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Question Rapid Bodycare prices/locations/experiences?

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Reversing like a berk (need those parking sensors after all!) I've scuffed the wheel arch of my Renault Clio Mk 3 and would like to get her tidied up professionally - does anyone know how much I should expect to pay to get it done either by my local dealer or by the Rapide Bodycare chaps?

The graze is about an inch in length on the wheel arch rim, maximum width about an half-inch. I don't feel confident enough at all to do it myself as my DIY skills are as bad as my reversing!

I know when I bought the car I asked for the alloys to be touched up and that cost the dealer about £100 per alloy... which makes me fearful that I'm not going to see much change from £100 for such a "small" repair.

Can anyone pass on their experiences of using Renault Rapide Bodycare?

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Hi Jimuth - I think your dealer was winding you up at costing£100 per wheel for painting - there's a guy local to me who charges around £25-30 per wheel depending on how bad they are - that includes removing and replacing the tyre. There are many scratch repair specialist who will even do it at your own door. Last time my neighbour got deep scratches repaired on the plastic bumper of his Megane he was charged £50. Why not try Renault first for a quote.
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Not long after we had the Laguna I scuffed the wheel arch gettiing it in the garage - Rapide repair from Renault dealer, including sanding/spraying scuff on alloy as well was £60!

Some woman opened her car door onto ours - luckily we saw her do it so she couldn't ( & didn't) deny it.

To sand/paint side rubbing strip and polishe/spray scuff on door paintwork cost her £35!! Again carried out by Rapide at the dealer.

The "fixed" menu prices on display in the dealer were more than this. But their guy that does it has a look first and then quotes - I think the prices quoted on their price boards are "worst case scenarios".

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Good advice from SportTourer. Don't just go to the cheapest place you can find. I did this once for a bonnet repair and respray. Had to get them to do it 3 times and even then it was'nt right. Cloudy at first, runs in lacquer and I think each time they kept overspraying it - ended up quite thick and chipped off easily.

I guess other than that a reccomendation is worth a lot.

Probably sounds like I am stating the obvious but I would'nt lioke what happened to me to happen to anyone else.


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Its just a thought (obviously, you can see the panel), but have you damaged the paint?

The reason I ask is that quite often the 'damage' is actually from the object that the car has struck.

If there isn't any primer/bare metal showing, I'd be inclined to use some cutting compound gently on the affected area before shopping for prices - it may be all that's required.

Hope you get it all sorted out.


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