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    so my mom backs my car out of the garage and what does she do? scrapes the side of my front bumper!!!!! Its about a foot long worth of scrapes running all the way down. I went to an autobody down the street that has a good rep and showed them the damage. I also told them i wanted to get the underneath of the bumper fixed which was cracked when i bought it (About a 1 inch crack). He went to his computer and came up with an estimate.....$700 Do you guys think that is a fair price. I was thinking around 4, $500 at most ..but what do i know?
    2000 T-Red SVT
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    That seems pretty steep to me. I got an estimate of about $700 to completely repair and repaint a mangled and beat to hell SVT bumper. Has dents and holes in the plastic, and where there is still paint it is spidered and cracked. Take it to a couple of different places and compare the estimates. Maybe you can get a lower one and use it to price bargain at the shop you really want to use.
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    • #3
      Check with a few more places and compare warrenties, quality, etc.

      I wouldn't go with the lowest one unless you believe they will do a good job.
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      • #4
        I think i'm going to get get some other estimates. Hopefully they are pretty low so i can go back to this place and try to negotiate. I've seen there work on my uncles volvo..Came out real nice so i know what to expect. Damn this sucks though...there goes $700 saved towards the turbo.
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        • #5
          I lent my Focus to my ex for one day and she high-centered it on a speedbump, the exact same speedbump I pointed at when I told her to never drive over speedbumps.

          I think the moral here is never let women drive anything worth looking at. They should stick to Sunfires and Cavaliers.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Honkeytonk Monkey View Post
            I lent my Focus to my ex for one day and she high-centered it on a speedbump, the exact same speedbump I pointed at when I told her to never drive over speedbumps.

            I think the moral here is never let women drive anything worth looking at. They should stick to Sunfires and Cavaliers.
            :) True that...Never again will i let my mom use my car..God forbid my g/f. Probably total the car before reaching the end of the driveway.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Coutes View Post
              I think i'm going to get get some other estimates. Hopefully they are pretty low so i can go back to this place and try to negotiate. I've seen there work on my uncles volvo..Came out real nice so i know what to expect. Damn this sucks though...there goes $700 saved towards the turbo.
              Sorry to hear that, but why the hell are YOU paying for it? Mom or not, I'd be asking her to foot the bill. Well, unless she bought the car for you, and you feel obligated to put something towards the car yourself? If that's the case, good job on stepping up to the plate. You're on the right track though, with getting a few more estimates first.

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              • #8
                Well She bought me my first car and pretty much does everything for me!! I just received the contour with 75,000 miles on it as a gift from my uncle for graduation from highschool. I don't mind paying, i just don't want to spend more than its worth either. Plus shes paying for me to go on a cruise next winter :) It just sucks being in college and not making that much money. $700 is a pretty hard hit on me...
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                • #9
                  Just leave it until you have more disposable income. Not sure what winters are like where you're from but doing repairs mid winter is a bad idea in bad climate areas. There is always a chance that fresh bumper will be wrecked by spring if you replace it. For now I'd just leave it and get it fixed in the spring or summer.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Honkeytonk Monkey View Post
                    Just leave it until you have more disposable income. Not sure what winters are like where you're from but doing repairs mid winter is a bad idea in bad climate areas. There is always a chance that fresh bumper will be wrecked by spring if you replace it. For now I'd just leave it and get it fixed in the spring or summer.
                    If it's a scrape though, won't it start to rust especially during the salty winter season? That happened to a scrape on my Probe GT and a dent on my mom's car, both got a ton of surface rust very quickly into the winter season.
                    Matthew
                    2017 Mazda3 GT
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                    • #11
                      bumpers are made of that super cool plastic stuff on these cars, nothing will be harmed by waiting. that's what i'd suggest to a college guy too :)
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                      • #12
                        the bumper wont rust.

                        $700 is steeeeep
                        Its always good to have good friends in body shops who hookd you up :D
                        for me it will be $200 to get my front bumper/mirko repainted :)
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                        • #13
                          Make your mom pay.
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                          • #14
                            Keep saving for the turbo, and have paint be the last thing you do.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Goonz SVT View Post
                              the bumper wont rust.
                              bah .. I missed the part that it was the bumper. Agree with HTM then.
                              Matthew
                              2017 Mazda3 GT
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