First Time Cadillac Owner
August 9, 2018
I must be honest and say that I've been apprehensive and on guard about this dealership since I purchased my CTS this past March. I was formally a Lincoln owner, and always blown away by how wonderful I was treated at Hines Park Lincoln of Plymouth. My apprehension about this particular dealership stem from a very bad experience in 2001, when my vehicle, not a Cadillac, was brought in for body work following an accident. I was reassured by my salesperson that since that time, they had made seeping changes and all the issues had been eliminated. My last experience on August 2, has left me wondering about this. I'd like to start by saying that each time I've visited the dealership, I've been impressed at the warmth and curtesy of the front-line employees. They make an effort to make certain that you've been taken care of. With that said, this was my experience; I arrived at 7:30 (ish), to have routine maintenance performed on my CTS, (oil, lube, tire rotation). I decided to wait, because I had been told the day before that if I arrived early, I'd be in and out. Three hours later my car was ready. In my opinion, this is not 'in and out', but I understand that things sometimes happen that cause unexpected delays. As always, when my car was returned to me, it was freshly washed and hand dried. When I returned home I noticed that one of my tires had a bulge in the sidewall. I immediately returned to the dealership. How could they rotate the tires and not notice this defect is beyond me. I was politely taken care of as soon as I returned. Foolishly, since they hadn't noticed this while I was there a few minutes earlier, I assumed I'd be taken care of A.S.A.P. and didn't even think to request a shuttle back home. Almost 3 hours later, the tire had been replaced. * A side note: I purchased, (with some hesitation I might add), the tire insurance for my run-flat tires ... and I'm so grateful that I did. These are expensive, vulnerable tires, especially when you consider the state of the roads in Michigan. Continuing with my review. While I was very disappointed that what I thought would be a 1 hour maintenance visit had somehow turned into nearly 6 hours of waiting, the ordeal was finally over; or so I thought. When I arrived home the second time, I noticed that two of the wheels had been scratched, not severely, but scratched nonetheless. I hand wash my car, so I know every mark on it, and where or when it occurred. I was leaving to go out of town, so I never called or returned to the dealership to address these scratches. This incident reminded me of my experience in 2001. Even then, I was always treated respectfully by the front-line folks, but the 'behind the scenes' people showed very little respect or integrity for my vehicle. They seemed to be a big ball of contradiction. I realize that there are some folks out there dripping in cash, and perhaps they aren't bothered by a few scratches on $400.00 chrome wheels, but I'm not one of them. When you pay a lot of money for a vehicle, it only seems fair that you should expect that the people that you intrust to service it, are going to do so with care. I've rated this experience a 3, but in all honesty, I should be less. I'm now faced with either dealing with the scratched wheels, or learning to live with them. In reality, it doesn't escape me, that it is after all, just a car. On my next visit however, (which hopefully will not be any time soon), I'll be sure to request either a loaner or a shuttle back home. I will also remind them to speak with those who will be working on my vehicle, to treat my car the way they would want THEIR car treated. While it won't be convenient, I'm considering the idea of bringing my vehicle to another Cadillac dealership for future service.