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Post by Scooba_Steve » Fri May 19, 2017 4:56 pm

So I've got some bits I need painting, any recommendations for painters in or near NW London?
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Post by Pastry » Fri May 19, 2017 5:08 pm

There is a place in Harpenden that is very good (harpenden classic and preformwnce) :thumbsup:
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Post by Smartbear » Fri May 19, 2017 5:11 pm

Pastry wrote:
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There is a place in Harpenden that is very good (harpenden classic and preformwnce) :thumbsup:
Have you been drinking Paul? :P
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Post by wegras » Fri May 19, 2017 5:20 pm

Seriously :wink:
Try a BMW Dealer most if not all have bodyshops and IIRC give 5 year warranty on work
My experience in 2x not my fault scrapes :driving: has been excellent at my Dealer
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Post by Scooba_Steve » Fri May 19, 2017 5:25 pm

Competitive costs? I thought most dealers farm out body work.
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Post by wegras » Fri May 19, 2017 5:36 pm

Not that I am aware, for insurance purposes almost all if not all BMW approved bodyshops are BMW Dealers
Competitive no idea try them for a price against ant other that offer a similar service at least you have a fall back with BMW in case of bad workmanship unless you are happy with a back street job
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Post by Pastry » Fri May 19, 2017 8:15 pm

Smartbear wrote:
Fri May 19, 2017 5:11 pm
Pastry wrote:
Fri May 19, 2017 5:08 pm
There is a place in Harpenden that is very good (harpenden classic and preformwnce) :thumbsup:
Have you been drinking Paul? :P
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Post by JAD » Wed May 24, 2017 5:33 pm

Scooba_Steve wrote:
Fri May 19, 2017 5:25 pm
Competitive costs? I thought most dealers farm out body work.
Certainly from my experience they do, along with MOTs. They also put "dealer tax" on the bill so not sure I'd recommend a dealership. I guess the only plus point (other than the warranty mentioned above) would be haggling on quality. If it's not 100% perfect afterwards, you'd get more traction with BMW main dealer than you would with a small indie spray shop.

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Post by Scooba_Steve » Wed May 24, 2017 5:41 pm

A fair point. I've still not go much better on quotes...
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Post by firebobby » Fri May 26, 2017 5:11 pm

Scooba_Steve wrote:
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A fair point. I've still not go much better on quotes...
Steve, David (DMC63) on here had his hardtop repainted and he lives in north London. May be worth contacting him to see who he used.
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Post by Scooba_Steve » Fri May 26, 2017 6:07 pm

Thanks mate, will see what he says. The skirts are at my girlfriends so may leave them down in Yeovil and get painted there.
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Post by Newbers » Fri May 26, 2017 10:29 pm

JAD wrote:
Wed May 24, 2017 5:33 pm
Scooba_Steve wrote:
Fri May 19, 2017 5:25 pm
Competitive costs? I thought most dealers farm out body work.
Certainly from my experience they do, along with MOTs. They also put "dealer tax" on the bill so not sure I'd recommend a dealership. I guess the only plus point (other than the warranty mentioned above) would be haggling on quality. If it's not 100% perfect afterwards, you'd get more traction with BMW main dealer than you would with a small indie spray shop.
Things may have changed (I think a few years ago BMW got more involved) but I've had massive rows with two BMW dealers who did truly shocking work. I'd much rather use an independent that has personal reason to take pride in what he does - and pay him a price that reflects the job you want him to do.
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Post by JAD » Tue May 30, 2017 9:08 am

Newbers wrote:
Fri May 26, 2017 10:29 pm
JAD wrote:
Wed May 24, 2017 5:33 pm
Scooba_Steve wrote:
Fri May 19, 2017 5:25 pm
Competitive costs? I thought most dealers farm out body work.
Certainly from my experience they do, along with MOTs. They also put "dealer tax" on the bill so not sure I'd recommend a dealership. I guess the only plus point (other than the warranty mentioned above) would be haggling on quality. If it's not 100% perfect afterwards, you'd get more traction with BMW main dealer than you would with a small indie spray shop.
Things may have changed (I think a few years ago BMW got more involved) but I've had massive rows with two BMW dealers who did truly shocking work. I'd much rather use an independent that has personal reason to take pride in what he does - and pay him a price that reflects the job you want him to do.
That's really my point, nail on the head - I'd rather argue with BMW dealerships over work carried out than an independent. Sadly, finding a truly good independent (paint, mechanic, alignment etc) is so so difficult these days.

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