12/29/2016D-Patrick Downtown Ford Lincoln
I bought a brand new 2016 F250 King Ranch from D-Patrick in Boonville. While purchasing my new vehicle everyone was very nice and I felt like I was in good hands. I have purchased 2 vehicles from D-Patrick in the past and felt I was a valued customer. Driving off the lot a number of warning lights started to go off. Took the truck to dealership to be serviced. Boonville dealership had the truck for 5 days repairing the issue. When I picked up the truck the lights went off again before I drove off the lot. I took the truck to the D-Patrick Ford location in Evansville. They have had my truck for 10 days at this point with no idea of how to fix the problem. The service department has been in talks with Ford engineers and been driving my truck daily while hooked up to a diagnostic computer to try and figure out the issue, putting hundreds of miles on my truck in the process. Do to the fact that I need a truck and feel this one is unsafe, I called Ford and they told me to talk to the dealership about compensation. I called the Boonville location about making it right and the sales manager told me to come down because they stand behind what they sale and he wanted me to be happy. While at the dealership the sales manager was rude and standoffish. He wanted to give me trade-in value for my new truck and sell me a different truck, giving me around $16,000 less for the truck I just purchased. The "deal" he was working on would have made my loan payment go up $150 a month. This was a truck equal to mine, instead of trying to provide good customer service they were trying to make more money off me. When stating my disappointment with the situation and customer service to the sales manager he stated "I just sell them, I don't make them." WOW. The owner also was not helpful with the situation and spent most of our conversation talking over me and my spouse. He basically told us that we should be thankful that they gave us a courtesy vehicle because they weren't required to do that and a lot of dealerships don't offer that service. He told us that the situation was bad for all involved; it would be unfair to them to do an even trade because Ford wouldn't reimburse them for the truck and that was unfair to them. He stated they have sold 10,000 vehicles this year and only make 5% on each vehicle. I guess he was wanting my sympathy but after D-Patrick tried to make more money off me because of the situation, I just can't see them as the victim. The owner called me back later that day and told me that he called Ford to recommend they buy back the vehicle. He told me that should hold a lot of weight with Ford.This week the service department called me to inform me they fixed the problem, but there was no guarantee that it wouldn't go off again. They told me I could pick it up the next day; I called to confirm picking up my truck and they told me they had bad news, the service lights came back on. They told me that they have no idea what the problem is and they had exhausted their resources and it was up to the Ford engineers at this point. They do not know when the Ford engineer is going to come. The service department has been very friendly but the situation is frustrating. The dealership is still unwilling to help correct the situation and I am left making payments on a vehicle that I cannot drive. I am in communication with Ford, but at this point, I am just waiting for the lemon law to take effect so I can get my money back and this truck can be branded a lemon. That would honestly be the best result; that way no one else gets stuck with this truck without knowing about its serious safety issues. I just want to let everyone know that D-Patrick has the worst customer service I have ever experienced in my life and I would never recommend them to anyone. They will be nice to you while selling you a vehicle or doing warranty work but other than that they don't care about you!