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After the break-in of my car, I need to take it into a bodyshop to repair the paint on the driver's door. It is a 4 week old Fiesta ST in PB. It also needs some interior cleanup, and a few other odds n ends. I want to take it to a Ford dealer's bodyshop, as it is brand new.

So which shop would do the better work?

Sam Pack's 5 Star Ford in Carrollton, where I bought the car?

Or Westways Ford in Irving?

My dilemma is this. I work Tuesday to Saturday 11am-8pm. So will be dropping off on Monday. I work past their closing time. Westways Ford is down the street (almost) from where I work, so could pick it up when done during my lunch. Sam Packs Ford is a distance away, so would need to lose time off from work to pick it up. But being I got the car from them, they might help me out more.

So, has anyone had experience with either dealer's body or service shop, and could recommend the one to use? Thanks!
 

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My experience is that dealer body shops are generally as bad as any of the other "volume" body shops. I try to find a shop that works on high end cars and exotics. You usually pay a bit more there, but they do a better job since the exotics paint jobs are more labor intensive.
 

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My experience is that dealer body shops are generally as bad as any of the other "volume" body shops. I try to find a shop that works on high end cars and exotics. You usually pay a bit more there, but they do a better job since the exotics paint jobs are more labor intensive.
Any suggested shops then? My only major concern, is getting rid of the nicks (through the clearcoat) on the door. When they start talking "blending in" across body panels, I fear for paint mismatches and off color blobs.

The interior work is just replacing the silver trim around the steering wheel airbag (got pitted from the flying glass), and pretty much glass chunks and glass powder cleanup.
 

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I don't know much about the dallas area. But I'd call up the local porsche dealers and any exotic dealers and see where they take their stuff as a place to start.
 

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Such a pain, to just fix some scratches and chips from no doubt, the belt buckle of the jerk reaching into the car when he was stealing my stuff! But as it is only a few weeks new, and cause I care (like we all do or wouldn't be in this forum, LOL), I want it back to factory new.

Is there any way to get around having to pretty much paint the whole door, and "blend" into another body panel? Does that Paint Chip Doctor shown on TV work? In theory, it seems it could. Not every item shown on TV, or infomercials are fake. And it is really only tiny nicks and chips in a small area that needs to be filled.
 

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Depends how deep are the scratches? A good detailer might be able to just buff them out for a couple hundred bucks.
 

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Depends how deep are the scratches? A good detailer might be able to just buff them out for a couple hundred bucks.
Wish it was that easy, but no. A few chips are deep, through the clearcoat. Still has the paint below it, but still deep. May that vandal rot in hell!
 

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Dude that SUCKS! Where did the break in happen? I got my FiST at the same dealership. Picked up the black one they had.
 
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