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 Post subject: In praise of Minispares
PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:05 am 
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I just received a full bumper and over rider set for my son's Mk1.

Have to say that I'm really thrilled with the quality and fit - simply superb!

The same goes for just about everything else I've had from them. It's great to have such a reliable supplier of quality parts for these little anachronisms - I know that some occassionaly gripe about some of their parts on these forums so I thought it only appropriate to balance that with a bit of positive recognition. :)


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:02 pm 
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Unfortunately there appears to be a lot of poor quality parts being sold by various suppliers. Sooner or later this will result in a serious accident or possibly a fatality. This does not seem to bother these suppliers and whilst buyers only want to buy the cheapest parts possible and are not concerned about quality this is not going to change.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:10 pm 
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Here, here. Jono. I second your praise of MiniSpares.

It seems the feedback you hear online is the vocal minority who are disappointed with MS, but there are plenty more satisfied customers and I'm one of them. I order nearly all my parts from MS (with overseas shipping) and the orders have always been 100% accurate, shipped quickly and hassle-free, and the parts quality has been consistently high.

Compared to the parts suppliers from some of my other hobbies (including restoring classic motorcycles, which have truly appalling parts quality, wait times and high prices), MS is a joy to work with.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:40 pm 
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be606 wrote:
Unfortunately there appears to be a lot of poor quality parts being sold by various suppliers. Sooner or later this will result in a serious accident or possibly a fatality. This does not seem to bother these suppliers and whilst buyers only want to buy the cheapest parts possible and are not concerned about quality this is not going to change.

WHAT? Hang on - check out service periods from the period. Ignore current suppliers and think life of component. If the vehicle is not used regularly why should the component be preserved in full working order? If it's me I apologise.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:42 pm 
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I have always used Minispares when possible as I found their parts best and have not had any problems until recently. When I did report potentially dangerous faulty parts to Potters Bar, where they had been purchased, they were not at all concerned and took no details. I also reported this to York who asked for return of the items. I understand that these parts have now been taken off sale pending investigation. It's a worry that Minispares main office do not seem to look into complaints about faulty parts, particularly when the fault caused complete loss of control of the car and could have caused a very serious accident. These were brand new parts fitted on a newly restored car with 24 miles on the clock.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:52 pm 
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There's always the old but versatile sales of goods act to fall back on if you feel really peeved. But even better is the fact that now there is also what's known as corporate liability when something has gone wrong big time. Wxxxxx Water learned this to their cost recently when they didn't fix a small, old, often reported water leak in a road........ that turned to ice overnight - with fatal results the next morning

When my house was new, my then young daughter found that when she was using the shower, she was getting what she called 'dancing feet'. Yep, a short to a ground floor junction box via a small water leak. The site clerk wasn't really interested since we'd paid for the house. Cxxxxxx Cxxxxx homes were a bit more interested when I mentioned corporate liability.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:47 pm 
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I had minis from 87, then Escorts and the quality of parts was very bad. Minis again from 2003 and i have spent thousands with Minispares. I dont think i have ever been disapointed with one thing I bought. However the potters bar delivery service was slower than getting something from the USA but they seem to have addressed that issue and now is pretty good.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:38 am 
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Yes all good & positive from Minispares .. IF they cock up they sort the issue out without any problem .. one item i was pleased to buy was a Heritage Clubman Front Bumper.. i was surprised to see it has a "5 year Limited Warranty" this info is printed onto its cardboard box ..but neither Minispares or Heritage can tell me the terms of my new nickel plated bumpers 5 year warranty?


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:04 pm 
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After reading a few moans and groans about Mini Spares (and others incidentally) repro quality stuff, I got a new set of swinging/radius arm axis pin kits from them. Expecting to get what I'd sadly read about, I had to quickly back track! They were as tough as old boots, hard as nails and far better than I expected. So much so that I wrote back and told them. So praise where praise is due - and I've used them ever since


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