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The customer is always right…..right? Well, not always.


For those of you who read my tips, you know how I feel about the importance to your business in creating world-class customer service. I will do just about anything when it comes to customer satisfaction. But there are things that transcend business. In the end, people are people and mutual respect between people must be observed and upheld.


In the thirty one years I have been in business there have been times when I had to tell someone to please leave and never come back. Those were the times when people crossed the line with either verbal abuse, asking me to commit fraud or perform a repair (or not perform a repair) that would jeopardize the safety of others.


Last summer I walked in the customer waiting room to find a first-time customer verbally abusing one of my service advisors. His car just failed the NY State safety inspection because of a cracked windshield. He was yelling and cursing because he stated that the windshield had been cracked for years and no other shop failed the inspection before.


I quietly walked over to him, introduced myself as the owner, gave him my business card, and said, “You owe my nothing for today’s service, leave now and please don’t ever come back”. He did leave in a huff, and my service advisor just shook his head.


Commit your business to world-class customer service. Be the best you can be and train you staff the same way. However, if you encounter a customer that crosses the line, it’s often best to part ways.

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Been there don't that... wrote the book, bought the t shirt... now just waiting to watch the movie.


if those Hollywood types wanted to make a reality TV series a Real reality TV show ... just go to a repair shop ... you'll get all the reality you'll ever need.

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if the customers in the shop are half as bad as they are in the parts store. I would throw a few threw the window. You can do everything in your power to make someone happy. And they are still not happy. Or they are just plain ass hats,and cause trouble on purpose

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Exceptional customer service is all about creating a great relationship with your clients. Sometimes there are relationships that just don't work out. It's the opposite of a win/win.


If the customer is always unhappy or a pain in the ass and the staff all growl when they see this person's name on the schedule then it's time to 'break up' or 'fire' said customer.

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You know, it ain't like Will Rogers said, "I never met a man I didn't like." He never had to deal with them as a customer.

I know what ya mean, and there are a lot of people that I don't want to ever see again as a customer.


thanx for your comments. keep them coming. Gonzo


Exceptional customer service is all about creating a great relationship with your clients. Sometimes there are relationships that just don't work out. It's the opposite of a win/win.


If the customer is always unhappy or a pain in the ass and the staff all growl when they see this person's name on the schedule then it's time to 'break up' or 'fire' said customer.

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I fired one last week and I don't want to ever see is him at my shop again. Eight (8) months ago we install a timing belt/water pump on his 2.4L Chrysler. He had started experiencing an overheating problem and thought it might be the water pump. We checked it out and didn't find a problem with any of our work but we did find it to be low on coolant. We also found that one of the dual cooling fans was not working. After repeated drive cycles we also discovered the radiator cap was bad. We think the coolant lose was from the radiator cap coupled with the cooling fan problem and the onset of hot weather. We did not do any repair other than install a new radiator cap although we spent considerable time looking at the car. When he came to pick up the car we told him to take the car and drive it and if the problem was mostly remedied (coolant lose) to come back in and pay for the radiator cap. That would be the total charge. No diagnostics, no labor, etc. He went off on us and got real nasty. He thought because we did $600 worth of work in August that that should fix all of his cooling related problems. He got me real upset. I finally took the new radiator cap off and put the old one back on and told him to get lost. All the time he is yelling and talking better business bureau, lawyer, and such nonsense. He was a minority with a sense of entitlement and evidently bullied a lot of people to get something for nothing but it don't work with me or my Army Ranger Service Manager. He is a stupid loser in my book.


Frank, I have been down this road too many times. I even hate to speak about this, because these negative things we go thru eat us up and as everyone knows, I like to be positive in life.


Imagine someone spending a lot of money for a meal at a resturant and after a few hours gets hungry again....you think that guy would run back to the resturant and complain that he spent a lot of money on the meal and he got hungry way to soon? Sounds crazy? Well that's what it's like for us in this business sometimes.....Crazy!

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