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After Sales Experience with EV's

  • 30-05-2023 6:49pm
    Registered Users Posts: 807 ✭✭✭

    So I encounter a dreaded warranty issue (ICCU failure) with my Ioniq 5.

    Have to say the after sales was terrible. Clear that there is a very limited stock of spare parts still and no real visibility of when they would be available.

    From accounts Tesla seem pretty good on after sales but with Hyundai I didn't even get a loaner car from dealer. Hyundai Ireland and Europe have been useless just constantly reminding me courtesy car is discretionary as per the Warranty T&C's.

    After 3 weeks waiting I just sold the car to another dealer and cut my losses (only positive part).

    What has been the experience with other EV OEMs?

    Should be a consideration when buying a new EV especially the first model.



  • Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 7,982 Mod ✭✭✭✭liamog

    With any manufacturer a lot is going to come down to the individual dealer. We had great service from Hutton & Meade a few years ago when dealing with a warranty issue on the Ioniq 28kWh. The fault was in the air con system and took a good while to pin down, but they always gave us a courtesy car whilst they were looking into it. I didn't have any issues with my Mini, but again the dealer gave me a courtesy car when I had it in for it's service.

  • Registered Users Posts: 320 ✭✭E30M3

    Given the Disrespect, misleading information and fobbing off I received from Tesla post delivery when I decided to return a MY after 4 days ownership I never want to find out what the rest of their Service is like.

    I very quickly decided that if they treat customers who have a contractual right to return a car for a refund with 14 days with such utter contempt and disrespect as I experienced during my short ownership they aren't a company I ever want to have an ongoing relationship with.

    Your Ioniq 5 experience sounds utterly frustrating did you buy another EV? I'm back to ICE and count myself lucky to be rid of Tesla.

  • Registered Users Posts: 807 ✭✭✭podge1979

    Had they parts quickly available as with new models it can be an issue at the moment. Production of parts ramping up but mainly for car production and not spare parts.

    Yeah dealer can be issue. Worst experience I've had in 20 odd years of buy cars.

  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 39,368 Mod ✭✭✭✭Gumbo


    Ordered i4 in early 2022. €63k. Salesman told me to expect prices increases so get order in early. Done. March came and he told me price gone up. €71k for the car I ordered. Take it or leave it. Trade in value reduced also which I would expect from a dealer so I don’t blame them there. car wouldn’t be ready until 2023. And judging by the posts in the i4 thread they are just as bad as Tesla for jumping dates.

    530e faulty O2 sensor they wanted the car for a full day to diagnose. Then took 4 months for the sensor to arrive.


    Trade in price bet every other garage and what I could have achieved on the private market. I suspect the free super charging was the reason and they wanted it out of the public realm.

    Ordered from inventory. Collection 2 weeks later. Car was dirty. Wheels were badly kerbed. I sent an email and got €100 valet voucher. Then I got a €100 shop credit from the garage due to having to go back with the car for them to refurb the wheels. No quibble loan car.

    The humidity sensor went in the car then early this year. Logged in app. Ranger out a few days later. Replaced for free in my driveway.

    Haven’t had any other dealings with them.

    All dealers have their good and bad points. Sometimes it can come down to getting the right person on the right day that transforms your experience with them.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,151 ✭✭✭10-10-20

    Yeah, I've lost trust in our local Hyundai dealer over the veil of deceit which they try to use with us. Any time we needed to have the car looked at for warranty issues we would nearly need a fact-checker and a referee on the call to deal with the level of bull which emanates from their service department. I swear they were blaming every and any fault on the traction battery which was involved in that recent Kona recall. The actual fault with that battery was only on a tiny sub-set of vehicles, but when I had a problem with cruse-control not staying enabled that didn't stop service saying "that will probably be fixed when the new battery is installed as the old one has a fault in it." Waft of merde!!

    Anyway I digress, as from what I can ascertain a lot of what this is is just a lack of knowledge and training on the part of the dealerships. They sometimes get left out on a limb by the manufacturer and they can't take on repair work often without authorisation from head-office, so that leads to sand-bagging and waffle as they try to save face.

    Interesting. That's some whack to the dealer too though, they now have a pre-owned vehicle on the lot and depreciation has to hit someone's bottom line. Was that on the basis of an online purchase cooling-off period?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 807 ✭✭✭podge1979

    Not sure what I'll be getting next will be going the lease route I think. Will know in a few days I don't really want to join the EV queue again to buy.

  • Registered Users Posts: 807 ✭✭✭podge1979

    I'd agree with the dealer part but Hyundai Ireland were even worse got quite condescending in the end. Hyundai Europe just direct to Hyundai Ireland and Hyundai Ireland just back to the dealer.

  • Registered Users Posts: 320 ✭✭E30M3

    Yes 14 day cooling off period as per the contract and distance selling legislation.

    I gave notice of my cancellation and tried to return the car after 4 days ownership with 408 klms on it, Tesla rep refused to accept car back assured me that Tesla would 'Reach out;' with an appointment to return the car, of course they never did and I was left emailing ringing and webchatting. A month of stress followed until I think they finally realised this guy isn't going to be fobbed off and accepted the car back grudgingly.

    They charged me for excess klms which the Tesla Rep I dropped the car back to said I wasn't being charged because of the experience I'd had and the fact the KLms were only on the car because Tesla refused the return.

    When I got my refund on the last possible day to comply with legislation they had deducted a klms charge and The Tesla Rep initially apologised and said that this was a mistake and they would get it sorted.

    Subsequently I was contacted again and told that Tesla would not honour what had been outlined by their rep and I wouldn't be getting any refund.

    At no stage did Tesla try to deescalate, in fact their approach compounded my negative view of the process and the company.

    Never again, I've purchased 21 cars and could list the reg of every one from memory, this was hands down the worst company I've ever bough a car off and this was the most money I've ever spent on a car.

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,429 ✭✭✭✭the_amazing_raisin

    Ditto on this, at lot seems to come down to the dealership and their general attitude towards after sales

    Dealt with Windsor Airside for the Leaf and found them to be generally very professional. Got a reminder text when the service was due, booked in and when the car was in for a service I'd get a text with a link listing the inspection report, and recommended or optional actions and the associated costs.

    I'd tick the ones I wanted done, could see the exact price and it got done. The garage would also ring to confirm so I guess they didn't 100% trust the technology

    Joe Duffy VW have been a slightly less good experience. They're a tad more old fashioned over there and when I tried using the in car app to request a service they never responded. I'm guessing nobody is checking that email address and they do things over the phones

    Had to drop the car in for a couple of issues and generally they did their best but it's also somewhat evident they don't know much about the ID cars and are relying on the diagnostics to tell them what's wrong

    I also was a tad suspicious about the inspection report when I spotted all the tyres had the exact same amount of tread. I don't think I'm quite skilled enough to wear all 4 tyres equally over 2 years 😏

    I think I'm going to have to try and get a warranty issue fixed with one of the door locks so that's going to be interesting

    From the owners threads, it seems some of the garages are better and some are prats, doesn't seem to be anything brand specific

    "The internet never fails to misremember" - Sebastian Ruiz, aka Frost

  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 39,368 Mod ✭✭✭✭Gumbo

    What was the reason for return in the first place?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 320 ✭✭E30M3

    -Tesla offered 5,000 klms free supercharging for Cars collected between the 25/03 and 31/03. I collected on the 25th and 2 days later Tesla changed the banner headline to say 'between 27/03 and 31/03. I asked them were they honouring the initial offer and provided them with a screenshot. They never even responded to my e-mail.

    -The following evening they had the infamous firesale and that was ongoing.

    -I found the seat uncomfortable.

    Bear in mind that you can return the car without giving any reason once you give notice within 14 days but as you asked I've outlined mine.

  • Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 7,982 Mod ✭✭✭✭liamog

    Our issue was about 3 years in, I think parts and diagnosis are a problem for any new model. Takes a while for the knowledge to spread through the network

  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 39,368 Mod ✭✭✭✭Gumbo

    Worth noting the fire sale was cancelled so nobody benefited except one that we know of.

    Of all the crap Tesla pull, you’re quite lucky it was Tesla and you could avail of the 14 day return. I don’t think any other manufacturer allow that.

    Silver lining and all that 😃

  • Registered Users Posts: 320 ✭✭E30M3

    Luck doesn't come into it. If Tesla use an online sales model they must adhere to EU distance selling regulations. Same for any other manufacturers who uses the same sales channel.

    Tesla refused to accept the car when I brought it back. Failed to respond to numerous contacts over weeks and then tried to claim that I was outside 14 days and they wouldn't accept the car back.luck isn't a word I'd choose. They are a nightmare to deal with

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,082 ✭✭✭silver_sky

    I've found Tesla to be good in comparison to my other dealer dealings. Had a minor paint issue on delivery and they had it sorted and provided me with a loaner. Damage shouldn't have been there and resolution was dragged out a little further than I'd like but acceptable.

    I'd never buy another Renault EV given my dealings with them and their dealers. It's a mix of not enough training and HQ holding tight reins on what the dealers can actually do on EVs. End result is the customer gets passed around, fobbed off, and if out of warranty you still have no say in what work is done.

  • Registered Users Posts: 444 ✭✭eastie17

    Its the law, all dealers where you are buying over the internet have to adhere to it. So I'd be fairly sure Tesla wouldnt be doing it unless the law made them to

  • Registered Users Posts: 444 ✭✭eastie17

    Polestar 2 owner here, everything done though Volvo dealerships but primary contact is the support button in the car. Except test drives which are in the spaces location near Spirit volvo, and occasionally in other major cities

    I like the fact that there is a physical dealership although its like everything i suspect that until they have dealt with a volume of cars they wont know how to deal with a lot of the issues

  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 39,368 Mod ✭✭✭✭Gumbo

    That’s my point. No other dealer offers the online sales to avail of this. All other dealers, the purchase is in their garage so not deemed as a distance sale.

    Funny enough, you can return the Tesla in America too under the same agreement and they have no distance selling rules.

  • Registered Users Posts: 902 ✭✭✭Tazium

    Interesting thread and conversation. Expect that the louder voices will be those experiencing poor after sales care and looking at the spread of marques there's a mixed range of experiences. Are any of them good?

    I've experience with Audi North Dublin and it's not been good so far. In contrast Audi Assist are very good. Giving two examples

    1. Electrical fault warning light on dashboard, called Audi Assist. Car lifted from the driveway and brought to the dealer. Replacement car delivered to the home while waiting.
    2. Same warning light appeared months later, called Audi North Dublin to learn of a recall for battery management. Arranged appointment and in discussion for a replacement car, best they could do was give me a lift home. Car kept overnight Friday and I needed to take a taxi over to collect the car next day as there was no other options available. No details of what was fixed, changed, updated, or otherwise. No 'service report' either. Just collect the keys and go.

    It's put me off purchasing another in this Marque and really I've been eyeing the Hyundai Ionic 5 to move too. Seems from the thread that they are just as poor.

  • Registered Users Posts: 320 ✭✭E30M3

    I can only speak for Ireland where I purchased and my own experience.

    Tesla went out of their way not to take the car back. Refusing to accept it on day 4 after purchase, making no arrangements or contact to return it subsequently despite assurances that they would and ignoring my attempts to arrange this for weeks, then when I sent them a registered letter in frustration they came back and said tough you are over 14 days and it was your responsibility to return the car within 14 days of notification.

    They ignored the fact that they had refused to take the car back in Sandyford when I tried to return it.

    It took a very strongly worded e-mail in reply and another week for them to say ok we will now accept it.

    Other dealers do offer this distance selling facility. I purchased a car from Leaseplan remotely during Covid that was delivered down to me and my contract had the 14 day provision included but I had no reason to envoke it for that purchase. I'm sure there must be others.

    In my opinion some companies will generally try to do the right thing and some companies will try to do what they think they will get away with, I class Tesla in the 2nd category.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 807 ✭✭✭podge1979

    I came from an Audi, and after sale was always good there. I had a warranty issue with the steering column once and no questions after straight in diagnosed. I got a car better than my own as a loaner.

    HKMC have aspirations of being a premium brand well first thing to change is the warranty T&C's in regards courtesy car (I'd get over a day or two but had been 3 weeks before I sold it).

    Tech etc. Isn't the difference anymore to be premium. Premium has a lot to do with experience.

    I'm gone back to a German car again.

  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 39,368 Mod ✭✭✭✭Gumbo

    Yes, covid was exceptional for distance selling. Once you bought it over the phone or online your covered.

    Do Leaseplan still offer this service?

  • Registered Users Posts: 320 ✭✭E30M3

    There were no specific changes provisions made for distance selling during Covid, the rules that apply then still apply now for any online purchases.

  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 39,368 Mod ✭✭✭✭Gumbo

    Of course. But the the dealers themselves changed their practices to keep sales and adjust to the market conditions at that time.

    Any dealer I know that offered this have returned to in person sales

    Can you still buy online from other dealers?

  • Registered Users Posts: 320 ✭✭E30M3

    Of course you can, Zucar have a 5 day money back guarantee.

    This is peripheral to my experience with Tesla, My point is that Tesla have to provide this facility because of how they operate in Ireland. This isn't optional and yet they tried to refuse me and delayed the process and it seems expected me to go away.

    I have outlined my experience and the barriers Tesla put in my way to exercise my legal rights. To me this is totally unacceptable but of course you can have your own views on this, I haven't noticed you comment on the way Tesla behaved.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,770 ✭✭✭youngblood

    Im not sure it's just electric cars with Hyundai but service in general with Hyundai has become horrendous over the last years.

    Their deteriorating service has been very apparent from someone who has been with them for the last 2 cars over 6 years.

    The quality of service and customer service from the first car service to last one has been like night and day

    And based on their customer service quality I would urge any potential customers to seek another brand/garage and avoid Hyundai like the plague.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,143 ✭✭✭BobMc

    I'm sure plenty could chime in with horror stories of poor service from all Dealers and Brands, plenty good stories too just we dont generally here about those, don't think its specific to EVs either its the lot of them !

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,034 ✭✭✭Casati

    Did you test take a test drive with Tesla prior to purchasing?

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,322 ✭✭✭joe1303l

    They probably had to work harder to attract/keep customers previously as their cars used to be pretty low rent. Vastly improved offerings have seen demand exceed supply. KIA Dealers seem to have gone the same way.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,393 ✭✭✭Fingleberries

    I've been back to Tesla a couple of times since purchasing the car a year ago - a couple of niggles or warranty covered things, once for a cracked back window and once for a driver assist fault.

    Each time they were grand to deal with - Waiting for an appointment for bigger items was a bit of a pain, but not too much. Once got a loaner Model S, other time there was no loaner available (because it was an emergency issue for the driver assist fault) so got €80 Uber credit for each day that they had the car.