October 17, 2005

respray required

I picked up my MINI from Bob Smith MINI late Friday afternoon after they had replaced my faulty oxygen sensor and a noisy engine mount (!!). I asked that they have their detailing squad have a look at my new scratches, to determine if they could be detailed away, or if a body shop would have to be consulted.

Alas, the news on Friday was that the scratches were too deep to be detailed away. I was expecting this. They recommended Precision Auto Body in Reseda (apparently where they send their body work to), but I'm definitely trying to do some research into recommended paint shops in the general area. I only want the best for my MINI, obviously.

First thing will be to find a reputable shop and get my MINI in for a rough estimate. If we're looking at more than $500 (likely), I'll probably have to file a claim through my insurance company and swallow the $500 comprehensive deductible. (Note to self: think about paying a little more every month to get that deductible down.) After filing my claim for the front-end damage from the tire tread, my insurance actually went DOWN, so I'm not so worried about insurance this time around - and know they'll cover my rental car - and that can be quite an expense, as any paint work usually involves at least a week of being in the shop, I'd imagine.

The good news is that, after a few days of driving a MINI Cooper Convertible, my own (fixed) MINI feels like I'm riding on rails. It's such a joy to drive. That's why these tire tread damages, and this newest keying fiasco, really take an emotional toll on me. This is the first car I've spent any amount of money on (a year of disciplined saving and several years of self- credit repair), and any little ding hurts a ridiculous amount. So much so that I begin to think "Is it worth it?" Of course I know it is, my MINI is a fantastic car, but I haven't had much luck with it lately.

Anyways, enough sulking, I need to get some recommendations... anyone?


posted by julie at October 17, 2005 12:26 PM

things people have said

Minis are great.. Am waiting untill Feb untill i get my Cooper S :) If you dont read it already.. Go to www.mini2.com/forums

! :) Merry xmass

Steve
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so said: steve at December 22, 2005 05:09 PM



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