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Poor service just one 1 phone call
I called Obrien's earlier this morning and a consultant return my call. This was a call for a new shower screen.
I dealt with them years ago and they were excellent , but this call was a very unpleasant experience.
The consultant who rang me back was rude and uncaring and claims they wanted to charge me $ 350.00 to do an asbestos test just to remove a shower frame. This is even before a quote took place.
He then terminated the call when I questioned the asbestos test. No other shower place has even mentioned this at all and didn’t even ask about the age of my house.
Get other quotes, they rip you off
I had a small window (7cm x 7cm x 1cm)smashed in, this wasn’t covered by my insurance so Obrien said they would send me a quote
While waiting, I contacted Toyota and asked how much the window itself would be, and they told me it was $160 and it was in stock
O’Brien then contacted me back, saying that it was a “Super rare” part (it’s not) and that because the car is an “import” (technically most cars in Australia are imports so poor excuse) the price would be $951
If the window is $160, where is the remaining $791 coming from?
Labour and travel? Yes I’d expect maybe $200-$300 extra for those
Not an extra $791
Local Experts that Cant fit windscreens properly and damage vehicles!
Had a basic windscreen replacement to be done. The first attempt was way off and letting air in. Had to go to the factory so they could test it to confirm what I already knew. They then sent 2 guys out to try again. Same problem occurred just on the other side. Finally they send one more tech out. He did a great job of the windscreen in that he actually fit it correctly, however damaged the bonnet in the process. Have emailed them about it and nothing. All told this was 4-5 weeks of wasting my time. They milk the gravy train or insurance contracts, but if you believe their advertising that they have local EXPERTS not sure I would agree after this experience!
Recently got two windscreens replaced and none were installed properly. Staff stepped on Side trims to gain access to top of windscreen. Opportunity was given second time to re-fit screen and to resolve issue but this time screen was installed further downwards. Windscreen was not seated to frame panels. A staff member had rude attitude which was unacceptable and there was not justification to it. Be careful guys when you deliver your vehicle on site then see the fitment by yourself...
Call Around For Alternative Quotes - Scammers
Judging by my experience (and the experience of other reviews here) the entire OBrien sales teams tactic is to massively overquote and hope the average consumer doesn't do any further research. They will use whatever excuse matches your car ('too old', 'newer model', 'its european, the parts are rare') to tell you why it costs so much and attempt to justify....
Then when you call a local repairer you'll soon find out its often 50% cheaper =)
Practices like this is why salespeople have a bad name and damage the entire industry at whole. Queue the customer service/marketing rep below trying to explain away yet another example of exorbitant pricing, let me guess, it was another 'pricing error'
Asked for quote.. never received one.. Tweed Heads
Tweed Heads branch...Asked for quote.. man was here only a couple of minutes... very quick.. week later and still waiting for quote.. no communication whatsoever.. even left without talking to us...this was an urgent job due to medical reasons... not good enough..
Disgusting and downright scary behaviour
I had a disgraceful experience yesterday at the Tamworth branch. When I arrived to collect my vehicle, with the job to be invoiced directly to my lease company, the "man" at reception repeatedly told me I was wrong, withheld my car keys, and told me he would call the Police if I tried to take my vehicle.
He was very quick to blame his colleagues for telling me the wrong information about paying for the job, stating he "couldn't do it" when I continually asked him about invoicing my lease company. He refused to check what he was doing however eventually he realised I was a different customer and gave me my keys.
Absolutely disgraceful and pretty scary behaviour from a supposedly trustworthy company.
I rang windscreens O'brien a few days ago for a quote to replace my tailgate glass on my Falcon wagon.
I was firstly told as it was an older model car and that they are rare and it would be expensive.
The quote came back at $650 and I was told there was only one left in Perth and that I should book it in straight away.
I ended up having the job done for $280 through a smaller company who informed me that all 3 suppliers in Perth had the tailgate glass available.
I'll never use windscreens O'brien again after experiancing there dishonest and pushy sales approach!
back window leaked badly for months flooding my car and sending my seats mouldy as I keep them folded up , rang to have them shampoo it after they replaced it , still waiting for the manager to ring back 2 days later
Customer service is shocking
Had the chip on my car fixed and given a lifetime warranty on it, the chip cracked even more in the week after being fixed. Called 3 times and left messages as phones were busy as the voice record said. No return call. Ended up paying someone else. Should of been a free replacement of windscreen
Takes the money and run
Booked 3 home window replacements and paid deposit. Agreed by phone with them on day and time. Took time off work but they never came. Had to chase them and said they were there a day before. Was going to take another week before they could come again.
Home not secure or safe for 4 year old. Was offered immediate replacement if I paid for after hours service. Unreal!
Got another person to replace windows next day and saved $800.00 odd dollars. Now I can’t get my deposit back. Told them it was done by another but still they try to book me again to do a job that someone else did. Poor service and excuses and will never use their services for anything.
Misogyny is alive and well at O'Brien
Was quoted $840 to have my Mitsubishi ASX windscreen replaced by a pushy salesman who used high pressure sales techniques to try and frighten me into an immediate purchase. "You must have been terrified when your windscreen cracked. They make such a loud noise, don't they. I bet your heart was racing."
When I said that i wasn't expecting such a high price, he put me on hold so he could 'talk to the local operator and try to get a better price'. Next minute, he quoted me $640.
Had my windscreen replaced through another company and only paid $495.
Tried to find an email for complaints but none listed on their website.
Scammers - look elsewhere
called to get a quote for the ute - it started at $890. went to 790 after objecting to the price. Then to $750. But there was more to come, if you are still not happy they will call back ???????
Clearly trying to milk every cent!!!
I got the job done for $298 by NOVUS - same guarantee.
Contacted O'Briens for windscreen quote for 11 year old Nissan X trail, nothing fancy just glass. There was a 3 week wait and quote was $700. Another company did the job the next day for $295 to our satisfaction
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Unprofessional job done
I recently got my windscreen replacement through my insurer at my home.
The communication of technician was fantastic and that was the only thing I impressed with. He did not install the windscreen properly and I could literally see the rubber sealant is completely over the windscreen on one side and wishin the grip on otherside. Also looks like he broke the two side corner panels which seals windscreen properly. There is clearly more than 3 cms of gap I noticed and reported but he denied any mistake and said it was how it is!! I've called the...m again as the work done is under warranty and will see how this goes and will update my words here. [Update: They tried fixing it instead of reinstalling again and put many scratches on the side of the windscreen. The only option was left to replace the whole screen again. Booked it for 3 weeks from today.] The first ever disappointing experience with windscreen replacement, my all previous experience were very satisfying with other companies.
Questions & Answers
O’Brien, why don’t you be honest and transparent and change your policy about telling customers about installing after market windscreens? Why should we have to specifically ask you for a genuine one that is covered by our insurance? How are we supposed to know about aftermarket ones if you don’t let us know??? Are the insurance companies paying you bonuses?? That would be an interesting investigation! And stop telling us about how your aftermarket ones are the same quality, can’t you tell from all the feedback they are not!!! Another deceived customer, with an aftermarket screen that is so distorted and not sealed properly!!!
O’Brien recommended to replace my Mazda windscreen and said everything is covered part of my insurance. I was very happy and said yes. But they didn’t tell me it would be a aftermarket xyg glass. I realised this after one of the car repairer pointed to me by saying this is a aftermarket windscreen.
I think I have been cheated by O’Brien by hiding the fact to me.
Don’t you think now O’Brien should replace my windscreen to genuine Mazda free of cost for not telling me the replacement windscreen is not going to be genuine Mazda?
If not to whom I can escalate this?
Hi there, O'Brien® uses glass sourced from reputable manufacturers and presents with all the same specifications and features as your original windscreen. Glass sourced by O'Brien® complies with all the Australian safety and design requirements. Upon request, in some cases we can also fit original manufacturer glass however as your windscreen replacement was covered by insurance; if you have any questions regarding the specifics of your policy we recommend you speak directly with your insurance company. Regards, Nicole
Hi Obrien, Just for your information. I came to your centre directly with the hope that you will recommend which is best for my car. I had booked an appointment and paid for the chip repair in advance but your technician suggested to go with insurance. He took my policy details and checked in his system and told me everything is covered and I don't need to pay anything for the replacement windscreen. But why did not he tell me, the replacement windscreen is going to be an aftermarket one but not original Mazda?
Do not you think, it is misleading or deceptive conduct by your technician?
If he could have told me then I would have just repaired or should have asked him to go with original windscreen instead of aftermarket product.
Hey SNP I agree very deceptive. Going thru a similar issue!! Got a generic Chinese import instead of genuine Skoda windscreen. Was told I needed to ask for that. Chinese one cost $894 and all distorted and not sealed properly as wind coming in! Cate
I am about to replace a windscreen in my Ford Focus RS. Will the windscreen be an OEM calibre or a cheaper aftermarket product. I have been stung with this before and noticed that cabin noise increases and the aftermarket products can be missing the plastic laminate layer that OEM windscreens possess.
Hi Mark, as mentioned below, aftermarket glass sourced by O'Brien is from reputable manufacturers and presents with all the same specifications and features as your original windscreen. It also complies with all the Australian safety and design requirements. Subject to availability, you can also request OEM glass. If you have any further questions, our customer service consultants will be happy to discuss.
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