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Old 01-27-2013, 11:41 PM   #1
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Question Professional Scratch Repair?

Hey everyone, just looking for some names of some reputable, AFFORDABLE autobody shops in the PDX area. The car has a few deep scratches in the bumper and I would like to have them repaired professionally before rust and other damage sets in. Anyone have some suggestions? Thanks~
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:57 PM   #2
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The bumpers are... ahem... plastic. They won't rust.
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:25 PM   #3
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The bumpers are... ahem... plastic. They won't rust.
Thank you for the correction... Long day yesterday haha. Anyways, any suggestions?
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:30 PM   #4
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When I bought my car the bumper had your average curb bumps and rock chips on it. I went down the same road you are, looked for a shop with reasonable paint prices or buddies of buddies who could do it. I finally found a guy that would give me a minute out of his day and he told me the same thing I'm passing on to you.
Are you looking for prep and paint? Do you need blending done? Is there gaping holes or scratches?
If the scratch is no thicker than a pencil lead then i would just buy a vin matched paint touch up Pen from your local stealership and do the touch up yourself. If the wounds are deep then you will most likely be looking at an extensive repair. Plastic is not just an easy fix, like an old metal bumper. Now they are just replacement items.

My resolution to the problem was I found a used bumper in good structural shape $150 and then spent money on paint $200 but I did the prep work and install myself. I took my gas cap door and prepped bumper to him and had it sprayed in a three day turn around time. Total $350.

If i remember correctly it would have been tear down time +cost of oem replacement bumper+prep time+ paint + installation time. Said and done was some
500/600+/-

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Old 01-29-2013, 11:18 AM   #5
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Stay away from precision collision. I got quoted almost 900 for new bumper cover+removal and installstion+hardware+ prep and paint. If you go to subarugenuineparts.com you can get a bumper cover for less than 200, new. Prep yourself and take it in to be painted, itll be less than 400 +/-
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Old 01-29-2013, 02:24 PM   #6
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$900 seems like the proper amount for a shop to do it. That doesn't mean you should "stay away" from them.

An hour for removal.
Cost of new bumper.
Cost of paint and prep materials.
Multiple hours for prep.
Multiple hours for paint.
An hour for install.


But you're right, you should stay away from them because they charge you for their services.

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Old 01-29-2013, 03:09 PM   #7
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$900 seems like the proper amount for a shop to do it. That doesn't mean you should "stay away" from them.

An hour for removal.
Cost of new bumper.
Cost of paint and prep materials.
Multiple hours for prep.
Multiple hours for paint.
An hour for removal.


But you're right, you should stay away from them because they charge you for their services.
A hour for removal and a hour for installing seems excessive. I could remove AND install my bumper cover (2011) in 5 minutes max. Im not sure how the older ones are. I would assume that they do charge you at least one hour for each process. But from what ive heard, precision collision is over priced with poor customer service. Mind you i have only been in there one time and am basing my opinion on other peoples so maybe my opinion is not the most credible.
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:10 PM   #8
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Mind you i have only been in there one time and am basing my opinion on other peoples so maybe my opinion is not the most credible.
got it


Please remember that they are doing a job that a regular person either can not do and/or does not want to do. If you want to do some of the work to save some money, great. But dont tell people to "stay away" from a shop just because they charge market price for their services.
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:43 PM   #9
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got it

Please remember that they are doing a job that a regular person either can not do and/or does not want to do. If you want to do some of the work to save some money, great. But dont tell people to "stay away" from a shop just because they charge market price for their services.
I figured it was not market price but rather a little over priced. Ive been quoted just over 600 with nearly a 100 price difference in just the bumper cover alone, thats why I said that. However, There could be other things such as quality as to why the other place was much cheaper. Maybe i shouldnt have said "stay away" but instead shared my experience with the OP and let him decide for himself.
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:58 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the info guys!! I have yet to take it into a shop, but after doing a little more research, I am leaning more towards the DIY path suggested in previous posts.
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