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I took my car to a bodyshop in Norwich with a good reputation for a quote to fix the rust below my nearside rear light.

They think it will be a cut out job.

I also want the bottom of the tailgate painted.

The assessor also owned a R53, as a second fun car. Good to have a chat.

How much do you think it will cost? I should get a quote next week.
 

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£450-600
 

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I have received a quote for nearly £2400. I am speechless. I didn't ask for a full car respray!
 

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There’s such a variation in pricing when it comes to bodywork it’s difficult to know if you are being ripped off or not. In this instance it really does sound like you would have been...
 

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Jesus!

Did you get it in writing?

I think they've mixed up their quotes, someone will be over the moon with their full respray for £500... :D
 

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I think they are used to working on cars for insurance, custom paint jobs with no remedial action or money no object restorations. Oh, they do like wrapping super cars.

Much as my Mini is a fun second car, it is nothing more.

Why bother with a £2k Mini when someone who can afford a £100k Lamborghini wants to buy your hours?

I spoke to them today and politely voiced my disappointment at their quote, thanked them for their time and said that I won't be taking up their offer. No need to be nasty about it.

I need to find someone who understands my part of the market better!
 

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they'll have wanted to renew the quarter as it's the only way to kill rust short of cutting it out and adding bits of metal that fewer shops will do, because of the risk of complaint down the line I expect.
 

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Jeez - that sounds like the classic case of pricing it way too high because they don't really want or need the work.

I've got a similar issue with mine - rust under both tail lights... Just bubbling, not broken through the paint yet - but it will definitely need to be cut out and replaced - filler will bubble again in time.

I was going to get a quote from Breckland Body Tech in Attleborough - used them in the past and they seem reasonably priced and do a great job. Worth checking them out.

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I have booked in at a shop in Gt Yarmouth that my brother uses. I have seen their work and it is good.

I won't name names until it is done.
 
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