Having been cornered coming out of Sainsburys one Saturday I decided to let Chipssaway quote on a minor dent and scratch on the rear panel of my car
Having quoted the best part of £300 to repair I hesitated at first but eventually got back in touch to get it sorted
To cut a long story short the Chipsaway chap came out one morning spent 30mins erecting his tent before knocking on the door and declaring that he was relatively new on the job and didnt feel comfortable doing the work. He then called one of his more experienced (?) colleagues who came out but again was unprepared to do the work
All very frustrating having taken the morning off work to humour these cowboys
Anyway despite the fancy marketing these guys are simply unreliable and I would avoid using at alll costs
I had one small "supermarket trolley" scratch about 5cm. long to be fixed and a dent in the petrol filler flap of my car.
The rather brusque manager of the depot I visited did condescend to look at it and supplied an estimate, and wanted to fit a new filler flap and spray it. This would involve quite some dimantling of the interior to remove and refit, plus the price of a new flap, of course.
The estimate seemed to me to be plucked from the air at over £200 including VAT, I also got the distinct impression they were not really interested in taking on the work at all, and that I would cough up blindly thinking this was cheap.
On my way home from what I thought was a rather wasted journey, I despondantly called at a local bodyshop just out of interest, fully expecting that they would not undertake such minor stuff, as most are busy with major accident repairs. IO couldn't have been more surprised at the outcome.
The "scratch" job is done, the colour match is perfect, and the whole lot cost only £150 including VAT.
These folk also had a proper panelbeater, who removed the dent in the filler cap cover with hand tools and without recourse to any dismantling at all. There is no evidence now that any damage existed.
My advice would be to ask around before shelling out on rather more expensive repairs than are claimed by this obviously rather self-opinionated franchise.
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