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F**cked over for the paint job

talked to the owner of the body shop today to get my final bill and it was 80% over the initial estimate- on a california car with NO rust issues- I had already given him 3/4 of the estimate up front now I am boned- the paint work was sweet but it was at his shop for 14 MONTHS, I am so pissed right now if at any time he had said "oh its gonna be a little more" fine I would have budgeted for that but now to spring the final total on me wtf- any body in the business of loning a fellow gto enthusiast some loot to pay for the paint??? I could use about 2 grand ( and that with me covering 3.5k)
the body shop will NOT be mentioned in any press I get for this car and if anyone has followed my post I will probably be in some mags---ahhhhhhhhh i am so pissed
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I had a friend pay 10 grand for a paintjob that needed tobe redone. Been 13 months, car is still in primer. Original first job was terrible. In California, unless you sign a job order authorizing additional work over and above the original quoted price, you don not have to pay. The repair facility MUST provide you with a written, revised estimate in writing before commencing the work..Check your local laws. Do you have a Bureau of Auto Repair or anything comparable? It looks like you got about an 8k paint job to me, but if yu did not agree to the price, you should not be accountable. Check into the legal aspects in your state.
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well the last thing I want is to tie this car up any longer- especially with legal battles- I'm gonna bite the bullet pay him and get to work on my car- Im just gonna tell people how long and how much over the estimate he was
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Man that SUX...... There are guys in SVGTO that would get my business. Revsitup's (Brent) work is concourse quality.

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I agree with Jeff, that the job is probably worth the price but the bitterness will last a long time from the feeling of getting hosed. You should send him a bill for 2k for keeping it for 14 months !!! The more of these stories I read about body shops taking years to get a project done and then charging way over an agreed price for a mediocre job, the more I am thinking about going to school and do mine myself. If it's gonna take someone else 12-24 months, I can do it that fast as well.....
I think you're right to get it out of there, put it together and move on with a nice car. All the work it creates for you to make CF pieces will more than pay the difference.

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I suggest that once you pay for the paint job you post the company name on as many forums as you can as well as the info on the paint scam. Make sure you use a lot of keywords in the copy. Use terms in the header and body like "Such and Such body shop ripped me off" and "don't use so and so body shop". Copy (Words) in forums place very well in Google and what usually happens is when someone types the company name in the search box these forum comments place very high...usually higher than the company web site does especially if they had their brother who is also a bartender build their web site rather than a professional web company that understands Search Engine Optimization.
I know it won't help you but it might help someone else down the road.

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Too Many, your comment about a lawsuit for the delay reminded me of a news story I read awhile back. It seems a guy was waiting in a Doctors office and it was way past his appointment time. When the Dr. finaly came in he had his golf clubs and stated it was so nice out he played another 9.
The guy sued the Dr. for his time and the Judge agreed and awarded him a fairly hefty judgement.
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