Ford Fiesta / lack of customer service and mistreatment of female customers
78-990 Varner Road
Indio CA 92203
During the week of April 13 th 2007 I called Ford and spoke with the "Service Manager" regarding the cracked skin on the lift door of my 2002, Ford XLT 4x4. I was informed that Ford was well aware of this problem and it would be fixed at no cost to myself. This particular "Service Manager" was leaving for Mexico, but I should expect a call from a Ford service Rep. The call never came, so when I called, I was informed that this conversation was never relayed as the service manager had stated he would do, however a date was set up to bring the truck in for repair.
On April 16 th. my truck went in to have the life door repaired, oil changed plus I authorized a dent in the passenger door be repaired and painted and the front bumper required a bit of a touch up," of which I assumed full responsibility for payment"
Ford lost my keys/remote start during the week of April 23 rd. Rather than bring in an outside company and install a new system they continued to mess around trying to get remotes to work with the system that was in the truck. After being unsuccessful in this endeavor I was informed that they finally had to pull the "brain" of the alarm system from my truck and send it away. .
On May 19th after paying the bill, of $424.84 I found that my alarm didn't work right, the front bumper didn't get touched up as requested there was a NEW Dent in the door, and the back life door was still rattling which of course will cause the skin to crack again.
I went back to Ford on May 21st, 2007. I asked to speak directly to the Service Manager and by this time I was not known as a " Happy and Satisfied Customer". When he started to explain the " warranty work" deductible and "just couldn't remember our conversation" I informed him that I didn't want to hear his excuses.This so called "service manager" informed me that I was rude. . When I replied that He was the rude one, he gasped and asked his audience of other employee's "what did I say that was rude" and then told me to leave his office and the premises. Kicked Out Of Ford's, now that's a new one. I'm 58 years and never been kicked out of a business. Ford had the honor!
I filed a complaint with the CEO of Ford Motor Company followed up with a phone call to their Customer Service Dept. filed a complaint with the BBB, and spoke with my credit card company to dispute this bill.
I am so positive that this would have never ever gone this far had I been a man. I believe I was seen as a nuisance female and treated as such.
Ford dealer ship's should require their Managers to be schooled in Good Customer Service, fixing issues, accepting responsibility for their staff and above all knowing that Women have the same rights and should be treated the same as men in business transactions.
Ford had my truck and my life tied up for 34 days rather than the 2 days that I was initially told due to gross negligence on their part. So here I am out of pocket $424.00 for repairs that didn't take place, $138.00 for a rental car and I'm with a vehicle that I will now need to take to a body shop for repair
Will I ever go back to Ford? NEVER, Would I recommend Ford? NEVER, Do I see Ford as an Equal Rights Business? NO
Ford needs to own this problem and do what's right by their customers
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