It is often frustrating and stressful when your luxury BMW is in need of repair and you aren’t quite sure where to take it for quality repairs at an affordable price.
Choosing to take your BMW to a local independent BMW mechanic instead of the dealer can save you money and help you build a relationship with a trained technician working on your vehicle.
By taking your BMW to Bavarian Rennsport, costs will be much lower than what the dealer charges. This is because OEM parts aren’t marked up as much, and our hourly labor rates are lower since overhead is significantly less.
Shawn Welk, owner of Bavarian Rennsport in Jacksonville, Fl. points out that going to the service department at the dealership for repairs often leads you to pay retail price on parts plus 10% over, with an hourly rate of 30+% more than what Bavarian Rennsport charges.
“[At the dealership] customers walk in the door expecting to pay because they are at that dealership to pay, and they are going to get what they expected. BMW is going to charge them over and over. When they go to an independent shop, like mine, and walk in the door with something they got quoted $1100 for and I quote them for $800, they are pleasantly surprised.”
Welk goes on to state that fear (of the cost) is one of the biggest stressors when people walk into a dealership, and that dealerships often portray a sense of urgency with items that need to be repaired. “They want to sell you as much service as they can. People get scared because it turns into you need this and this, and you need it done now. All of a sudden you bring your car in for an oil change and you leave there with a $2500 bill of stuff that doesn’t really need to be fixed right away.“
Prioritizing repairs proves to be key at independent BMW service centers. “We prioritize very well,” says Shawn Welk. “If someone comes in with a laundry list of items from the BMW dealer that they need done to their vehicle, we’ll go through it and prioritize what needs to be done now, and then later. We create a project plan and help you plan a schedule that works for your budget and time”
Personalized Service from Trained BMW Technicians
Oftentimes, there is a huge disconnect between the technicians in the service bays, the service advisors and the customer. Here at Bavarian Rennsport, you have the ability to talk directly to our BMW Technicians.
The BMW Guys tend to offer genuine, personalized service, where you can build a relationship with your BMW mechanic, and not feel disconnected.
Some of the best BMW repair centers are run by BMW trained techs, like Kelvin Lang, who work on your car, and are in direct communication with you each time you come into Bavarian Rennsport.
By going to our BMW repair shop, you don’t have to deal with talking to a different service advisor each time. Also, the odds are pretty slim that you’re going to get the same mechanic working on your car each time you bring it into the dealer.
“What sets Bavarian RennSport apart from dealers is that The BMW Guys genuinely care about their customers,” says Shawn Welk. “At the end of the day, I want to feel like I accomplished something and made your BMW, MINI, VW or Audi better, more than just taking your money.”