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Subject:Expensive lunch
Time:01:52 pm
Sometimes I hate being right.

I took my car by a shop at lunch to get an estimate on a necessary repair. As the guy came over to look at it I said, "This is where you shake your head sadly and tell me fifteen hundred dollars."

He laughed. Then he looked at the car. "We can't fix that. It has to be replaced."

We went into his office, where he looked something up then whipped out a calculator. "You were close. $1428."

Dammit, I really wanted to be wrong. I wanted him to say, "Nah, that's only about an hour with a needle and thread. It'll cost about a hundred bucks."
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loser_variable
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Time:2007-11-06 10:52 pm (UTC)

I have a dent / scratch that is about 2 inches long (left anonymously, thank you). Quote was 1500. I'll live with it. There is no such thing as a $100 repair. New wipers, maybe.
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whipartist
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Time:2007-11-06 10:58 pm (UTC)
Sadly, the problem is that the rear window of my convertible top is falling out. The only options are duct tape and replacement.
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loser_variable
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Time:2007-11-06 11:09 pm (UTC)
Duct tape is always one solution.
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jcdill
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Time:2007-11-06 11:40 pm (UTC)
Try another body shop. Explain that you do NOT want them to paint adjoining panels ThankYouVeryMuch - you just want the dent fixed and this one panel repainted. The standard body shop repair has them painting all *adjoining* body panels so they can "blend" the paint job with the rest of the car. Tell them to blend it on this one panel, only. If you ask around I'm sure you can find someone who will do this. Obviously there's a chance that there may be a barely perceptible color shift between the new paint and the old paint but it will certainly be LESS noticeable than the dent and scratch!

This type of repair is part of why auto insurance is so bleeping expensive.
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whipartist
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Time:2007-11-07 12:15 am (UTC)
Nah. The question was, "Can this convertible top be repaired, or must it be replaced?" I was pretty certain that it had to be replaced, and I had a pretty good idea of what that would cost.
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bbkahuna
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Time:2007-11-07 02:59 am (UTC)
Ha, I actually had almost the exact same thought. I was wondering what the over/under on him thinking he could get away with charging you what you were expecting was going to be.
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