I had a little accident with some traffic cones on the M1 before Xmas when I misread a 3 lanes into 1 sign as 3 lanes into 2 whilst overtaking 2 HGV's at speed....Luckily I did not chooose to see if the gap between the 2 HGV's was big enough for LR147....
The upshot was some scratch damage under the front bumper valance at the front and above the rear wheel arch where the cones bumped and scraped the panel.
Rather than risk my protected bonus which is down to 1 claim following a previous claim, I decided to pay myself and following advice from my well respected Yorkshire indie went to a local paintshop who came highly recommended as being able to match the paint up well.
I accepted the quote (£350) and left the car a week ago and collected it last Saturday. It was parked right in the corner of their car park with the repaired side close to the fence and not in view.
It had rained so there was water all over the car but the colour did not look right, having a 'yellowish' tinge rather than the 'blue' tinge of the original red paint.
Also they had made no attempt to match the bumper colour on the repair to the vallance( which as we all know fades at a different rate to the bodywork), they have matched it to the bodywork.
So now I have a car with partially faded front bumper and body colour the other side , and a rear wheel arch area not matching the rest of the body and miles off at the rear bumper in colour too!
I've spoken to them by phone ( they said they thought they had done a "good job" )and arranged to take the car back in daylight on Saturday.
I've shown it to friends who agree the 'hue' on the red they have used is too yellow as well.
I chose this body shop as one recommended and paid top dollar as I did not want a mis-match.
My view is that they should respray to match the body on the metal areas and to match the bumper on the plastic bumper.
Does this sound reasonable or am being unrealistic?