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: October 10, 2012, 02:08:21 AM

When you own a sports car, you inevitably get a little paranoid about how it's treated when in the care of strangers. One South Carolina man was worried enough that when he took his 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS in for service at a Chevy dealer, he hid a voice recorder in the car. He was right to be worried: The recorder caught mechanics doing burnouts and discussing how to make the owner pay for a ruined clutch the car didn't have before coming in. Now the Internet Justice League has taken the wheel.William Clark says he took his Camaro to Best Chevrolet-Kia in Easley, S.C. for a clunking noise in the car's six-speed manual transmission. After a previous visit to a different dealer, his Camaro had died shortly after Clark retrieved it; while he suspected the staff at that dealership of joyriding, he had no proof at the time.

This time, the voice recorder hidden in the door pocket catches employees doing several burnouts and hard launches in the Camaro; Smith later says the techs drove it harder in 20 minutes than he had in three years. Once back in the shop, the mechanics realize the Camaro's clutch has been fried, and come up with a plan to blame the damage on Smith, saying to "write it up as him buying a (expletive) clutch," while saying another part failed under warranty so that General Motors would pay for its replacement.

Smith says he's taken his evidence to the dealer and Chevrolet customer service; the dealer offered to reassess the damage or take the Camaro as a trade-in on another car, but refused Smith's demand to buy the car back. Smith says Chevrolet customer service washed it hands of the problem, saying it was an issue between him and the dealer. As of the last update, the car's smoked clutch remains untouched.

Unfortunately for Smith, there's few other steps he can take that don't end in court. Dealers are regulated by states; Clark can file a complaint with South Carolina officials, but even with an audio recording the assessment of damage isn't so clear-cut as if the mechanics had wrecked it on a test drive. Instead, other Camaro owners have taken up the cause, posting Smith's video to the dealership's Facebook page and otherwise making noise about the problem.

You can hear the entire exchange, including the profanity, here. A lawyer for Best Chevrolet, in a request to Yahoo Autos to take down this story, told us in an email that the audio was "misleadingly edited." Clark has said the dealership has threatened to sue him over the audio, but has also spoken with him about buying the Camaro back. The dealership may soon learn that in the Internet era, one burnt clutch can create quite the stink.

UPDATE: General Motors says in a statement that if the recording is valid it does not condone the behavior described, and that it is "actively working closely with the dealer to resolve this situation to the customer's satisfaction."

http://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic/camaro-owner-records-mechanics-abusing-car-scheming-damages-152707580.html

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#1 : October 10, 2012, 05:31:19 AM

Interesting. I've always have very little trust for auto mechanics at these places.

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#2 : October 10, 2012, 08:17:59 AM

Hard to blame the company for a couple of jerk off mechanics.

What you can blame Chevy/GM for is the massive level of suck in their cars. Hell, if you buy one of them the biggest rip off you will ever suffer is when you signed the papers to buy the thing.

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#3 : October 10, 2012, 09:11:23 AM

I know a lot of people happy with their Chevy/GM cars. Chevy sales seem to be doing fine as well.

http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2012/10/chevy_cruze_stays_no_1_in_sept.html

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#4 : October 10, 2012, 11:14:41 AM

Super duty Chevy trucks are AWFUL vehicles.

The less expensive sedans I have no knowledge about.. But ive heard they have improved.

Not a fan of Chevy. Thats my black-redneck side talking though

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#5 : October 10, 2012, 11:34:21 AM

I know a lot of people happy with their Chevy/GM cars. Chevy sales seem to be doing fine as well.

http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2012/10/chevy_cruze_stays_no_1_in_sept.html

i know  alot of people happy with their crappy pop music CD's and those sell well too....doesn't mean anything.

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#6 : October 10, 2012, 11:50:19 AM

I know a lot of people happy with their Chevy/GM cars. Chevy sales seem to be doing fine as well.

http://www.cleveland.com/business/index.ssf/2012/10/chevy_cruze_stays_no_1_in_sept.html

i know  alot of people happy with their crappy pop music CD's and those sell well too....doesn't mean anything.
Time to roll out  the  Gangnam Style Chevy ad campaign.

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#7 : October 10, 2012, 12:46:44 PM


I'm wondering if an adult purchasing a vehicle might put a little more thought into it than a teenager does into buying a CD...

Illuminator is a good poster. He sticks to his guns and makes good points. Some don\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t like that.

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#8 : October 10, 2012, 12:57:16 PM


I'm wondering if an adult purchasing a vehicle might put a little more thought into it than a teenager does into buying a CD...

It's arguable.  There were quite a few adults that bought houses they had no business buying a few years ago.

Either way, Morgana's premise that sales = quality is false.


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#9 : October 10, 2012, 02:41:34 PM



Either way, Morgana's premise that sales = quality is false.

Your logic. You read two sentences and come up with that?


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#10 : October 10, 2012, 03:18:26 PM



Either way, Morgana's premise that sales = quality is false.

Your logic. You read two sentences and come up with that?


This is your response to a post talking about the crappy product:


I know a lot of people happy with their Chevy/GM cars. Chevy sales seem to be doing fine as well.

And this isn't the first time, nor will it be the last, that you're using a simpleton's logic.


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#11 : October 10, 2012, 07:41:26 PM

If GM is doing so well how about a buy back of stock that would return all funds lent to GM.  Not sure if I am a fan or a supporter of the return of the money - but getting paid back on a timely basis would be nice.

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#12 : October 10, 2012, 07:50:43 PM

I've owned Chevy's and Hondas.  For the past 10 years or so I have leased so we are talking new low mileage vehicles.  Never had to do anything to my Hondas other than change the oil or buy tires.  Never had a Chevy I didn't have to take to the dealership for warrantee work.



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#13 : October 10, 2012, 10:58:24 PM

Crzue is their best seller now and shocker and surprise it was joint engineered by the Germans and Koreans not the GM wizards.

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#14 : October 11, 2012, 02:07:04 PM


Either way, Morgana's premise that sales = quality is false.

But it does equal what people want apparently. Call it the Walmart paradigm!
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