Consumer and car detailing company agree on refund

Consumer and car detailing company agree on refund

Member complaint

I hired Discount Mobile Detailing of Arlington, Virginia, to detail my husband’s car as a surprise.

Unfortunately, when I tried to move the car to the garage, it didn’t move because the battery was dead.

The man who did the detailing returned when I called, but didn’t try to jump the battery. He just tried to start the car as if I didn’t know how to do it. Unfortunately, he didn’t offer to return the $40 tip I gave him.

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He admitted to leaving the doors open and dome light on for the three hours he worked on the car. This likely caused the battery to die. Eventually, I recharged the battery, but now it’s very weak and barely starts the car.

I want my car battery replaced and a refund of $205 to cover the cost of the detailing and tip.

Jennifer Nadel, Vienna, Virginia

Provider response

I received a call from the member regarding the battery, and my staff returned to the site to assist her. I also offered to inspect it, but the customer said not to worry because her husband would take care of it.

The services provided were from a coupon voucher she purchased for $89. She requested a refund after the services were performed and received it from the coupon provider. The tip was actually an upgrade for buffing, which was discounted because of the coupon she purchased.

I will be happy to give her a full refund if she can prove she paid $165.

A complete detail requires washing the outside of the car, so I know the doors weren’t open for three hours, which is how long the entire service took to complete. The doors are open for about an hour and a half to detail the interior.

My detailer didn’t start or move the vehicle. I believe the battery either was already weak or may have had a dead cell.

Albert Amartey, owner



Editor’s note: The member agreed to accept a $76 refund.

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