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McLaren 3rd party service options
For those that cannot find easy answers in the FAQs (FAQs:Common McLaren Questions, Problems & Fixes) and that do not want to DIY (DIYs: McLaren Do It Yourself Thread), but do not want to pay McLaren dealers for service, we have compiled the following list.

A couple of notes, while your car is under warranty (see FAQs item 3.0 for Warranty information), you may prefer to stick with dealer service. It's not clear, but it is possible that using a non-dealer to do work on your car may result in future problems not being warranted, so caveat emptor, buyer beware.

That said, for many people, particularly with those with cars out of warranty, a more cost effective solution and 3rd party option may well be preferred. Traditionally there have been no such 3rd party option, in part because McLaren's computers needed to test/reset many items in its cars/ECUs are prohibitively expensive, and/or are otherwise not obtainable. Please keep that in mind as some of the 3rd party vendors may have to conjure creative ways around this, and it's worth asking them how they deal with this issue.

That said, much of the work you may want to perform on your McLaren will fall into 4 general categories: 1) Body Shop work (e.g., rim rash, fender benders, paint, etc.), 2) mechanical/operational work (e.g., brakes, oil/filter changes, service checks), 3) Mods/Major Upgrades (e.g., more power, exhaust, suspension), 4) Feature/Minor Upgrades (e.g., clear and decorative wraps, radar systems, audio systems)

As I get requests, I'll endeavor to add providers in all 4 categories as people promote requests in this thread. It likely won't be complete, but hopefully will be a good starting off place. If you see an asterisks "*" next to a provider, it means I'm not sure if it provides such services, and you should follow up with the provider yourself (and report back here if you can confirm, thanks).

  1. Body Shop Work (e.g., rim rash, fender benders, paint, etc.)
    1. Classic Coachwork at McLaren Classic Coachwork at McLaren in Pennsylvania.
    2. EXACT performance collision and restoration From this post (Chicago area): Independent Chicago McLaren Servicing
  2. Mechanical/operational work (e.g., brakes, oil/filter changes, service checks, etc.)
    1. Provider: @XPRD aka @MP4Dream
      Contact: On this site, McLarenLife via private message @XPRD McLaren 3rd party service options
      Phone: N/A
      email: N/A
      website: N/A
      Locations:
      California: Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Northern California
      Nevada: Las Vegas
      Maryland
      Note: Rooney was the first 3rd party provider. You can contact him through his user name above
    2. Supercar Garage- The McLaren Specialist
      Home of the flying McMedics- they will come to you. You can reach them here at their user names:
      1. @ima2nr (McMedics) and
      2. @EMF Audio (McMedics) and their website here:
      3. McMedics
      4. McMedics Georgia
        Kennesaw GA
        770-284-0172
      5. McMedics South Carolina
        100-B Southwest Dr.
        Spartanburg, SC 29303
    3. MCLAREN INDEPENDENT SPECIALIST | Thorney Motorsport - Mclaren Thorney Motorsports (UK McLaren specialists)
    4. EXACT performance collision and restoration From this post (Chicago area): Independent Chicago McLaren Servicing
    5. Manfred's Import Auto - expert auto repair - Cary, IL 60013 from this post (Chicago area): Independent Chicago McLaren Servicing
    6. Cannonball Garage From this post (Chicago area): Independent Chicago McLaren Servicing
    7. German Motorworks (seems to be situated in Tennessee) 615.383.3361 jgoetze1
    8. March Motorsports in Dallas Fort Worth
    9. LAR Motorsports
      Owner/Tech = Michael Risser
      880 Aldo Ave
      Santa Clara, CA
      1-510-468-1915
    10. San Diego Exotic Car Service
      387 Olive Avenue
      Vista, CA 92083
      714.833.9642
      SAN DIEGO EXOTIC CAR SERVICE
    11. JP Euro
      @JP.Euro.Dallas · Automotive Repair Shop
      [email protected]
      (214) 221-3135
      3521 Security Street
      Garland, TX 75042
  3. Mods/Modifications Major Upgrades (e.g., MORE power, better exhausts, suspension adjustments, etc.)
    1. Supercar Garage- The McLaren Specialist
      Home of the flying McMedics- they will come to you. You can reach them here at their user names:
      1. @ima2nr (McMedics) and
      2. @EMF Audio (McMedics) and their website here:
      3. McMedics
      4. McMedics Georgia
        Kennesaw GA
        770-284-0172
      5. McMedics South Carolina
        100-B Southwest Dr.
        Spartanburg, SC 29303
  4. Feature/Minor Upgrades (e.g., clear and decorative wraps, detailing, radar systems, audio systems, etc.)
    1. Supercar Garage- The McLaren Specialist
      * Home of the flying McMedics- they will come to you. You can reach them here at their user names:
      1. @ima2nr (McMedics) and
      2. @EMF Audio (McMedics) and their website here:
      3. McMedics
      4. McMedics Georgia
        Kennesaw GA
        770-284-0172
      5. McMedics South Carolina
        100-B Southwest Dr.
        Spartanburg, SC 29303
 

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Indeed, I can assist with mechanical work. I can also provide advice and expert consultation for customers who buy parts oem or aftermarket from us. We will shortly have computer "MDS"-like access to reset modules in the car and flash maps onto the ecu. Zombie, thanks for the mention!! For those who are new, MP4Dream is XPRD. I became a vendor/sponsor to support the forum. I work closely with crystalimprezav.

Those who buy at a certain level will get a free service manual or oil and water caps.

XPRD
 

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XPRD has hooked me up on multiple items... and his prices and dedication to the details are unbeatable... (MP4Dream... That should get me a nice little discount on the next thing I need, right???) :)

Oil changes, brake fluid flushing, brake pad changes... all this is basic mechanical territory and any experienced mechanic can get the job done. Also most mechanically inclined owners can do it themselves as well...

These cars are not hard to work on, the real issue is there is not a lot of PUBLISHED information so we all individually start each "project" blindly and have to figure it out as we go along....
 

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I am in Northern California and the Las Vegas area. I also have an affiliated shop in Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach. On the east coast, I have a partner in Maryland.

BTW, I should be able to completely repair transmissions, also. Working on reverse engineering since late last year.

I made all the tools to assemble the motor. I can sell to your local shops if they are interested.

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Where’s your shop in Vegas? Didn’t realize you had one here (which is great news).
 

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Anyone know of any independant, Mclaren certified shops located a reasonable distance from Nashville, TN?
We have factory level McLaren diagnostic tool and service information. We also work on the majority of McLarens in town. I don't think anyone can be "independent" and "certified" as far as McLaren is concerned. If you need something give us a call. German Motorworks 615.383.3361
 

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I am in Northern California and the Las Vegas area. I also have an affiliated shop in Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach. On the east coast, I have a partner in Maryland.

BTW, I should be able to completely repair transmissions, also. Working on reverse engineering since late last year.

I made all the tools to assemble the motor. I can sell to your local shops if they are interested.

XPRD

Who is your partner in MD? We can probably send them some work.
 

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Not sure where to ask. This seemed like an appropriate place. Where can I go to order oem parts. Is there a way to set up a wholesale account with the dealership if you own a shop? It is completely different than what I’m used to with any other dealer. I cannot find any info on this.
 
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