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Right Guys,

This is a 'Sticky' topic, for you all to recommend you garages, indi's, tuning shops, Alarm installers, Exhaust-makers, Body-shops and general good guys. (blatantly stolen idea from UKDaveJ, but I make no apologies ;):D )

Format is as follows: Name of the Business, Type of business, area served, contact name, telephone number, then anything else you want to add. Please keep to the subject and try not to wander off the subject please !!!

I'll start:

Kings Motor Services,

Independant BMW Specialist, Odiham/Hook (Junc 5 M3),

Bob or Steve,

01256 862221.

Good guys, been using them for over 10 years, have never failed to locate or fix a problem.

Auto Kare Vehicle Security,

Alarm/immobiliser installer, also vehicle electrician,

Mobile serving Hampshire and further afield by arrangement,


07768 587667

Really nice bloke, very efficient and does good deals on Thatcham rated kit.

Over to you......................

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@ Jules :lol:;)

Here's one!


Walsall, north Birmingham - just off Jctn 9 M6

Custom stainless steel exhausts (soon custom manifolds), wheel refurbing, window tinting & various tuning stuff.

Speak to Jay (the gaffa)

01922 645 646

Jay made my stainless steel exhaust system on my Highline, soon to make my custom tubular manifold, also refurbed my Style 5 alloys. Top guy, very genuine & fair pricing.

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I always use these people (click the telephone number on the image for a direct link)



A small group of BMW trained and very experienced chaps. Only use gen BMW parts and treat the cars like their own. Plenty of good advice. In the £40-£50 an hour range.

Loan cars available - they're a bit pants but I'd rather have a Punto than pay double per hour just to borrow an E60 for the day :D

Now I'm out of warranty it's the only place I'll use - they are 30 miles from me and the stealer is within walking distance - go figure :)

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Nightingale's BMW Services

Independant BMW Servicing, parts and bodyshop. More of an older car specialist. Also sells used.

3 Friar Gate




01332 347 370

compliments of stranter...... :)

BMTec - Manchester

New Bailey Street


M3 5FS

0161 834 1951

BMTec Webpage

Excellent BMW Indy, does work for at least 4 forum members - all very happy. Pickup service available within Manchester area.

Highams Park Motor Co.

35 - 39 Winchester Road

London E4 9LH

020 8523 3443

compliments of bjorn, i knew these are good, and bjorn supports that :)

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From B9#200

I've been going to Dave Gardiner in Reading since 1984, another one of the "what he doesn't know about BMs etc.". He's been driving 5ers all the time I've known him as well. Does servicing, repairs (not bodywork) and MOTs. Will usually use OEM but will use GSF/ECP if requested (GSF are on the same industrial estate a few doors down from him).

Dave Gardiner & Co.

Unit 23

Robert Cort Ind. Est.

Britten Road



Tel. 0118 931 1401

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2 more courtesy of Tusker, cheers mate ;)


Independent BMW Specialist, Bucks/Berks

Russell or Stuart

01296 614 646

Unit 7a

Weston Industrial Estate

Weston Way

Lower Road

Stoke Mandeville


HP22 5GT

Best indie for miles around. Run by Russell and Stuart, skilled ex-BMW mechanics with a great depth of knowledge on all models ancient and modern. Good prices, customer service and communications. When I’ve been stuck they’ve run the extra mile.

TopGear Racing

Stainless steel exhausts, tyres, alloys and catalytic converters


Units 3 & 4

Gatehouse Way



HP19 8DB

01296 433011



I can’t speak for any other Topgear franchises but the Aylesbury one did a good job fabricating and fitting my ss powerflow exhaust. Helpful, friendly and good communications.

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Fritz's Bits

BMW developers and Dismantlers

Richard Hearn ( knows his stuff on E12's and E28's)

01823 669425

Unit 90, Tonedale Mill Complex


Somerset TA21 0AW

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Compliments of Russ

Custom Werks - Hayes (Amman - 07956445644)...used a number of times. Nice chap and excellent prices. Say I sent you wink.gif

B&W - Hounslow (Jason...not sure of the number, it's at home) ....not used yet myself but heard very good things about.

Ormiston BMW - Tolworth (Keith - 0208-390 1116)

Brian's BMW - Eastcote (Brian - 0208 866 2887)...Very freindly and knowledgable ex-BMW Chief Technician.

Autotech - Heathrow area (John - 01753-680354)...not used yet myself, but used to work with Brain above!

Boxer Motor Works - Ashford (01784-251233) ....not used yet myself

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Steve Slattery Cars

Independant BMW Servicing, Repairs and Parts

126-128 Derby Rd



LE11 5HL

Tel: 01509 260026

compliments of stranter

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posted... thanks JonnyD

Best I’ve found for tyres in the Bolton area (Thistlethwaites also have other outlets – see below) – both the below matched £105 ‘all in’ for Continental Contisport Contact 2’s – (235/45/17's)

Thistlethwaites Tyres

Burns St (off Thynne St)

Bolton BL3 6DA

01204 365220


(also have branches trading in Leyland (nr Preston, Lancashire), Poulton (Fylde coast, Lancashire), Winsford (Cheshire), Middlewich (Cheshire), Mold (Clwyd) and Wythenshawe (South Manchester).

Gilnow Rd Service Station

Gilnow Rd Bolton

(behind Bolton School)

01204 525787

01204 382160

Adrian at Gilnow Rd will always do his best to match the lowest quote you’ve had. He matched this one.

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from Jim...( JDZ535)

Boxer Motor Works

Challenge Road,



TW15 1AX.


I had Inspection 1 service done there and some other gasket changes. Very honest guys, reasonable prices and their stamp has a BMW logo on it (good for the service book!) They even advised me to go direct to Feltham Tyres for tracking rather than pay them to do it!

One I have used up North is

David Paul of Warrington

01925 232515

Unit 1 Dover Court,Dover Rd

Warrington, WA4 1NW

Had an oil service with these guys and some minor cosmetic work after i tried to go offroading!! Good guys with reasonable hourly rate, they are often recommended on other sites too.

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Hind Heath BM near Wheelock, between Crewe and Sandbach, Cheshire.

"The guys there know their stuff, have all the equipment BMW have. Their labour is a quarter of BMW's too. They also have some nice wheel/tyre packages, new and refurb which look great value. Plus a nice range of MTec goodies, intakes, silencers, chrome interior bits, lip spoilers etc etc. Well worth a shout, I'd say for any of you guys 'up North'." - Marty528


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CA Automotive 08702 424 219, based in Gosport near Portsmouth. Roy is the man to speak to & is an absolute guru when it comes to BMW's & is also one of the nicest guys in retail.

1st class service, 1st class work and amazing attention to detail. Very honest with regards to what things do and will usually sell you down to something he KNOWS will work rather than sell the most expensive bits he can.

Also the person responsible for almost every 'seriously tuned' BMW around & possibly one of the country's most featured retailers.

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Nick Whale - Warwick (formerly Damon Hill)

Just had an oil service on the 530 - £122 which I thought was good.

Many thanks to Steve Collett (Senior Service Advisor) for his customer service and attention to detail. He made the effort to secure a decent price based on car age and BMW car club membership etc.

While there I purchased a few trinkets . A couple of 1:18 scale models, Mini/John Cooper Works keyring. I appreciate the patience of the parts advisor who I'm sorry to say didn't catch his name. Extremely helpful and knowledgeable on the models and accessories.

Nice coffee too.

Jeff Spangle

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I use stuart east in newarke on trent, at the recommendation of some of the other forum members...

Stuart East

01636 611117

He's just moved to somewhere called farnham (I think) which is south of newarke on the A4? (a46?..) however his phone number is the same as always. 1New postcode is NG24 3SE

Im off there for insp. 2 between xmas and new year, estimate is £140. Last year I paid £120 for insp. 1 with coolant change and new cabin filters.

Very happy with the service and quality from this guy, however there is bugger all to do in Newarke and I think he's even more out of the way in his new location :D

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Motormasters -

Have known the owner for around 18 years (my age - so my family have known him that long). Has done us many favours.

Just over in Hayes near the nestle factory...around 5 minutes off the M4 (LHR Junction)

Unit 7, The Squirrel Trading Estate

Viveash Close

Nestles Ave


Middx, UB3 4RZ

Tel: 020 8561 9100

Fax: 020 8651 9200

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If your in West Wales PM me and I will give you Tom's phone number.

Ex BMW technician and ford main dealer garage manager...

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