Jiffy Lube Ripoff and why you will want to avoid them at all costs!

jiffy lube ripoff and scam

Be careful at Jiffy Lube – I got ripped off there and so did thousands of others!


I took my car to a Jiffy Lube in Endicott, New York. I just wanted a oil change which was about due for my vehicle. I had a Chevy Corsica that was in great shape and very low miles on it. I had previously bought this car from an elderly grandmother that had her license revoked because she couldn’t see as well anymore and so she didn’t need the car. I had the car checked over by a mechanic and it was an absolute creampuff.

Well anyway, I took the car in to the local Jiffy Lube thinking it would be convenient and quick and easy (it was closer to me then the Pepboys and Tire Kingdom). I had to wait over an hour in line to have the oil change done. Then I finally got inside the service bay and they were doing oil change the mechanic came over and told me that my serpentine belt was frayed and needed to be replaced. I asked to see it.

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He said that they had already closed the hood so the guy changing the oil from underneath could work on it and that they couldn’t open the hood right now while the guy was working on the car from underneath. But he did say that he had ordered the part right then and there else it would not be there in a reasonable amount of time for them to fix it. He wanted $126 for the serpentine belt for my car. They really pressured me into doing this so I told him to go ahead and get the serpentine belt.



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When I came out to check on the car again they had already replaced the serpentine belt and when asked to see the old one they said it was already thrown out in the dumpster and hat they couldn’t get it.  I was a little miffed at this.  And this sounded kind of shady to me.  Anyway so I paid for the role change in the serpentine belt and then when I got home I looked it up on the Internet just to see if I got a good deal on it and so on.

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What I found was is that the full retail price for the serpentine belt for my Chevy Corsica was $42.  Most places had it on sale for between 15 and $25.  So I was definitely overcharged greatly enriched off at Jiffy Lube.  But then I also found thousands, not hundreds, but thousands and thousands of negative reviews and reports on how this was the number one method of ripping people off a Jiffy Lube’s – what they do is recommend repairs anreplacements that are completely unnecessary and uncalled for.  But it’s easy money and profits for the store owner or manager.

I went back to Jiffy Lube to complain and they told me that I was completely off base and that they only recommend repairs when they’re absolutely needed.  He said that my belt must’ve been so frayed that it was going to fall apart. If that were the case then why couldn’t they have shown it to me?  I believe I was scammed and the price they charge alone is a ripoff in and of itself.  My recommendation to everyone to stay away from Jiffy Lube and if you don’t believe me just search for their name on Google or the Internet and you will see all the other thousands of people that have had similar problems with being ripped off by Jiffy Lube!


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7 Responses to Jiffy Lube Ripoff and why you will want to avoid them at all costs!

  1. Teresa Smith on May 23, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    Those jackasses at Jiffy Lube ripped me off too. I went there for an oil change and came out with a bill for $400. I had always had my car maintained at the local Ford dealer, Feduke Ford in Vestal, New York. So there was absolutely nothing wrong with my car that needed to be repaired to the tune of $400 at Jiffy Lube. I took my car to food forward and the service manager and one of the mechanics went through the receipt of what they did at Jiffy Lube and told me that absolutely none of that needed to be done other than the routine oil change.

    Jiffy Lube ripped me off and I reported them to the Better Business Bureau and my state attorney general. They should be forced to refund me the entire amount except for the oil change. I will achieve no one update you as this goes along. As far as I’m concerned everyone should stay far way from this fraudulent company Jiffy Lube – they are vermin as far as I’m concerned.

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  2. mark on September 30, 2010 at 10:36 PM

    yes they tried one on me once but i fooled them i marked my drain plug with a scribe to the oil pan they never drained the oil but charged me the reason behind this is they ripped my wife off and i knew something was shady since i allways change our own oil. For some reason my wife took her car in to save me the work. any way after they pulled it out of the bay and told me its ready that is when i blasted the manager pull it back in and i showed him. he said nothing i stoped payment on credit card and never heard heard from jiffy lube. they should shut them down how many other people they have riped off!

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  3. Steve Hardy on May 1, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    I have been going to my local Jiffy Lubes for over 17 years and have found them to be the most professional, kind conveniant, fast,
    honest folks around.I sure there is also a fwe bad ones out there as any business it all depends on the integrity of the operators.Sound like New York has some bad apples so come on up to Idaho where the folks are excellant at Jiffy Lube.

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  4. Steve Hardy on May 1, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Its no different than any other franchise, Jiffy Lube is the largest in the lube industry with over 3300 shops wich proves they have it together in training and confidence of customers to preform the best possible service at a fair price. Wont go anywhere else and those that want to critisize the chain as a whole are probably ignorant and corrupt themselves.

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  5. Steven from Arizona on May 1, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Okay Steve Hardy, which Jiffy Lube do you work at? And why would you falsely try and leave a comment as if you were a customer when you clearly are not? That just further goes to show how shady Jiffy Lube and its employees are! I will never go near a Jiffy Lube again and I will warn all my friends and neighbors to do the same!!!

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  6. Richard Evensen on May 9, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    My wife went in for a simple oil change. She left with a bill for $209.86. The crooks at Jiffy Lube in Meridian Idaho made her feel like the car would not make home with out crap unneeded items like “fuel system cleaner” for $39.99 and a “transmission flush” for $89.99. It is at the corner of Overland and Meridian Rd. and is store #3240. I found this link that proves what crooks they are:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiCAJ8ULnaI

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  7. Frank on August 12, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    I didn’t get ripped off

    The statements below are my opinions and observations, they are not meant to endorse or discredit any person or company.

    On a Monday morning I went to the Jiffy Lube on Stevens Creek. They started working on my car right away. The waiting room has large windows and you can watch your car being worked on. These guys were quick, reminds me of a pit crew at the car races. One guy is under the car draining the oil, the second is checking under the hood and a third is cleaning the windows and floor mats

    This was my first time at a Jiffy Lube. I never considered it before because of all the bad rep but I received a $24.99 coupon for a signature service oil change, I already had the 10k mile maintenance done and only needed an oil change. So I figured I would give it a try. I declined the $29 tire rotation and was on the road within 25 minutes. Now my car wasn’t as clean as a car wash but it is cleaner then it was and it only cost me $26, awesome deal.

    Frank
    San Jose Ca

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