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roughly, "should" it cost to have a viggen bumper(s) painted by a shop? Ballpark.
 

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My Viggen's repair & repaint was $800.

I had a new (from Orio) 9-3 Aero bumper painted for $500.

Both were done "by a guy" who leases booth time from a big body shop, so I'm positive I paid less than the shop would have charged, but it's tough to say by how much. This guy has done a fair amount of work for me, and broadly speaking he's around 20-30% less than a reputable shop.

But, that's here... it's tough to say how that translates to another location. Labor rates, environmental requirements, real estate are all big variables.
 

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I'm guessing that being here in Chicago compared to Ca that it will be a tad bit cheaper. I was thinking around 400 per, and that's me taking them off and bringing them to the shop. Time to see I guess. The problem I have is if it's worth it. I park my car on the street in a neighborhood during the day, I never bumper tap another car, its always others that tap me. The car has 95 k on it, still looks pretty amazing for a 17 year old car. I just wonder if I should dump any more money in it at all.
 

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I paid $400 for a similar bumper and a rear spoiler in a smaller shop where they were willing to do just a loose bumper. A lot of shops wouldn't do it if they couldn't do the whole job of pulling it, painting it, and reinstalling it. Had a variety of BS reasons for refusing to do it loose. The $400 job was OK from the installed view but if you get under it, the upside portions were poorly done.
 

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I'm guessing that being here in Chicago compared to Ca that it will be a tad bit cheaper. I was thinking around 400 per, and that's me taking them off and bringing them to the shop. Time to see I guess. The problem I have is if it's worth it. I park my car on the street in a neighborhood during the day, I never bumper tap another car, its always others that tap me. The car has 95 k on it, still looks pretty amazing for a 17 year old car. I just wonder if I should dump any more money in it at all.
Both bumpers I had done were off the car - I threw 'em in the Suburban, dropped them off, and picked them up a week later. As good as JP is, I just don't trust anyone taking tools to my cars. I think I have a personality disorder.

Or two.
 

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Both bumpers I had done were off the car - I threw 'em in the Suburban, dropped them off, and picked them up a week later. As good as JP is, I just don't trust anyone taking tools to my cars. I think I have a personality disorder.

Or two.

Then we all have it. Every time I have someone work on a car they take shortcuts and/or mess up the work so that I end up doing some of it over. That's usually after asking them to fix what they did wrong but sometimes I just fix it because it's not worth the return visit hassle.

With body work, it's not usually something you can tweak (aside from fixing fastening issues) so I'm often just dissatisfied.

Quality work is very hard to find.
 

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I took a brand new Viggen front bumper to a shop in Seattle to have it painted recently. It cost me around $500. That was at a body shop that our local Saab specialist uses for all of their bodywork.

I'd rant about a fancy body shop that messed up a simple rear bumper replacement, but it's only going to make me mad. :evil:
 
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