The truth about Mercedes Benz India-1: Sneakily replacing dangerously defective parts!
Cama Motors, a highly reputed and one of the oldest dealers of foreign cars, has made allegations of murderous malpractices of Mercedes Benz. It charges Mercedes of being neck-deep in a variety of immoral and unethical practices
Would you believe it if you received a letter from Mercedes Benz informing you that you had won a lucky draw and your gift was a “FREE INSPECTION!!” But they actually want to replace your turbocharger without informing you? Or would you believe that Mercedes Benz engineers discovered that the clutch assemblies of their cars across the board were remaining stuck to the floor when warmed up. But instead of immediately pulling every single car off the road, they took eight years to first secretly fit a heat shield (hiding the purpose from dealers) and then developed an insulated bodied clutch which was selectively fitted to the “problem cars” thereby putting countless lives at risk for years?
These and many more shocking incidents have been exposed by none other than an extremely reputed ex-dealer of Mercedes Benz. The dealer in question, Cama Motors, is in this business for over 120 years. Back in 1931, Late Khan Bahadur Rustom Cama brought dealership of Ford Motors to Ahmedabad and even today it is regarded as a memorable landmark not just for local people but also for Ford. Remember, the first car in India came through a Mumbai-based Englishman only in 1897.
Having discovered to his horror the above sneaky, surreptitious malpractices, Rustom Cama, executive director, Cama Motors, has filed a number of complaints against Mercedes Benz India with every concerned authority, including top management of Daimler AG, German Embassy in India, Competition Commission of India (CCI), and the ministry of surface transport. However, he got no response from anywhere.
Frustrated, he has created a website
to describe decline in quality of Mercedes Benz cars over the years. The welcome line says, “Cama Motors deeply regrets its association with Mercedes Benz”.
says, “...service measures were carried out as part of a continuous campaign which we (dealers) were told was in keeping with the tradition of ‘continuous improvement’ according to Mercedes Benz India.”
“We never understood or expected that some of these campaigns, which amounted to removing parts and software and replacing it, were connected to life-threatening defects. We ourselves were so embarrassed by the pathetic quality that we blindly carried out these measures which you will undoubtedly be disgusted by when you see the details.”
“It was only after many years that we could no longer remain in denial and we began to piece the details together, painting a picture of a company murderously involved in malpractice of the most serious kind. We are sure that it will shake the world of consumer rights when people are made aware of the deceitful way in which this company has tried to cling to its past glory, while being neck-deep in immoral and unethical practices,” it says.
Speaking about his experience with the dealership of Mercedes Benz, Mr Cama said, “After trapping many reputed dealers like us, over the years the company modified its relationship with dealers. It also included several new clauses and non-disclosures pacts in the agreements. When dealers like Cama Motors became a liability for the company, one by one we (dealers) were harassed and some were even destroyed. Over past few years, 13 dealerships have been closed, mostly with severe abuse of power from Mercedes.”
According to Mr Cama, his latest effort on the web is to develop a resource for customers of the many mysterious defects, which it was kept in the dark about. His website also gives information to customers who bought their Mercs from Cama Motors to check if they were cheated by the company using the dealer or not.
Moneylife sent mails to Mercedes Benz India asking them about the allegations made by Cama Motors. The response from the company would be added as and when we receive it.