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We all heard the "But it was working before" even when its a blower not turning on and the only thing you touched was a transmission flush LOL.

 

Lets hear the stories and also your best responses! I am always dumbfounded when people tell me this and I am quick to go into defense mode. Whats the best way to diffuse this type of situation.

 

 

BTW I have tried explaining that we have not even been anywhere that part of the car or that system, many times I get blank stares or "Yeah right buddy" type of looks.

 

 

 

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I've learned not to get defensive. I stay calm no matter how badly I'd like to scream in their faces lol. Once you get defensive you've lost your ability to negotiate and explain the facts. I just say "we're so sorry this has occured, we'll be glad to take a look at it and if we're at fault we'll take care of the issue, of course if we're not at fault we'll have to charge as per our billing policy" then we explain that if their uncomfortable with that their welcome to get a second opinion at their own expense.

 

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In my 40 years as a mechanic and 34 years as a business owner, I have blamed for things I did not touch more times than I care to remember. Perhaps my all time best story is when a customer blamed me for damaging here car, claiming that I scratched the driver's door. Her car, by the way, looked like she used it on the weekends at a local demolition derby.

 

As I walked out to see the car, she points to the drivers door, which was so badly damaged I said to her, "We did this damage to the entire door"? She replied, "No, not the entire door, most of the damage was there already, you guys just did this", as she pointed to one scratch.

 

All I could say was, "You have got to be kidding? The entire car is damaged and you are worried about one little scratch?"

 

Amazing, right?

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Same story I had with a customer and his bumper. He had a scratch and wanted to point it out to me say, "this wasn't there before." Bumper had multiple previous scratches and deep parking battle scars and gouges. If I remember correctly I think I looked at him and walked away. Oddly enough I still see this customer to this day lol

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