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Carrosserie / Bodyshop costs and recommendations?

Hi, does anyone know typical car bodywork costs here? Is driving to France for bodywork generally done / worthwhile? And does anyone knows of any good ones near Lausanne / Vevey / Evian le Bains? Thanks in advance all!
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Hi, does anyone know typical car bodywork costs here? Is driving to France for bodywork generally done / worthwhile? And does anyone knows of any good ones near Lausanne / Vevey / Evian le Bains? Thanks in advance all!
Carrousie olympia bear Plan Dessus in vevey is good we have used them a few times couple of times cash couple of times insurance. Costs are same as all Swiss bodyshops- high, but itís at least decent quality. Not sure about France prices.
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Carrousie olympia bear Plan Dessus in vevey is good we have used them a few times couple of times cash couple of times insurance. Costs are same as all Swiss bodyshops- high, but itís at least decent quality. Not sure about France prices.
Thanks for the tip. What kind of prices did they charge for what kind of work, if you donít mind me asking? Lately my car seems to be a magnet for car park door swingers and scrapers and the like
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Thanks for the tip. What kind of prices did they charge for what kind of work, if you donít mind me asking? Lately my car seems to be a magnet for car park door swingers and scrapers and the like
It was a few years back now. For the insurance jobs I think thousands but itís insurance so they donít care. For some scratches on one panel I think around 500 to a thousand I seem to remember. The whole thing is robbery. I learned to drive an old car then it doesnít matter.
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Re: Carrosserie / Bodyshop costs and recommendations?

I have a 12 year old bmw and now replacing the front bumper.
From all the options that ive calculated the plan is:
1. Ordering from Germany(or France) the painted part in my colour code. 450EUR
2. Shipping with a forwarding company to Switzerland. 50 EUR
3. Uninstalling 200 CHF

With the doors or roof its not so easy, usually the foreign owned small car repair shops are the cheapest where you can establish a private contract.
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Re: Carrosserie / Bodyshop costs and recommendations?

Yes, France is generally cheaper, both for parts and labour. Some garages over the border market themselves as such and welcome Swiss clients.

Also look for mobile repairs where someone comes over to you in a van to do the repairs, they can be better value.
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Yes, France is generally cheaper, both for parts and labour. Some garages over the border market themselves as such and welcome Swiss clients.

But still charge somewhat Swiss prices



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Also look for mobile repairs where someone comes over to you in a van to do the repairs, they can be better value.

Some of the "dent doctor" mobile types can be good.


I had a new, unfitted, bonnet I needed respraying - all the prep work had been done and it just needed blowing over. I didn't bother asking in Switzerland but in the prime "over the border" places in Germany the prices ranged from 500 to 800eur, the latter being reduced if I didn't want a receipt. In the end I found a place a bit off the beaten track and they did it for 200 for which I also got the VAT back.
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Re: Carrosserie / Bodyshop costs and recommendations?

Had a job done on my jeep in Gernamy which came out to about 1/3 of the price quoted in CH. Insurance paid out the Swiss quoted amount
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Had a job done on my jeep in Gernamy which came out to about 1/3 of the price quoted in CH. Insurance paid out the Swiss quoted amount
How does your insurance pay for something without a bill ?


I agree, France/Germany is 2x to 3x cheaper.
Buying parts online is also a good solution if you can diy.
Otherwise you will have a tough time finding a garage that will accept external parts (but some small workshops are ok with it)
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How does your insurance pay for something without a bill ?
They don't pay for the cost, they pay for the damage. If that tiny dent reduces the value of your car by 4'000.- that's what you're due (give or take).

Ususally the actual repair costs are taken as a proxy for the damage. Alternatively you can have the damage assessed and request payout. Whether you then repair the damage is up to you, also how/when/by whom, as well as how much you pay for the repair or where (yes, the cost difference can be made use of lawfully by getting the repair done abroad. However abusing it by, for instance, intentionally creating the accident constitutes insurance fraud). Legally speaking you need to import that repair upon your return, including paying customs and VAT.

Further, pocketing the payout without getting the car repaired will reduce its value, and potentially the damage you incur by the next incident. If the car that shoots you down hits that dent you didn't have repaired, and the insurance's inspector realises that, your damage is smaller and the payout reduced accordingly.

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