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      03-16-2009, 06:41 AM   #1
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I drive a Silver Grey Metallic 2006 530xi. Unfortunately, it has two minor dents (on the top edge of the trunk) and 2-3 scratches on the rear bumper from a recent minor accident while backing up the car. I am looking for a very good body shop in Chicago to fix it as I am skeptical about the paint. My dealer suggests "Westmont Body Werks", but I saw pretty bad reviews of them on the net. The BMW site says "Patrick BMW" is BMW certified. Any ideas on which one is good?

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are you downtown chicago or burbs?

if you're close to naperville i highly recommend white eagle auto body, they do great work, its a little more expensive but for what they do you can't go wrong
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I live downtown..
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Do you guys think it's possible for them to match the silver grey metallic paint or is it something only bmw certified repair shops can do?
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Do you guys think it's possible for them to match the silver grey metallic paint or is it something only bmw certified repair shops can do?
I wouldn't worry about the paint matching if u take it to the right place. look up guy and sons, it's downtown. my dad has taken 2 different 7 series there and theyve done good work.
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Gold Coast Auto Body on Division, unfortunately I've patronized many over the years and Gold Coast is the best in my opinion. Won't be the cheapest, probably like 10% above the competition; but I think they do the best job.
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IMO, Patrick BMW is one of the worst. had some body work done there in 2002, will never do it again. A&L auto body in Palatine is absolutely the best, any work they do comes out perfect.
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+1 on A&L autobody.
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I would say A&L as well for the paint. haven't done any bodywork there besides that.
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paint match is perfect

some idiot nailed my bumper and trunk while parked and they took care of that flawlessly as well

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A&L FTW!

paint match is perfect
Agreed, they have done A LOT of paint work for me on my current and previous cars.
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Thanks for the input guys..I gave it to Guy and Sons to get my repairs done.. I hope they do great.. I was too quick to read the A&L replies. Besides, I searched it and it seems too far for me...

The estimate was cheap (970 for 3 days work and parts ) and they seem to have the experience.. So, my fingers are crossed on this one.. They told me they have to order the paint from BMW, mix it up using a formula that BMW provides and repaint the trunk and the rear bumper. Then they are gonna stick the new 530xi emblem on it. I hope it all fits right.. This is my first paint job in 8 years... I talked to westmont body werks and they gave me an estimate of 1630 for the same..
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my mom had some shit done at westmont. she went through the lexus dealership and they told her to go there. i guess their deal is the paint is warrantied for life. what that entails i dont know but "anything warrantied for life" is a good start. she had minor paint work done, nothing crazy
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Guy and Sons told the same..that their paint is warrantied for life.. I suppose, if the paint washes away due to rain and snow, they will repaint it for free or something..I dunno.. But I will ask him..
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I get all my work done at Metro Auto Body.

They do a great job...

Send me your email, and I'll email pictures of my former Integra Type R that they did all my body work on.



Here's a picture of my old Type R, several years ago. This was actually 6 months after they worked on my car, and of course due to daily driving, the paint was not in tip top shape.

But the bottom line is, they do a pretty good job. They painted my entire car Lamborghini Silver and also did the JDM conversion for me.

The car was awesome, until some douche bag decided to steal it.

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I wouldn't worry about the paint matching if u take it to the right place. look up guy and sons, it's downtown. my dad has taken 2 different 7 series there and theyve done good work.
Thanks for suggesting "Guy and Sons". They did a fantastic job with the repair and the paint. Also, vaccumed and cleaned the mats for free.. I hope this would be my last visit with them.. but I will definitely suggest them to others..
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niiiiiiice good to see that it worked out for ya
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