So that's another three body shops turned me down for getting the wings fitted and painted on the Lada without even setting eyes on the car or giving me a quote.
Yes, it's a fiddly time consuming job (the wings are welded on)...Therefore I expect to be paying you to do a good few hours of work at your stated rates. As I've already told the couple who have given me the immediate "That won't be cheap..." response, I really don't care! I'm not honestly fussed what it costs (within reason!), and am happy to pay a proper rate to have the job done right and any (hopefully minor) repairs to the inner wings/headlight frame carried out while the wings are off. Having had a poke around with a mirror and a big screwdriver though I've yet to find anything in there that will need welding repairs. Usually they rot out in several specific spots which are all fine on mine - save for the top front outer corner of the wing itself! As I've told them, I fully hope to keep this car for the foreseeable future and haven't the slightest interest in whether their price for the work will be more than they think it's worth. What business of theirs is that anyhow? This is a private job, not an insurance valuation!
Anyone know a decent body shop in the general area of MK?
I already have the new wings (in black primer), just need the old ones off, any necessary repairs made and the new wings welded in place and painted to match the car (solid colour). There are a couple of bits of paintwork I'd like to discuss in person if we ever get that far too...But those are less important and are purely cosmetic details.
Happy to travel a bit for the right service, but obviously want to support local business where I can. Speaking of, I may well drop by my usual garage to see if they have any recommendations.
This refusal to even entertain doing a job or so much as give a quote is something new to me. I very seldom encountered that problem up north aside from the occasional "Sorry, I'm booked up for the next six months solid" which is fair enough. Since moving down here though I've struggled to even get a quote from...
Roofers. Three years on, and still no further on.
Electricians. I gave up after six months and did the work myself.
Gas engineers. Three years on, I'm still trying to get the first annual service done from when we moved in.
Mechanics. Eventually found a decent garage thanks to Jim's recommendation, but I was really struggling for a year before that.
It just really baffles me...Never before have I found it so hard to give people my money! It's really starting to hack me right off, and if anything is going to make me wish I hadn't moved down here, that's it.
...That, and being able to sit in the garden at night looking at the stars with next to zero light pollution and when a full hour could go by between hearing traffic. That I do miss. The scenery too, but that goes without saying. The Grampian region is the New Zealand of the UK I think in terms of scenery, there's a bit of everything.