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How much is it to repaint rear bumper?

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How much is it to repaint rear bumper?

My left side of my rear bumper was scraped today while it was parked. It happend literally seconds after i got in to my car... luckily i got in my car before it happend or else the lady would've just hit and run.

She was turning into the parking spot beside me but obviously was not far enough to make the turn, therefore her rear fender scraped into my bumper.

I was just wondering how much will it cost to repaint the bumper? its a 2000 corolla. If i recall correctly, they have to take off the current paint on the whole bumper and repaint the whole thing right?

Roughly how many hours will it take to do? and how much is the labour for this? What will be the price difference if i do it at private garage or at dealer?

I dont really want her to claim it because i dont want to be an a**hole and increase her premiums for 6 years... only because we work at the same building.
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Probably be around $400 at a normal body shop.
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VorteC wrote:
Oct 22nd, 2009 10:43 am
Probably be around $400 at a normal body shop.
typically how many hours does it take to do? and how much do shops normally charge per hour?

also would someone be able to tell me dealer rates too so i can compare?
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azncapcom wrote:
Oct 22nd, 2009 12:01 pm
typically how many hours does it take to do? and how much do shops normally charge per hour?

also would someone be able to tell me dealer rates too so i can compare?
call your dealer or stop in for en estimate.
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Hit your dealer and get a estimate.
azncapcom wrote:
Oct 22nd, 2009 9:51 am
I dont really want her to claim it because i dont want to be an a**hole and increase her premiums for 6 years... only because we work at the same building.
Hopefully she feels the same and doesn't become a ***** when you give her the cost of repairs.
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I had a big scratch along with a slight crack on my 2010 Corolla bumper which was repaired for $300 cash. Since your level of damage doesn't sound as severe as what I had, your damage shouldn't be more than $300 I suppose. Get it done at a private body shop WITHOUT going through the dealer. It will definitely save you $$.
azncapcom wrote:
Oct 22nd, 2009 9:51 am
My left side of my rear bumper was scraped today while it was parked. It happend literally seconds after i got in to my car... luckily i got in my car before it happend or else the lady would've just hit and run.

She was turning into the parking spot beside me but obviously was not far enough to make the turn, therefore her rear fender scraped into my bumper.

I was just wondering how much will it cost to repaint the bumper? its a 2000 corolla. If i recall correctly, they have to take off the current paint on the whole bumper and repaint the whole thing right?

Roughly how many hours will it take to do? and how much is the labour for this? What will be the price difference if i do it at private garage or at dealer?

I dont really want her to claim it because i dont want to be an a**hole and increase her premiums for 6 years... only because we work at the same building.
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$200-250 anymore and you are getting gouged...but wait, who cares it's the other party paying. Make sure you get compensated for loss of use as well.
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azncapcom wrote:
Oct 22nd, 2009 12:01 pm
typically how many hours does it take to do? and how much do shops normally charge per hour?

also would someone be able to tell me dealer rates too so i can compare?
Shops don't usually have a set hourly-rate so it's hard to say. Painting involves time to dry in between layers and stuff too. I don't know how bad your damage is but my $400 estimate is for a bumper that has heavy paint damage at a reputable body shop.
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If you're expecting them to completely strip your bumper of all it's paint, then reapply the flex agent, prime, paint you're looking at more than $400.

Most likely they will paint the spot and blend it in with the surrounding pieces.
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VorteC wrote:
Oct 22nd, 2009 2:17 pm
Shops don't usually have a set hourly-rate so it's hard to say. Painting involves time to dry in between layers and stuff too. I don't know how bad your damage is but my $400 estimate is for a bumper that has heavy paint damage at a reputable body shop.
OP, sorry to thread-hijack.

VorteC, is there a particular body shop you have in mind. Do they do good paint matching? Could you let me know what body shop. I'm thinking of finally getting the rear bumper on my car painted after winter.
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The estimate i got was RIDICULOUS! I got quoted $900... for bumper and left quarter panel... the left quarter panel had a cm of scratch on it and he says the whole thing needs to be done also... the panel will cost $250 and the bumper will cost $650 (yes its to strip the whole thing and redo all the layers)

the total labour for all of this is 12.2 hrs? is that right or is that too long? also he said it'll take 3 days.

i called her and let her know it was that expensive, she said it was way too expensive in that case she might as well claim insurance she says. She says she wants to take it to her mechanic thats a family friend (but i dont exactly trust that because he may reduce the price significantly and do a crappy job).

i was thinking of asking her for $500 instead and i get my own mechanic to patch it up instead of do the whole thing? that way it'll cost less then $500 and the remainder i keep as compensation?
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first of all, why are you concerned about how expensive it is to fix your car? someone scratched it, they should pay for it. if you're trying to profit from it, thats your own decision, however.

second of all, why are you concerned that the the lower price your family friend may charge to the car scratcher will affect the quality of work? a family friend would normally provide a discount for the same quality of work. because she is bringing a family friend business, she would be getting a discount to the normal cost.

why are you so concerned about the cost of fixing your car? getting the best QUALITY should be your concern. i may be completely wrong but, are you sure 'someone else' hit 'your car'?

again, i apologize if i'm wrong, but your focus on price seems fishy.
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$300-$500 is pretty standard, depending on the car and paint type and how bad the damage is (i.e. if anything more than mere sanding and light prep work is needed), and where you take it.

I'm sure if you take it to joe-blow auto body you can get it done for $200 but the quality? Well, you get what you pay for.
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If it's a plastic bumper it will probably just get replaced. I would get around 3 or 4 quotes and then hand it to the lady. That way she knows you aren't lying. Other than that, just go to insurance if she's giving you a hassle.
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