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Tri-County Driving School, Inc.

Phone: (920) 734-7330 Fax: (920) 882-9988 526 W Wisconsin Ave, Appleton, WI 54911

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This company offers adult and teen driving instructions, both classroom and behind the wheel.

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  • 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 Summary Read complaint details

2 complaints closed with BBB in last 3 years | 1 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 2
Total Closed Complaints 2

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

Additional Information

BBB file opened: April 07, 1997 Business started: 05/01/1990 in WI Business started locally: 01/01/1990 Business incorporated: 02/14/1991 in WI
Licensing, Bonding or Registration

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Wisconsin Department of Transportation
4802 Sheboygan Avenue, P.O. Box 7910, Madison WI 53707
Phone Number: (800) 924-3570

Type of Entity


Business Management
Mr. David J. Gawinski, President
Contact Information
Principal: Mr. David J. Gawinski, President
Business Category

Driving Instruction Automobile Driving Schools (NAICS: 611692)

Additional Locations

  • 526 W Wisconsin Ave

    Appleton, WI 54911 (920) 734-7330


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Complaint Detail(s)

6/23/2014 Problems with Product/Service | Complaint Details Unavailable
6/24/2012 Problems with Product/Service | Read Complaint Details

Additional Notes

Complaint: My daughter ******* ******* is enrolled in the driver's education program at Tri County Driving school in ********* **. On May 3, 2012, her driver's education instructor told her that he would be picking her up at 5:30pm, but he instead showed up at 4:30pm without notice. Normally, the students are given a schedule to follow, and on that schedule, my daughter's normal time was 4:30pm, but the driving instructor had told her from the prior appointment, that the next time he was picking her up (on May 3rd), that he would be there at 5:30pm, and again, he showed up at 4:30pm. We paid $315.00 for this driver's education class, and now since this happened, they are trying to charge me a fee of $45.00 for a missed appointment, they are also trying to take my daughters instructors permit away, as well as they are no longer providing her with driver's education classes.

Desired Settlement: I would either like a refund for the services so that I may go to another driver's education program so that my daughter may finish what she needs to. I would really just like for my daughter to be able to finish out her instruction at Tri County so that she may be able to get her license when she turns 16. I do not believe that we should be charged for a missed appointment when the driver's education instructor specifically told my daughter to be there at 5:30pm, and he decided to show up at another time. I do not believe that is fair, and it I am not being provided the services that I paid for.

Business Response:



of Wisconsin



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10101 W. Greenfield Ave., Ste. 125

Milwaukee. WI 53214



To Whom It May Concern:


Today, the owner, David Gawinski,


was able to speak to Ms* ****** ** ******* about the


matter. There


seems to have been some confusion about her daughter's appointment


time. The owner has decided to not charge the student the $45.00 for her missed driving


Mr. Gawinski also explained to Ms. ******* how we


use our green appointment cards, so


we do not have any


future issues.


Ms. *******


seemed happy with this resolution. Her daughter will be rescheduled for her


next behind the wheel appointment and


will continue her instruction with Tri County


Driving School.

This matter has


been dealt with and is closed. Thank you.