Posted 11 November 2018 - 08:32 AM
A sample of the leather from the rear BMW mini seats (came with the fronts, not using the rear but still took a hidden piece) went out to Optimise Automotive and I received a wonderfully-detailed reply.
I’m including the whole email because 1) I plan on using this thread to keep all my reference material in one place and 2) I think this is fantastic customer service (and pricing) and should be recognized. This is what you have to look forward to if you choose to work with these guys. Thanks to Andy at Optimise, who I’m pretty sure I’ve seen on these forums:
“Good afternoon Rich,
The samples arrived this morning, thank you for sending those.
We have been able to identify a colour match within one of our leather ranges (Martrim premium auto collection leather - saddle), unfortunately it is the only colour match that we can find so we do not have a leatherette option.
As requested, please find below estimated prices for the work:
Tan leather interior:
To whet your appetite, here are a few photos of similar seats that we have trimmed in the past (tan interiors):
In addition to the above estimated total costs, please find a breakdown of costs below. Just to let you know, I have Googled the 2010 Mini Toffy Lounge interior, so the estimates below are for the back seat cover to match the design of your front seats - this includes the layout design and also the tuck ’n’ roll pleated centre panels:
Products (labour @ £26 per hour):
Seat Cover Kit - Back: £100
Seat Cover Kit - Bespoke design & layout (2 hours): £26
Seat Cover Kit - Tuck ’n’ roll centres x4 (2 hours): £52
Door Cards (MK3 Onwards) - Monte-Carlo Plus (Full Set): £98
Martrim premium auto collection leather - saddle (x1 hide): £215
The above costs are rough estimates at this stage - and, if you would like me to put a quote together for you, please let me know.
Also, just to let you know - the first available start dates (for a bespoke project of this nature) are currently around the middle of November/end of November and once the work is started the lead time for such a project would typically be 2 weeks. If you would like to progress with a quote, detailed information regarding estimated start dates and estimated lead times will be included.
Finally, if you have any further queries or questions please contact us (by either email or phone).
Andy @ Optimise Automotive”
I’m really looking forward to seeing the design of the rear that matches the bmw mini seats. I definitely want something original for the door cards that also matches the design of the seats, but I can’t figure out what. While I like the diamond pattern they did for Tom on Total Car Reviews, it won’t match the look of the seats. I’m considering having black carpeting at the bottom to match the bottoms of the seats, carpet and dash rail and protect the look of the bottom of the door. But that might disrupt the look. I won’t have a window hole because of the electric windows and relocating the controls to the center console so there’s going to be a lot of empty space on the panel. If there was an appropriate place for an armrest I would have put a body color one on there but I don’t think one exists...