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Old Yesterday, 04:56 PM   #1
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How long did a performance shop have your car?

Curious to see how long other shops had your car to do mods? I dropped mine off to have a new cam installed...also having them do headers, cutouts, axle back exhaust and install a hurst shifter. Its been 11 days since I dropped it off and I dont know when they'll be done. Does this seem long to you?
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Kind of a tough question to answer because it depends on if they have to order parts, if parts they order are backordered, and where you are in-line. So this answer is going to vary person to person, shop to shop, and situation to situation.
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No not at all, some members have had their car in the shop for a simple bumper replace for MONTHS!! Give them another few weeks before calling
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Usually for us, we wont even schedule the appointment unless we have all of the parts here (even if they're out of stock here and have to be shipped to us). I think the longest install we've ever had here was for a Turbo kit, suspension goodies and a few other things but it was a 2.5 day install. Some Corvette blowers can take a long time w/ meth injection that have a similar time frame but 11 days sounds like a lot unless they didn't have the parts in stock, that would make sense.
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Kind of a tough question to answer because it depends on if they have to order parts, if parts they order are backordered, and where you are in-line. So this answer is going to vary person to person, shop to shop, and situation to situation.
Sorry.....should have mentioned.....I order the parts through them 7 weeks earlier, then after 7 weeks, they set up a date to bring it in.
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I would just have to swing by the shop and say howdy!
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Old Yesterday, 05:13 PM   #7
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I would just have to swing by the shop and say howdy!
Thats on my list of things to do tomorrow...since I'm off and they're only 30 minutes from me.
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it depends on how busy the shop is and this is the busiest time of the year. I had my cam and headers done by a one man shop in the winter and with dyno tune it took a week as he has to do other customers jobs as well, and test drive.
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It depends so much on how busy they are. The busier the shop is tells me they do good work. Great things come to those who wait.
The other factor that is common with all the other shops is if they have all the parts they need to work with readily available.
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Old Yesterday, 05:33 PM   #10
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it depends on how busy the shop is and this is the busiest time of the year. I had my cam and headers done by a one man shop in the winter and with dyno tune it took a week as he has to do other customers jobs as well, and test drive.
I can understand one week with a one man shop.... The place I brought mine to said they can fit eight cars inside to work on.....think they have eight lifts inside their garage.
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Sorry.....should have mentioned.....I order the parts through them 7 weeks earlier, then after 7 weeks, they set up a date to bring it in.
OH in that case its time to storm the castle and save the queen!! Good luck tomorrow
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OH in that case its time to storm the castle and save the queen!! Good luck tomorrow
Thanks.... honestly, I'm not even sure if they started on it yet. If they didnt, its coming home with me tomorrow.
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Old Yesterday, 06:11 PM   #13
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OH in that case its time to storm the castle and save the queen!! Good luck tomorrow
Didnt mention.....its not a daily driver and just hit 8k miles on a 2010.....and while theyve had it waiting to get to it....its been sitting outside through some major storms with hail and 70 mph winds. Ughhhhh.
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You should stop by n find out when it going to be done and if not this weekend u should call Jerry from Ideal Garage n have him do the work. He is a vendor on this site and does excellent work
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Old Yesterday, 06:30 PM   #15
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You should stop by n find out when it going to be done and if not this weekend u should call Jerry from Ideal Garage n have him do the work. He is a vendor on this site and does excellent work
Thanks for the response. I'm stopping by there tomorrow. Thanks for the recommendation for another place to take it.....I assume theyre in NJ too.
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Old Yesterday, 08:24 PM   #16
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All depends on the place. My body shop has had my car for two weeks because of a ton of upgrades and a week of paint. But he calls me every two days with updates and that's why I always go back to him. Even if nothing happened or it's just paint drying he still calls me. Also lets me send any parts I need to his store big or small so that I don't have to stuff everything into the car

Just find a good shop and then stick with them
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Old Yesterday, 09:59 PM   #17
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County Corvette in West Chester, PA did my cam and mods install. Got an update with photos during every stage of the install. Very happy with their work and turn around time. Car was kept in their garage from day one. They're not too far from S. Jersey either.

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Old Yesterday, 10:05 PM   #18
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If they've had your car for that long just stop by or give em a ring. Won't hurt anything and who knows maybe it's already done. If they haven't started then find out why not and either give them the chance to make it right or take your business elsewhere! That simple
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I have had cars in the shop for months on big builds. Custom pistons best case are two weeks and can be as long as 8 weeks. You can't order them until you tear down the engine. With larger builds scope creep sets in. As long as we have gone this far let's do this.

The build you describe is something that seems reasonably predictable. When you see the shop owner or manager ask for a completion date. That is very reasonable and serves the interest of the customer and shop.

So how long do you think this build will take?

Day 1

Day 4

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So how long will it take to finish???
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for my cam swap the shop had my car for about 4 days, but I had all the parts for them to install.
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I tend to order the parts myself, work with my shop to schedule a date and bring it in when all is ready my guy has the work done pretty quick, he a car guy like me and is very particular how things are done, he understands my request for working on the car and respects them at all times. My biggest issue is get the car to him and getting it home, I will not drive the car in poor weather (rain, snow) and that tends to hold up work when I have work scheduled.
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Old Today, 09:13 AM   #22
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Did you ask how long it would take or set an agreed upon completion date with the shop before signing work and dropping off? I my self always work with any shop to find out when they estimate it will be done. And work with them to an agreed date even if I have to change the drop off date sooner or later depending on their work load.

Any work with a shop should be a two way streak. We as customers can not assume all shops will excel and exceed our expectations. That is not fair to them and leads to less than desired experiences. Set delviery dates and regular updates intervals. Let them know you would like status reports if they can or if they don't mind if you drop in from time to time to check on progress and discuss the build when they are free. Like get there a bit before opening to chat for a minute.
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Old Today, 11:45 AM   #23
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11 days is way too long for that work. They must be working on other projects. I would be upset.
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Old Today, 12:23 PM   #24
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Well...just went to the place to see what was going on with my car. And, just as I thought, its now 12 days since I dropped it off and it hasn't been touched yet. Un f@$!n believable! Going back in a little bit to pick it up.
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I am in DC for the fourth. Meet me half way and I'll bring it back to my shop. When complete, I can trailer it back half way.

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