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Painting the Car

October 16th, 2015 at 06:38 am

Well, I know what I'm spending my museum earnings on. I got estimates yesterday on the car, and I think I found my shop, but it's going to cost $3K. $300 more if I decide to replace a couple of banged-up bumpers. I really like the shop's owner, though; he seems very honest and straightforward, and his reviews on Yelp are excellent. I think he'll do a good job. He was very excited about my car, and even said he would like to buy it when I'm ready to sell.

The shop will need to have the car for at least nine days, and wouldn't be able to take it right away. I'm planning a weekend trip to Michigan on the 24-25th, so I'll take it in after I get back. It will mean I'll have to take public transportation to my job at least once.

The good news is that the car is internally in good shape, both under the hood and inside the doors, so once I get a good protective coat back on it, it should, with any luck, last the four more years I need from it.

While I was out, I stopped at Aldi and bought a few groceries for $6.

I didn't get any work done yesterday, which means today I have to devote two hours to it, or I'll start falling behind!

I think I got the insurance issue resolved, too. I finally spoke to someone who said she would fax the needed documents to the lender. I hope I will hear no more of it.

I also sent out the checks to my siblings and niece/nephews -- their share of my mother's unclaimed property. I'm hanging on to my brother's though, since I'll see him in person soon.

Today's menu:

Breakfast: Biscuits & Greek yogurt & clementine
Lunch: Pizza bread
Dinner: French onion soup, veggies

7 Responses to “Painting the Car”

  1. SecretarySaving Says:

    That's a pricey amount to spend for cosmetic purposes Smile

  2. snafu Says:

    Does the bodyshop have a 'loaner' since they will have your car for such a long time. Why such an extended time for work needed?

  3. Butterscotch Says:

    9 days and 3k? That seems long and high. Are you going to get any other quotes?

  4. CB in the City Says:

    It's a lot of money, but it's in the ball park around here. Two other estimates have been higher, but only a bit. And this is not cosmetic. The metal is showing through. The body won't hold up through four more brutal Chicago winters, parked outside 27/4, unless I get a good coat of paint on it.

    For that reason I'm not interested in a cheap spray job that will peel off in a year. I'm getting it done right. I've learned through some bad experiences that it's cheaper in the long run to pay professional rates and get professional results and guarantees.

    As for the length of time, that surprised me, too. But I do remember getting some minor body work done just on the back after a minor fender-bender, years ago, and it took two weeks! I live in a VERY populous area; I assume there is a high demand.

    I don't think I'll need a loaner; I have many options for getting around, and practically everything I need within walking distance. The only challenge will be getting to the museum, but I can ride the El for that.

  5. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Sounds like you have put a lot of research into the matter and it's not purely for cosmetic purposes. Hoping they do a great job Smile

  6. My English Castle Says:

    A good job is worth it. I hope the weather stays ok for you on your carless days!

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Like MEC said, hopefully the weather will stay pleasant for your carless days!

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