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Old 05-16-2017, 10:01 AM   #1
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How much should I pay for rust repair/paint?

Hello! I have some rust coming through my rear panel of my e46. It's the part that is connected to both rear fenders via a weld. I also have some right above the skirts on both sides, it has not come through yet but I know it's there. Sorry I don't have any pictures of the actual rust because it's still parked for winter. I was quoted almost 3k to fix the rust and paint the surrounding parts. Another place wouldn't even do it because "it wouldn't be worth their time". So I'm not sure what to do. 3k is half of what I paid for the car! The car is in great condition with 90k and the interior is mint. Any suggestions?

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Old 05-16-2017, 10:10 AM   #2
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Some pictures of the actual rust spots would be needed for anyone to give a good guess on what cost should be. Cost will probably be affected by the area you live too.
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Old 05-16-2017, 02:33 PM   #3
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Rust work is NOT cheap and has no warranties on how long it will remain rust free.
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Old 05-20-2017, 02:09 AM   #4
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Depends on how much you really love the car. If there is surface rust, there is bound to be under chassis rust which will only grow. Sometimes it might just be cheaper to go to a rust free state and buy a car there.
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Rust work is NOT cheap and has no warranties on how long it will remain rust free.
Yep. Rust is like cancer. Chemical treatment can help. Surgical removal can help. But it is almost impossible to stop. If you want paint matching that only adds to the cost. Without pictures it is impossible to make suggestions/estimates.
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Old 05-20-2017, 11:56 AM   #6
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Here's the car:
Rust near wheel well.
Otherside under mirror:

Worst part under tail light:

The body shop that I got the estimate from said that it would cost less to actually cut out that back piece under the tail light and weld in a new one.
Here's the estimate:



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Depends on how much you really love the car. If there is surface rust, there is bound to be under chassis rust which will only grow. Sometimes it might just be cheaper to go to a rust free state and buy a car there.
Yep
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