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well, the frontend of my car have seen better days. I have a million rock chips on the bumper and front of the hood and few on the front of the fenders. anyways i got a quote the other day and was quoted $1800, is that a fair price??
 

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well, the frontend of my car have seen better days. I have a million rock chips on the bumper and front of the hood and few on the front of the fenders. anyways i got a quote the other day and was quoted $1800, is that a fair price??
That seems high. I paid $100 to respray a front bumper, and a few extra hundred to have them respray/blend the hood and fenders to match. A lot of the costs could go into labor if they require removal. However, if you do the removal yourself and bring them the part, it is substantially cheaper. However, $1800 does seem expensive. I think that's how much I paid on my E36 M3 for entire front end respray, but included a new OEM front bumper which accounted for a good chunk of the price.
 

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I was thinking no more than $1000 too in my mind before going in the shop. Guess im going to do some shopping around.
 

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I was quoted around $1600 from a reputable shop that I have used in the past. The cost covered repainting and blending the entire front and the side fenders. My cost include some additional sanding and prep work due to a deep scratch on the hood from an unknown cause that cut through to the metal.
 

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1800 is fair.

Although it is high for a crappy job.

You are talking removal, prep, color coat & blend, sand, clear coat bumper, hood, fenders... reassemble.
 

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Agree on 1800 being fair for a good job. I would expect over $300.00 for the bumper, already removed, alone.
 

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I was quoted $2200 by a friend of a friend who owns a body shop for full front end respray (hood, bumper, fenders) which is the highest I've ever heard of so at least you're not that far off....

If they quoted you $1800 for everything including R&R of the parts then that's fair if they do good work. I know it's cheaper to do the R&R yourself but the chances that you will scratch the bumper and/or hood while you do it are pretty good. This way it's on them for the work to be perfect when it's all said and done, which accounts for a lot of extra time on their end, which is what you're paying for.
 

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I was quoted $1300 to install a new bumper (i'd bring it in, separately), spray it and blend the hood and the fenders. Very good shop, too. Repainted the rear quarter of my car when I was rear-ended. It dented the trunk but the whole rear had to be resprayed in order to blend.
 

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Estimate is in line, you get what you pay for. I would make sure that it includes R&I of all the parts and let the shop manager know you will be picky.
 

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Sounds fair to me. I paid $400 just for my bumper last summer...which was probably a little too much, but the quality was A+

Like Ard mentioned it's not high for a quality job, just make sure they understand your expectations.

Also since it's something I'm dealing with right now myself, I suggest you look into filing a claim with your insurance if you have comprehensive coverage. Could save you some money if your deductable is low, and usually won't raise your premium.
 

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The cost depends on whether the entire front end is being stripped bare or if spot sanding is taking place followed by blending, clear, reassemble, etc. In my experience you would be looking at $4-5,000 for the former and $1,800-2,500 for the latter. All depends on the geographic location of the shop and the quality of work being done.

Whatever you decide be sure to ask around first; talk to high end dealerships and find out who they recommend. If one name keeps coming up repeatedly, then that’s the first place I’d get an estimate from.
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Expectations are key; when I had my front end repainted the shop manager told me that his guys were afraid to touch my car because it was in such good condition. I also had another shop turn me away because they didn’t think they could meet my expectations. You need to be specific about what you want/expect and then not be afraid to make them do the job over if it doesn’t come out right the first time.
 

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i just had my hood, front bumper, rear bumper, trim between trunk and rear bumper painted. when it was all said and done. which was 3 weeks because the hood was done twice and the front bumper. i was out 1644.00. i told them before they started what my expectations were and they were met.you have to not be afraid to say what you want and drop in and check on the job from time to time.good luck i hope you find success.
 

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I was quoted around $1200 for a front end respray (bumper, hood, front fenders and blend) by a very high quality shop. This included taking the hood to bare metal, due to the number and depth of the rock chips. This was with me removing and reinstalling the headlights, bumper, washer nozzles, emblem, side marker lights etc, and disassembling the bumper (grille, rub strips, fog lights), which is work that I am completely comfortable doing.
It is worth noting that the book rate for R&R the headlights was 1hr per side! This is two hours of work for what is 15 minutes of work, if you are slow.
If the shop is good, and they do all the work, $1800 seems reasonable. Like mentioned earlier, make it clear in the beginning that you are going to be OCD about the work, if they have a problem with that, find another shop.
 

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"bare metal"?

This is never a good idea. Simply repair damage and get a sound primered surface. The factory primers and neutralizing baths should never be stripped off just to repaint.

IMO
 

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There was a thread on here last week from somebody that actually got their insurance to pay for the respray. They just paid the deductible for comprehensive coverage.
 

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There was a thread on here last week from somebody that actually got their insurance to pay for the respray. They just paid the deductible for comprehensive coverage.
That's a great idea.
 
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