Welcome Guest! To enable all features please Register.



Go to last post Go to first unread
Offline flitch  
#1 Posted : 17 November 2016 11:35:57(UTC)

Posts: 90

I am posting this tale of woe here in the hope that someone from Renault UK will read it, and intervene to fix it. If that person is you then the reference number is 4-02611003.

OK then let's get started with the chronology.

I bought the car (CL10 TRY) new back in September 2015. Just before the first service I was cleaning the car and noticed a significant paint defect on the passenger door. This was a lump about 3mm in diameter and 1mm high under the paint near the door handle. So either a foreign body stuck to the door during paint, or worse a defect on the door skin.

I reported this at the time of the first service 28/07/16. The guy at the dealership agreed it was a defect. After a short discussion on whether I wanted to keep the paint "original" or get the entire door resprayed (polishing it out was not an option) he took pictures and started the warranty process.

Several phone calls were exchanged over the next few weeks where it transpired Renault warranty would not approve the repair without an inspection. This was duly arranged for Friday 26/08/16. I arranged to take a day of work and take the car into the dealership first thing. I got a call an hour beforehand to be told that the inspector had cancelled but had approved the repair sight unseen.

Then we went onto an extended period of calls roughly once a fortnight when I was informed of various stuff which I have no method of verifying and therefore it's not worth repeating here. But suffice to say it did nothing to contribute to a resolution of the problem and just served to frustrate me and waste my time.

Fast forward to 28/10/16 when I decided that enough was enough and I contacted Renault Customer Services via the chat service. This seemed to go well and I got an apology and a reference number. I was eventually assigned a representative who would look after me. They confirmed that the claim was on the system but was not showing a resolution.

Surely this sort of thing could be automatically tracked and alarmed by SW? - so any claim active for over say 3 months gets investigated.

Anyhow my representative undertook to speak to the dealer and email me with the result ASAP.

Nothing until Thursday 03/11/16 when I get a text (from RCS) saying that they have been unable to contact the dealer.

The dealer then calls me the next day to say that he got a message from them, but had been unable to contact them by phone.

Next up Saturday 12/11/16 another text (from RCS) saying that they were still trying to contact the dealer, but promising to update me by 16/11/16 which was yesterday.

Why is the not being done by email?

Nothing from RCS yesterday, hence this rant on here.

Just to put things in perspective.

I am the customer. I have done nothing wrong other than buy a Renault product that is faulty.
The fault (a paintwork defect) is clearly covered by the warranty and the sale of goods act.
There can be no suggestion that the paintwork defects results from anything other than a manufacturing fault.
The fact that the car passed inspection at Dieppe and a PDI is a Renault quality issue and irrelevant to my problem.
Whilst willing to make reasonable efforts to get the problem resolved (i.e. taking it to the dealership for an inspection) I should not suffer inconvenience or financial loss, nor should I have my time wasted.

If I was paying for the repair I could get it done and back within a week. This saga will have been going on for 4 months at the end of next week!


Edited by user 29 November 2016 12:47:07(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

Offline sunnylunn  
#2 Posted : 17 November 2016 11:48:29(UTC)

Posts: 897
Location: Renault owner 😀

how do Renault let these things escalate to this is beyond me, i hope someone see's this and sorts it for you asap Pete, keep us informed 👍🏻
Offline del115  
#3 Posted : 17 November 2016 17:12:02(UTC)

Posts: 1,403
Location: West Wales

Originally Posted by: sunnylunn Go to Quoted Post
how do Renault let these things escalate to this is beyond me, i hope someone see's this and sorts it for you asap Pete, keep us informed 👍🏻

Another all to familiar sad story of poor service.
Dealers as we know quite often appear to do what they what they want when they want without recourse to RUK.
CS say all the right things to the complainant but are toothless when it comes to getting a dealer to act responsibly.

It would seem that everything operates in its own little bubble with it being pretty much down to luck when it comes to getting a satisfactory outcome.

It cannot be right when the only method of escalating an issue is to 'go off on one' on here.

Thankfully I have not suffered from these issues but I do feel for those that have/are.
Offline flitch  
#4 Posted : 17 November 2016 17:36:24(UTC)

Posts: 90

Thanks guys.

Well the posting seems to have worked.
Just got a phone call (my first) from my RCS representative, who seemed strangely enthusiastic.

Interestingly this 100% confirmed the dealers story.

Namely, that the claim was initially denied by Renault warranty who thought the dealer's photos did not show a manufacturing defect clearly enough and insisted on an inspection.

This was the inspection that was cancelled at near zero notice. After which the claim was briefly approved before being denied again due to the above reason.

No reason or explanation was given as to why my claim has been stalled in this position for the last 3 months.

Just to point out that the dealer is not making any money out of the repair as they don't have a bodyshop and it has to go elsewhere for the work. Also as a new Renault dealership they probably expected the warranty process to work properly - which it clearly has not done in this case.

My photos attached below

Cheers Pete

Edited by user 18 November 2016 15:47:26(UTC)  | Reason: added photos

Offline eccentric1  
#5 Posted : 17 November 2016 20:07:22(UTC)

Posts: 648
Location: In exile in Bavaria

Glad to hear it now seems to be working out for you but sad you had to post on a Renault forum to get some kind of resolution.
Offline flitch  
#6 Posted : 13 December 2016 16:41:28(UTC)

Posts: 90

An update.

Email received from RCS on 22/11/16:

"I apologise for the time taken for this issue to be resolved – there seems to have been some miscommunication happening between our warranty platform and the dealership"

My reply on 03/12/16:

"Dear XXXX,

Thank you for this email, which I note is that first that I have received from Renault custom services.

I remain profoundly dissatisfied with level of service I have experienced.

Waiting nearly 4 months for the "miscommunications" between the dealer and Renault warranty platform to resolve is not acceptable. Moreover, it clearly did not resolve without external intervention.

Furthermore, the involvement of customer services did not result in a speedy resolution.
According to the two "holding" texts that I received it took a fortnight to contact the dealer alone.

It would seem that the problem was only rapidly resolved following my posting on Renaultsport forum."

Call and email from RCS on 07/12/16:

with £150 dealer voucher - result Big Smile

Put the car in for repair on 06/12/16 and got a loan car from the dealer. Got mine back today and the paint finish is perfect, both on the resprayed door and the matching polish on the rest of the car. However, they seem to have ruined it by scratching the door when putting the mirror back on!!!!!! Sad

So back in for a re-paint in January.

Edited by user 16 December 2016 10:03:08(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

Offline flitch  
#7 Posted : 16 January 2017 11:18:21(UTC)

Posts: 90

No date yet for the door repaint.

However, washed the car at the weekend and discovered that the body shop had also damaged the roof, probably by dropping a power tool on it.

The scratches are down to the metal and at the bottom of big dents which are a few mm deep.

Waiting for the dealer to get back to me. No doubt the body shop will deny responsibility, but it's directly above the repainted door and only showed up when washed so was probably disguised with wax/polish.

My concern is that the car will be written off as the only proper repair is a new roof skin.


Edited by user 16 January 2017 11:22:10(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

Offline eccentric1  
#8 Posted : 16 January 2017 12:03:06(UTC)

Posts: 648
Location: In exile in Bavaria

Oh my goodness, what an ordeal, I really feel for you,

Surely Renault have to repair this, at any cost?
I can only repeat that I feel for you and hope it does get resolved to your satisfaction.
Offline flitch  
#9 Posted : 04 February 2017 21:22:45(UTC)

Posts: 90


Since my last posting I have been in regular contact with Renault Customer Services (RCS) who seem a lot more interactive and interested in my problem.

They are dealing direct with the Renault Approved body shop, i.e. FASEKO based in Colchester and this is what I am told they are saying;

The car door was inspected before it left the workshop and was perfect, so the damage must have been caused in transit. They are willing to repair the scratches FOC as a "goodwill" gesture.

Despite having the car for 7 days the door was not repainted and the blemish was simply polished out. I do not know how this is possible with 2 coat water based paint. I am advised by a friend in the trade and also the Renault dealer principle who first inspected the car before starting the warranty claim that a full repaint is the only solution.

They are saying also that because the car never went to the paint shop there was no chance for the roof to get damaged.

They are also saying that I took too long to report the roof damage so it can't be their fault.

So to summarise they are saying none of it is their fault. Those of you with children will be familiar with the argument!

RCS are saying that although they sympathise that my car has been trashed, they can only accept the word of the body shop and don't know why they would not tell the truth........lol.

The fact that I have no contract with the bodyshop and what they say is irrelevant to my claim and that my claim is solely with Renault who undertook to repair my car under warranty does not seem to register with RCS.

So completely fawked off by Renault and left to sort it out with my insurance.

Customer service anyone?


Edited by user 04 February 2017 21:23:31(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

Users browsing this topic
Forum Jump  
You cannot post new topics in this forum.
You cannot reply to topics in this forum.
You cannot delete your posts in this forum.
You cannot edit your posts in this forum.
You cannot create polls in this forum.
You cannot vote in polls in this forum.