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#1 Project_1275_GT


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Posted 03 June 2020 - 11:00 AM

I can not advise that anyone use this company. I had a short engine and head work done by this guy and all work is substandard, parts used are not as agreed with some not being replaced at all or second hand parts being used. Andrew Collinson could offer no reasons for this poor quality work or shocking amount of issues. Push rods bent by 4mm!!! Old cam bearings. Used main crank bearings. The list is huge. So was the amount of money paid for such poor work.


I will be taking this to the small claims court and will update this when there is further info - 



#2 unburntfuelinthemorning


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Posted 05 June 2020 - 03:29 PM

Sorry to hear that.  Andrew used to be on this forum regularly and offered a lot of good advice.  I did buy something from him once though and had to chase; he was hard to get hold of and full of excuses so I never went back.  Hope you get a resolution to your problem.

#3 Bunny Hill

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Posted 13 June 2020 - 07:47 AM

Theft by deception

 Retro Minis  operated by Mr Andrew John Collinson of Beech Cottage 12 Wesley Street Sabden BB7 9EH  


I placed an order No – 6187  on 17th November 2019  for reproduction mini parts for the value of £ 97.06 that I have never received .

I made many unsuccessful attempts make contact by telephone

I also sent countless emails asking for a delivery date or a refund

I sent countless Facebook messages   asking for a delivery date or a refund

I sent 3 letters via Royal  mail  over several months requesting  a delivery date or a refund.

I have a company check that tells me this company is dissolved . However there is a web page advertising parts and services . I also read on various Facebook pages that other mini owners have sent money and parts for repair and have lost them or lost their money .

Company Check shows

Mr Andrew John Collinson as company Director and secretary

Mr Gavin Thomas Collinson as  Company Director

Ms Diane Lesley Collinson As Company Director

I request Police involvement and a or a court order to recover cash or goods to the value 

#4 Lotusman33


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Posted 20 June 2020 - 09:54 PM

This guy is a serious rogue trader, he took my money for parts in August 2019 and never delivered, he even admitted he couldn’t supply yet no refund after constant chasing.
I am going down the small claims route as well which will cost him the fees.

As above please everyone avoid disappointment by using Retro Mini’s Ltd as clearly not very honest.

#5 Dave27


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Posted 09 July 2020 - 04:13 PM

Agree, please do not use this company.


I Also had an awful experience, I asked Andrew to rebuild a gearbox for me, I experienced long delays and poor communication throughout. 

Looking forward to the end result, I was met with more disappointment, the rebuilt gearbox I had waited so long for was incorrectly rebuilt with parts missing ! A total disappointment.

I am having the gearbox rebuilt again by a professional at my additional expense and will have not choice to recover costs from Andrew through the small claims courts.


PLEASE AVOID RETRO MINIS and Andrew Collinson. 

#6 unburntfuelinthemorning


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Posted 11 July 2020 - 09:59 AM

Blimey!  I think I got lucky but that was a couple of years ago now so maybe he wasn't full on rogueish back then. 

#7 Norfolk Boy

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Posted 11 July 2020 - 10:51 AM

Had a carb vizarded and inlet and filter fitted by him last year. Haven’t fitted it yet I suppose I ought to take a look to check that he’s actually done anything ? Took months to get it back!! Sounds like I’m better off than some, you live and learn.

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