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Cars were still full of oil. In 2016 hundreds of California’s Jiffy Lubes received a fine of $220000 and three years of probation for multiple scams they pulled. The State’s Car Repair Bureau had conducted a sting operation amid concerns at these centres. When pulling in inspectors ensured that their cars were in tip-top condition with all the fluids complete and the Jiffy Lubes had no need to patch them. Police uncovered 37 reasons for punishment after five months and 38 undercover visits. In the first example a Jiffy Lube employee told the undercover investigator that even though the fluids were complete the car needed another quarter of engine oil. If someone tells you your oil is small at a station ask them to show you. Better still check yourself before you go to the store. Next: People were charged to install a filter but never really did the work. 2. ‘ You need a new air filter ‘

4/4.107 4/4.107 While consumers paid for new air filters they were not replaced. Micah Wright / Cheat Sheet The money was taken but the new air filter was never installed. Although the technician insisted that the woman needed a new filter, they never replaced it and charged her for it. NBC4 wrote invisible ink on the various parts. They noticed the original filter inside, when the team took the car back for inspection. When no fixes were required, all told Jiffy Lube bilked the customer for $649. Next: A few flushes you don’t have to do

3. ‘Time for a transmission flush’

4/4.108 Too many Jiffy Lube employees sold consumers on unnecessary flushes.| David McNew/Getty Images The legend of the California Jiffy Lubes transmission and engine flush most of them operated by the Fanticola family were used to sell unnecessary transmission flushes. During the long 2016 settlement prosecutors have recounted the story of a Honda Civic they took to a shop during San Jose. The team had made sure that all the fluids were complete and clean before showing up. They changed the oil as well, and removed the plug. Once the Jiffy Lube looked at it, the technician suggested cleaning of a flush transmission fuel system and flush of the engine. (Honda advises owners to never conduct engine flushes in the manual.) By the time the repair shop was finished, the undercover agent was paid $279.14 for unnecessary labor. As a bonus the investigators from California drove away from the Jiffy Lube with the light on “test engine.” When they pulled up, this wasn’t there. Next: Eliminating every paper trail, this tactic. 4. ‘We will only accept cash right now’

4/4.109 4/4.109 Workers decided to make sure their trail was not trackable by anyone. | Jiffy Lube over Facebook There was no way to show payment for a bad repair when people paid in cash.4/4.110 The fuel cleaning system will not produce another 3 mpg. iStock / Getty Images They promised an instant fuel economy boost to make the sale. In the case against Jiffy Lube prosecutors in California in 2016, several statements were found which they classified as fraud. Technicians said the cleaning of the fuel system he suggested would eliminate the carbon contained in the intake manifold of the vehicle which would improve the economy of the car by 2-3 MPG. Those statements were false so you can file them under “Lies.” There was no need for cleaning and the manual advised against flushes. Next: Technicians tried to tackle this fix when the car needed just a change of oil.

4/4.111 4/4.111 There are only more things that customers do not really need. | g-stockstudio/iStock/Getty Images The belt was fresh but it all of a sudden required replacement. California investigators who called for oil changes learned from time to time that they needed other Emergency fixes. A Jiffy Lube employee said in one reported scam a 2000 Chevy needed a new belt. The service center paid $89.99 for the belt beside the oil change. State vehicle inspectors preliminary inspected every inch of the car. Until her arrival at Jiffy Lube the belt was in perfect shape. 7.

‘ You need a new battery ‘

4/4.112 4/4.112 The test results were manipulated by the auto shop. | Minerva Studio/iStock/Getty Images When the NBC4 team took their car to the Hollywood-based Jiffy Lube a technician said it was time for a new battery. Before the visit it was deemed in perfect form by a former California state inspector. This shop had more devious strategies found to trick customers than most others. Rather than lying overtly about the service center employee’s reading the test results were deliberately manipulated. Showing it to the customer he confidently announced replacing the battery necessary. Next: You’d see that scam at “single” Jiffy Lube, according to an ex-employee.

8. ‘Freon air-conditioner is low’

4/4.113 Freon schemes exist at all locations. iStock / Getty Images Without looking, you can’t see low level Freon. That line was a direct quote from the same Los Angeles Jiffy Lube that for no reason sold a battery to NBC4 News. Until making recommendations, California state law requires that technicians must check an air conditioner system. The Jiffy Lube in question did not conduct such tests and lied about the low Freon levels. A company’s former manager told the NBC4 team that those scams are common. “Anywhere that happens,” he said. Next: This one means totally ignoring the car manual.

Next: with this lie, one Jiffy Lube fell into a trap. 10.

‘The transmission fluid is the wrong color’

4/4.115 It doesn’t count for the color. With this sort of flagrant lie, employees of Jiffy Lube may not be alone but they are the most blatant we have on record. A Jiffy Lube employee in Castro Valley told undercover agents in his “31st Case for Discipline” prior to the 2016 California settlement that “the Chevrolet’s transmission fluid should be bright red but [it] is filthy and should be changed.” You can also put that one away in the book of Lies. The color of the transmission fluid does not in fact decide its usefulness. State vehicle inspectors have by the way adjusted the fluids in case somebody from Jiffy Lube tried to pull the scam right before the tour. The trap did work. Next: This lady was fooled into buying a battery for her own car.

4/4.116 via Reddit This is not a subtle store. A former Jiffy Lube worker held an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit and shared startling facts and stories about the affair. As the above post shows he once sold his own battery to a lady for $169.99. Under his boss’s guidance, all he had to do was wrap the allegedly new plastic battery, and take her money. He says however that he went to her house and gave her the money back out of his own pocket. 12.

Cutting a Volvo filter to suit a Mercedes

4/4.117 PatchesOhHoolihan via Reddit One of Jiffy Lube’s main goals is to get clients in and out as quickly as possible. That can sometimes mean not doing something right. The former employee reveals from the same AMA how his employer cut a long air filter in half to meet the order, instead of spending an extra 10 minutes to get a longer filter. Next: What do you get when you pass a chipmunk air filter? 13.

Crossing the air filter with a live chipmunk

4/4.110 The fuel cleaning system will not produce another 3 mpg. iStock / Getty Images They promised an instant fuel economy boost to make the sale. In the case against Jiffy Lube prosecutors in California in 2016, several statements were found which they classified as fraud. Technicians said the cleaning of the fuel system he suggested would eliminate the carbon contained in the intake manifold of the vehicle which would improve the economy of the car by 2-3 MPG. Those statements were false so you can file them under “Lies.” There was no need for cleaning and the manual advised against flushes. Next: Technicians tried to tackle this fix when the car needed just a change of oil.

4/4.111 4/4.111 There are only more things that customers do not really need. | g-stockstudio/iStock/Get
ty Images The belt was fresh but it all of a sudden required replacement. California investigators who called for oil changes learned from time to time that they needed other Emergency fixes. A Jiffy Lube employee said in one reported scam a 2000 Chevy needed a new belt. The service center paid $89.99 for the belt beside the oil change. State vehicle inspectors preliminary inspected every inch of the car. Until her arrival at Jiffy Lube the belt was in perfect shape. 7.

‘ You need a new battery ‘

4/4.112 4/4.112 The test results were manipulated by the auto shop. | Minerva Studio/iStock/Getty Images When the NBC4 team took their car to the Hollywood-based Jiffy Lube a technician said it was time for a new battery. Before the visit it was deemed in perfect form by a former California state inspector. This shop had more devious strategies found to trick customers than most others. Rather than lying overtly about the service center employee’s reading the test results were deliberately manipulated. Showing it to the customer he confidently announced replacing the battery necessary. Next: You’d see that scam at “single” Jiffy Lube, according to an ex-employee.

8. ‘Freon air-conditioner is low’

4/4.113 Freon schemes exist at all locations. iStock / Getty Images Without looking, you can’t see low level Freon. That line was a direct quote from the same Los Angeles Jiffy Lube that for no reason sold a battery to NBC4 News. Until making recommendations, California state law requires that technicians must check an air conditioner system. The Jiffy Lube in question did not conduct such tests and lied about the low Freon levels. A company’s former manager told the NBC4 team that those scams are common. “Anywhere that happens,” he said. Next: This one means totally ignoring the car manual.

Next: with this lie, one Jiffy Lube fell into a trap. 10.

‘The transmission fluid is the wrong color’

4/4.115 It doesn’t count for the color. With this sort of flagrant lie, employees of Jiffy Lube may not be alone but they are the most blatant we have on record. A Jiffy Lube employee in Castro Valley told undercover agents in his “31st Case for Discipline” prior to the 2016 California settlement that “the Chevrolet’s transmission fluid should be bright red but [it] is filthy and should be changed.” You can also put that one away in the book of Lies. The color of the transmission fluid does not in fact decide its usefulness. State vehicle inspectors have by the way adjusted the fluids in case somebody from Jiffy Lube tried to pull the scam right before the tour. The trap did work. Next: This lady was fooled into buying a battery for her own car.

4/4.116 via Reddit This is not a subtle store. A former Jiffy Lube worker held an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit and shared startling facts and stories about the affair. As the above post shows he once sold his own battery to a lady for $169.99. Under his boss’s guidance, all he had to do was wrap the allegedly new plastic battery, and take her money. He says however that he went to her house and gave her the money back out of his own pocket. 12.

Cutting a Volvo filter to suit a Mercedes

4/4.117 PatchesOhHoolihan via Reddit One of Jiffy Lube’s main goals is to get clients in and out as quickly as possible. That can sometimes mean not doing something right. The former employee reveals from the same AMA how his employer cut a long air filter in half to meet the order, instead of spending an extra 10 minutes to get a longer filter. Next: What do you get when you pass a chipmunk air filter? 13.

Crossing the air filter with a live chipmunk

4/4.119 via Reddit In at least one case somebody needed to take Jiffy Lube’s wrench from his mouth. Just in case you had any questions at some of these shops about the efficiency of the staff one man shared his horror story. After about 20 minutes, he went in for a quick oil change and began to worry. Around the time he looked up the worker would do a number with a ratchet and an air gun on his drain plug. Luckily he managed to get Jiffy Lube to pay for new parts and assembled them himself. The Facebook Cheat Sheet!

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