Best Service Department!
December 3, 2018
I am writing this review to encourage all to take their vehicles to Tomball Dodge, Chrysler, and Jeep. I know taking your vehicle to the 'dealer' is not an exciting experience (having to take your vehicle to any auto repair shop is never positive) due in major part to the stereotypes that are far too often supported by reality. Yet to my surprise, my experience from start to finish, the integrity in the customer service, and the respect given to me, all by Howard Hunt and Darryl Depasquale, will serve as a reminder to me that good people still exist.
My van had not started in a month. It needed multiple rocker arms and four cams to be replaced. Here are the facts of my experience:
o Howard Hunt, a Service Advisor, called me within one hour of my van arriving via tow truck.
o On three separate occasions, Howard said he would call me back at a stated time. He always called me back precisely when he said he would.
o He gave me his direct phone I could call/text. When I texted him, he replied back almost immediately. (It did take him roughly 10 minutes to reply to one text I sent him.)
o When communicating, Howard was direct, sincere, and did not provide false hope. (That was actually very refreshing.) Albeit this was a costly repair, because he didn't give false hope, there were no surprises during the entirety of the repair process.
o Howard went above and beyond to get the work done in the time I requested. At one point, I did not think it would be possible due to the weekend. Howard actually called me excited because he just so happened to ask his parts guy making a delivery if he had the four cams I needed and he did.
o After nearly two weeks in the shop and on the day the repairs were complete, Howard Hunt called me to inform me the van's electrical system was causing issues and they were now exploring the problem. My heart sank. He called me back within 15 minutes with excitement and relief explaining to me the mechanic thought it best to unplug and reattach the electrical components to the TIPM system and it worked perfectly. No repairs needed and Howard passionately apologized for having alarmed my wife and I. (I suppose I am not used to having an auto repair shop overly communicate.)
o I went to get the van right at closing on a Thursday. The bill was a little more than $300 dollars more than quoted. Howard Hunt had already left for the day. Darryl Depasquale (I didn't realize he was the Service Manager) approached me and said he was looking in to the discrepancy. A few minutes later, he pulled me aside to explain to me what happened. Somehow, an element of the original quote I approved did not tally in the total. Although they did the work and I approved the work, Darryl Depasquale owned the mistake saying it was clearly not my fault nor problem, but a mistake on their end and they would honor what they originally quoted. (That was so refreshing! This all happened past closing, lights off, and doors locked.)
o The most defining moment came the next day when I received a call from Howard Hunt stating they had found a way to save me more money…(I am truly not joking.) Much to my surprise, Darryl Depasquale went beyond all expectations when he gave me back a portion of my bill. That was one of the most humbling experiences of my life.
I wish there were words to describe the kindness, generosity, and sincere customer service I received directly from Howard Hunt and Darryl Depasquale. Much to my shame, I fail to remember the name of the cashier that stayed well after hours with her work completed to simply process my bill as well as another Service individual (I think Julie was her name) who worked alongside Darryl Depasquale to determine the difference in the bill and my original quote.
I am now a proud, life-long customer of Tomball Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep and without question, I trust the people that work there. Howard Hunt and Darryl Depasquale have set the standard for customer relations and customer service.