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mackle

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I purchased an Arctic Spas Cub from a dealer in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada about 3 years ago. I purchased an Arctic Spa because I thought it was supposed to be the best even though it costed significantly more. I am the kind of person who is willing to pay for quality. Well it turns out that just because you spend more on a spa doesn't mean that you are going to get quality workmanship or service. I have had problems from the beginning with various things going wrong with the spa. The bear paws that turn the diverter valves always break. I've had problems with the capacitors that control the jets numerous times. The jets and other components that were glued into the shell were done so poorly it looks like crap once filled with water, etc. From the get go, apparently, the way it was set up from the dealer and the information that was provided was incorrect. I have wasted so much money on salts and chemicals because of this incorrect information. The last straw was when I discovered two major problems: 1) the surface of the interior shell started to blister and 2) the Forever Base began to crack. Both have 5 year warranties. After the discovery I snapped some pictures and contacted Arctic Spa Service. The guy at the dealership was nice and seemed to handle starting a warranty claim in a timely and efficient manner. I was called back after a week and told that I had two options. Option 1: Arctic Spas will replace the shell and base under warranty, but they will want to move my old equipment over. Option 2: I can pay something like $1800 to upgrade to a new spa. I have already put enough money into the spa so I figured why put another $1800 in. So I opted for the first option, to move my old equipment to the new shell. Well I got a call back with some surprising details: they want me to pay $600 to ship my spa back to the dealer to have the equipment moved over and then back to my house, and then a minimum of $300 for labour to move the equipment over. (By the way, I'm pretty sure they would want me to pay $600 for shipping on top of the $1800 for a new spa plus setup fees) To me this is ridiculous! What is the point of having a warranty when you have to pay for all these expensive extras that they never tell you about in the warranty papers. I consulted my paperwork and contract that I initially signed with Arctic Spas. On all the warranty sections where I needed to initial off that I understand about the warranty, there was no mention whatsoever of these extra costs. Additionally, to be safe, I had the dealer write and initial off on each section that parts and labour are included. Well, too bad for me, but the dealer I bought it from no longer sells Arctic Spas and can't help me out. I called the 1-800 number for Arctic Spas and asked to speak to the warranty claim department. I first spoke to Scott there and told him my problem and that my contract stated nothing about extra costs. His response to me was: "[That contract doesn't mean anything because it is between me and the dealer alone. This is our policy that the customer must pay for shipping from the dealer to the customer.]GET OVER IT! THAT'S LIFE!" I got upset and asked him where he gets off speaking to me in this manner. His response was something to the effect of F*%& Off! I then asked to speak to the president of the company. He put me on hold for a few moments at which time Dennis came on the line. I began to explain the issue and that I am very upset with the way in which I was being treated. He pretty much told me the same thing Scott did also in a very nasty tone. I was so upset with them that I hung up. I cannot believe what Arctic Spas (Blue Falls) has resorted to for "customer service." I spoke with the original dealership who now only sells Jacuzzi. The manager there asked me to send him an email with the details of the problem so that he could take it to the higher ups at Blue Falls. Apparently, no one at Blue Falls would respond to them either. By the way, Jacuzzi doesn't charge their customers anything extra whatsoever for warranty replacements. They even had to rent a crane to remove a spa from a deck to replace it and have it shipped back to the States all on their own dime! Arctic Spas told me that because my spa is in my deck that it is my responsibility to remove it. I'm sure it's my responsibility that the spa shell blistered too as well as the weather being too hot or cold. Harumffff!! Take it from me. DO NOT BUY ARCTIC SPAS or any BLUE FALLS products unless you would like to pay for all the problems you WILL have on your own dime! What can I do?

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Re: Horrible Treatment and Warranty Claims from Arctic Spas what to do.
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2013, 04:19:48 pm »
It does sound like your agreement was with the dealer. Just because they quit selling Arctic should not release them from agreements they signed with customers.  I would try to work with them to cover the transport and labor to honor their agreement with you.

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« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2013, 04:24:56 pm »
I can see the shipping not being included as I;'m pretty sure no manufacturer covers that but the $300 to movew equipment over seems absurd to me

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« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2013, 05:07:26 pm »
I'm sorry that you are experiencing issues.  Access to the hot tub and the cost of getting it to the factory are usually the responsibility of the purchaser if the tub cannot be fixed on site, for most hot tub brands.  I don't think that this is anything unique to Arctic.  From the Arctic Spas warranty:

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a. In the event that a spa or component thereof must be
returned to Arctic Spas® distribution centre, all freight costs are the responsibility of the spa customer 
http://www.arcticspas.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Arctic-Spas_warranty_english.pdf

You should definitely read a copy of the warranty before purchasing such and expensive product, though this disclaimer is in most hot tub warranties.

As to the crane access; It would be like if you put any appliance in a place that required a crane to get it there and it failed.  Maytag isn't going to hire a crane to remove your refrigerator if it is submerged in a deck and cannot easily be removed.  There are inherent risks when placing a hot tub in difficult to access places.

I don't think that you should have to pay to move the equipment over though.  That part I would fight.

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« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2013, 06:47:33 pm »
yup, definitely read every single part of the FULL warranty before you buy......cost to customer if a Hot Spring has to be shipped back to the factory $0.00...matter of fact they (Watkins) even pays us to pick up the spa from the customers house to ship back

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« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2013, 07:01:07 pm »
yup, definitely read every single part of the FULL warranty before you buy......cost to customer if a Hot Spring has to be shipped back to the factory $0.00...matter of fact they (Watkins) even pays us to pick up the spa from the customers house to ship back

That's not how their warranty reads though

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« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2013, 07:26:39 am »
Welcome to the forum, I just wish it didn't take you 3 years to join us. 
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« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2013, 09:41:39 pm »
Welcome to the forum, I just wish it didn't take you 3 years to join us.

Yea, a lot of folks come here after their purchase and have nothing but praise during their first few years.
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« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2013, 10:36:24 am »
Do not buy product that doesnt have Non pro-rated shell warranty .

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« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2014, 04:23:35 pm »
Do not buy product that doesnt have Non pro-rated shell warranty .
What is considered a "Non pro-rated shell warranty"? ??? Please teach me.

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« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2014, 04:26:52 pm »
Prorated means as time goes by, less is covered., for example, full 100% coverage for the first 5 years...in years 5 - 10 you pay 50% of the cost.
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« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2014, 04:54:37 pm »
A prorated warranty will cover only a percentage of the cost of repair or replacement, based on the amount of time or wear left.

For example, if you have a tire that is 55% worn and it develops a bulge from a defect, you would get 45% of the cost of the replacement covered, and would have to pay for the 55% that you already had the use of.

If you had a 5 year warranty on a battery and it needed to be replaced after 2 years, you would pay 40% of the cost, and the warranty would pay 60% . You had the battery for 2 fifths of the 5 year period.


A non prorated warranty will not charge you anything if warranty repairs or replacement is needed.

If the paint job peels, wrinkles, or fades, they will fix it at no charge to you.


This is why you have to ask if its pro-rated or not

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« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2014, 12:35:09 pm »
Do not buy product that doesnt have Non pro-rated shell warranty .

Arctic Spas doesn't have pro-rated warranties. The shell surface is warranted for five years. The spa shell has a lifetime warranty. In the OP's case, the tub was being replaced by Arctic Spas for no charge. The arguments were over the freight charges and the charges to remove the equipment from the old spa to the new spa. I can see why the dealer is charging that fee since they didn't sell this spa to this customer, and didn't make one cent off of that purchase. But, at the same time, I can also see the customers frustration with the expenses adding up when they thought it should be covered under warranty. If this were to happen with one of our customers, we would do all of that for no charge, unless a crane would be necessary. At that point, I think the customer would have to understand since most spas delivered are by man power and not by cranes.

I would suggest that the OP try to go in and sit down and talk with the new Arctic dealer to see if you can both agree on a fair price for both parties. I am sorry to the OP that you have had a bad experience.
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« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2014, 12:48:50 pm »
sorry i though artic was charging 1800 $ for a new shell but its for a brand new tub . Labor related to transfering the equipment from the old shell to the new one is the custumer responsability ?

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« Reply #14 on: March 11, 2014, 12:59:10 pm »
No worries. Well, Arctic Spas the manufacture doesn't pay for the transfer of equipment or the freight. That is up to the dealer or the customer. Like I said, I wouldn't have charged this customer for that, but the dealer that sold this customer that spa doesn't sell Arctic Spas any more, so the new dealer that does sell Arctic doesn't think they should have to pay either. Kind of a odd deal all around. The op only posted the one time, so hopefully they have been taken care of by now.
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