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Old 01-20-2013, 06:41 PM   #1
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Recommended BMW body shop in Richmond

Got into a minor accident today and am looking for a good body shop that specializes in BMWs.

Yes, I did search but want a more current opinion. Is No. 1 Collision still good? Richmond Auto Body?
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MG collision. U don't need a BMW specialist - just someone who does great body work
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I once got the front of my old Vette repainted at Bismark in Richmond, and it looked fantastic. However, it depends on who does the painting there. I know of another car who had their's done at Bismark, and the result was horrible orange peel.
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Got into a minor accident today and am looking for a good body shop that specializes in BMWs.

Yes, I did search but want a more current opinion. Is No. 1 Collision still good? Richmond Auto Body?
No1 is good. Had a modified older 3 series with aftermarket lights/reflectors and the guys there went out of their way to source matching aftermarket parts. Paint looks good and no overspray

Don't go to bismark, I hated their customers service/LG working the front desk. Scratched up my friend's car after I recommended them to go there. Mounting tabs for the bumper scratched up the rear quarter panel when they were re-installing the bumper (keep in mind, car had maybe 10,000KMs on it when we took it, was less than a year old, and was garage kept). They denied it, and then did a quick polish of the scratches to get us out.

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I once got the front of my old Vette repainted at Bismark in Richmond, and it looked fantastic. However, it depends on who does the painting there. I know of another car who had their's done at Bismark, and the result was horrible orange peel.
Agreed. Bismark can be YMMV.

I would suggest Bavara Autohaus. Not in Richmond, but they do offer pickup/dropoff services - you don't even have to go there! They do excellent work. Bavara Autohaus
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how about giving RS sponsor Grand Performance a try? They work on BMW and euros too. Give Victor a shout.www.revscene.net/forums/677778-hello-revscene-fellow-enthusiasts.html#post8104768
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Thanks everyone. Considered Bavara but they are so far even with the valet service.

Ended up going to No 1 in Richmond, hopefully they do a good job. They seemed really busy and I'll get my car back late next week. In the mean time I get to drive a base Corolla with manual windows.

Estimate is so high for what looks like minor cosmetic damage and it will probably go up too
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Thanks everyone. Considered Bavara but they are so far even with the valet service.

Ended up going to No 1 in Richmond, hopefully they do a good job. They seemed really busy and I'll get my car back late next week. In the mean time I get to drive a base Corolla with manual windows.

Estimate is so high for what looks like minor cosmetic damage and it will probably go up too
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I've been to Bavara. They do great work. And when they drop off and pick up (with a flat deck tow truck too) who cares where they are?
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Good thread, I was searching for a thread like this. Sound like No 1 collision is pretty good, my cf rear diffuser should be here next week. I'm going there to have it install I guess.

I also dislike bismark, i took my car there one time and they made me feel like its not "good" enough for them to work on.
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no 1, richmond bmw does there cars there! they do porches n stuff too
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after a bit of digging, there seems to be some bad reviews for No 1 Do not ever go to no.1 collision!! Avoid at all costs! Messed up my car!!! - Bimmerforums - The Ultimate BMW Forum

http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1936966

I guess it's just a roll in the dice

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Good thread, I was searching for a thread like this. Sound like No 1 collision is pretty good, my cf rear diffuser should be here next week. I'm going there to have it install I guess.

I also dislike bismark, i took my car there one time and they made me feel like its not "good" enough for them to work on.
I feel they do that with every car that shows up there.
They did the same thing with my friends car, they just seem like condescending pricks is all
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all shops will have the odd "bad results". eg. i have been to bismark before and have had great experience and one not so good one which had to take a few weeks to do deal with.

No.1 and grandcity are good. As with anyshop, i would take precaution and note your car condition prior to bringing to the shop and then giving it a detailed walk around after. if you spot any damage or defect with the paint, tell them to fix it.
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Everyone has 1 post and the names are so fake. You should never take your car to No 1.
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