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When you bring a car in under warranty, what's the arrangments between dealer and GM as to how the cost is handled, and how GM reimburses the dealers?

I'm guessing it must be a shared arrangement, otherwise why would any dealer want either deny the problem, and/or do it halfass?

DealerNut, GoatGirl, anyone else know the story?:confused
 

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noz34me said:
When you bring a car in under warranty, what's the arrangments between dealer and GM as to how the cost is handled, and how GM reimburses the dealers?

I'm guessing it must be a shared arrangement, otherwise why would any dealer want either deny the problem, and/or do it halfass?

DealerNut, GoatGirl, anyone else know the story?:confused
That's a really good question! There is a book that the service manager and technicans use that determines how long the labor should be and how much the parts would be. The dealer has to apply for reimbursement with GM in order to get paid for the work. GM is the one who dictates on how much the dealer gets paid. Now, if the technician comes across a situtation where the problem is more complicated and spends more time and money on the problem, I'm sure GM takes that into consideration as well. I can find out more tomorrow from my service director if you want me to.:)
 

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That's a really good question! There is a book that the service manager and technicans use that determines how long the labor should be and how much the parts would be. The dealer has to apply for reimbursement with GM in order to get paid for the work. GM is the one who dictates on how much the dealer gets paid. Now, if the technician comes across a situtation where the problem is more complicated and spends more time and money on the problem, I'm sure GM takes that into consideration as well. I can find out more tomorrow from my service director if you want me to.:)
Thanks.

In my (small) mind, problems that come up under warranty would appear to be guaranteed income to a dealer, so why wouldn't they want as much as possible? I've been told that the real money these days is made on sales of used cars and service, not new car sales.

That said, if GM is unfair in compensating the dealers back, for example underestimating service time, then I can see why the service managers are prone to deny service or the famous (can not duplicate problem).
 

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Thanks.

In my (small) mind, problems that come up under warranty would appear to be guaranteed income to a dealer, so why wouldn't they want as much as possible? I've been told that the real money these days is made on sales of used cars and service, not new car sales.

That said, if GM is unfair in compensating the dealers back, for example underestimating service time, then I can see why the service managers are prone to deny service or the famous (can not duplicate problem).

Well, believe it or not, the servie department really relies on the New Car Department to sell cars. That's were they get the majority of their new customers. If you have a new car department that takes care of their customers, studies show that the customer will more than likely go to that dealership for servicing. All in all, the new car, used car, and service departments all rely on each other to make money.
 

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this is a very good question.......when I discovered 2 small areas of paint that were blotched on my GTO the first 3 dealers I took it to wanted to repaint the car,I had to drive over 100 miles back to the original dealer to have them repair it with a heat lamp,took 20 mins
I know that the first 3 dealers wanted to paint the car instead of repair it because there was more $$$$$ involved that way .....but I was the one who lost out because it cost me a 1/2 tank of gas ,1 wasted day of driving and over 200 miles put on the car for no reason since it could have been handled here
 

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this is a very good question.......when I discovered 2 small areas of paint that were blotched on my GTO the first 3 dealers I took it to wanted to repaint the car,I had to drive over 100 miles back to the original dealer to have them repair it with a heat lamp,took 20 mins
I know that the first 3 dealers wanted to paint the car instead of repair it because there was more $$$$$ involved that way .....but I was the one who lost out because it cost me a 1/2 tank of gas ,1 wasted day of driving and over 200 miles put on the car for no reason since it could have been handled here
I can't speak for other dealerships but they should've given you all possible options instead of just the most expensive one. To me it's unethical to do business any other way.
 

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That said, if GM is unfair in compensating the dealers back, for example underestimating service time, then I can see why the service managers are prone to deny service or the famous (can not duplicate problem).
This is becoming more and more of a problem in the car business. All the automakers keep whittling down the amounts they're willing to pay for service. Read in The Wall Street Journal that Ford cut the amount of time for an engine change in a Navigator down to something like 8 hours. Keep in mind that's for the diagnosis, ordering the engine, removing the old and installing the new. No way.

The end result is dealers avoiding work they know they'll lose their butt on -- and, sadly, reductions in compensation for all service-related personnel. Service advisors used to be career professionals -- now they're pimply faced kids who don't know what they're doing. And our closest Ford dealer just threw all their union mechanics out the door. Bottom line? I want nothing to do with what used to be my favorite dealership.
 

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You know, it's stuff like that makes me almost ashamed that I'm in the car business. I honestly believe customer service and customer satisfaction should be the #1 TOP Priority in every dealership. After all, with out the consumer, I wouldn't have a job. I'm beginning to wonder if other dealership understand that concept as well?
 

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You know, it's stuff like that makes me almost ashamed that I'm in the car business. I honestly believe customer service and customer satisfaction should be the #1 TOP Priority in every dealership. After all, with out the consumer, I wouldn't have a job. I'm beginning to wonder if other dealership understand that concept as well?
I agree goatgirl. It's strange that some dealships treat you like a stepchild once you buy your car and others treat you like gold. Word of mouth is still the best form of advertisement. Good or bad.
 

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That’s very interesting, wish I had known this before I was jiped by my dealer. I drove off the lot with a bad tranny (I smelled the burning clutch burning during the test drive [The salesman was driving BTW not me]) and in 2 days I brought it back and they charged me $1400 and blamed it on drivers error. Which I found profoundly unjust.
 

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That’s very interesting, wish I had known this before I was jiped by my dealer. I drove off the lot with a bad tranny (I smelled the burning clutch burning during the test drive [The salesman was driving BTW not me]) and in 2 days I brought it back and they charged me $1400 and blamed it on drivers error. Which I found profoundly unjust.
Did you ask your salesman what that burning smell was and what was his reaction?
 

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After we drove back into the dealer I was looking under the car and I smelled it, at the time I didn't know what it was. I asked him, and he replied it's the exhaust. I admit I was a bit puzzled, but I was blinded by the excitement of driving off with an 05 400HP GTO, I forgot all about when I started signing papers. I found out it was my clutch when I brought it a close friend who informed me that the bad smell was my clutch. And it was on the brink of destruction seeing that we were just taking a stroll at 40mph and clutch was slipping.
 

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Noraku_6.0L said:
After we drove back into the dealer I was looking under the car and I smelled it, at the time I didn't know what it was. I asked him, and he replied it's the exhaust. I admit I was a bit puzzled, but I was blinded by the excitement of driving off with an 05 400HP GTO, I forgot all about when I started signing papers. I found out it was my clutch when I brought it a close friend who informed me that the bad smell was my clutch. And it was on the brink of destruction seeing that we were just taking a stroll at 40mph and clutch was slipping.

Wow...it sounds like the salesman was talking out of his arce...what he should've done is told the salesmanager and had them check it out and fix it before you took delivery...but that's my personal opinion. Sorry you had such a terrible experience at that particular GM dealership. I hope you know that not all GM dealership are that way.
 

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Now, if the technician comes across a situtation where the problem is more complicated and spends more time and money on the problem, I'm sure GM takes that into consideration as well.
NOT TRUE!!!!
If a technition(like me)has, say, an intermittant electrical problem on a car,and takes 6 hours to diagnose(remember,INTERMITANT in this sinario) Turns out to be a Mass Air Flow sensor is the problem. I will get paid the .2 of a labor hour for installing the part.If I have time punched on the repair order for those 6 hours I was 1)trying to varify the customer's complaint(duplicate the problem) 2)properly follow any diagnostic flow chart GM MAY have come up with for this problem 3) Install the part 4)varify the repair(drive the vehicle to make sure I have fixed it 5) write up paper work.......The most extra time GM is allowed to give a technition is TWO HOURS.If a problem is too complicated and a problem cannot be solved by us using the diagnostic info. GM provides us,we have an engineering hotline to call.THIS IS A JOKE! I have had situations where these guys have told us they don't have a fix for my customer's problem. I'M SUPPOSED TO TELL THEM THAT?! When you do take your car to a dealer for repairs,please have patients. We know it is your $30k baby we are working on and want nothing more than to get it back to you clean,and fixed correctly.
Sorry for the rant,just want people to know that a service department is only as good as the tools a manufacturer gives it.:cool
 

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Here is a good example of why customers have bad opinions.

A customer of mine had to have his top repaired on his brand new Solstice.

We determined we needed to replace the top.

GM paid the tech 2 hours for the replacement.


It took him 7 hours of continous work to make the swap. Had he taken the alloted time it would have been a crap job.


Things like that are the reason for bad service.
 

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Exactly. It's the mechanics that take pride in their work(knowing sometimes we won't get paid for it all) that you never hear about on these forums.:cool
 

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Exactly. It's the mechanics that take pride in their work(knowing sometimes we won't get paid for it all) that you never hear about on these forums.:cool
Yes, but that works 2 ways. I have an '05 Bonneville GXP that has had a driver's door leak since I've purchased it. It's now 5 times to the shop and it still leaks. The last repair states they replaced the butyl seal around the door. I inspected the seal and low and behold, there was pieces of my wife's Sedum plant when it sheds for the winter. The Same Plant That Shed It's Leaves Last November. Amazing, too that the area under the seal was still dirty, you would have to work very carefully to replace the seal but keep the dirt intact. "You know what I mean, Vern?"
 

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Yes, but that works 2 ways. I have an '05 Bonneville GXP that has had a driver's door leak since I've purchased it. It's now 5 times to the shop and it still leaks. The last repair states they replaced the butyl seal around the door. I inspected the seal and low and behold, there was pieces of my wife's Sedum plant when it sheds for the winter. The Same Plant That Shed It's Leaves Last November. Amazing, too that the area under the seal was still dirty, you would have to work very carefully to replace the seal but keep the dirt intact. "You know what I mean, Vern?"
Sounds like somebody lied to you.
Might be a good idea to inspect the work before you leave the dealer.:cool
 
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