Paint shop jail! Should I bail?

ZsZs

Veteran Member
Jun 6, 2017
118
You need to organize a posse and go round up the car and all parts you took to him. Even with the price he wants to do the car, using the cheapest paint and material would probably be around what you gave him for a down payment. The divorce makes it even worse not knowing what could happen. I don't think I could get that car out of there fast enough.
 

Bandit723

Veteran Member
Oct 1, 2016
4,361
Waupaca WI
I would not get your tights in a bunch over the stateded quote. Yes if the shop used PPG's top line paint the job would have been twice the cost. Just like cunt and cars they use cheap paints like matrix to make a profit.
 

badazz81z28

Veteran Member
May 4, 2001
22,305
Alabama
5K for a paint job was your first clue!


Not really...for a car that has already been body worked and just needs a final sand and shoot...$5K is about what I would expect...especially in Alabama! I had a neighbor who owned a collision shop, and he painted parts for me all the time. I did all the hard work and all he did was final sand, seal and paint. If the goal isn't a glass like show car, you don't need to pay $10K for it.

However, if the agreement was 60 days and now it's 90 and the car is in dire shape, time to tell him your out. Pay him for the labor he did and get refunded the rest. If it's already been this long, it will only be longer if ever!
 

hubedobeedo

3rd times a charm
Jul 18, 2013
997
Huntertown,IN
OK, I need some advice. I dropped off my 71 at the paint shop on July 5th of this year. The shop owner and I agreed (on paper) that he would finish final bodywork and paint the car within 60 days. I gave a down payment of $1500 to get things rolling. The remaining $3500 would be due after the job is finished.
Very little has been done to my car. The whole car has been sanded and that's about it. It has been over 90 days and all I get is excuses. It looks like he is having trouble keeping employees and maybe even keeping the doors open. My car is covered in body shop dust inside and out. My interior is brand new and now covered in thick dust. The engine is also covered in dust. They pulled the rear windshield off for paint and did not bother to cover it. Only one employee remains and is doing all the shop work.
My worry is that his shop is going under and that I will show up one day to find the place permanently locked and closed and my car will be trapped in red tape and court cases.
Should I just cut my losses and go get my car? Do I trust that he will finish the job? I check on the car twice a week and I get stories about how they are "about to start working on it" but that never happens. The owner is a poor communicator who avoids me and is never at the shop. He is going through a divorce and I'm worried that my car is just not a priority anymore (if it ever was).
I understand that I am getting a good price on the work and I understand that some people wait much longer to get their cars back but I don't want to ignore red flags that can be trouble if I wait. I have heard horror stories about cars getting stripped for parts and cars getting stolen or sold...
What should I do?
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get it out as fast as you can make sure you get all your parts . to many red flags
 

hubedobeedo

3rd times a charm
Jul 18, 2013
997
Huntertown,IN
i was in the business for years .that could turn into a real bad situation fast. i wouldn't worry about owner if the shop kids there tell him your done make sure you have a way to take then and there and he can have owner contact you (sounds like not doing that now)
 




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