Hi all, a bit of a story here as opposed a report.. might be worthwhile sticking kettle on before you read!
BMW 130i M-Sport Limited Edition – Carbon Black
Booked in over four days for a “White Detail” (Major Paint Correction, wheels-off, engine-bay and (in this instance, light) interior work)
The car in question is a 2007 model with a shade under 40k miles on the clocks. My customer made the purchase just five weeks ago; a West Midlands based Sytner BMW dealership.
Buying the car ‘blind’, the sales-man at the time reassured my customer that the car is to Sytner’s quality ‘approved standards’ and is ready for collection when they were… You can see where this is going, can’t you?
Collection, unfortunately, was at evening whilst it was wet outside. A few bad areas were noted at the time and my customer wasn’t happy. The car was left with the dealer for rectification.
Second time round, little improvement. Albeit a few years old now, this was a £15k purchase and the car was a mess – no excuses on Sytner’s behalf.
Rather than let the dealer’s try again, my customer chose to seek external professional advice.
A brief insight to the damage caused by the bodyshop ‘repairs’:
The usual buffertrails from incorrect machine polisher use..
Unfinished DA sanding marks,
Unpainted areas and a burn through O/S front wing/bonnet,
And paint runs,
• 3M FastCut +
• 3M Ultra Fina
• 3M Glass Cleaner
• AutoSmart G101
• AutoSmart Tardis
• AutoSmart Hazsafe
• AutoGlym Vinyl & Rubber Care
• AMDetails’ mild clay bar
• Belgom ALU
• Chemical Guys New Look Trim
• Chemical Guys JetSEAL109
• Dodo Juice Born To Be Mild
• Hammerite Smooth Silver high-temp
• Jeffs Werkstat Prime
• LTT auto ultra leather
• Menzerna 203s
• Menzerna 85RD 3.02
• Meguiars Super Degreaser
• Meguiars Last Touch
• Raceglaze Black Label Concours Wax
• Zaino Z6
The rest of the defects will be presented later on.
For now, here’s the general condition of the rest of the vehicle:
Alongside the deep scratches on the N/S rear quarter, can you see where a football has hit?
As to be expected on a BM of this age, corroded discs and calipers,
Starting with the wheels-off treatment - wheels deep cleaned inside and out; removal of old wheel weight residue. Arches flushed and brake assembly wire brushed/prepped for later painting.
After wire brushing and brake cleaner – ready for paint.
The wheels, although ‘fully’ refurbed, didn’t come up very well at all. Lazy refurb; inner rim and wheel-nut housings were covered in overspray which I couldn’t remove.