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Old 03-07-2010, 12:32 PM
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How much to charge for fender repair

So this guy wants me to fix his bike fender. I'm not sure how much to charge him as I never did bike parts before.
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Old 03-07-2010, 01:39 PM
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To fix a dent the size of a quarter, and color match it, most body shops start at $200-$250. That was a couple years ago though.
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ya I know what shops charger however I'm not a shop and just looking for a side job. This job is hard due to two tone paint job, otherwise I will knock out dent, put some filler sand, prime, sand, paint, mask off 1st color.....etc etc.
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Old 03-07-2010, 02:14 PM
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The biggest problem is not having a paint mixing system. The paint, even in pints of half pints will add up fast...and BTW, it isn't getting any cheaper, despite the economy! You might quote just the labor, and tell him the materials will be what ever you have to pay. That's what I do.

I have always done 99% custom paint, so repairing things with graphics is common around here. Don't let the graphics intimidate you. Even if you had to paint more of the fender... that only takes a few seconds.

As far as fixing the dent, just do it the same way you always would. Just use some masking paper to keep from priming over too much of the original paint. When you block out the primed area, just feather it in. If it isn't perfect, you can put on some extra clear, so it can be blocked a little flatter.
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Old 03-07-2010, 02:58 PM
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I just told him I'll do it for $200 plus paint.
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Seems like a fair price, and you are guaranteed to be paid for your time.
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It might seem too much to average guy of course they dont understand how much labor will go into fixing it, masking off 2nd color, buffing it putting pinstripe back on.
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I don't know if you've worked for others very long, but there are five types of customers...

Those who want it free.

Those who only want it if they can get it really cheap.

those who can't afford to be in this hobby, but try anyway.

Those who don't know what these things cost currently. (You may have to be the one to tell them.)

and those who know what it costs today....are willing to pay a fair price... but expect a good job that will last, in a reasonable amount of time. (these are usually older guys who have gotten burned on too many bargain jobs.)

The best way to deal with this is...don't take it personally and let it upset you... treat everyone with respect... and don't take a job that you don't want. Just tell them how they might get it done cheaper. (do-it-yourself...rattle cans...find a beginner who wants to practice on something...Earl Scheibe....etc.) If you help them, they might be back next time.

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I don't know if you've worked for others very long, but there are four types of customers...

Those who want it free.

Those who only want it if they can get it really cheap.

those who can't afford to be in this hobby, but try anyway.

Those who don't know what these things cost currently. (You may have to be the one to tell them.)

and those who know what it costs today....are willing to pay a fair price... but expect a good job that will last, in a reasonable amount of time. (these are usually older guys who have gotten burned on too many bargain jobs.)

The best way to deal with this is...don't take it personally and let it upset you... treat everyone with respect... and don't take a job that you don't want. Just tell them how they might get it done cheaper. (do-it-yourself...rattle cans...find a beginner who wants to practice on something...Earl Scheibe....etc.) If you help them, they might be back next time.
Good advice but you might want to work on your math
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I know there are more types, if that's what you mean, but I didn't want to discourage him from working for people. :-)
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I know there are more types, if that's what you mean, but I didn't want to discourage him from working for people. :-)
Oh I'm sure there are. I was just pointing out you said four and named five. Once again though, very good advice.
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That's what I get for trying to do math "in my head".... instead of using my fingers and toes. :-)~

I won't talk about people who you have to hurry the job for, before they get caught and imprisoned... or people who keep changing their mind every three days... or people who leave town while you are in the middle of the job without telling you... or the people....

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That's what I get for trying to do math "in my head".... instead of using my fingers and toes. :-)~

I won't talk about people who you have to hurry the job for, before they get caught and imprisoned... or people who keep changing their mind every three days... or people who leave town while you are in the middle of the job without telling you... or the people....
Most definitely. This applies to any kind of small business. Not lessons you would want to learn the hard way.
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That's how I learned them. {:-(

The good news is that you remember those lessons a lot longer, if you personally had to put up with the frustration.
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