14 May, 2015

Beware of men in white dust coats

One day as I was driving my car, a Mitsubishi Challenger 4x4, I saw a red light blinking on the dash. So I pulled in at the Mitsubishi agent, Dallas Motors on Victoria street to find out whether there is anything wrong. Three men wearing white dust coats worked on my car immediately. I was watching them because one of them had a computer which he plugged into my car and looking at the monitor as he turned the dials. The end result, the idiot light stopped blinking on the dash. I was given an invoice for $75 which I paid and then I went home [happy] with the quick instant service.

On closer look at the invoice at home, I found that the itemized items included labour @ $70 and material used was $5, a brake lamp! I became unhappy because it cost me so much money to replace just one brake-light bulb. A franchisee should be able to interpret an idiot light on his product, Mitsubishi. Being a blogger, I post about my experience and forgot about it. A few weeks later, I received a call at home. The manager of Dallas Motors asked me politely to remove my post about his shop. Apparently my post has cost him customers. He offered to refund me the money but I declined to accept because this was not about the money. It was about him trying to cheat an [ignorant] china man. I told him that I will not remove my blog; but he is free to sue me in court if he is unhappy. He never did.

Two years later Dallas Motors in Hamilton closed down shop. I am smiling now because I am driving a Nissan! There was in fact nothing wrong with the Challenger; it was a good car; but the service was lousy. That franchise was operated by a con man. Today he would not have lasted 2 years. I would expose him on my wall on FaceBook complete with a photo of his shop. :)


  1. Dallas motors actually read yr blog? Wow. with my Dominoes case, I blog, and also posted on their FB site. That was why they came back so quickly.

  2. Blog is slow but FaceBook is instant!


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