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Trying to not get haggled for this dent repair.

10-16-2011, 03:29 PM
Hey all. I came out of class the other day to discover that someone had bumped my car. I took it in yesterday and they estimated the cost would be $800 to repair. Anyone able to confirm this estimation or should I keep looking.

Here is a pic:

Thanks for the help =]

10-16-2011, 06:06 PM
Thats a nasty dent.

Most of the cost will be respraying the side of the car, they have to paint out a huge area to get it to blend properly.

Have you had a look around for paint-less dent removal?

They should be able to get into the other side of the wheel arch and hammer it out with having to repaint it.

10-16-2011, 06:59 PM
Do a ''youtube DIY Auto PDR''

10-17-2011, 08:25 PM
Here is a link to a video of Service King Collision Repair Center discussing PDR. However, looking at the dent, pdr may not work, as it is in the body line, which would make it difficult for pdr.

As far as the cost for the dent, this does not sound out of range. This is going to depend on the labor rate of the area you live. This could range anywhere from $40 to $100 per hour. Where I live the labor rate ranges from $45 to $55, but again, this could be quite a bit different. With the dent being in the body line, it will make it more difficult to repair. Just looking at the photo, I would guess 4 to 5 hours of labor. A quick guess of 3.0 hours paint time, .8 clear coat. There may also need to be blend time of 1.5 hours. That is roughly 6.8 refinish time. If the labor rate is $50 the body rate would be (4x50) $200. The refinish labor (7x50) 350 and roughly $200 for materials. This comes to $750. Hazmat waste charges, cover car, sand and block, could easily take this over the amount you stated.

It is hard to tell from a photo, and I did not look in an estimating system to get actual times, but just a ballpark, the estimate sounds legitimate to me.

It never hurts to get other estimates. Just make sure that you use a quality shop. You may also ask about pdr, as it may work for the dent. I am not a pdr expert, but it does not look like it would work well for that specific dent.

I have some tips for you when selecting a repair shop to help you make a wise decision.

I hope this helps and I will you luck with finding the right repair shop to help you with your damage.

01-06-2012, 11:22 AM
Finding someone reputable who does paintless dent repair would be my recommendation. I've used these guys and have had great success: (

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