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Old 07-21-2012, 03:19pm   #1
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Default Well it finally happened.

The dealership mechanic cracked my fiberglass putting my car up on a lift today.
They were redoing a brake flush that I "won" at a silent auction. After they did the first one there were a lot of "floaties" in the fluid so they said they would redo it.
I guess I should have been happy with just floaties.
I really, really, really hate taking my car to any dealer for anything.
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Old 07-21-2012, 08:07pm   #3
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The dealership mechanic cracked my fiberglass putting my car up on a lift today.
They were redoing a brake flush that I "won" at a silent auction. After they did the first one there were a lot of "floaties" in the fluid so they said they would redo it.
I guess I should have been happy with just floaties.
I really, really, really hate taking my car to any dealer for anything.
OK, what did the dealership say?
What are they going to DO about it?

Inquiring minds want to know.
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Old 07-22-2012, 09:20am   #5
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The dealership mechanic cracked my fiberglass putting my car up on a lift today.
They were redoing a brake flush that I "won" at a silent auction. After they did the first one there were a lot of "floaties" in the fluid so they said they would redo it.
I guess I should have been happy with just floaties.
I really, really, really hate taking my car to any dealer for anything.


There is NO EXCUSE for a Chevy dealership to make a mistake like this.

The C5 came out in 1997 and every Vette since has had the need for a good lifting procedure to be done.

Depending on what broke it’s a very expensive repair to get fixed. Lots of teardown and work required to do THE JOB RIGHT!

Under no circumstances let these assholes do a less than PERFECT repair job. Price is in the $2,000 and up category to do right!

If my car I would insist it be taken to a very capable body shop with years of C5/6 experience and the offending dealership pay for it!
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Old 07-22-2012, 02:15pm   #6
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OK, what did the dealership say?
What are they going to DO about it?

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"We are very sorry"
"We will set you up with the body shop to get the repairs done"

Of course they are paying to fix it. I haven't talked to the Service Manager since he was off Saturday. I will be talking to him Monday.

Essentially on the Driver rear side, the tech placed the lift pad on the flat horizontal fiberglass surface and lifted it. He did it on both sides but only the driver side cracked. Only the horizontal surface underneath cracked. The curved side up to the vertical side did not. It is completely unnoticeable from standing next to it.
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There is NO EXCUSE for a Chevy dealership to make a mistake like this.

The C5 came out in 1997 and every Vette since has had the need for a good lifting procedure to be done.

Depending on what broke itís a very expensive repair to get fixed. Lots of teardown and work required to do THE JOB RIGHT!

Under no circumstances let these assholes do a less than PERFECT repair job. Price is in the $2,000 and up category to do right!

If my car I would insist it be taken to a very capable body shop with years of C5/6 experience and the offending dealership pay for it!
Lots of teardown for that one little panel??? arrrgghh.
Figures it wouldn't be a easy fix.
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Lots of teardown for that one little panel??? arrrgghh.
Figures it wouldn't be a easy fix.

Not if its done right. All that stuff is put together with a "super glue!"

Most outfits will try to do a quick fix with a ''Bondo type'' patch fix with a quick paint appy, to do it RIGHT is a lot more work to do. No excuse for what happened this is not the first Vette they worked on!

Good luck.
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Old 07-22-2012, 04:58pm   #9
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Not if its done right. All that stuff is put together with a "super glue!"

Most outfits will try to do a quick fix with a ''Bondo type'' patch fix with a quick paint appy, to do it RIGHT is a lot more work to do. No excuse for what happened this is not the first Vette they worked on!

Good luck.
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Old 07-23-2012, 05:01pm   #10
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I should have looked closer, they cracked both rocker panels.
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Old 07-23-2012, 05:19pm   #11
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"We are very sorry"
"We will set you up with the body shop to get the repairs done"

Of course they are paying to fix it. I haven't talked to the Service Manager since he was off Saturday. I will be talking to him Monday.

Essentially on the Driver rear side, the tech placed the lift pad on the flat horizontal fiberglass surface and lifted it. He did it on both sides but only the driver side cracked. Only the horizontal surface underneath cracked. The curved side up to the vertical side did not. It is completely unnoticeable from standing next to it.
They would still be fixing it perfectly.
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Old 07-24-2012, 08:16am   #12
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I should have looked closer, they cracked both rocker panels.

I stand on what I said, it is very expensive to fix right. An overnight patch job is not right. Car needs some serious RR by a competent body shop to fix right.

I would fight to have the car brought to a GOOD shop that specializes in Vettes and other ''Higher quality'' cars and make the stupid dealership PAY.

After this many years of lifting Vettes no excuse/reason to do serious damage doing a easy procedure.


FWIW many future Vette buyers know what to look for and will want to give you much less because your car is damaged goods.
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Old 07-25-2012, 02:05pm   #13
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Hate to hear that.
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Old 08-23-2012, 04:27am   #14
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Sorry to hear. I've had my '05 since Feb. '05. One of the 1st mods to my vette was to buy and installed jacking pucks.

I bought the ones that fit a '98 BMW 318i, as someone had told me they were a perfect match. I put them in and left them in; they're still in place 7 years and 64k miles later.
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Sorry to hear. I've had my '05 since Feb. '05. One of the 1st mods to my vette was to buy and installed jacking pucks.

I bought the ones that fit a '98 BMW 318i, as someone had told me they were a perfect match. I put them in and left them in; they're still in place 7 years and 64k miles later.
I would be nervous they would fall out. But anytime I go to get any work done I can't do myself, I will install the pucks before they even get the fob!
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It wasn't the one an Parkside Drive was it?
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Mine has a small fracture on the corner near the frame opening that was done at the dealer before the car was ever sold to me. It's all in shape- just you can see the stress crack. I guess it doesn't bother me if that's the worse thing that ever happens to it.
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Glad I bought the "lock in place" jacking pucks.
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Glad I bought the "lock in place" jacking pucks.
Me too, but from the description even if the pucks were in place they may have missed them if they positioned the lift incorrectly. It would be interesting to know if the OP had pucks in place.
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This happened to us at a muffler shop in Tucson, AZ. We were having code issues and the dealership said we had an exhaust leak. Turned out to be the Halltech intake but that's another story. When we returned to check the exhaust work we noticed the idiots didn't know how to lift a Vette. We have pucks now!! The worst part was the fact that we went through our own insurance company and asked them to go after the muffler shop. It went through arbitration and they decided we didn't have a case even with a bunch of pics of it still on the lift. The paint was scuffed and dirty but it wasn't cracked.

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