Piedmont-area independent BMW shops

Now that I have moved to North Carolina, I will be providing a sister list to my catalog of D.C. area independent service shops. Shops I have personal experience with are listed first. Labor rates are indicated when known.

  • Krause and England, Inc.

    8613 Barefoot Industrial Road

    Raleigh, NC 27617

    (919) 781-1871

    A very serious race-oriented shop. Their work is top-notch and attentive to detail. The staff is straightforward and honest in their diagnoses, suggested remedies and prices. The number of high-end and specialty cars in the service bay is always impressive. K&E works hard to support the local BMW Chapter and its HPDE programs. ($84/hr)

  • First Class Automotive

    5408 Oak Forest Road

    Raleigh, NC 27616

    (919) 878-9100

    Housed in a large, modern and very clean facility, this shop works just about every BMW made, although they are most familiar with recent and late-model cars. The worksmanship is top-notch, although the service write-up indicated that they failed to listen to my description of the actual problem and failed to not my preference as to parts manufacturers (I specifically asked not to use a certain brand of radiator). Labor rates were reasonable, but parts costs ranged from 120%-300% of BavAuto and/or dealership. Uniquely, they wash the vehicle before pickup. ($85-100/hr, depending on the nature of their work)

  • (The shops below have come up in discussion or searches, but I’ve never used them, personally.)

  • A Better Wrench

    102 Northfield Drive

    Chapel Hill, NC 27516

    (919) 929-6921

    A shop that was personally recommended to me by Holland Hale of Atlantic Auto Exchange, the staff seemed knowlegable, friendly and flexible when I spoke with them on the phone.

  • Korman Autoworks, Inc.

    2629 Randleman Rd

    Greensboro, NC 27406

    (336) 275-1494
    The original BMW racing shop. Particularly specialized in older-model cars.

  • Motorsport Connections

    2556 Landmark Drive

    Winston-Salem, NC 27103

    (888) 463-2591

    209 West Plaza Drive

    Mooresville, NC 28117

    (704) 662-9364

    A mildly race-oriented shop run by World Challenge and BMWCCA Club racer Billy Revis. Along with Korman, Motorsport Connections served to anchor American BMW tuning firmly in the heart of NASCAR country.

  • Carr Industries, Inc.

    301 Orville Wright Drive

    Greensboro, NC 27409

    (336) 931-0007

    (From the International Association of Independent BMW Service Professionals.)

  • The Car Place, Inc.

    5409 Oak Forest Drive

    Raleigh, NC 27616

    (919) 878-5600

    (From the International Association of Independent BMW Service Professionals<)

  • German Performance Center

    530 Highway 70 East

    Garner, NC 27529

    (919) 772-7668

    (From the International Association of Independent BMW Service Professionals.)

  • Johnson & Johnson Import Specialists

    1515 Mechanical Blvd

    Garner, NC 27529

    (919) 773-2314

    (From the International Association of Independent BMW Service Professionals.)