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Just looking for opinions, not going to include names atm.
I bought used coil-overs about a month ago from a RS member. I asked the member to meet up at a local tuner shop so I can get them checked out. He assured me that they are 100% ready to go and doesn't want to meet at the shop. He said he has been on revscene for 7 years and won't want ruin his credibility. I trusted him, bought the coil-overs and instantly brought them to the tuner shop to get checked out. The shop has told me the coils seem to be seized and may need a little to a lot of work to get them ready for installation. I left the coil-overs with the shop and messaged the seller explaining what I was just told. He said I should get a second opinion. Then he told me to get them installed at his buddy shop. After a week of waiting the tuner shop still haven't had a chance to take a look at them, he told me just to bring it to his friend shop. I left it with the shop for one more day and they got them ready for installation and it took them one hour of work, costing $90. I told the seller than they got it working for me and it's only fair if he paid partially or fully for the repairs. He started state that I got a good deal on the coil-overs and I should recognize that. He then goes on to saying that it is a basic cleaning and started to question why a shop would charge me for that. He stop replying to my messages after that.
What should I do about this?
Absolutely nothing, the seller fulfilled the only obligations he has by exchanging the coilovers with you in exchange for currency. The coilovers are used, therefore it should have been your expectation that they would need a cleaning, if you wanted parts in brand new condition that's what you should have purchased.
Aside from that, cleaning coils is honestly no more difficult that changing a headlight bulb. It's not something any person could not handle themselves. Seat locks seizing is to be expected in our climate, once the coils were installed it would require no greater effort than a bit of muscle and the adjustment wrench to break them free.
Last edited by MindBomber; 02-25-2012 at 03:11 PM.
I would consider a broken adjuster, blown damper, cracked seat lock as not fully functional and ready to be installed. The seat locks were tight, but not seized to the extent that they needed to be cut off and replaced, therefore the coilovers were functional.
Anytime I leave my coilovers more than a few months without adjusting them, over winter especially, the seat locks are a bit seized and require a bit of effort to break loose. Metal on metal, completely exposed, underneath a car in Canada, it's par for the course to have light seizing. It might take me 2-3 minutes to soak the seat locks in PB blaster and break them free, then a few more minutes to clean them for each corner a couple times a year. It sounds like the tuner shop billed you to do exactly that, and I just consider it maintenance. Coat the threads in marine grease to prevent them from badly seizing.
Once the seller said he wouldn't let a tuner shop take a look at it a red flag should have popped up in your head. That could either mean he didn't have the time to go there with you or he was trying to hide something. You could have backed out right there.
At least it wasn't super expensive to get them in good working condition.
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