Stay VERY, VERY far away from Banging Systems in Fayetteville, NC!


Mantooth

Junior Member
Dec 6, 2011
3
0
Brevard, NC/???
Hi, I'm Wes and I'm new to this forum. In fact, I found this forum for this sole thread. I haven't dealt with car audio in a few years, so I figured my newly acquired Jeep needed a CD player(came without one, and I couldn't seem to locate the wiring harness, nor did I have time). I took my Jeep to Banging Systems. Thomas, one of their managers, kept suggesting items and repeating that he wasn't trying to be pushy. I ended up settling on a $789(can buy EVERYWHERE ELSE for $549.99) flip out DVD player after he explained the $400 unit I had chosen wouldn't fit. I told him no more than $1,000. Well, what did he do, he called and said my speakers in the Jeep were shot(even though I had never heard them before). Not wanting to jump ahead, but he kept those for himself. Anyway, He keeps bringing the price higher and higher. I tell him $2k is all I want to spend and that I am wanting one smaller subwoofer. What does he do, he puts two 15" woofers in the back and practically tells me no refunds. These subwoofers at their shop are nearly $500 a piece! He told me he would give me a "deal"(yeah, you can't bullshit a bull shitter). Come to find out, these 15"s can be had for mid $300s(a piece) from Rockford's website!!! He then adds a 2 farad capacitor and a SUPER CHEAP Planet Audio amp. I ended up paying $3,210 for roughly a $1300 system(not including installation). When I pick the Jeep up, it's dark. I don't pay much attention since I needed to the vehicle for the weekend. I get back to the house and realize that their hack-job installation "technicians" left my "fuse holder"(which was actually a breaker switch) loose in the engine compartment. Also, they knocked off a hose during install and when I picked the Jeep up, I had a check engine light. Thomas told me, and I quote "Just get it on the road for a while and the light should go off(again, you can't bullshit a bull shitter). I had to "rig" the breaker up so my ******* Jeep wouldn't catch on fire. All of their wiring was poorly dressed and the even left their stripped jackets from the cable littered throughout the Jeep. Not to mention the power cable from the breaker to the AMP was in between the firewall and the rubber insert!!!!!(cable to sharp metal edge!) If this wasn't enough, when I tried to lock my door and roll the window up, the window stutters and the door won't lock. While replacing the door speakers, they ended up breaking my door panel! Thomas' excuse was "yeah, when we got it, something in it was bent". Not it wasn't, they broke a piece of plastic in the door panel! I took the Jeep back to them because I had told them I didn't want such a large box in the back, and that I need the Jeep for utility. Thomas said he would make it right. He ended up swapping my two 15" subwoofers for two 10" of the same subs, and keeping the extra! I asked for a 4 channel amp for my component set and rears to compensate for the difference in price. He explained that he couldn't do it and that it would cost me about $357 more dollars for installation of a 4 channel amp. I about punch him right in his cesspool spewing mouth!

Sorry for the long-winded first post, but I really don't want ANYONE to have to deal with their hackory(made that word up), WAY over inflated prices, obtrusive customer service, and blatant lies. Anyone else have any experience with these jokers? Their shop had just caught on fire a few days before I showed up. Too bad it didn't burn to the ******* ground. It would save a lot of "out of the audio loop" customers a lot of time and money, including myself.

Cliffs:

-Did business with Banging Systems and the ripped me off, big time.

-They fed me lie, upon lie, upon lie, upon lie...

-Thomas, the manager, is a GRADE-A douche bag salesperson that shouldn't be allowed to sell burgers at McDonald's.

-Nearly burned my "new" Jeep down to the ground due to their Janky-*** audio installations.

Forgive me in advance for any spelling errors and/or typos. I type vigorously when I'm in a bad mood...lol. I would tell you all how I really feel, but I have standards, too, you know? //content.invisioncic.com/y282845/emoticons/biggrin.gif.d71a5d36fcbab170f2364c9f2e3946cb.gif

Thanks for reading, and I hope you all heed my warning. Look forward to spending sometime on this forum!

 

disturbed471985

CarAudio.com Veteran
10+ year member
Jun 18, 2009
8,596
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Greenwood, La
A friend a screw driver, wrench, this forum and a 12 pack could have solved this issue. Shops are their to make as much as possible while doing as lil as possible. Never give a shop a budget cause I assure you they will max that and more and say well things went alil wrong so this and that was needed. Bahh there are good shops out there but they are so rare its best to stay away from them all. Report them to the BBB.

 

gpgtp

Banned
Apr 4, 2011
350
26
okc
Id put a charge back on my card and file a complaint with the BBB.
This. DO it, do it NOW. Im not going to start on the "you could have done this yourself" thing, some people dont have the time, ability, or drive to do something like this. However, you should NOT have kept raising your price ceiling. If you show up and all that garbage is in there.. look straight at them and tell em to take it out. you did NOT authorize it, and they can NOT force it upon you.

 

disturbed471985

CarAudio.com Veteran
10+ year member
Jun 18, 2009
8,596
180
Greenwood, La
This. DO it, do it NOW. Im not going to start on the "you could have done this yourself" thing, some people dont have the time, ability, or drive to do something like this. However, you should NOT have kept raising your price ceiling. If you show up and all that garbage is in there.. look straight at them and tell em to take it out. you did NOT authorize it, and they can NOT force it upon you.
Then they are in the wrong hobby.. BBB and charge back!!

 

gpgtp

Banned
Apr 4, 2011
350
26
okc
Then they are in the wrong hobby.. BBB and charge back!!
Keep in mind not everyone is "in" the hobby. some people just want some bump in the trunk. they dont care about the biggest motors, the best koreatown amp, the best way to run active in their 1988 accord, etc. they just want music, to impress people at the stoplight, or that local car show... I don't agree with this mentality either, but, it is the truth. the vast majority of people with a "system" like their rockford p3's and 200 watt amp, and remain blissfully unaware of anything better.

 

wickedwitt

Junior Member
May 17, 2010
3,091
37
Tahoka TX
Then they are in the wrong hobby.. BBB and charge back!!
This...take it to them via a charge back, or cancel your check. Either way. They try to dispute it, have pictures, and printouts of the true cost of said gear, and their hack installation along with your BBB complaint #. Before it's over, they'll be installing decent equipment properly in your Jeep for free at the request of the BBB and a judge ordainment.

 

jco1385

expert jcologist
10+ year member
Sep 25, 2007
19,956
84
Mobile, AL
Cliffs:
-Did business with Banging Systems and the ripped me off, big time.

-They fed me lie, upon lie, upon lie, upon lie...

-Thomas, the manager, is a GRADE-A douche bag salesperson that shouldn't be allowed to sell burgers at McDonald's.

-Nearly burned my "new" Jeep down to the ground due to their Janky-*** audio installations.

Forgive me in advance for any spelling errors and/or typos. I type vigorously when I'm in a bad mood...lol. I would tell you all how I really feel, but I have standards, too, you know? //content.invisioncic.com/y282845/emoticons/biggrin.gif.d71a5d36fcbab170f2364c9f2e3946cb.gif

Thanks for reading, and I hope you all heed my warning. Look forward to spending sometime on this forum!
TLDR, cliffs?
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Mantooth

Junior Member
Dec 6, 2011
3
0
Brevard, NC/???
thanks for the suggestions, everyone. I've been working on it.

lol... yea didnt see that //content.invisioncic.com/y282845/emoticons/blackeye.gif.66a1670f5aaf7f406e783a63e3387dc5.gif
No worries, your sig MORE than makes up for it. //content.invisioncic.com/y282845/emoticons/wink.gif.608e3ea05f1a9f98611af0861652f8fb.gif
 

KyleBechtold

Buy my fuses $1.25ea
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Nov 24, 2008
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Tampa, Florida
umm.. did you have a work order?

why did you pay.. if they would have asked for that money I would have called the cops on the spot as it wouldn't have ended well

 

VWBobby

PG and SS nuthugger
Jul 22, 2010
1,392
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West coast
Then they are in the wrong hobby.. BBB and charge back!!
That is ridiculous! Just because someone has an interest in car audio doesn't mean they have all the time or skill in the world to design and build a good system.

People with money may like to pay a Professional to do a Professional job on whatever they hire that person for. A lot of people started DIY for the passion of learning or to save themselves money (usually the latter). There still is people who do professional work for a reasonable price out there. Obviously, this was not one of them.

OP, if anyone ever pushes a product as hard as this shop did to you - walk away. This place could be in serious jeopardy for how they treated you. I won't go into the legal details, but you do have room for recourse. I would contact your local BBB office to see if they have any other complaints. At the very least, contact a lawyer and see what they may be willing to do for you. Its not a good idea to change anything until you seek legal advice. Just trying to help! //content.invisioncic.com/y282845/emoticons/smile.gif.1ebc41e1811405b213edfc4622c41e27.gif

 
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Mantooth

Junior Member
Dec 6, 2011
3
0
Brevard, NC/???
That is ridiculous! Just because someone has an interest in car audio doesn't mean they have all the time or skill in the world to design and build a good system. People with money may like to pay a Professional to do a Professional job on whatever they hire that person for. A lot of people started DIY for the passion of learning or to save themselves money (usually the latter). There still is people who do professional work for a reasonable price out there. Obviously, this was not one of them.

OP, if anyone ever pushes a product as hard as this shop did to you - walk away. This place could be in serious jeopardy for how they treated you. I won't go into the legal details, but you do have room for recourse. I would contact your local BBB office to see if they have any other complaints. At the very least, contact a lawyer and see what they may be willing to do for you. Its not a good idea to change anything until you seek legal advice. Just trying to help! //content.invisioncic.com/y282845/emoticons/smile.gif.1ebc41e1811405b213edfc4622c41e27.gif
They "fixed" the wiring under the hood, after the second complaint. The power from the breaker came off of the capacitor this morning due to an inproper crimp. I plan on contacting Rockford Fosgate's regional rep, sending pictures and MSRP prices to my bank's fraud department, leaving bad reviews everywhere I go, and even writing a letter or two and putting them in the local paper(s). I only want what I paid extra for, I'm not looking for a handout. If I have to lawyer up, I will. I hate seeing other people getting ripped off, more than I hate getting ripped off myself.

 

kramer_212

CarAudio.com Veteran
Jul 15, 2011
4,641
51
Minnesota
wow i haven't had that problem with any shops but at the same time i usually buy quiet a bit from the two main shops i got to. and i know them pretty well.

 

duro78

CarAudio.com Elite
10+ year member
Jun 10, 2009
567
10
new york
No offense but you went along with every step and allowed it to continue. If a salesperson sees they can keep getting money from you of course that's exactly wbt they will do. The hack nob is wasn't right but you played your part in this whole thing.

 

DoesDad

CarAudio.com Veteran
Dec 12, 2011
2,421
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Tulsa, OK
No offense but you went along with every step and allowed it to continue. If a salesperson sees they can keep getting money from you of course that's exactly wbt they will do. The hack nob is wasn't right but you played your part in this whole thing.
Agreed. And man you must've told this d-bag you had this kind of cash to spend. It's called "pressure" sales. It ain't pretty but it's effective. Same as going to a car lot. These motherless fvcks can see someone that has "take advantage of me" written on their foreheads from a mile away. I am sorry for what happened to you however in the future you might try to grow some nutts and tell him to take that shlt out of your car.

 

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