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From Oil Change to Nightmare....Viper Crashed by a Dealership

Discussion in 'General Viper Discussion' started by Ratical2, Apr 10, 2011.

  1. DaDood

    DaDood Enthusiast

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    Stories like this remind me why I do as much work on my own cars as possible. The money I save and peace of mind is well worth my time. Plus, if I break something, then I learn how to "un-break" it.

    Sorry guys. If you can, work on your own car! Well worth it.
     
  2. Proshop

    Proshop Viper Owner

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    Same here, I have only left it at ART and they have been straight up and respectful to all the cars I have seen them with. Still at 2k rpm you could get it going pretty damn fast.
     
  3. jckrieger

    jckrieger Viper Owner

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    I recently had my viper aligned by a reputable shop. I wasn't looking forward to the event, but I didn't have a lot of choices. Luckily, the alignment tech was responsible and didn't destroy the car on the post-alignment test drive. The car blue books for 10K more than what I paid, so if he put the car into a tree I wouldn't have been too upset. This was a family run business, so I trusted that the son of the owner would be more responsible than a random tech working for some other shop. If this guy screws the company, he would be hearing about it for the rest of his life!
     
  4. Camfab

    Camfab Viper Owner

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    Years ago I had a seriously built IROC that some thief tried to steal. They got nowhere because I had completely rewired the car and had a hidden kill switch. In the process of trying to steal the car, they had broken the ignition switch cover to hot wire the car. Insurance covered the claim, and I had my local dealership do the work. When I went to pickup the car, the mechanic walked up to me and said the car had a problem, when he went to "Test Drive" the car, it would not go past 3000K. I laughed and told him, I put a 3K chip in my hidden Autometer rev limiter, to protect me against guys like you. This mechanic was a local drag racer, and I knew he would be all over my car. Every dealership has these guys, it's like crack to a gearhead.
     
  5. gofastr

    gofastr Viper Owner

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    I have the service writer write on the service ticket "NO TEST DRIVES WITHOUT OWNER" in big red letters. I also write down the mileage.
     
  6. Jerome Sparich

    Jerome Sparich Enthusiast

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    You guys must go to some real crazy dealerships.

    When I take in my Dodge truck (no big deal, right) the service writer does a full walk-around with myself and notes any chips or dings in the body (not a one), condition of paint (clean and washed, no dirt or dust) and mileage down to the .10 of a mile.

    Then asks me if I want to be present during any test drives that may be needed. Finally, asks me if I want the truck washed (to which he says "no" as it is spotless and would not want to make it "dirtier")

    I love this Dodge Dealer..............or I DID.............it was sh1tcanned like Tators and a few other great dealers were.

    Thanks Dodge
     
  7. dmerkle

    dmerkle Viper Owner

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    I was looking at 99 RT/10 in Chicago, dealer claimed it had a clean history.
    I was able to trace down the previous owner, he sold it to a dealership in New York that wrecked it the next day.
    Car got sent to Boston, showed up online for $17K with intentions of parting it out.
    Chicago dealer bought it at auction in the Carolinas and wanted to sell it for $27K in Chicago.
    The front wheels weren't even straight.
     

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