Buyer Beware - Jay's GN Parts

PerryB

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One of the things I've enjoyed most about the Turbo Buick community is the quality of the people I've met and dealt with. Sorry to say, here's a truly extraordinary exception. Trying to buy some decent interior door trim pieces for my car led me to Jay's GN Parts in PA. This guy lied through his teeth to sell me what turned out to be junk, then lied again when I called to request a refund. Then applied a 15% restocking charge on top of me already having to pay to ship his junk back to him so he could throw the parts back on the dirt pile he pulled them out of. We're not talking about much money here....but I can't recall a more blatant screwing in 25+ years of dealing with car guys remotely. A real shame....be careful out there.
 
Perry,

We understand that you are unhappy with the service that you received from this vendor, but it is not fair to say that this vendor is "bad" without being more specific. You did not say what they did or did not do....and that does not give them a chance to defend themselves against your accusations.
 
I understood fine:::
here is what they did and did not do....

This guy lied through his teeth to sell me what turned out to be junk, then lied again when I called to request a refund. Then applied a 15% restocking charge on top of me already having to pay to ship his junk back to him so he could throw the parts back on the dirt pile he pulled them out of:cool:
 
I understood fine:::
here is what they did and did not do....

This guy lied through his teeth to sell me what turned out to be junk, then lied again when I called to request a refund. Then applied a 15% restocking charge on top of me already having to pay to ship his junk back to him so he could throw the parts back on the dirt pile he pulled them out of:cool:

+1
 
You are correct - point well made and taken.

Here it is laid out:

Called Jay and explained what I'm looking for. Both rear trim pieces behind the door pull straps and the driver's side front. Three pieces total. He replied that he had these, but didn't offer any info on their condition...so I ask. Are they nice looking? Any scratches, chips, etc... The interior of my car is near new, so I want something that looks good.

Jay replies - Well, they are used, so there's a few scratches.

I ask - scratches on the chrome or in the gray inserts?

Jay replies - Chrome is good, a few scrathes on the insert pieces though.

I said that I thought I could paint these if I decided it was necessary and was happy to have found them after searching for some time.

A few days later, the parts show up and I am disgusted. All three pieces are extremely dirty, no way to tell what shape the chrome was in because it was barely visible. It get's worse. One piece has about 1.5" of the gray insert gone. Looks like someone had tried to pull it out, realized it wouldn't come out nicely and simply cut away the section that was lifted.

After some cleaning and polishing, I decide that I can live with the two complete pieces since they were reasonably priced ($30) and the square holes weren't busted like mine were....I'll use these for now and keep looking for something nicer.

I call Jay the next day and say that I was quite surprised to find that one of the pieces had a chunk of the insert gone, since we had spoken specifically about these pieces and whether I could paint them if they were too rough.

He says, Yeah, I knew that piece was missing when I packaged it, but the square hole isn't broken like a lot of them are. I am stunned. I ask - After the time we spent discussing, didn't you think that this was worth mentioning to me?

He's says - No. Everyone wants pieces without broken square holes and this one isn't broken so I decided not to mention the missing insert portion. I'm not beleiving what I'm hearing.

I finally realize that no amount of reasoning is going to do any good, so I simply stated that I wanted my money back.

Jay replies - Wait a minute, I have applique kits for $17 that you can repair these with. I'm still upset that I had been misled but now I'm quite happy to know that these applique kits are available....never heard of them anywhere before. I say - Well, that's great, I wish you had mentioned that when were on the phone a few days ago and I would have been tickled to have fresh new looking inserts.

I'm looking at the piece in my hand, and decide just to be sure that these wonderful inserts are correct, to ask whether the inserts have the embossed
border around them so that they look proper.

Jay says - Look at your console around the shifter and ashtray..."These inserts are just like that material...same color, texture, etc".

I say, Ok, Yes, but do they have the raised border around them?

Jay is cetain now that he has a real sucker on his hands and tries to explain again that his applique kit is similar to the console material.

I say directly this time - "Jay, you're not answering my question. I know all about the console kit, I have one already. Does your door trim applique kit have the raised border or not?"

Finally he says - The door trim applique and the console applique kits are the same material. Well, you may have to cut and fit pieces to make them work.

Now I finally see that he's been trying to sell me a console kit without calling it that! I'm about to lose my religion, and simply repeat that I expect a refund.

Jay says - Well fine, there's a 15% restocking charge. I am again stunned. Just can't beleive this.

I calmly (honestly) explain that a restocking charge is hardly appropriate considering what we've just been through, and I expect a full refund. Didn't ask about paying to ship it back to him - just figure I'm eating that cost to have learned a lesson.

He interupts me abruptly as he had done throughout the discussion and says - Go ahead and ship the piece back, I'll refund your money.

I say thank you.

Sent an e-mail the next day to let him know that the piece was shipped, and asked how my refund would be applied - charge card credit, check, what? I get no reply at all for a week. So I call back and ask. He says that my card has been credited.

I say thank you.

We're almost done. My sales receipt for the credit shows up and surprise, Jay has decided that he wants that $4.50 afterall. Wow.

Last detail...I go back to the garage tonight and see that upon closer inspection, one of the two "good" pieces actually DOES have a section of the chromed section of the square hole missing...the vertical section that touches the door panel is gone. It had cracked at the top and bottom and was cleanly removed. Hard to see at first and I honestly don;t know if Jay even knew about this.

In any case, it's the last straw for me and I decide to post the message here. I've never been treated so poorly, and have never used this or any forum to complain about anyone - period. Just couldn't let this one go.

I'd like to say more...but that's enough.
 
Jay has gone out of his way to help me in the past, so here's a little advice when buying used parts, if you are wanting nice stuff.

**Ask if they are Mint show quality
**Ask for a picture

Sounds to me like you got what you paid for, cause I've invested $125 in just one nos rear before & $50-$60 for good useable ones. So if you got 2 that you can live with at $30 a piece concisder youself lucky even with the 15% ($4.50). restocking fee.
 
Go to Brian Weaver at gbodyparts.com. I am sure he has what you are looking for..........I bought mint door pull straps from him about 3 years ago for $200. They are expensieve but good ones are RARE.......
 
Thanks, Scott - Yes, that's good advice. My issue isn't with the value...it's the intentional guileful deception.
 
1. This thread does not belong here.
2. Unfortunately, you get what you pay for these days. GN part prices are 'fully valuated' i.e. every vendor knows what 'good quality' parts are worth, and know which parts are the cherry parts to price high. I saw a pair of rear bumper pads, you know the two vertical pieces, on EBay for $350. If your parts are cheap, chances are they are poor quality. Sorry you had a bad experience.
 
well i guess that i am not the only one that got screwed by jay's- i spent 1300.00 dollars on a brand spanken new power master for my 87 gn and they only lasted 2 (TWO) weeks, i called him and he said that there was no warrenty. even though the first thing i asked him was about the warrenty for the money and he said that there was the factory warrenty with it so when i called him to ask what he was going to do about it i was alittle bit schocked about what he said. i will NEVER buy from that lier again. sorry to here that someone else got screwed by him
 
Yep - I jumped to it before I realized that there was a Feedback forum dedicated for this sort of thing. Woops.
 
sent my old powermaster to jay. months past with no reply. come to find out my warranty was expired and he could not return my powermaster to me because two months past since we talked. he apologized and all that but he really did not go out of his way.
 
well i guess that i am not the only one that got screwed by jay's- i spent 1300.00 dollars on a brand spanken new power master for my 87 gn and they only lasted 2 (TWO) weeks, i called him and he said that there was no warrenty. even though the first thing i asked him was about the warrenty for the money and he said that there was the factory warrenty with it so when i called him to ask what he was going to do about it i was alittle bit schocked about what he said. i will NEVER buy from that lier again. sorry to here that someone else got screwed by him
holly crap that sux:eek: wow id be pretty pissed too,man...so did you buy a reman from autozone?
 
Man it just seems to me, after seeing countless threads, that you just can't find a good supplier for parts anymore. I've dealt with Jays for an MAF sensor and had no problems but jeez why cant people be honest anymore?? If you do what the customers want then you'll get alot more customers!!!
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