This is a discussion on I'm new. Yeah, yeah, yadda, yadda... within the New Member Hangout forums, part of the Community - Meet other Enthusiasts category; Originally Posted by Brazilnut Sorry I haven't posted in a while. We went to Vegas and I just got back ...
"From a little spark may burst a mighty flame." - Dante
"The stitch is lost unless the thread is knotted." - Italian proverb
The auto transport company has been difficult to work with and an extreme pain to get a hold of. They're called Five Star Auto Transport. More like NO STAR auto transport. Ugh.
My head hurts.
Insurance deductible is $250 (owch) but definitely an option at this point.
Any one with body work experience know what it'd cost out of pocket to fix Garfield's paint? Thanks for your input!
i cant really tell from the angle of the pic, but have you considered just buying a cheap front lip? it may cover the damage or at least hide 95% of it. they are super durable and will prevent future damage. i'd highly recommend getting one either way.
Removal = .5hrs
installation = .5hrs
paint/prep time = 1.5 hrs
paint and supplies = .75 hrs (most shops bill supplies as a function of hourly rates, not sure why)
avg labor rate ~ $90 per hr
total hrs = 3.25
total $$ = $292.5
That's a pretty good guesstimate. If you went to several shops, you'd find they would be +-$50
Last edited by 06wrx4me; 08-09-2013 at 07:27 AM.
BTW, at this point its almost worth paying to get it done yourself and then sending the transport company an invoice, or taking them to small claims court.
Many businesses MO (especially small businesses) is to deny everything to minimize liability and then hope you go away. If they are presented with an invoice for total damages costing say $300, they are more likely to say "Oh **** is that all?" and forward your payment to accounting.
Crappy way to operate, but protects their bottom line.
FWIW, I understand your frustration and feelings, been there....but the bottom of my front bumper looks exactly like that after 7 years. Goes with the territory and will probably happen again. It sux cause its a new car, but you may be money ahead to buy a lip like Dez said, or try your hand at a little sand paper and touch up paint.
Yeah a Bayson R lip on ebay is under $100 shipped. Great quality and fitment on them as well.
I'm looking to get one for my 2012
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I would seriously consider getting a lip at this point. My concern would be that a bumper repaint may be way more noticeable than the scrapes that are already there. As others have said, your front bumper will most likely get damaged in the same location again. I drove my lowered 2003 for over 10 years and never scraped my front bumper. I've nailed my 2013, stock height, twice in under a year, just on normal driveways.
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UPDATE: Garfield is getting fixed!! Haha. D-day is 8/26. I decided to go through my own insurance because those terd monkeys at the auto transport just straight up ignore me now. Downside is that I have to pay a $250 deductible, but the upside is that State Farm is supposedly going to fight to get them to pay up. If they end up getting money from the transport company, I'll be refunded the deductible!! Cheers to that!
So, anyone know how long I need to wait for the paint to cure before FINALLY getting that clear bra? I'm going to clear bra the **** outta my car by the time I'm through with this whole process. Ha.
And I'm diggin' this whole front lip idea. I guess I should get the 3M paint protectant first, then have the lip installed? Or other way around? I wonder if the body shop would be willing to paint/install it while they're already working on the front bumper...
30 days before clear bra
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