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Johnny Bravo 02-05-2006 12:37 PM

bodyshop cost for welding
I just had a bodyshop estimate my car to get it to primer, which includes welding in new quarters (already have them), straightening the back panel between the taillights, welding the trunk pan in completely, and welding the lap welds underneath the car in. The estimate is $3000 to do that, is that reasonable?

chadsbodyshop49119 02-05-2006 01:42 PM

I'd say it's not out of line.. to do a quarter panel, well roughly just taking the old one off and putting a new one on, and getting it in primer usually goes for around 14hrs each panel. so for 2 is 28hrsx50= 1400.00 then you add in the trunk work, materials which can add up fast, plus whatever little repair work is needed along the way.. yeah I'd say thats fair.. for the price I would like to see professional work done though.. so if that's what your assuming your getting, i'd say your good to go..

milo 02-05-2006 01:42 PM

The idea is to get more than one estimate... ... If you have 5 estimates then you'll know what is reasonable yes...

chadsbodyshop49119 02-05-2006 01:44 PM

Well If i gave him a estimate it would be in that area. But that's just a rough guess by explanation, which I normally wouldn't do, but also keep in mind if there is more rust repair involved the estimate might fluctuate some,, such as needing repair to the inner quater or replacement and anny patch work that might come up..

kenseth17 02-05-2006 02:53 PM

Oops, read it wrong, never mind

adtkart 02-05-2006 07:12 PM

I don't know how anyone can say if an estimate is reasonable, without looking at the car, and without knowing where the vehicle is located. Since the body rates differ, depending on the location. what could be reasonable in one area, isn't in another area. It is also impossible to tell what additional work would be required to complete the job.

That is why it is best to get several estimates from shops in the area.


chadsbodyshop49119 02-06-2006 07:25 AM

I agree with you,, just trying to do the best I can withnot seeing it.. If he could get good pics would help.. it'll help to get a better idea.

Johnny Bravo 02-09-2006 02:17 AM

here is a bunch of photos I've taken, I hope that helps! My city isn't terribly big and there are only so many shops that do work on older cars, most just do insurance only. I don't have a lot of options, in fact, I've narrowed it down to TWO. The rest of the shops seem questionable, I don't want a job I'm paying for that I could do myself, I want quality work that isn't going to have rust creeping in in 5 years and if I find something wrong that is the shops fault, the shop I take it to better redo it for free and with a smile. Of course I am on a budget, I will do some minor hole patch welding myself, like the door sill chrome hole filling, the 3 holes where the metal rusted through around the rear window, door reskinning, etc.

Yeah so if $3000 american (3500cdn) seems reasonable for what I stated above, awesome, if its too much..maybe I should find someone else? So far I've gotten one solid estimate and getting the other tomorrow. Thanks for the help guys, I really appreciate it!

chadsbodyshop49119 02-09-2006 07:10 AM

No prob,, i'm on the run i'lll loook at your pics later, but just to warn you.. most shops won't warranty rust.. just a heads up..

milo 02-09-2006 02:30 PM


Originally Posted by Johnny Bravo I want quality work that isn't going to have rust creeping in in 5 years and if I find something wrong that is the shops fault, the shop I take it to better redo it for free and with a smile.

Yeah!!! Fix it free!! ROTFLMAO :spank:

Johnny Bravo 02-09-2006 05:11 PM

:confused: :confused:

Johnny Bravo 02-09-2006 05:19 PM


Originally Posted by milo
Yeah!!! Fix it free!! ROTFLMAO :spank:

what the hell, this guy is a moron. ^_^ If a RESPECTABLE bodyshop welds NEW 1/4's on, and does the job right to blocking out the panels and primer, the paint WILL NOT bubble from rust within 5 years, only from paint damage which I wouldn't ask to be repaired for free. Now if a shop neglected to properly repair it and a problem surfaced, they damn well better fix it..a few shops here DO guarantee their work for 10 years and I heard from one of the shops I'm getting an estimate from that a guy had some work done, a few years later had a rust problem, didn't have the receipt and like true professionals, they fixed it for free. Milo, some people take pride in doing a good job.

milo 02-09-2006 05:34 PM

trying to nudge ya towards doing it yourself .. :D

sounds like your hopeing for a problem :evil:

kenseth17 02-09-2006 06:30 PM

I find it hard to believe they both warrenty rust work for 10 years. Majority of shops won't take it, and the ones that do normally won't put a warrenty on it, even if they do all the correct steps to protect against corrosion. Most places certified through one of the paint companys will put a lifetime warrenty on the paint for certain things, but rust is not in the warrenty. And please be respectfull to board members. I don't know how many people milo has helped out and explained things with pictures. I don't believe he was being disrespectfull towards you, but when you said five years or they better fix if for free with a smile, not common if its rust repair, its not something most shops warrenty.

adtkart 02-09-2006 07:28 PM

I really find it hard to believe that anyone will give an guarantee on rust repairs. Most shops in this area have signs that say otherwise, that is if they will do rust repairs at all.

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