a camera or to call ****. In fact, he left. I finished up with the sales consultant and inquired about the $250 refund I was promised. I requested he put it back on my credit card and he said that they always do it with a check. He looked around a bit and couldn't find it. I suggested he call ***** but he would not. So now I left as the shop was closing with a third defective cap and without the $250 I was promised. I called and was told ***** won't give it to me until I am happy with the cap. I was very busy for the next several weeks in and out of town and the severe winter weather prevented me from cleaning the truck and cap for a repair estimate and then back to VanCity to look at it again. Being covered in salt hid the lousy paint job very well and I tried to just live with what I got. With a break in the weather, on Friday, March 7th, I got an estimate from a collision shop who pointed out numerous areas that indicated that the cap had already been repainted before. To make the cap match the truck, they would have to remove it from the truck, disassemble the door and windows, sand and repaint the entire thing. The estimate was for $1052. I called VanCity and let them know I got it and would email it to them to work with ****. I sent it the following Monday with a request that they send me a payment of the estimate amount plus the promised $250. ***** replied via email telling me that no one received a call from me and they thought I was going to bring it back sooner. I explained the weather, and offered to come on the following day, March 11 at 4:00pm if that was convenient. I did not receive a reply. I actually was able to get there at 2:30PM which I hoped would avoid yet another closing time you will have to come back. When I pulled in, the sales consultant, ***, met me in the parking lot and when I asked for ***** as I had told him I was coming he told me "he is not here, his truck is but he is not". *** told me that he wanted to look at truck and agreed the color match is unacceptable. I said I will wait for ***** as I was early. "Well, I don't know if he is returning" I asked if he could call his cell phone. We went inside and secretary had no idea where he was and had no way to contact him. She also said he never got an email about a 4:00 appointment. I now knew that I was definately getting a run around and was quite sure ***** was hiding in an office somewhere as he does not want to take care of this issue and probably hopes I will just give up. The sales consultant, ***, contacted **** while I was there and now **** is requesting again that I sent the third cap back for repair along with disassembling my new truck and sending the gas tank door in to get the paint matched. *** told him that could not happen. I again requested the amount needed to get the repairs done locally as it has become very apparent after three attempts that **** can not do it. I also offered to return the cap to them for a refund. Today I received and email from ***** *********** stating the cap has to go back to **** and now has changed his customer satisfaction offer from $250 to $300. I advised him that I was insulted by the offer and requested he work with **** to take care of his repeat customer. I previously purchased a **** cap from VanCity in 2004 and was pleased over all and returned when I needed a new one. I have sent pictures and the estimate to **** via an email address provided by ***. I have not received any replies.
Desired Settlement: I would like VanCity to remove the cap from my truck and refund my purchase price of $3186 either by check or a credit to my Visa card.
March 17, 2014
Better Business Bureau:
In my initial complaint I did not see an option to attach any documents. I have attached three this time;
1) A picture taken from a cell phone during the repair estimation at ******* *********
2) An estimate of repair from ******* ********* in the amount of $1060.31
3) An email conversation
As is very evident in the photo, the paint on the cap does not match the truck. As this is just the corner of the vehicle, only a small amount of dirt that had dried into the paint is visible, it is all over the surface.
This is the THIRD attempt by **** to provide a cap for my 2013 Ram 1500. Each of them were poor quality, with different issues each time. I paid a premium price for a "Custom" cap for my vehicle.
Both **** and Van City have been very difficult to deal with. I originally ordered the cap for camping over the summer. ONLY after I discussed all of the problems with "*****" at ****, including the obvious safety issue
of the improperly installed cargo rack was a replacement cap sent. This second one did not fit at all and leaked quite bad. I requested a refund and was denied. When I agreed to have a THIRD cap sent out after being
assured that it would be done right, they instead sent one that;
1) Does not have matching paint
2) Has obviously been re-painted
3) Has dirt dried into the paint all over it
I believe that I have been as patient as possible considering I have spent over $3000 for a "custom" cap and have received three defective units instead. I also wasted numerous hours returning to Van City
attempting to get this taken care of.
In the business' response, they stated that I did not have an appointment and that ** *********** did not need to be there to resolve the issue. I have also attached an email conversation between us
where I offered to stop by at around 4:00PM. I did arrive early, about 2:30PM and offered to wait for his arrival. I was told several times previously that he DID need to make the decision on what Van City would do
and I would have to bring it back again for him to see it. I was advised that he did not get the email, he was not there (his truck was there, per ***), they did not know when he was coming back and that there was
no way to get in touch with him. This seemed like yet another brush off.
I have never been forced to formally complain about any business in my life. I have been treated very poorly and have not received what I paid for. I went with a **** cap from Van City because of the
quality and service I received in around 2004 when I purchased my first cap from them. I anticipated a similar experience and instead this has been very disappointing in every way.
I am not looking for damages or anything other than my money back as I have not received what I ordered and paid for.
April 23, 2014
I reject the "offer" of $250 and take what I have. The facts are simple, Leer tried three times to send a cap that fit my truck and had matching paint without any attention to quality control. I paid approximately $3000 for this cap. I either want the $1300 as per the estimate to refinish the cap with paint that matches my truck or I want a refund and they can have the cap back.
I had hoped that this could have been resolved between Van City and I but they do not seem to want to do anything at all for a repeat customer. This has been stressful, inconvenient and disappointing to say the least.
Per our discussion this morning:
1.) Boulevard Van City has done all we can do to try and satisfy the customer within the parameters of the Leer Warranty Policy and our own policy concerning special orders. In our letter dated March 17, 2014 we supplied you with copies of the Leer Warranty signed by *** *******; a copy of our invoice signed by *** ******* stating " This is a special order. No refunds are given on special orders.
2.) We adhere to our vendors warranty policy, in this case Leer. It is clearly stated that Leer has the option to repair or replace the cap.
3.) We could have closed this out months ago if *** ******* had not waited 6 to 8 months to return the first cap which he used for his own convenience. We had ordered the replacement cap against Leer policy to assist the customer. It took him several months to come in and do the exchange.
4.) *** ******* has displayed to myself and other employees of Boulevard Van City a very rude and at times belligerent manner. Our employees are adhering to the policies of our vendors and those of Boulevard Van City. We do not make the rules however, we have to abide by and adhere to said policies.
5.) The $250.00 is a concession to *** ******* over and above what has already been done to resolve his issue. No one has said he has to "take what he has". The only stipulation was that he accept a cap he deemed acceptable.
6.) We are not going to address this again. The policies of both Leer and Boulevard Van City are well documented and signed by the customer.
We appreciate your assistance with this matter.
BBB's Final Determination: After reviewing the information provided by all parties, BBB determined that the business handled the matter appropriately, and no further action was needed.