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Q. I'm looking to get my wife's car repainted, but I'm not having a lot of luck finding info on the internet.

How do I know which place does a better job? Is it possible to get a good paint job at one of the discount places, or should I just "suck it up" and pay the high price to know I'm getting a good job?

FYI, my wife drives a 1992 Pontiac Grand Am SE, with Burgundy metallic paint.


A. This is where you have to do some homework. The internet is a good place to start, but instead of looking for shops, look for information on what's involved in the actual paint job. There are many different types of paints and techniques and knowing exactly what you want will enable you to shop around for a good price. Comparing apples to apples instead of apples to oranges as it were. Talk to friends or co-workers that have body work done and find out who did it and how well they did it.

If you get two or three places that seem to have what you want at a good price, check them out with the local Better Business Bureau and see what kind of track record they have. If they have a lot of complaints, drop them. if the have very few, then your chances are real good that you will get a quality job. Always visit the shop with the car so they can look at it and see what it needs in the way of body work. That will effect the cost of the job. This way you know up front what's involved.

A good rule of thumb is don't go for the cheapest or the most expensive paint job. Expensive doesn't always mean good and cheap is exactly that... cheap. Look for a mid-range price, that is the more realistic one.

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