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Alan B.

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Vast experience getting cheated by merchants--they can't resist.


working on car and random projects.

8 Reviews by Alan

Had my timing belt replaced by Lyle Pearson in Aug 2016.
Three years later, Sep 2019, had timing belt replaced again by Mission Hills Automotive. They reported the timing belt had been misaligned by 1 tooth.
Placed an order for 2 parts.
Next day a part I ordered from another merchant was cancelled.
Went back to EEuro, enquired with their Amend Order option, asking if I could add a 3rd part to my order before it was shipped.
They answered no.
So I ordered at a 3rd merchant.
Was surprised when I got 2 of this same part.
Turns out EEuro had sent me the part.
EEuro had charged me without asking and without telling me.
Returned it to EEuro for a refund.
EEuro refunded part price, but said I had to bear cost of return postage.
Had to return some wiring for refund (audio installer told me to buy wrong length). Tried to arrange a swap for the longer version, but AVL Gear rejected this, insisting on a return-refund-new purchase. Post Office told me it would cost $5.50 to send, but I used the return label from AVL Gear. They overcharged for postage at $8.00, and then penalised me another $8.00 for the return, taking a 40% chunk out of the refundwhen the wires were returned unopened, in original packaging.
Bought a chest freezer.
Arrived with an array of dents at the bottom.
I was not upset enough to swap it out for another one--which they offered.
Instead asked for a discount.
Was thinking maybe 15 or 20%. They offered me a 38% discount.
Damned decent.
This merchant sells used auto parts from junkers.
Ordered a CV axle.
New ones are either $500 or made in China, so used is a good choice for this part.
These people sent me one that was worse than the one it was meant to replace!
It was shot/worn out/loose.
When I arranged for a refund, they did not want it back.
That says a lot.
Bought 4 rims.
One of them had a lot of bubbles and scratches. (Made in China-should expect this).
Despite website claims of no problem returns, after talking on phone, and sending photos as requested--never heard back. Rang them 4 different times, sent e-mail, all blown off. Had to return rim to manufacturer for replacement.
They employ a staff of audio experts to answer questions.
The website has a library of advice.
They will price match other audio merchants.
They will make deals.
After extensive research found an amplifier I liked. They also carried the LC7i I wanted at a price $60 lower than everywhere else, and a set of RCA 4 channel cables. Ordered these.

problem 1. Input a coupon code from their own website (saving 15% or about $37), but it failed to register. Had to phone a rep to resolve it. He fixed the problem, then advised me to pay through PayPal to avoid any further problems.

problem 2. Later that evening I got an email from them saying they refuse to send my order untilI phone them again and verify my address. What happened to PayPal avoiding problems? I went to their website to check my account. Address was correct. I blew it off, assuming it was a hiccup.

problem 3. The next day got the same email again asking me to phone them.

problem 4. Okay, I tried to phone them, but after 10 min on hold I gave up.

problem 5. About 4 hours later I tried phoning them again, hoping for less traffic, but again gave up after 10 min on hold.

problem 6. 3rd call next day my phone hung up on its own after 6 min on hold.

problem 7. 4th call next day after 9 min on hold got a message saying I was 9th in queue, gave up.

rang credit card to cancel charge, ordered products from other merchants. Website / acct showed my items still in cart, not sent 4 days after paying.

problem 7. Day 5, got an email saying they had sent my stuff. Unbelievable.

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