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Go to some local car shows and ask who did their work. Ask a lot of questions as to how the shop did there work. If rear quarters were put on a car ask how they were put on and look it over good. Nobody that takes pride in their ride at a car show will take offense to asking about their car and workmanship that was put into it. If they were screwed they will be the first to tell you. If they had excellent work done to their car they will be the first to tell you and will brag about the person that did the work. What you want is someone that knows how to put craftmanship into their work. If a car is just getting painted you can find numerous good shops. If there is a lot of metal work to be done then that narrows it down considerably. If there is a lot of metal work to be done, expect them to have it for awhile. Do not pay up front. A reputable shop might ask for some money down but get a ballpark estimate (estimated will change depending on what they get into) first and always remember that it is your money you are spending and you are only going to pay for what you get instead of getting what you pay for. Explain in detail what you expect out of the shop, tell them what kind of work you expect to have done on your car. Remember, it is YOUR car and money. AND get everything in writing. A lot of lawsuits could be avoided on both sides if everything was in writing. Shop around and don't feel intimidated by the owner wanting your money.

Kevin
 
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