I’ll start my review by stating that I have been a customer of Lonestar Mercedes for over 10 years, and have exclusively purchased and owned new Mercedes vehicles over this time period. After my experience in April 2019, I can say, without a second of hesitation, that I will never return to this dealership and the treatment I received during my recent vehicle service is clear to me what value Lonestar places on it’s long term customers, especially female ones. Here is my story:
I brought my 2015 CLA in for its regular scheduled service booked for 9:30 AM April 2, 2019. I was assigned to service advisor Crystal. Upon intake of my vehicle, I wasn’t overly impressed with the reception I received, but put that aside and received a shuttle back to my home while my vehicle was being serviced. I received a call at 11:48 AM from Crystal informing me my vehicle was ready for pickup but they had found a tire bulge and it needed four new tires. I was sent a photo, and given this was brought to my attention so late in the game (scheduled pickup was for 12 noon) and I was told by Lonestar that I cannot drive the vehicle with the tire bulge, I had no choice but to pay $1800+ to have four tires replaced at Lonestar.
My vehicle’s tires were changed and I arrived that evening to collect my vehicle. The vehicle was in their lot and they had a lot attendant drive the vehicle around to me. As soon as the car pulled up, I noticed the yellow paint marks on my tires and black rims that they had used for balancing but neglected to remove. It looked bad, and I thought for $1800 they could have at least removed the ugly bright yellow paint marks on my black rims. My husband and I used our nails to attempt to remove it. We also brought it to the attention of the Lonestar employee and the response was “oh”, and he stood there while we got on our hands and knees ourselves removing the yellow paint. But that is not the big issue here. What comes next is the reason for this review.
I sat down in my vehicle to drive away and immediately noticed a MASSIVE crack in my windshield, over 2.5 feet long, extending from the roof to the hood – the entire windshield was literally cracked in half. There was NO crack in the windshield when I dropped it off. None. I immediately went back inside of Lonestar and brought it to the attention of reception, who told me that the service manager would get back to me first thing in the AM (they had all gone home for the day). I had to leave my car there overnight and arrange another ride home (no ride was offered to me by Lonestar). I also reviewed my service records and there was absolutely no indication at all of the tire damage – in fact, the service records showed that my tires were in fine condition with no damage. This made zero sense to me and I decided to raise it with the service manager the next day as well.
First thing in the morning the next day (8:30AM), I called Lonestar. No answer at both my service advisors phone nor the phone of Shawn Honsberger, the service manager. I called back and got reception who informed me Shawn will call me when he gets in at 9am to discuss the atter of my broken windoshield. After I didn’t hear back from Shawn by 9:45 AM, I called again and left him another message. He finally returned my call at 10:18AM. I was surprised it took so long for a call, and when he did call, he acted pretty nonchalant about my concerns. He informed me that their carwash broke my windshield but since there was a small rock chip (NO CRACK) in the windshield, I would have to pay for the replacement windshield. He also indicated he hadn’t really looked into it (why not?!) and I immediately questioned why I would have to pay for damage admittedly done by Lonestar. He became hostile and condescending, speaking over me and telling me that was my only choice. I also questioned him about the service records showing no indication of tire damage yet I was told there was such severe tire damage that I needed to pay $1800 to replace all of my tires, and he had no explanation. His response to the yellow paint all over my rims and tires was that his “technician had to leave early for a dentist appointment so it didn’t get done”. This was appalling to me. After I said I wanted to speak to someone above him about the issue his words were “I am done with this call” and he tried to hang up – at that point, my husband who had been in the room with me, took my phone and spoke to Shawn. As soon as my husband got on the phone, Shawn listened and had a different story to what occurred vs what he told me. I felt degraded, and totally disrespected. As a woman who bought the car myself and who has purchased 2 Mercedes with my own money, I didn’t think I needed to “get a man in” to fix the issue. My husband demanded a meeting with Shawn in person. We agreed to a meeting at 12PM that day at Lonestar.
At the meeting, it was clear Shawn still did not have answers for the shotty service records. Although unhappy, we put that aside and dealt with the windshield issue. Shawn refused to do anything more and said all he could do was offer the windshield at cost ($400) and I have to pay for that. He also indicated that if I didn’t want to take that offer I could take my car with the broken windshield and get it fixed elsewhere (which would be over $1000 by the way). I said that I don’t feel like I am being given a choice, and he said “you are right, you have no other options”. I was yet again disgusted at this behavior – I felt like I was being extorted into paying for the $400 windshield through Lonestar, despite them taking full accountability and responsibility for breaking it. My vehicle did not arrive with a broken window, and didn’t even arrive with a crack in the windshield, yet Lonestar broke it in half and said I need to pay them to fix it.
I was so frustrated with the lack of respect I was shown, and how the service manager didn’t seem to give any regard for me. Not until my husband stepped in did he even bother to listen to me. My final opinion of Lonestar is they lived up filly to a typical car repair shop reputation – women are duped and not taken seriously, and are treated like second class citizens. Not only that, I was extorted into paying to fix damage caused 100% by Lonestar. All I had asked for was for Lonestar to cover the cost of the damage they caused and they flat out refused.
It’s 2019 Lonestar – time to get with the times. You’ve lost a 10 year loyal customer forever.