Best driving school for teenagers!!!:
My daughter will be signing up for this school since all her friends have gone there. Teenagers from moreno valley.
by Denise Castro-Guerra on March 25, 2011
Not a place to go if you want to learn to drive:
I took my lessons mostly at the AMB driving school North York locations at Sheppard and Willowdale, but I think they are pretty consistent throughout with same instructors rotating to different areas on different days of the week.
I thought that this would be a good driving school as per their website and the fact that apparently they claim to be the official driving school for all of Toronto District School Board, but no, that wasnt true.
They are unproffesional and once they take your money, forget customer service. Its even worse when you try to get your final certificate! - At the pick up location for the certificates the person who is supposed to give them out rarely shows up. I know this because I've often seen this because angry students or their parents would come to my in-class lessons to complain. This also happened in my case - I came to pick up my certificate an no one was there. I even called and confirmed with the person before coming and he never showed up or picked up the number he said I can reach him at when I got there. Luckily, I knew the instructor teaching that night and he was nice enough to give me the number of someone he knew who could issue a certificate for me. I had to be very persuasive though. I looked through all their filing cabinets while I waited and I found the forms myself and wrote one up while waiting for the new guy to get there. He signed it and thats all. I'm not even sure if they abide to any privacy laws cus I was able to go through all their files as I waited!
Aside from customer service though, I did learn some things about driving. However my driving instructor wasnt very good. He used the break a lot and would grab the wheel to help me out. This gave me a false sense of how good I was and surely I failed my driving test when I was on my own. I was really disatisfied! Especially since they tell you the day of the driving test about additional fees which they never mention before - something like an extra $110 for getting the car and instructor to go to the test with you.
More about the fees - they seem to have random other fees that they didnt mention to you initially. Like randomly when I was picking up my certificate they wanted me to pay an additional $20 for it just out of no where as the certificate processing fee or something. I ended up not paying it when someone else processed the certificate which makes me very suspicious about their company policies or the kind of people working there.
The only good thing about this school were some (only some) of the in class lesson instructors. I went to a few and I found 1 guy that actually did a really good job. I guess he just really liked teaching. Nevertheless though, all instructors in the in-class lessons skim the teaching time by at least an hour, finishing lessons way earlier and telling you to record on official records that the lesson finished later. I didnt mind leaving early but I felt kind of ripped off like perhaps they could've taught more. We also skipped some of the matterial and some of the instructors were keen to leave right after class.
Overall, Id say you should go here if you already know how to drive and all you want is to get a certificate as a discount on your insurance. If you are a new driver though, this might not be such a good place for you :(
by Liuba on February 18, 2009