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hegemony

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Car repair - choosing between two options
« on: September 17, 2018, 06:25:28 PM »
In a perfect Monday-morning error, I managed to just get the edge of a curb with my car and put a scratch on it.  The scratch is about three inches long, pretty deep, and on the rocker panel right in front of the wheel well.  Where it is, itís difficult to see unless you kneel down, since itís on the part of the panel that starts to curve under the car.  Unfortunately, thereís metal involved, so clearly it needs to be fixed.  No problem there.  My issue is choosing how to repair it.

Edited to add - it's a 2015 Mazda 3 with 58 000 km / 36 000 miles. The intention it to keep it for as long as possible.

Iíve had it in to two auto body for estimates today, both recommended by my car dealership as places they take their cars.  Both also have pretty good online reviews, but shop two has more and somewhat better reviews than shop one.

Shop One Ė said they would have to take the rocker panel off to blend the paint properly.  Offered an hour and a half off the total time, since ďyou donít really have a choice, so we might as well not charge you for all of the time.Ē  Estimate: $350.  Time: two days.

Shop Two Option One Ė took a look and said, ďoh, youíll likely just want to go with the patch option.  It wonít be perfect, but no one will see it there so it doesnít matter and it will prevent it from rusting.Ē  Estimate: $95. Time: 1 hour.

Shop Two Option Two Ė shop two could also do the same thing as shop one, removing the panel and blending the paint.  Estimate: $279. Time: one day.

I donít know a lot about car repairs, so Iíd love any thoughts on the best way to do this from a mustachian perspective from those with more knowledge and experience.  Clearly Shop Two Option One is the least expensive choice, but Iím worried Iím missing something else here that I should factor into the decision.  I'm less worried about the overall price than I am about making a good choice about how to get this done.

Is this kind of repair likely to be obvious? How obvious compared to the pricier blending option?

Will the patch lessen the value of the car?  And does lessening the value even matter if Iím intending to drive it into the ground (which I am)?

Are there any benefits to going with the more pricey blending option?

Should I be at all concerned that one shop quoted two days and the other quoted one for the same job?
« Last Edit: September 17, 2018, 07:18:28 PM by hegemony »

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Re: Car repair - choosing between two options
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2018, 07:12:05 PM »
Not enough info given upon which to base a valid answer.
What kind of car?  What year?  How many miles?  How long do you plan to or usually keep your cars?

hegemony

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Re: Car repair - choosing between two options
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2018, 07:15:55 PM »
Not enough info given upon which to base a valid answer.
What kind of car?  What year?  How many miles?  How long do you plan to or usually keep your cars?

Good point.  It's a 2015 Mazda 3 with 58 000 km / 36 000 miles.  The intention is to drive it until it's not feasible to do so anymore.

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Re: Car repair - choosing between two options
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2018, 07:31:14 PM »
$95 and no rust sounds good to me.

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Re: Car repair - choosing between two options
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2018, 07:36:44 PM »
As you say you want to drive it to the end, I would only make sure the patch prevents rust. In 7-10 years the difference in price between the options won't matter.
This is coming from someone who thinks car should ve in really good shape and no technical issues should be present.
I hate cosmetic issues too but I refused to 2500 usd to fix a scrape I did.
Bought sandpaper, primer, paint and will finally get rod of the rust tbis weekend.
I will also try to fix part of the bending on the car door but I will drive with it like this.
I expect it will take me 3-4 hours and the paint and stuff cost me around 200 usd.
It is a 9 years old car with 150000 miles on it, bought it 6 months ago and plan ti keep it until it is  not safe to drive.

Edit:pardon spelling on my mobile.
After I bought it I replaced timing belt and water pump at a mechanic.
I replaced one of the rear end lights miself. Dealership cost 450 usd, cosy me 90 usd plus one hour.
Replaces air filter and cabin filter myself. Dealership cost 100 usd each.
Cost for me, 100 usd both, bought k and n filters for both.
« Last Edit: September 17, 2018, 07:40:48 PM by Tester »

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Re: Car repair - choosing between two options
« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2018, 07:55:41 AM »
I'd go with the $95 option.