Dealership Takes Customer’s Car for 114 mph Test Drive
May 11, 2018—Californian Geoff Chatterton recently made an alarming discovery after taking his 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T in for maintenance at a dealership. As it turns out, a dealership employee had taken his muscle car on a 114 mph joy ride.
When Chatterton recently brought the Challenger to Stevens Creek Chrysler Jeep Dodge to investigate minor issues with the rear differential and radio, he expected dealership employees to perhaps drive the vehicle around the parking lot to reproduce issues. Yet, Chatterton eventually noticed that the vehicle had been driven 20 miles since he had dropped it off at the dealership, which seemed odd to him. So, the vehicle owner checked the Challenger’s sophisticated on-board computer, and it showed at least two test drives, along with a disturbing top speed of 114 mph.
“And the G-force meters pegged out in pretty much every direction,” Chatterton told NBC Bay Area.
A while back, Chatterton began resetting his car’s performance data each time before dropping it off for service. That way, he could track how fast and how far mechanics were driving his car. Chatterton confronted Stevens Creek Chrysler Jeep Dodge, but said they didn’t seem to take him seriously. As a result, he contacted NBC Bay Area.
The TV station then contacted Stevens Creek Chrysler Jeep Dodge and the dealership acknowledged the test drive and said it suspended the mechanic in question without pay for three days. The dealership said it also reimbursed Chatterton for fuel and what he’d paid to have the car repaired.