Hi guys; following on from my previous thread, I took my car to Williams Bmw in liverpool to book an Inspection 1 and check the body work.
First of all the guy was very nice with me and was great to chat to, so a thumbs up from me.
Now they have sent off a claim to bmw for BOTH rear quarter panels to be replaced as there is slight bubbling on both, great no issues here!
He went out with a paint depth thing to make sure the car hadn't been in an accident etc and took a load of pictures.
This is the worst side (The other has just started):
However my main concern and main reason for going in was this (I had the car cleaned before I went in ):
The other side is nowhere near as bad, but has just started to show signs of bubbling.
Now here's the issue. Basically the body shop guys are saying that, from experience, this is caused by a bolt rusting behind the panel and transferring onto the body work. If this is the case it wouldn't be covered by the body work warranty which the rear quarter panels are being replaced under.
They said the only way to to find would be to take the panel off and have a look, at circa £200 each side, which I would be liable for if it turns out the bolts are at fault. This £200 doesn't include painting etc which would be more if I went ahead with them repairing it.
So basically these are my options:
A) Get a local body shop to remove the panels and investigate the cause. If it isn't the bolts at fault I can take pictures of the offending area, replace the panels and get bmw to do the work under the warranty (they said this would be ok to do). If it is the bolts then I'd pay the local place to carry out the work (for the age of the car I don't think its financially viable to pay bmw to do it).
B) Pay the circa £400 for them to investigate both sides, in the hope that it isn't the bolts at fault and therefore get this repaired under warranty (then I wouldn't be liable for the £400 either).
C) Pretty much same as B but a slightly cheaper/prudent option; Pay bmw to investigate the worst offending side; then if it isn't the bolt on this side ask them to investigate the other side too.
He's phoning me as soon as bmw has sent a response back about the back panels and wants a decision on these panels too.
Oh he said they would need about 3 weeks to complete the work. But they would give me a courtesy car FOC.
What would you guys do?