ChipsAway

Discussion in 'Bodywork' started by Brian WH, Nov 29, 2003.

  1. Brian WH

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    The ChipsAway boys were at my local supermarket today advertising their services and giving out leaflets.

    I notice from a search that they get a mention occasionally but nobody seems to have tried them?:confused:

    So has anybody used them and what was you opinion of their service?

    For the record the Tel. No. is 01283 520203 or 07730 534351 Alan Ariss. This looks like a Burton-on Trent number, so must be their local rep.
     
  2. jimmy

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    I think ChipsAway is a franchise, there are different operators for different areas.

    I have heard that they do a very good job as do the Dent Wizards, the thing I have heard is that because they don't and cant use the oven baked two-pack paints that it is not a permanent repair, the paint will eventually wear off.

    I personally do not have any experience of this other than that my car started to develop chips and scratches after a couple of months so I suspect the dealer I bought it from had had it done.
     
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    We used 'chips away' (Sheffield) to repair a bumper scrape on a two month old E-class (company car). The guy was very good - franchised - and only charged £60 for a mornings work.

    He used a filler, base coat and lacquer to repair the bumper. For health and safety reasons (so he claimed) they aren't allowed to use two-pack paint, but the cellulose stuff he applied still looks perfect many months later.

    I can't see anything really wrong with not using two-pack paint. It's not that long ago that all cars were painted using 'standard' single pack paints.......

    Paul G
     
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    clk bonnet chips

    I USED A CHIPS AWAY FRANCHISE IN THE MANCHESTER AREA.COST ME £120 TO REPAIR BONNET STONE CHIPS,A TOTAL WASTE OF TIME,ALL THEY DO IS PAINT THE BASE OF THE CHIP WITH A SMALL AIRBRUSH.THE CHIP CAN BE CLEARLY SEEN ,I COULD DO BETTER WITH A SMALL ARTIST BRUSH AND A TOUCH UP STICK.WHEN I COMPLAIND TO CHIPSAWAY THEY TOLD ME TO TAKE IT UP WITH THE GUY WHO HAD THE FRANCHISE ,THEY WER NOT INTERESTED AT ALL.MAYBE I HAD A BAD EXPERIANCE BUT I WOULD NEVER USE THEM OR RECOMEND THEM TO ANYONE.THE FINAL STRAW WAS THE LAST TIME I PHONED THE GUY WHO DID THE SO CALLED REPAIR WHO TOLD ME TO GO AND F**K MYSELF AND STOP PESTERING HIM.
     
  5. Andy Stanton

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    I used them roughly 3-4 years ago to fix a number of scratches on a K plated XR3i. It was metallic blue and they did a great job. Totally seamless and never had any problems.
     
  6. mw_C32

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    Re: clk bonnet chips

    Have to agree . Took my C32 in for 3 stone chips on the bonnet, a total waste of time too. It does'nt look any better.
    :( :( :(

    Northants area not Manchester.

    Seems like different operators have different standards, go to one thats recomended!!!
     
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    MW_C32.

    How much did they charge u if u dont mind me asking or did u get a refund ?

    I heard that Chips Away can charge upto £140 per panel - £65 per alloy (London area). I guess the costs per franchisee must vary as per previous posts....

    The only advanatge of chips away I suppose are that they will prevent rust from occurring, and that u can also watch them carry out the work - if ur lucky u`ll get a good franchiee who will do a good job.... apparently I have been told that paint jobs on bonnets, trunk lids and roofs are difficult to match coz of the reflection of light etc...

    Flash
     
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    Hi Flash
    No refund. They only charged 50 squids plus vat.
    I did not want to go back and have them try again. The ONLY reason I went in the first place is cause I was worried about rust occuring so that bit is fine.
    I have a friend that has had some stone chips done on his car and he was very pleased so after the winter I will probly go to them.
    Sorry don't know who but if I get it done I will post results.

    Anyhow the beauty of a car thats metallic SILVER :D yes thats SILVER :D for all you who frown on a SILVER :D car is that these stone chips are harder to spot. :D :D
    I have always had darker couloured cars that always showed up the stone chips and drove me mad but this SILVER :D one does'nt show up the chips but also it only looks dirty when I start to clean it. HeHe
     
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