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Old 04-12-2002, 09:15 AM   #1
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Question Do you leave your car for service / mods, or stay with it?

I have heard some horror stories about all kinds of bad things that happen when you leave your baby with someone, whether it be BMW service, the local stereo installer, or the tint guy. Everything from scratches, torn interior, dings, to excessive mileage (test drive, yeah, that's it) and even wrecking the freaking car.

Needless to say, it has made me so paranoid, I don't think I'll be able to get more than 10 feet from the car the first few times I take it anywhere. And I don't think I can see leaving it and coming back later unless whatever is being done is going to take more than a single work-day. "Uh, yeah...I need to take a vacation day to watch my car - they're tinting the windows."

How does everyone else deal with this, and have you had any bad experiences? Someone please ease my mind.
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Old 04-12-2002, 09:17 AM   #2
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Old 04-12-2002, 09:19 AM   #3
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I always stay if it's possible to stay with the car. Some places won't let you in their garage, but you can stand by the door and watch. The only exception is the dealer where you can't even come close to looking at your car while they work. In that case, I leave it. But I have them note the odometer and have them do a walk-around the car and note any chip/dent so you can claim if they damage it. (ok, so I don't do the latter, but I should! They have made a door dent in the past)
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Old 04-12-2002, 09:27 AM   #4
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They have made a door dent in the past
AIGH! You guys are not helping!
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Old 04-12-2002, 09:41 AM   #5
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Definitely stay with the car if possible. Otherwise make sure you do a careful final inspection prior to picking the car up. I noticed after 1 week of stereo install at 2 different shops, there was a quarter inch dent on the passenger door with poorly applied touch up paint on it!!! I was so furious, but I still have not figured out which shop did that.
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Old 04-12-2002, 09:41 AM   #6
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I have had good luck with my local dealer. They always do a walk around and discusses anything they see wrong with the car before they take it. Also they note the mileage at the time I drop it off. We may just have a good dealer ship here in Kansas City. Good luck!
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Old 04-12-2002, 10:02 AM   #7
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If you need to leave it, make sure you do a walk around with a service rep and have them mark out any possible damage before the vehicle is left in their hands. That way if any new damage exists when you return, it can be pointed out as something that was not there when you dropped off the vehicle and they will be forced to pay for repairs.
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Old 04-12-2002, 10:10 AM   #8
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Tinting dudes put a nice fat scratch (down to the primer) on the door of my car
the very first week I had it. They wouldn't take responsibility and I wasn't smart
enough to walk around the car before I picked it up. Not to make you paranoid,
but sh1t like this happens all the time. Be careful.
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Old 04-12-2002, 10:35 AM   #9
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Sheesh....I think I'm going to have to take pictures of the car up close along with a newspaper headline to make sure I can prove that it was in pristine condition before anyone gets it. :sad:

That, or stand beside the technician with my 9mm in hand while he works.
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Old 04-12-2002, 11:13 AM   #10
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I think what you need is the BMW OEM low-power subspace shield. You engage it when locking the doors and a small shield protects your car from dents or thiefs.
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Old 04-12-2002, 11:14 AM   #11
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Old 04-12-2002, 11:18 AM   #12
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Depends on what's getting done... I left it with StreetEffectz and with my Dealer, cause I trust both of them. Otherwise, I would stay with the vehicle.

One time I parked my car at a garage in NYC, and I told them @ 2-3 hours until I would be back. I wound up having to leave about 15 minutes after dropping the car off... so I went back to the garage, and asked for my car. It took them 10 minutes and then I see the attendent pulling up from up the street... he had been joy riding in my Bimmer rather then parking it! Needless to say I flipped out and didn't pay for sh!t...


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Old 04-12-2002, 11:23 AM   #13
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boy... you guys make me paranoid... if it'll be a quick job, i.e. under an hour, i wait... but if not, i leave my car... i trust the shop i take my car to, as well as the body shop... they're pretty good... the dealer i usually do a walkaround and make sure nothing's damaged before dropping off and at pick up... but, i don't think i'll be going to the dealer too much, as the scheduled service is about to end....

my car has a lot of rock chips, a couple of surface scratches... i realize my car isn't a show car, and i believe it's meant to be driven, and thus, will get it's fair share of battle wounds... sure i get a little upset at each new scratch, but, hey, it's only a car, isn't it?

but that's not to say, i don't try to keep the car nice, i just had a big ding taken out of my passenger side door.... having a $100 deductible for this kind of unforeseen damage is kinda nice
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Old 04-12-2002, 11:30 AM   #14
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Yes, all types of things happen.. would they stop happening if you were standing there? If the guy is working on your interior & rips your leather with a screwdriver that was in his back pocket, could you have stopped that in time? Of course you could prevent some of them, but you would make the guy nervous & prone to making more mistakes. Thats why some shops have a waiting room...
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Old 04-12-2002, 11:38 AM   #15
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Of course you could prevent some of them, but you would make the guy nervous & prone to making more mistakes. Thats why some shops have a waiting room...
That is a good point as well. Since I don't plan on a lot of mods, I'm hoping this doesn't become a real issue since I think I would quite literally blow a gasket if something major happened.

On the other hand, never in this car's lifetime will the keys see the hand of a valet, parking lot attendant, or otherwise non-shop personnel.
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That is a good point as well. Since I don't plan on a lot of mods, I'm hoping this doesn't become a real issue since I think I would quite literally blow a gasket if something major happened.

On the other hand, never in this car's lifetime will the keys see the hand of a valet, parking lot attendant, or otherwise non-shop personnel.
but some places are valet only...
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Old 04-12-2002, 11:48 AM   #17
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Do you leave your car for service / mods, or stay with it?
I usually leave it on. They don't really mind. I would hate to scrape the stickers off. I would have to go and put new ones on again!
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Old 04-12-2002, 11:51 AM   #18
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but some places are valet only...
In that case I insist I park the car myself or I go somewhere else. I have done that more than once before.
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Old 04-12-2002, 12:03 PM   #19
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Yup, my car will never see the dealer. It hasn't yet! I found my bodyshop here in ATL and they do all my work. Everything from mods to oil change, they do. Even when I hit my first 15k for the free oil change, I will not take it to a dealer. Shoot, I can get it changed for $20 at my bodyshop!! I'll spare the extra $20 everytime than to have a nice fat dent/scratch on my aftermarket bumpers!!!
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I usually leave it at the dealership and go to a nearby mall until it's done but I never let those idiots wash my baby.
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