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Old 14 Jul 2006, 02:10 pm   #1 (permalink)
Tom
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Hi,

I have a black 2002 Camry with a number of scratches all over on the
body and stone chips and dings on the hood. No dents though. The
black colour does not help.

I am thinking of getting it painted, when I mentioned this to a
mechanic, he advised me against it, saying it's better to leave the
original paint on for a few more years.

Is it better if I just touch up the scratches and dings?

Thanks

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Old 14 Jul 2006, 04:21 pm   #2 (permalink)
m Ransley
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I cant see why you should wait

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Old 14 Jul 2006, 04:42 pm   #3 (permalink)
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The reason repainting a car is not too adviseable is that it kills the
resale value. When dealers, wholesalers, etc, appraise a car, one major
thing they look for are repainted bady panels, as this is a probable
indicator of a vehicle being in an accident (and a total repaint is
usually an indicator of MAJOR body work). Even if you are able to convince
that individual that you painted the entire car because of scratches, he
still will not give you the full value because he is probably going to
have to re sell it, and that next person will appraise it in the same
manor, so in that way the real market value of the car drops. Having a few
scratches and rock chips in original paint will keep the resale value
higher than taking it to a body shop and having the whole thing done.

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Old 15 Jul 2006, 10:30 pm   #4 (permalink)
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A good quality paint job is $2000-3000 --- and paint will be soft for
months. If less than a great paint job - expect value to decrease by
$1000-1500. A good body shop can touch up the chips and scratches - had a
friend that had it 350ZX done --- some door dings and nose chips. Cost was
$800 but you couldn't tell and it looked like new (they completely detailed
it as part of the cost).

"Tom" <ottawaon@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> Hi,
>
> I have a black 2002 Camry with a number of scratches all over on the
> body and stone chips and dings on the hood. No dents though. The
> black colour does not help.
>
> I am thinking of getting it painted, when I mentioned this to a
> mechanic, he advised me against it, saying it's better to leave the
> original paint on for a few more years.
>
> Is it better if I just touch up the scratches and dings?
>
> Thanks
>



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