Chip Magic® Complete Paint Jobs in Littleton, CO
So you have decided that you would like to repaint your vehicle.
Where do you start and how much is it going to cost?
As you already know there is a saying that holds true: You get what you pay for.
If someone is quoting you an unbelievable low price it's probably not for quality work or they are using low quality materials that won't last. This is the main reason we are up-front and willing to show you our prices before you even have to come into the shop.
All body-shops charge about the same hourly rate for work and materials, If the estimate doesn't show you the rates then beware. If one shop quotes $500.00 for a job and another quotes you $150.00 for the same job but without showing you the parts prices or the rates there should be a warning flag. Shops can get parts from China or the highest quality parts from the manufacturer. Make sure what you are comparing and check the warranty out as well.
One way to start is by asking yourself how old the vehicle is and how long do you expect to keep it after.
Find a good quality used vehicle and determine it's cost (C) using one of the following free web sites.
NADA at: http://www.nada.com/
Kelly Blue Book at: http://www.kbb.com/
Now figure out how long you would take to pay for it over how many years (Y).
You will also need to know what the interest rate (I) will be.
To figure the monthly payment:
So if it is a $15,000.00 (C) used car and the interest is 6% (I) over 4 years (Y) the payment per month would be:
This comes out to a $387.50 payment per month so over 4 years the total will be $18,600.00!
It stands to reason that your insurance rate will be higher as well.
The logic then is that my current car is going to need some repairs as well but I really want to save at least half of what I would buy a new used car for or I want to save at least $9,300.00 for the same period of time.
That means that, as long as my car is mechanically sound and the interior is in good shape I only want to spend $9,300.00.
Ok, now a factory quality paint job runs about $8,500.00 - $10,000.00 which is right in my ball park!
This type of paint job lasts between 10 and 20 years!
Now let's try a less expensive car.
If it is a $5,000.00 (C) used car and the interest is 6% (I) over 4 years (Y) the payment per month would be:
This comes out to a $155.00 payment per month so over 4 years the total will be $7,400.00!
The logic is the same for any car. I still want to save at least half of what I would buy this used car for or I want to save at least $3,700.00 for the same period of time. This is a lower quality paint job but still would last you at least the 4 years you want it too.
Let's now look at the different paint job levels you can get over on Complete Paint Job Options