Good Service is still a part of the Dodge buying experience.
December 3, 2018
Good Service is still a part of the Dodge buying experience. Nice to see that value to the consumer is job one. Earlier this year I bought a 2016 SRT Dodge Challenger from Westbury Dodge on Long Island, New York. I live in New Hampshire and located the car via the Internet. It was a left over and had 19 miles on the odometer; still new. It had been sitting on the Westbury lot for 435 days. I will admit I definitely felt a little vulnerable because I knew this dealership would only see me once. All service on the car going forward would be conducted by Bonneville and Son Dodge of Manchester, New Hampshire. This was a relationship I had yet to establish. I made a 5 hour drive down over the Thanksgiving break arriving at the end of the day to purchase the car. Jader Reyes was my salesman for the transaction. The sale was 4efficient, professional and uncomplicated. This was important to me because my goal was to catch the ferry off the east end of the island which would shorten my drive home to NH. As I hit the highway for the drive home and brought the car up to speed, there was distinct vibration the back of the car. Right away I identified that this was a tire vibration probably due to the car sitting on the lot for so many days. Low-profile tires have a proclivity to flat spots from storage. I already knew this from other cars that I had owned with similar tires. Most times as the rubber warms up the vibration improves dramatically and this was the case with the Challenger. As I drove home, the vibration became less and less evident. By the time I returned to New Hampshire the vibration was noticeable but not debilitating. I brought the car into Bonneville and Son Dodge for a state inspection and a road force balance tire service. This would also allow me to establish a service relationship with a local dealership for my new car. Mark Dickerson was my service advisor. Upon inspection of the car and attempt to balance the tires, he had to deliver the news that after 400+ days sitting on the lot the tires were too severely flat spotted to balance. All four tires were going to have to be replaced. What happened next is the reason why I am writing the article. Mark reached out to the service manager, Domenick Denovellis at Westbury Dodge. Westbury Dodge agreed to assume all responsibility for the replacement of the tires and all labor to rebalance and reinstall them on the car. Bonneville and Son ordered the tires and did all the work and I was never presented with a bill. I call this an exceptional service experience. Dodge has certainly won my loyalty going forward. I would like to thank Jader Reyes, Domenick Denovellis and Mark Dickerson for bringing service back to the American car buying experience. At first I was very concerned about my ability to locate a car over the Internet at a dealership three states away and still have a positive buying experience if there was a problem with the car. Clearly, Dodge has figured out how to thrive in the global economy created by the Internet. Dealerships willing to collaborate with each other to maintain the customer experience is the key ingredient! Thank you all!