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After that nasty metal pole backed into me in my work car park a few weeks back (I was there, I saw it getting closer and closer through the back window!) which chipped and cracked the paint to around the diameter of a coffee mug, I'm finally getting it back from the bodywork shop today. Woohoo! Gutted I missed the Jap meet though although it will be nice not to drive my dads boring Corolla anymore!

I saw one of those Halfords adverts on during the break on top gear where it gives the impression you just turn up and they do a quick spray job and then big bash bosh - good as new etc... How wrong was I? They actually use external local companies to come down to the store and do the work and for my scuff I was told it would be at least a 3-4 week wait and it would cost bottom line £150! Yikes. I thought surely there isn't that many other people like me who are rubbish at parking?

Just as I was leaving the store to look elsewhere ther spotty Halfrauds employee ushered me into a corner and put a piece of paper in my top pocket with a phone number on which belonged to "his mate Dave" who runs a bodywork/spray shop and could do it at half the price. As sceptical as I was I thought I'd give it a try and I was suprised not to find some 18 year old greasemonkey cowboy type but actually a really nice guy who has been in the business for quite some time. He quoted me £80 and I have only had to wait a week and a half before getting the scoob in there so I'm looking forward to seeing the results this evening!

If I'm happy with the result I'll post the guys details on here is case anyone else needs anything done locally.

I've got some blue dashboard LED's to put in this weekend too so I'm really looking forward to getting that sorted too. :(

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Pleased for you that you are getting the Darth-mobile sorted :D

I once had a petrol pump reverse into me a loooong time ago - fortunately i proper hated the car i was in at the time, and thought at least the dent it made gave the car some character :(;)

Be very interested in your opinion on the paintwork tho, it would be good to get a nice little database of useful local companies for the region started :lol:

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Pleased for you that you are getting the Darth-mobile sorted :D

I once had a petrol pump reverse into me a loooong time ago - fortunately i proper hated the car i was in at the time, and thought at least the dent it made gave the car some character :(;)

Be very interested in your opinion on the paintwork tho, it would be good to get a nice little database of useful local companies for the region started :lol:

Beware of stationary objects, they are a menace! thats what I say... :D

Yea I think it would be a great idea to have a section where we can praise, name or shame the best and the worst local places to have various bits and bobs done on the car. Weather it's an MOT or a full engine transplant, it would be good to compare prices arcoss our local area for future reference :D

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Well pleased with the result! :(

I admit to knowing nothing at all when it comes to bodywork/paint jobs but rather than just patch up the part where the paint had come away he did the entire bumper for me and it looks amazing! I'm going to start the thread now about local services so I'll start the ball rolling with this guys details.

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