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Rust bubbles on roof

Several rust bubbles ranging in size from nail head to silver dollar. Collision repair shop quoted $2500.00 for replacement of the roof panel. Does this cost seem reasonable, and do I have other repair options? The rest of the car is in great condition with less than 80,000 miles on it. Thanks for any help.

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The cost will cover the removal of the old one, fitting of the new one and a colour matched paint job. (The most expensive part as it involves a lot of labour) If the rust has penetrated the roof then this is only one of the repair options. You could have it patch repaired but the paint job will still make it expensive. If the rust hasn't penetrated, you could rub it down, treat the rust and then paint ( Paint costs will be lower as it will be a chip repair paint job.)

Posted on Jul 15, 2013

  • Gordon Warlow Jul 15, 2013

    Thanks for the advice. The technician who gave the qu tevdid say that a good deal of the price was a lot of time/labour that woul be needed. I will get some more estimates.


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