January of 2011, we had our 98 Affinity listed for sale. We were contacted by the newly opened CCC asking if we would like them to sell the coach for us. Ok, why not. OMG. It went downhill from there.
Time went on where I was asking why our photos of the coach were not on their web site until finally in May, I drove 9 hours to Oregon and took the photos myself and asked the post them.
I continued to list my coach on other sites and sent them a buyer with the financing for my coach (USAA). I had dropped my sales price down to the 50K's so they (CCC) could discount the coach to finally sell it for us. They refused to drop their retail price and ended up selling another coach to the customer I sent into their shop. Ok, well stuff happens.
Then, they told me they diagnosed a water leak (among other things). They quoted me $441 for the water leak repair, which I approved. All toll, they fixed small things to the tune of about $2500 on a coach I was ready to sell. Now, keep in mind, I'm a 9 hour drive away so I'm just going along with the program with no way to see this for myself. I do believe they fixed what they call a flex hose. Well, at the same time, we decided to keep the coach since there really are no buyers in this market. We contacted Premiere Rv located right next door that does indoor storage and other work too if you wish and had our coach moved for storage.
My husband came in from Iraq on his 2 week leave in late September, so we drove up to visit the coach and get some work done, including a clear coat, upholstery, carpeting and a few other items. We approved a clear coat and had Premiere do the work. Their bid came in at 1/2 of what CCC bid on the same job so we could not wait to see the coach and meet these guys.
When we arrived, we found we still had a water leak under the coach. I contacted CCC and they said no problem, they will get it into their shop and have a look to see what's going on. They said it must be a different leak. Um, OK. Could be right?
Last Friday, a full 6 weeks later, I'm sending an email demanding my money back on the repair or to finally get my coach repaired. It had been in their shop for 6 weeks and they kept telling me they were too busy with other work to have a look at mine.
Ron Lee. Gees! He called and said he had had problems with Jim his lead tech and would find out what's going on. That made me very uncomfortable because most owners will not say bad things about their staff. That same afternoon, he called back and told me it's because a water pump had been left on causing it to leak. Again, OK. That could happen. But it had been with them from January till August, so was it on then and that's why it's leaking? Who knows. I asked he allow my husband to call him from Iraq so they can discuss this. It's over my head. Ron agreed.
Well, I get an email today (Monday) from Ron, he's telling me I had "alleged" they did not do the job right the first time so now they've got many hours of tech time into finding out what's really the problem, what do I want to do? I told him if they are sure and are their job was complete, there is nothing further to do and I'll have Premiere pick up the coach for storage. Talk about someone blowing a gasket!
I told him that all I wanted to know is if they did the job right the first time and I never authorized tech time to diagnose other water leak issues. He then went on (and I do mean in an insane rant) saying that I had the nerve to have our clear coat done by Premiere (who he said "does not even have a paint booth" ) instead of them and that I never intended to pay my bill in the first place? What??? I've paid my bill and even sent them a cash customer to buy one of their other consignments.
This got so out of hand that he finally told me I'd better be careful who I'm messing with. Again what? I asked him what he meant by that. He stated that he had the authority to keep my coach. What? (He was referring to the time to diagnose the water leak). I reminded him I told him not to do anything beyond checking their work. He called me a liar. Not in so many words, but he said I never said that.
Come on, it's not his first Rodeo or mine. That's not how business is done. I had really hoped to have all of this go well. I felt like I got dragged into his companies drama. He's fired the original sales manager, told me that Jim is keeping things from him (the tech), I really did not want to know all of this. I even told Ron they need a camera to follow them around, it would make an awesome reality show with all their drama.
Good news, my coach is at Premiere. It's warm and safe and in storage. My husband should be home by Thanksgiving so we can go visit our coach. In December, she's getting new carpet, new tires, new front seats and a couple of other adjustments. Thank GAWD that's over.
So, note to self, Murphy's law really came true when I dealt with CCC. I'm sure not everyone experiences this, otherwise, how could they stay in business. I wish them well, I'm just guessing Ron is under lots of pressure. I know he's got a lot riding on this company, but my recommendation is "walk away dude", get a general manager with people skills!