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Old 03-17-2014, 09:06 PM   #1
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Hey Everyone

I'm looking for a reputable Auto Body shop that can replace my rear driver's side door. Do any of you have any recommendations for one in the Boston area?

I'm in Arlington but since my car only has 410 miles, I am willing to make a drive to somewhere further where they will leave it new.
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:32 PM   #2
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Sansossio in Natick is fantastic.

Sorry that you need a repair with only 400mi on the car
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Old 03-17-2014, 10:03 PM   #3
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Yeah man, it really really sucks. My neighbor backed into my parked car in the street. She put a huge ass dent in the rear driver's side door to the point that it does not close properly. That **** also didn't leave a note and then she wanted me not to go through insurance. Thank god I got the police report when she fessed up the next day.

Estimate came in at $2,248.16

Luckily coming from Puerto Rico, I know how to deal with all this BS. People are crazy down there compared to NE

Forgot to mention.. Right now I am considering Dudley Street Auto Body. Cityside Subaru sent me to Arlington Auto Body. I gotta say AAB is seedy as heck. Their shop is messy, disorganized, and shameful to walk through. I would recommend not to go there. Dudley on the other hand looked like it was clean. Not a single drop of oil on the floor. Their tools were organized and the shop looked like their workers take pride in what they do. They also had 1 BBB review and excellent reviews on Yelp.

I might take a drive and check out Sansossio. I really want to make sure I get it back looking like it has 400mi.

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Old 03-17-2014, 11:36 PM   #4
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There have been a few threads about body shops in Mass. Today's Collision does great work and they are professional. They work on Subarus that get damaged when they are shipped, so I guess you could say they "know" Subarus. Anyways, good luck with your car! Also get a beater car and ram it into your neighbors car.
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Old 03-18-2014, 07:43 AM   #5
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may be too far for you but check out king collision in pembroke or plymouth. had them do my whole car and now it's mint!
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Old 03-18-2014, 08:31 AM   #6
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A messy shop is no sign of a bad shop. Sometimes is a sign of a cheap quality shop that's so tied down with giving as many customers as possible perfect body work that they don't have time to go around cleaning. Just saying the shop my dealer that I work at uses does perfect work and is usually pretty messy
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Old 03-18-2014, 03:43 PM   #7
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A messy shop is no sign of a bad shop. Sometimes is a sign of a cheap quality shop that's so tied down with giving as many customers as possible perfect body work that they don't have time to go around cleaning. Just saying the shop my dealer that I work at uses does perfect work and is usually pretty messy
I don't disagree. But for a shop unknown to me with only Yelp reviews (Yelp has lawsuits against faking reviews) the only way I can judge is by the quality of the shop. I've visited numerous mechanics in my area and are recommending Dudley Street as well.

At AAB they had cars who's bumpers were being repaired and because they had no room in the shop, the brand new bumper was left sitting on the roof of the car while the car was lifted to make room for other work. As a consultant that travels to client workplaces I can honestly say any shop or lab reflects the care given by the people who work there. Cleanliness and organization really reflects on the employees attitude towards their workplace environment.
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Old 03-18-2014, 11:08 PM   #8
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I would not recommend Schaller auto body in new Britain. It's right next to Schaller Honda. I had front end work done there and within 2 miles after picking the car up it had no heat and was over heating. Even after that there were issues. Bolt missing from my drivers side fender, hood scoop was loose and missing nuts. Plastics in the wheel well as well as under the car were also not properly installed. To say I was less then impressed would be a compliment
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Old 03-19-2014, 05:10 PM   #9
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Thanks Estone04.

I decided to go with Dudley. Just handed the car in and got my firkin elantra rental for a week. I will let you know how it goes next Wed. God i wish i could take it all back and buy a 2011-2013 STI or dropped the 5k necessary to fix my old bugeye =(
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Old 03-20-2014, 05:53 AM   #10
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Precision in marlboro is amazing, If you're looking for top notch work, they got you covered.
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Old 03-20-2014, 07:05 PM   #11
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Don't know how far you are willing to drive, but I used APC in Dartmouth, they did a great job replacing my rear bumper cover and color matching the paint.

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Old 03-21-2014, 10:35 AM   #12
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My insurance sent me to Glenville Terrace Auto Body in Allston, and I was very happy with the outcome and the amount of communication. I didn't go myself, though, so I can't give a first-hand impression of working conditions. Replaced a rear door panel and rear quarter panel for about $2,500. Oh, and they misplaced a RA mudflap in the process and covered the cost of a new set. That was classy.
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Old 03-21-2014, 02:59 PM   #13
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Perfection in Watertown. Glenville Terrace, too.
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Old 03-21-2014, 05:16 PM   #14
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Thanks for the update guys. I really appreciate it. Hopefully Dudley works out and I don't need to make a followup visit to them or anywhere else. I sure hope they don't take it for a joy ride either as it only had 474mi when i dropped it off.

On a good note, I just ordered my Cobb AP. I should get it Mon/Tues with my car. I am considering the lightweight pulley as my first mod after break-in but I am considering getting an in dash Navigation system/radio upgrade since I didn't go with the Nav package.
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Old 01-19-2016, 08:16 PM   #15
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Hello pawingo. I am a subbie newbie and just like you bought my wrx 2016 from Cityside Subaru. Had a bad luck and cracked my front bumper, they recommended me to go to Arlington Auto Body, however after reading your thread I decided it's better to go with your advise, please do suggest me about this. Also I showed to a local auto body shop at Brighton and he gave a estimate of $800.00 (replace with new bumper).

So finally how did the job turn out ? Are you satisfied with the job?
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Old 07-19-2016, 11:38 AM   #16
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How did Dudley work out for you guys? Thanks to a loose manhole I now have a crack in the front bumper of my '12 wrx hatch. Plus a side panel keeps popping off. Subaru says to just replace the whole thing. I want to switch out for fog lights anyway.
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Old 07-19-2016, 01:30 PM   #17
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How did Dudley work out for you guys? Thanks to a loose manhole I now have a crack in the front bumper of my '12 wrx hatch. Plus a side panel keeps popping off. Subaru says to just replace the whole thing. I want to switch out for fog lights anyway.
Pawingo has not been online on this site in over a year. You may be better off either PMing him or someone else. Chances that he'll log in and check this thread is unlikely.
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