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Personally I can't even figure out how they could replace the complete panel and repaint for £350.
When you do the sums it just doesn't seem to add up.
Lets assume the panel and materials came to £130 (which I doubt would cover all that would be used)
That leaves £220 for 4 days labour which would come to 32 hours in time. That works out at £6-87 per hour. I can't see a decent company working for that nowadays. I would suspect the £2500 figure to be that of an insurance quote.
Have you asked any of these companies for a written quotation showing a breakdown of prices and materials
Also ask if the companies concerned are members of the VBRA (Vehicle Body Repairers Association)
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Last edited by madnoel10; 29th January 2009 at 11:25 AM.