18th October 2011, 13:50
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Originally Posted by ard
I do not allow anyone to drive my car off their property. If they need to drive it they call me. BMW dealer, Porsche Dealer, Body Shops, etc. Written on the work order, in big letters.....
Good idea, I'd never thought of that. Back when I had my Corvette track car, which was pretty highly modified, I had to bring it to the Chevy dealer twice for broken crap that I couldn't fix/diagnose, and I'd leave notes on the instrument panel like "do not drive on the street - race tires" and later since I had high temp brake pads on it I wrote a similar note with something like "brakes don't work well -be careful!" because they wouldn't do anything until they had some heat in them.
After reading this entire thread, it occurred to me that the shop would have a legitimate excuse for driving the OP's car - to diagnose wind noise. So he wouldn't have a chance in court, unfortunately. Fortunately he does seem to have a pretty good attitude about it, since he's not letting it get to him and is moving on. Not sure that I would be so calm.
2003 Sterling Gray/Caramel sold, now living in VA
2000 Jet Black/Black sold, it's back in Illinois, where it came from
2003 LMB M5 R.I.P.
2008 Namibia Orange
R1200GS (hence the handle "Beemer Guy")
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