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1149 days ago

It is important to go somewhere you can trust. Dodge Street Tire has FANTASTIC mechanics that do quality work. They are very reliable and honest. It is also important to get things done in a timely manner I can always count on Dodge Street Tire to get it done quickly and done right!

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1172 days ago

This place has replaced my brake pads 6 times from the 1st time I bought the car.. less then a year ago.. what does that tell you .. on top of that I discovered they over charged me for work that they did. they had my car for the whole day and should of had it maybe an hour.. they have gone bankrupt and are now operating illegally. DO NOT GO THERE!!

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1320 days ago

I would not recommend Spenler to anyone looking to get work completed on their vehicle. I've taken my vehicle in multiple times for a proble...

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1320 days ago

I would not recommend Spenler to anyone looking to get work completed on their vehicle. I've taken my vehicle in multiple times for a proble...

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1385 days ago

I have purchased many cars over many years and love everybody there. The mechanics there are some of the best an highest certified in the country. As for your bad experience maybe you should try buying a car a little newer than 15 years old.

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1437 days ago

Doug Yansky is great! Sometimes he's even talked me out of repairing things (like an O2 sensor on an old car) at the cost of loosing buisne...

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1497 days ago

In case you don't feel like reading the rant that follows, the primary message here is never buy a used car without taking it to a mechanic to check it over, and if you don't do this, shopping at Community Motors is a very bad idea.


My old car had seen better days, so it was time to do some car shopping. I went to Community Motors, and they had a '96 Buick Park Avenue with only 44,000 miles for $6200. I wasn't really looking for something this old, but I fit in it (I'm about 6'4", 255 lbs.; most cars are too small for me) it drove fine, and it sounded like a good deal. The air conditioner needed to be fixed, but they already had the parts ordered. I bought the car.


 A couple days later the air conditioner was fixed, so I went in to get the car. The next morning I drove to the gas station, filled it up, and...nothing. It would start, stutter, and die repeatedly. I called up Community Motors, they towed it and said they'd fix it for no additional cost. They asked me what fuel I put in it, I told them I put in ethanol blend, the stuff that about 74% of drivers in my state use (saw that figure in a survey somewhere, unfortunately I don't have the source). They tested the gas, and claimed that it was 15% ethanol, when it should only be 10%. 15% ethanol may not be good for some cars, but it shouldn't cause it to not run, even though they tried to argue with me that that was the case. They drained my entire tank of gas, and barely put enough gas in it for me to get to the closest gas station. When I went to pick up the car, they had changed their story. Now they were telling me that the gas tested at 30% ethanol. This is when I really started to distrust them. They told me not to use any ethanol, and see how it worked. I didn't like this answer, and was pretty sure they were full of it, but I humored them and put regular gas in it. 


I took the car home, and drove it for a couple days. It was during these couple of days when I noticed that they hadn't actually fixed the air conditioner like they said. Then one morning I tried to start the car, and again, nothing. It wasn't bad gas like they claimed. I called them up, they towed it in again, and this time they changed the fuel pump, and actually fixed the air conditioner. I figured that it was probably fixed this time. They were just too lazy to change the fuel pump the first time. I picked the car up and took it home.


That weekend I had to go to a wedding near my parents' house, so my wife and I drove the newly supposedly fixed car about 80 miles to my parents house. It acted a little funny going up one hill, but we got there. We went to the wedding, and had no problems on the way there. After we left the wedding reception, we stopped at a bar to hang out with some of my old friends. After we left the bar, and were heading home at about 11:30 at night on a rural highway, the car just died. I had to have a friend come and pick us up and take us to my parents' house. The next day, we went back to the car to see if we could start it up, and amazingly it did. The check engine light was on, but we drove the car back to the dealership and just left it there.


I did buy the car as is, but considering that it never worked for more than a couple days after I bought it, the right thing to do would be to give me my money back. But car dealerships don't do the right thing. I demanded my money back, and the best they would do was to give me the full value that I paid for the car towards a different car. But of course they weren't really willing to give me the full value of the car. I started negotiating on a Pontiac Grand Prix, and noticed that their lowest quotes were still about $3000 dollars above blue book value. I was not pleased, and made it pretty clear how unhappy I was. I left, and told them I might be back.


I came back the next day, and the best offer they would give me was paying an additional $8000 for an 06 Grand Prix. It was a nice car, but they were overcharging. I told them it was a decent car, but it was too much. About this time I took the Buick Park Avenue in to an outside mechanic, because I was starting to think that I was going to be stuck with it. It turns out that there was an unusually large voltage drop across the fuel pump, yet for some reason those incompetant fools at Community Motors couldn't figure this out.


The next day I decided it was time to try at Community Motors one more time, but before I went back, I needed more ammo. I went to a car dealership down the road, and asked what kind of a deal they could give me for a similar Grand Prix, and I even told them why I would be trading them the Buick (I figured I had to, you just don't trade in cars that still have the temporary tags on them.) It turns out that even with the knowledge that the car they were getting from me was a lemon, they were still willing to sell me an 08 Grand Prix with fewer miles for only $800 more than what what Community wanted me to pay for the 06. Now I had them.


I went back to Community Motors, and they came down another $1000 dollars off the car I wanted (this one is GM Certified, by the way). I tried to bargain with them some more, but after an afternoon of bickering, that was the best I could do. I decided to cut my losses and shell out the extra $7000 and get the car I wanted.


I wasted some money, but more importantly a lot of time and grief because if the incomeptence of Community Motors. There are plenty of other car dealers in Iowa City, so if you're looking to buy a car, do yourself a favor and go elsewhere.


As the Facebook and Myspace users would say:


Community Motors sux!!!


 



UPDATE: These dumbasses keep sending me letters telling them that they'll give me $100 for every friend I refer to them who buys a car. Rest assured I'd never send any of my friends there just to get $100. Of course if I had any enemies....

Wonder if Moosekarloff is looking to buy a car.....

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1543 days ago

I realize it's typical for car places to try to get a lot of money out of you, but this guy was straight up dishonest. I went to Tuffy to...

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1543 days ago

These guys are great - whenever I can't trust what a mechanic in a shop says, I ask these guys and they tell me what's up. I ran into som...

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1555 days ago

These guys checked out my car for some simple body work, and the prices seemed a bit high for a bit of rust on a wheel well. I didn't use th...

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