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      03-04-2007, 02:27 AM   #1
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Costelli & Pardini's Body Shop in San Mateo, California

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I finally got my car fixed after a lengthy process with the other person's insurance company. They accepted full liability for the accident since she backed into my car while it was parked.

I ended up taking my car to a body shop located in San Mateo, California called Costelli & Pardini's. I was recommended to the shop by my cousin, who took his E36 M3 there to get a complete jet black paint job and I was impressed with their overall quality of work. The are located less than a mile away from Peter Pan BMW, the same dealership where I got my car. Peter Pan also uses this shop for repairs and I always see classic cars or BMWs including an E60 M5 as well as a Z8.

The person who handled my claim at the shop was Frank and he was very helpful and informative throughout the whole process. I am familiar with bodyshops since I used to be a magnet for accidents and been to at least 3 different shops over a span of 10 incidents, none of which were my fault. Frank explained the insurance process, helped me get a rental from Enterprise and arranged for the rental to be picked up after I dropped the rental back at the shop when my car was ready to be picked up.

The repairs took approximately 7 business days. Frank said he would've been able to get it done a bit sooner however BMW sent him hoods that were damaged and he refuse to repair it thus returning the damaged hood and spending a couple days waiting for a new one to come in.

Overall, the quality of work is what I expected. Paint is clean and smooth. Fitment is virtually spot on. Car was in clean condition, as if it rolled off the lot brand new. It felt like getting another car again! This shop also offers a lifetime warranty on the paint job and even provided a full color folder containing the work order and warranty information.

I'd recommend this shop to any BMW owner that expects quality work for their cars. However, this shop is not cheap. The total repair bill dinged the other person's insurance company just over $3,100.00 The age old cliche applies here... you pay for what you get.

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No bumper? Still looks good to me

Finished! :rocks:

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      03-04-2007, 03:03 AM   #2
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      03-04-2007, 08:57 AM   #3
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Very nice! Glad to see your baby back in good health. You should have asked them to paint out those ghastly reflectors for you!

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      03-05-2007, 12:32 AM   #4
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how mcuh to repaint just a front bumper?
looking for a PreLCI Black Sapphire e90 front bumper without license plate holes

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      03-06-2007, 02:37 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by LEDZEP View Post
You should have asked them to paint out those ghastly reflectors for you!
i concur!

looks good though!
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