• BimmerBoost visits Modbargains.com - Pictures and impressions

      BimmerBoost visited ModBargains located in La Habra, California last month after the whole BimmerPost/Modbargains debacle. Mike Brown from ModBargains was nice enough to invite me down to tour the facility and see their operations for myself. I came away impressed with what I saw as well as the size of the business. For whatever reason early on when reading on BMW forums when I saw the name bargains I associated it with value parts which is clearly not the case.

      First, here is a picture of the facilities. ModBargains has a very nice and spacious building with considerable office and storage space. The storage space being why they are able to keep so much inventory in stock and why they are able to offer such competitive pricing. The "Bargain" is not the in the quality of parts but due to the volume they order. VMR wheels in particular were everywhere, it seems like ModBargains literally has every VMR wheel in stock (my apologies on the one blurry photo):








      In addition to having a very large inventory mostly catering to BMW's they are able to do installs. I specifically asked if it was just cosmetic items and was politely rebuked with the information that they are capable of installing basically anything. They have a lift, mechanics, and are able to accommodate whatever a customer needs:


      We started discussing shipping and ModBargains ships out a large amount of parts but what struck was the care they took in the packaging. As you can see, very well packaged, wrapped, and insulated so the parts arrive perfectly:


      And here is something I found important and offering insight as to the power forums have. This rim is destroyed as you can see. The customer "claimed" it essentially bent on its own due to a defect. It appears to BimmerBoost someone hit a significant dip at pretty high speed damaging the rim severely. The customer essentially said replace it or I'll give you a bad review on the forums. ModBargains whom BimmerPost chastised for customer service and specifically deleted all good review but left negative ones replaced the rim even though we all know what really happened here. Yes, people really make these kinds of demands and use the forums as weapons to save money on their own mistakes. A shame:




      BimmerBoost was happy to learn ModBargains is expanding and what you see here is a sneak peak at MBR Tuning which will be a new tuning brand located directly next door. ModBargains purchased the warehouse next to them and as you can see, it's huge. They will have considerable space and right now it is being used to store excess inventory. Expect more on this to come soon, but just a sneak peak:








      After I took my tour Mike and I went to lunch (excellent Mexican food place by the way). Mike was nice enough to pay for lunch as I, and I'm not joking, did not have my cards as the bank was sending me replacements due to a fraud claim. So I showed up without any cash for lunch and Mike behaved liked a complete class act. Next Lunch on is on BimmerBoost.

      The reason for this article is so that people understand there is more to companies than they read on forums. What someone might say is a review designed to get them something or free parts. The people working at ModBargains are just normal car guys who love what they do. And as you can see, they do it quite well and have considerable business. It is important to keep in mind there is a real person on the other side of the monitor and in many cases the person there is doing their job well and just trying to make a living. So when a forum uses its power to attempt to crush a business, it hurts, and has real ramifications.

      It is best to simply go down to any of these vendors and tuners to see for oneself. For those who can't, BimmerBoost made the trip and the impressions are posted as you see. Mike and I had a nice long discussion and I was very happy to see he is just as passionate about cars as I am. We discussed a mutually beneficial relationship and my goal is simply to work my ass my off to increase this Network's volume to help make up for the lost revenue of BimmerPost specifically targeting ModBargains likely over SoCal vendor politics and backdoor vendor deals.

      I was very happy to see Mike fully understood what BimmerBoost is doing and supports it. With positive relationships like this working toward each other's mutual benefit everyone wins. No choosing one vendor over another, no shakedowns for more vendor money to delete/ban the competition, just honest hard work from guys who love what they do. And that my friends is exactly how it should be.
      This article was originally published in forum thread: BimmerBoost visits Modbargains.com - Pictures and impressions started by Sticky View original post
      Comments 33 Comments
      1. ultimateendz's Avatar
        ultimateendz -
        they should start selling caddy parts too....especially if someone from there is driving a V...
      1. LostMarine's Avatar
        LostMarine -
        Im actually considering keeping the M now.

        IF I do, I think i want the 19" F14 Super Deep Concave Wheels

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        The thing is, Im no sure I want to keep the murdered out black look.. possible a dark dark grey, or some other shade of black.. where can i see all available colors?
      1. benzy89's Avatar
        benzy89 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by LostMarine Click here to enlarge
        Im actually considering keeping the M now.

        IF I do, I think i want the 19" F14 Super Deep Concave Wheels

        where can i see all available colors?
        Forgestar website def is not listing all the colors

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      1. LostMarine's Avatar
        LostMarine -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by benzy89 Click here to enlarge
        Forgestar website def is not listing all the colors

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        i saw those as well. I really hope those 2 im looking at are NOT Carbon Fiber.. thats what i really want.. very very dark, but not black and with a gloss/shine.. I think that would be sick.. but CF would knock them off the "can buy" list
      1. mkodama's Avatar
        mkodama -
        That wheel doesn't inspire confidence in me.
      1. benzy89's Avatar
        benzy89 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by LostMarine Click here to enlarge
        i saw those as well. I really hope those 2 im looking at are NOT Carbon Fiber.. thats what i really want.. very very dark, but not black and with a gloss/shine.. I think that would be sick.. but CF would knock them off the "can buy" list
        I think it's just a CF overlay/wrap, not an actual CF wheel
      1. LostMarine's Avatar
        LostMarine -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by mkodama Click here to enlarge
        That wheel doesn't inspire confidence in me.
        FWIW, Forgestars are rock solid for durability. I have the CF5's, and ive hit $#@! that i swore should have or would have cracked lesser wheels and mine are mine. that guy probably had them on a heavy car, with rubberband tires, and slammed something hard. I cant fathom how that could have happened. Ill continue to buy Forgestars because of my experience with them.
      1. fast4door's Avatar
        fast4door -
        always had good experiences with modbargains
      1. nafoo's Avatar
        nafoo -
        I recently had a problem with a diffuser I ordered from Modbargains. It didn't fit the way I expected and Jurrian helped me get a full refund without charging me any fees.

        I've also bought items from the before without a problem. Great company.
      1. import36's Avatar
        import36 -
        Modbargains is great. i've ordered thousands of $$ in parts from them for my 335 and M...dealing with Alan...and i've never had a problem. i would order from them again in a heartbeat...
      1. dzenno@PTF's Avatar
        dzenno@PTF -
        Looks good guys! Keep it up
      1. maxnix's Avatar
        maxnix -
        The VMR wheels do seem to be a "soft" gravity casting. Anyone have them? Are they made in China? I have my suspicions.
      1. dzenno@PTF's Avatar
        dzenno@PTF -
        Yes, they're gravity cast. Go for Forgestar, low pressure cast, much better quality and lighter