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    Some Angry CT Troll has been stalking Chris R., when he tells Facebook about the poor treatment he's been getting from Crappy Tire. She sounds a LOT like Moaner 1 ...


    Chris R. Oh, and as far as being lazy and removing them from my Facebook... Not a chance, I told the manager this was not the end of my complaint. His response " I'm not afraid of you, you don't scare me! I don't care if you ever bring your car back here for service, we have thousands of cars in here every year". That is not customer service. I will continue to spread the word reference Canadian Tire and the poor service until someone decides to take it serious and actually investigate. Lip service does not work, actions with results WORK.

    Chris R.: Yes I did, they sent me a contact number and that was followed up only to be told by the service manager that he would get back to me in a few days. I waited a month before I walked back in to speak face to face with service manager. When I asked what transpired as a result of his so called investigation and he replied, " Nothing, nothing I can do". My response " Why" his response was "because You are complaining about the store manager who happens to be my boss". That does not take away the fact that we were charged 99.00 for what the store manager called diagnosis to confirm the battery was dead.... That should have been covered under warranty. I asked why, this the second battery in two years would be dead again almost exactly one year from the previous replacement. "Is there something wrong with my charging system or what"??? Store managers reply "we don't know because the diagnostic test stopped when we confirmed the battery was dead, but if you want to bring the car back in, we will do another diagnostic test". And with a big grin he said "only 99.00". I asked if he was kidding about me paying another 99.00??? He smiled and said "No, 99.00 for another diagnostic...."
    It goes on and on...Canadian Tire Kanata and its store manager are a joke. My neighbours agree, they have had issues at this same location. I'm thinking of starting a CanadianTireSucks.com web page because as the manager told me that he didn't care, I didn't scare him, he was not afraid of me. I told him this was not over, no way.
    I was not then or now looking for a confrontation, physical or otherwise but I did say this was not over.....

    Chris R.: Doing something right!!! Are you kidding. How does getting charged 99.00 to do diagnosis on a one year old " Eliminator Battery" which states clearly on signage in store and on the battery itself has a nine year overall warranty and a Three year no charge replacement guarantee. How is that doing it right. And they don't even provide paper work for the diagnostics only a bill with the 99.00 charge, 25.00 to remove and install the new battery and we also had to pay over 100.00 in towing fees. Then the store owner/manager has the gall to completely insult and ridicule us for bringing up a complaint. You haven't a clue Melissa about dispute resolution

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    Brian F.: I can't access Canadian Tire's "tellcdntire" website without a store access code (which is impossible to find), so I thought I'd start off the discussion here. On June 30th I purchased a seadoo battery from Canadian Tire. The battery turned out to be faulty (as confirmed at a CT store). In trying to find a replacement battery, I’ve encountered the worst customer service experience. Today was the 5th and final store visit in an attempt to find a replacement battery. The first store that I visited, I was told they didn’t have a replacement in stock but they were able to send me to another store that did (their inventory search “confirmed” a unit at another store location). However, upon visiting the second store, I was told they didn’t have it in stock. They too looked at store inventory and were able to provide me with yet another store location that would have the replacement…..this went on 5 times. Today I visited your Owen Sound store (after the store in Wasaga Beach confirmed inventory) my 5th store visit!!! Guess what….Owen Sound could not find the 1 battery that was noted in store inventory. At this point, after wasting a lot of time and energy on this search, all I wanted was a refund. Afterall, my receipt clearly states that a refund would be given within 90 days of return. The Owen Sound "service manager" (in this case the term is an oxymoron) didn’t show any interest in proceeding with a refund – even though I repeatedly requested one. In fact, he insisted on searching for yet another store that could provide inventory!!!!! I don’t live in Owen Sound or anywhere near Owen Sound – I happened to be passing through and had hoped they could provide the part. He expected me to wait around while they found the part elsewhere and would have it delivered to the store. After 45 minutes passed at this store I hunted down the service manager to again request a refund. He told me I'd have to wait as he was dealing with another customer, and that only he could authorize a refund. Somebody needs to remind Canadian Tire that their receipt clearly states 90 DAY RETURN POLICY WITH RECEIPT. I'm owed about 300 kms in travel and several hours of my life back. As a do-it-yourselfer with a house, cottage, bikes, boats and cars, I should be CT's most prized possession. If I operated my business like this, I'd be out of business 15 years ago. Thanks to Canadian Tire today for opening my eyes to other retailer options.

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    Brian F.: So far I've had 2 automated responses stating that they will follow-up. I find it interesting that companies like Honda have an area on their facebook page where you can post messages, whereas with Canadian Tire you can only post something by commenting on a thread that already exists. It's obvious that other people needing a forum for venting their lack of satisfaction have come to the same conclusion. It's shameful for a company to send you to 5 different locations to replace a product that you originally bought from them only to be ignored and mistreated when requesting a simple refund. I go out of my way to buy Canadian but this is an insult.

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    CT paid Facebook to spam Canadians, but mostly they are just getting heckled, LOL!

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    Jerry F.: My fav story though is my neighbour who bought a battery there and it died within 7 days (I think to the day). The store told him it froze so there was nothing they could do. It had been about -2 the night before. He said he never had an issue with a battery freezing before, and the woman asked him if he out a BLANKET on his battery the night before. A blanket! That's rich. We live in Canada. He ended up returning it to another store for a full refund and bought one where... Walmart. He contacted the customer service email (as I did on the weeder) and was given the same poor customer service. Guys...even Home Hardware is easier to deal with than you. Have you seen Sears lately? They tightened up their returns policy a few years back too... Have you seen their recent financial results? Maybe a lesson to be learned there? Evolve or be Zellers... Up to you

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    Lucinda M.W.: Your customer service in the tire department in your Lethbridge south side store is terrible we were going to drive 50 miles to buy a set of tires but after being treated badly we will be going to Walmart

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    When the colder weather arrives, I'm sure we'll start seeing more stories like this one:


    Jeremy S.: Dear Canadian Tire, I am writing this message to you to express my disappointment with your company as my experiences dealing with your auto services centre at the Vancouver (Cambie St location) has been nothing short of pathetic. I have had the unfortunate circumstances of having to deal with your auto centre for warranty repair work time after time. After having had reached my limit with what I could stand for, wasting my personal and work time, I took my Jeep to a closer and more reputable/qualified auto-mechanic shop, and had to have them service most of the unsatisfactory work you did in the first place (not withstanding the fact that I have spent thousands of dollars on repair work with your company). Having had put my negative experiences behind me, Canadian Tire has now come back to haunt me yet once again. Now, years later, the car battery that was sold to me by one of your "qualified" auto services representatives 3 years ago, actually sold me the WRONG one, and now also needs to be warrantied. The problem here is not the warranty on the battery, we all know batteries die, or cease to function with use.., but rather it's the fact that your staff does not actually know what they are doing and could not give even an inkling of care or customer service. Apparently, the battery I actually need is not currently available at the Cambie St location, and I now have to drive all the way out to Burnaby to pick up a replacement battery that I am not even sure you have in stock because no one over there will even pick up the damn phone! When I asked the Vancouver location if there was any possibility of having the battery transferred in from Burnaby, they said they can't and don't offer a courier service to pick it up and bring it to Vancouver for me. Matter of fact, the gentleman I spoke with said that he couldn't do that, as it would "personally" come out of his pocket. I work retail, and have been on the front line of customer service for 15 years. The company I work for trains us to handle situations like these. Most of the time it's a common sense thing, (If I sold you the wrong item, I will fix the problem at no extra cost or inconvenience to you). In fact, our company motto is "When in doubt, use common sense to figure it out." Well, its painfully obvious that the staff you hire and train, have no common sense, and could care less about being assistive or empathetic to a rather simple and easy customer service situation.

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    This story has its own thread at https://www.canadiantiresucks.net/ge....html#post9202


    I have used CT for quite awhile but now have learned to despise them. Tried to return a defective battery today for a new one, was a 12 month free exchange but I was 1 month out. Battery would not accept a charge and my smart charger kept indicating it was a bad battery.

    Used the battery maybe 5 times since purchase and always kept it fully charged while not in use. The Belleville store whereI purchased would not exchange for free, had to pay the warranty costs for a new one almost 60 after tax. They couldn't provide me with a fully charged replacement as well. The issue arose when they were bench testing the old batter and came to the conclusion that a cell was bad to which I replied" I already told you that" and was instantly cut off by "Sylvan" asking how was the battery kept while not in use.

    He was dealing with another customer but had to begin arguing with me on why the cell went bad how it should be maintained etc, to which I replied "I don't want to argue" but he insisted on continuing the argument by replying " I should know how these things are built and how they last" etc. Again I replied I just want to exchange the battery and not argure, he kept going on and on like my sentence in front of his customer many others on how I'm an idiot and it's not coming from his paycheck?

    I was dumbfounded, never been treated and berated before by an employee of a store where I spend hundreds of dollars. I'm wondering if it's worth calling the store manger or head office and complaining about this employees demeanor and attitude when it comes to dealing with current customers?

    Would you complain ?? I almost want to let it go but he has me in a awful mood on how I was treated in that store. Thanks.

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    Brought a 2 year old battery in for replacement because of not taking a charge. Said they would put on charge for an hour and to come back. Came back an hour later and was told that the battery acid is black and the battery has been frozen. Hello!!! it's September!! They then said it has been frozen at one point. I then told them that it comes out of a corvette that has been parked in a heated garage during the winter months. Then they came out with another lame excuse that it must of been overcharged!! Saying it must be my vehicle!! I looked at her and said "your not going to replace this are you?" She said no, not when it's your car. I kinda lost it at that point but who can blame me. Funny, other patrons who heard me lose it, told me as I was storming out to bring it to another CT store. I then went home and tested my cars alternator output and it is at 14.1 volts where it's suppose to be. I will try another store and see what they say. Probably more lame excuses. I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER THING FROM CT!!!

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    Thanks for sharing your story here, PissedCDN.

    It will help to warn other Canadians of the perils of giving CT your business.

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    welcome pissed cdn,you are not alone here....and we will not delete your comments unlike certain facebook pages.....

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