Helpdesk December - Goodwill offer ‘withdrawn’
Car Ford S-Max
Problem Goodwill offer ‘withdrawn’
Kirri Cox was disappointed when her Ford S-Max developed a problem with the anti-lock brake (ABS) module. She was even more disappointed by the way Ford handled the issue.
‘A few weeks ago I noticed a noise that sounded like a fan continually going,’ Kirri told Helpdesk. ‘I called the AA because it had flattened the battery. They said it was the ABS module. Perry’s Ford in High Wycombe confirmed this.’
The bill? Perry’s quoted close to £1100. Kirri felt she shouldn’t pay such a big bill on a car which, although four months out of warranty, had covered only 28,000 miles. She asked Ford to reduce the cost of repairs, but was told she’d have to pay in full.
Kirri contacted Helpdesk. We pressed Ford to look more sympathetically on her case. After some negotiation, Ford offered 60% of the cost of parts, with Perry’s discounting the labour. Kirri asked for the weekend to think it over.
When she got back to Perry’s and Ford on Monday she claimed the offer had been withdrawn. ‘I feel that Ford is being awkward and very unhelpful,’ said Kirri.
According to Ford, Kirri had rejected its offer, not asked for the weekend to consider it. After some arm-twisting the offer was back in place, though, leaving Kirri with a bill of £459.
If this happens to you
1 Consider recording important phone calls so you have a clear record of who said what - however, to avoid possible legal issues, you should inform the other party that you are recording the conversation.
2 Confirm important details by e-mail to reduce the chance of misunderstandings.
3 Stick to your guns if you feel you are being treated unfairly.
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