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Do you tip your service advisor ?

If so, how much ? Also, does repair in or out of warranty make a difference ?
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If he goes above and beyond, or if he repairs something out of warranty for free, I say a benji is in order.
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I have but only because he had his guys busting their asses to get my car ready before Christmas. I gave him a $50
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Thanks CH, just wasn't sure...what you say makes sense, but a hundred bucks is pretty generous !.

NY...that was above and beyond for sure and the 50 well desrved !

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No, but i always give him a gift basket or a couple of bottles of wine for the holidays.
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Miami...I like that one. Shows some thought and probably more appreciated by the SA.
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Nope. I assume the dealership pays him/her a salary.
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The thought never crossed my mind. Then again, the SA's at my previous dealer were Beavis and Butthead wearing ties.
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Miami...I like that one. Shows some thought and probably more appreciated by the SA.
Back in the day I have a Volvo C70 Coupe, which my brother still has. My SA replaced the Head and Valvetrain when the car was 5,000 miles out of warranty, and before that he never voided my warranty regardless of what suspension or turbo mods I showed up with. When I think about how much that engine work would have cost I still cringe, hence the well desserved benji.

50 bucks seems a tad more feasable for less expensive work.
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I'm so glad you asked this question. I've never been sure what the etiquette is for this. What about the mechanic? Shouldn't he really be the one that gets it? Are we assigned a mechanic so he is familiar with the car or does it go to the next guy in line with a wrench? I don't know, I was just gonna wait until Chrismas and give my SA a hundsky.
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Nope. I assume the dealership pays him/her a salary.
revstriker...that's true, but many positions in the service industry receive tips.
From the mailman/person, UPS drivers (for business), etc. I kind of like the
"gift" idea for the Holidays if an SA goes above and beyond, especially with
questionable warranty coverage items.

BOR..what's a hundsky-a hundred (benji) ? How far down the line including mechanics is a good question. Other than a small repair shop, I've never heard of anyone tipping a mechanic at a dealership.

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No. We haven't been to the dealer enough to know our SA. They are a nice group of people though.
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Tipping is out of control. What percentage of jobs nowadays are considered "service industry"? Tip jars everywhere, hands out everywhere. I must be getting old.
Pretty soon, we'll see cashiers calling themselves "barristas" with tip cup prominently displayed.

Oh wait...
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Yah. I told my SA about *** Digital Cable. The best tip evar!
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Tipping is out of control. What percentage of jobs nowadays are considered "service industry"? Tip jars everywhere, hands out everywhere. I must be getting old.
Pretty soon, we'll see cashiers calling themselves "barristas" with tip cup prominently displayed.

Oh wait...


I'm such a sucker for tip cups. In Taiwan you're not supposed to tip anybody, and I got yelled at every time I tried to slip the cute waitress something.
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Salary has nothing to do my decision to tip. I tip someone if they go beyond their normal job function to make my day, week, month or year better. My mailman doesn't get a tip just because I get my mail nor does a tow truck driver get a tip because he towed my car. The guys in my garage, on the other hand, always have my car ready to go when I call them to say that I'm on my way down. My doormen do because they carry my luggage to my apartment when I come home from traveling. And my SA, in my opinion, deserved a tip because his job doesn't call for me to have my car before a major holiday but he made sure it was done.
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I'm such a sucker for tip cups. In Taiwan you're not supposed to tip anybody, and I got yelled at every time I tried to slip the cute waitress something.
This topic really does take up more time then it should. I now call in-country friends to get an education on the custom, which invariably costs more than the tip itself. The first time I was given a dirty look by a taxi driver in Asia still sticks with me. Gave the guy around $5 because I had no smaller bills from the airport ATM, on a fare that was around $17. I estimate that was close to a day's wages. A dirty look?

When I was valet parking in college, some guy gave me a $20 to let him park near the door to the hotel, rather than park it in the lot. I just wanted to know what I should do after cleaning his wheels with my uniform sleeves.
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No, my sa can go shove it. Yes, my MB dealer overcharges everything compared to other MB dealers around town.
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Since we're on the topic of SAs. What do yours drive? I don't know about the SA at the nearest dealer, but the second nearest said he has an ML500.

Come to think of it, I remember seeing the new shiny SmartKey on his desk. I'm not sure if it was a customer's or his.
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I have a rare and unique benz. It's one that doesn't break down like everyone else's. lmao. That's why I never tip........ thought I will tip a tow truck driver if he is extra careful, etc. Some of you guys are naive.... you need to stay more often at a holiday express!
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SA, never did when I was going to my dealer, I did tip the MB detailer when he cleaned my ML cause he did a fantastic job....
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Originally Posted by starbrite View Post
revstriker...that's true, but many positions in the service industry receive tips.
From the mailman/person, UPS drivers (for business), etc. I kind of like the
"gift" idea for the Holidays if an SA goes above and beyond, especially with
questionable warranty coverage items.
This is not a reason for me to tip someone. UPS pays the delivery driver to deliver my package, USPS pays the post man to deliver my mail. They are already being paid to do the job that they are doing. No tip is necessary.
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Originally Posted by NY C32 View Post
Salary has nothing to do my decision to tip. I tip someone if they go beyond their normal job function to make my day, week, month or year better. My mailman doesn't get a tip just because I get my mail nor does a tow truck driver get a tip because he towed my car. The guys in my garage, on the other hand, always have my car ready to go when I call them to say that I'm on my way down. My doormen do because they carry my luggage to my apartment when I come home from traveling. And my SA, in my opinion, deserved a tip because his job doesn't call for me to have my car before a major holiday but he made sure it was done.
This I agree with. A tip IMO is reserved for when somebody does something for you that they are not being paid to do. I get good service from my SA, but nothing that was deserving of a tip.
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Why is it that most times these types of TIP threads are started by peeps in the northeast? Isn't that were the 25% dining tip started as well. What's next; tip at a McD drive thru because they hand you your food and therefore consider themselves waitstaff.?
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Originally Posted by Cylinder Head View Post
Back in the day I have a Volvo C70 Coupe, which my brother still has. My SA replaced the Head and Valvetrain when the car was 5,000 miles out of warranty, and before that he never voided my warranty regardless of what suspension or turbo mods I showed up with. When I think about how much that engine work would have cost I still cringe, hence the well desserved benji.

50 bucks seems a tad more feasable for less expensive work.

I agree. My SA went far and beyond what he should have and I would take care of him w/gift cards(less obvious than cash to his boss/etc)to Starbucks/Restaurants. I also received items after my warranty expired due to my generosity.
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