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Question DetailsAsked on 12/14/2017

should you be able to see through the bumper & body attachment line?

77 corvette, installed a new fiberglass rear bumper. the body work cost 5x too much and after paint I can see through the body line where the bumper is attached to the car body.
Is this a normal and acceptable finished paint and body work.

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Can't speak to the gap thing, though as I recall older vets have a tightly fitting bumper with a narrow compression gasket.

But you said the body work cost 5x too much - if they gave you a quote (assuming you are in the US) in almost all states they are required to give a written estimate and cannot exceed that without PRIOR approval by the customer. if they run over without PRIOR permission, it is criminal to try to charge you more than the estimate for the job. In many states, if they did the work without a prior written estimate being provided to you (by hand, eMail, text, etc) AND your approving it, then they cannot charge you at all for the work, not hold your car if you fail to pay.

Generally, they also cannot hold your car if you refuse to pay more than the approved estimate amount, if they gave an estimate up front. if they try that, call the cops on them - the reason the laws exist is LOTS of car repair places give a low estimate or bump up the price after the fact figuring they can hold the car on a mechanic's lien so they have you over the barrel - so that is generally against the law and is criminal fraud.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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