My former brother in law once owned this Renault Alliance. . . What? I said former. Anyway, he managed to rear end somebody, which turned out to be pretty devastating to the Renault as apparently they were made from tissue paper. For some reason the insurance company chose not to total the car and instead decided to pay to have it repaired. This is where the fun began.
You see, my former BiL took the car to the dealership (which will go unnamed) where he originally bought it. Their body shop replaced much of the front clip and bumper, and repainted the whole front half. About a week after getting the car back, he noticed a piece of masking tape dangling down beneath the front bumper. To his horror, upon yanking it he discovered that it was holding the turn signal in place, wrapped up in the back side of the bumper. At this point he realized that the dealer (which will go unnamed) had ordered the wrong year front bumper – one that didn’t have the turn signals mounted in it – and instead of rectifying the problem, they went ahead and installed it anyway, taping the lights up underneath where hopefully no one would notice them.
He went back and raised holy hell, and of course the dealer fixed the mistake.
Okay, that’s my “professional” car repair horror story. Can you top that?
Image source: Patterson Auto Wrecking