While there are a lot of things we put into every job to make sure the customer is happy. Safety is what tops the list of importance for us. Not just for the customer but for their families, friends, pedestrians, and other motorists. If your vehicle is unsafe you are literally a rolling liability to anyone and everyone you pass. We don’t take that lightly. Today we saw a new customer come in that had failed Mass State Inspection for a faulty Emergency Brake. He decided to perform this Dodge Brake Job on his own and failed….
Brakes are one of the more simple maintenance items we perform here daily. As you step on the brakes, the brake pads wear out. So it’s not uncommon to see a need for brakes. But replacing them isn’t as simple as just putting new pads in. There’s quite a bit that goes into it because you don’t just want the brakes to work and be safe. You want them to last and function properly for years to come without noise or any other issues. That all starts with having a properly Trained Technician installing top quality parts, the right way….
This customer felt that they would save a few bucks and replace their faulty Emergency Brake Shoes on their own. The problem they ran into was pretty obvious. Take a look;
Not only did the brake caliper and bracket grind into the rim, but it wedged itself into the rim causing a crack. When it did this the vehicle skidded to a stop because the wheel was locked up. VERY DANGEROUS!!!!! He probably saved about $100 or so doing it himself, which is cool….. But he could have crashed or worse, he also needs a rim for $600-700, and he had to get the car towed for probably another $100. So how much did he really save?
We completely understand that price is important. But do you really want to find out that you probably should have had your Brake Job performed by a Professional Technician now by reading this or find out at 70 mph while uncontrollably skidding to a stop on the highway in the middle of the night like this guy did?
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There’s no added cost to having it done correctly, just added value.
Yesterday was the first time in 10 years that we saw a problem we didn’t have an immediate solution for. It’s not uncommon to see the staff go out of their way every single day here. What most customer’s expect is for someone to hold the door for them, make a genuinely polite comment about their hair, or even give them a ride home and they’re happy. But that’s not what makes us the “Best Auto Repair Shop in Western MA“. Aside from all of the amenities we offer here, our customer service is what sets the bar higher than most others can reach. Allow me to explain….
About a week ago a customer came in with a blatantly faulty rear differential (gears that turn the wheels). The customer is also Active Duty Military and has to drive long distances regularly to report for service then back home to see his family. He was given a few options and chose to go with a brand new unit. These units are built at a factory in Texas then shipped all over the country and installed as one piece. It’s definitely the best way to fix the problem. The customer was also happy about our Nationwide Warranty and Roadside Assistance since he drives across the country to report. Here’s the problem…..
We performed this Dodge Repair and installed the new unit and about a week later it developed a high pitched whining noise. It’s rare but sometimes these things happen. Since we don’t build the units here and just get a new unit with a Warranty from the factory it should be simple enough to just get another unit and Warranty this one right? Wrong! The problem here is that the customer is home for Holiday break and has to leave on 1/23. We didn’t know about the issue until 1/21 and shipping takes roughly 1 week…….. “Sorry Mr. Customer, you’re going to have to delay your deployment” was not an acceptable answer for this guy. Here’s the solution!
We found a warehouse that had one down near Maryland (roughly 5.5 hours away). The unit was promised to another shop so we had to call the other shop in Illinois and plead our case. The other shop offered to let us take that one but with the impending snow storm the warehouse in PA refused to ship the unit. So we drove down to get it….. We drove 11 hours in one day (cost the customer nothing whatsoever) to pick up the unit so we could Warranty it and correct the problem so that he can get back to protecting our country and get there on time. It’s the least we could do for all of the sacrifices him and his family make to protect our freedom.
I think we all can agree that sometimes “things” happen. But it’s how you handle those “things” that sets you apart. I can unequivocally guarantee there isn’t a shop around that would have done this for a first time customer or any customer for that matter. That’s why this is reason #420,247 why we’re the “Best Auto Repair Shop in Western MA“. We don’t just say we care, we prove it!
First off I would like to thank the staff at Precision Auto Repair & Sales. Their dedication to customer service is outstanding and unmatched. I have been in the Army for the last 15 years and have had my truck serviced at many different locations and many different states. The experience that I had at Precision beats them all, by leaps and bounds. When the first differential I had replaced was not acting right I contacted James and told him about the issue he didn’t hesitate and told me to bring it in. After talking with his staff he came back and said the he wanted to change it out for a new one. Now, I was home on leave and this was two days prior to me having to drive back to Alabama, James said we will do what it takes to make it right. His staff immediately started making phone calls to find a new one. There were only two units in the U.S, one in Texas and on in Pennsylvania. He called me and told me this, now I was wondering how it was going to get to Mass and installed in a day and a half. After many phone calls to many different places James called me back and said that he was DRIVING to PA to get the new unit! I was floored, where do you find that kind of customer service anywhere?! And for it to be the owner of the company is completely unheard of in this day and age, 99.9% of other places would have told me, to bad or don’t know what to tell you. Not James or his staff. I may not live in West Side currently, but he has certainly gained a customer for life. I still am taken back by the enormous lengths he and his staff will go to make sure the job is done right!! I can not thank James enough, he will get the mission done no matter what it takes.