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Offline red_imps_2003

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Bodyshops in the North East
« on: March 27, 2017, 11:05:48 PM »
So,  some dumbass scuffed my drivers door and front wheel arch in Asda car park this evening (I actually have a sneaky feeling it could have been deliberate). Several inches length of scuffing in the paintwork at about knee height. Thankfully I don't think it has made an impression in the metal but sections are through to at least the primer beneath. I'll be getting a quote from the body shop in the village (which was recommended to somebody see on the local  Facebook group recently) and may try Redgate Lodge in Shiremoor after being subjected to a lot of their marketing lately. There are one or two other suggestions in an earlier thread I may pursue too (some place in  Cramlington was recommended  a few years back and a phone number for a mobile technician too) but does anybody have any up-to-date recommendations please?
So I was stood there trying to work out why the cricket ball was getting larger and larger...and then it hit me.

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Re: Bodyshops in the North East
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2017, 11:13:23 PM »
Well I'm literally about to use chips away at Newburn on Wednesday (192 quid for a wing respray in pearlescent white) so I'll probably be posting about that shortly! Used them on a previous car, and they do a lifetime guarantee and the price isn't too bad on that basis.

For rough and ready jobs I use the taxi place in winlaton but at the minute it's too nice a car to be subjected to that just yet. They are very a much a "well it looks OK from 5 yards" kinda outfit.
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Re: Bodyshops in the North East
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2017, 10:57:45 AM »
The taxi place? I dropped by at 'Church Street Motors' (the one recommended through the local Facebook group) this morning. Is that the one you are referring to? It's just between the Spa shop and the 'East Ocean' Chinese place (and a couple of doors down from 'Winlaton Garage' with a forecourt selling petrol). He is going to have a go at polishing it out on Friday (for twenty quid) and I will see how it looks after that.

I've read about Chips Away quite a bit. I thought they were a mobile outfit, but they have a workshop in Newburn do they? It can't harm to get a quote/estimate from them as well once I've seen how the damage polishes up. I would expect to pay a three-figure sum for localised cosmetic bodywork but I had been fearing £500+ initially. If it's £250 or less I Can probably justify the outlay to keep it looking nice (and reduce the risk of rust in future) but much more than that and I would probably have to live with it. My alloys need refurbishing more urgently.
So I was stood there trying to work out why the cricket ball was getting larger and larger...and then it hit me.

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Re: Bodyshops in the North East
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2017, 01:19:34 PM »
I think the one I'm thinking of is Winlaton Coachworks. It was 10 years ago Tbf and I was trying to make a cheap car look presentable which they did but it was cheap job and the quality of the work reflected that. Not that I had any complaints, I got what I paid for.

Depending on the work chips away are mobile but for jobs requiring spraying and paint they are in the old MGM engineering building.

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Re: Bodyshops in the North East
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2017, 01:57:16 PM »
Ah yes; I know of Winlaton coach works. Not in a bad way; just that I know where they are. There seem to be loads of mechanics/garages here for what is a fairly small village. Most seem to be deemed as good value and trustworthy by those who use them.
So I was stood there trying to work out why the cricket ball was getting larger and larger...and then it hit me.

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Re: Bodyshops in the North East
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2017, 04:13:41 PM »
Like I say nothing against them, they have always been the cheapest whenever I've got quotes through them. But the end results have been alright rather than spot on. So it's whether you want perfect or that'll do and half the price other places quote.

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Re: Bodyshops in the North East
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2017, 01:23:01 PM »
Just to follow up, the guy at Church Street Motors in Winlaton did an excellent job of polishing out the scuff and charged me just £20. It looks as though I was fortunate in that the scuff didn't damage the metal beneath. I can't, therefore, comment on how well they would do with a re-spray or similar but he seemed a decent guy and I didn't feel as though I was being screwed over. I have a few scratches and stonechips to look at in the future but am seeing how things go financially for a while first (repair those badly blistering alloys first). Eventually I plan to get opinions/pricing from this place, Chips Away and 'Cosmetic Paint Systems' before deciding whether it is worth having any of them painted over.

I may have been a bit premature in describing the damage as potentially an act of vandalism, although I am still perplexed as to how it could possibly have happened. I had deliberately parked in loads of space with several bays free on either side (sick of people carelessly opening their doors onto it) and was only in the store for 20mins. The car park was hardly crammed. I had taken some photographs of my wheels before going into the store (to help obtain quotes for refurbishment) and I wondered if somebody had seen this and thought I was being a bit too proud of my car or something. The bodyshop guy did feel it looked like a brush from a black plastic bumper, though, so maybe it was an accident. I'm pleased it hasn't cost as much as I initially feared, though.
So I was stood there trying to work out why the cricket ball was getting larger and larger...and then it hit me.

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Re: Bodyshops in the North East
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2017, 01:41:14 PM »
I asked at chipsaway what they charge for wheels and it was about 50 quid a corner +VAT if they aren't too far gone. Which is about the same as redgate lodge charges.

Tbf mine aren't so bad yet but it's on the horizon.

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Re: Bodyshops in the North East
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2017, 02:52:23 PM »
Mine are bad and need full refurbishment:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7c2LWtxcTqKZC10WUdnZVdmTVU/view?usp=sharing
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7c2LWtxcTqKVUlFY3RHR2wtcG8/view?usp=sharing
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7c2LWtxcTqKaUtGeVpJZERwUFE/view?usp=sharing

The Durham branch of The Wheel Specialist quoted £266 for all four (averaging £66.50 each) and the guy at Church Street Motors suggested I could get a few quid off that in their Newcastle branch if he refers me. It's just trying to find a suitable day to get it done. Hoping they will be easier to keep clean when they are smooth again...
So I was stood there trying to work out why the cricket ball was getting larger and larger...and then it hit me.

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Re: Bodyshops in the North East
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2017, 02:52:23 PM »