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The Cajun Red caught the wife's eye and the $500 extra was no big deal in the greater scheme of things. We've enjoyed looking at it for a year-and-a-half now.

Recently, backing out of a parking place, she barely scraped the bumper of a big rig with the left rear corner of the Bolt bumper cover. I'd probably have lived with the small chip of paint gone, but she wanted it fixed.

I have a good friend who owns a small body and paint facility. We're not such good friends right now, as it turns out the Cajun Red is a new three-step paint process. The paint stores aren't even completely up to speed on it. He said it took him two days to get the right paint, shoot test panels to find the right blend and then get it back together. He only charged $300, but said if it comes back again, the next time will be a lot more.

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The Cajun Red caught the wife's eye and the $500 extra was no big deal in the greater scheme of things. We've enjoyed looking at it for a year-and-a-half now.

Recently, backing out of a parking place, she barely scraped the bumper of a big rig with the left rear corner of the Bolt bumper cover. I'd probably have lived with the small chip of paint gone, but she wanted it fixed.

I have a good friend who owns a small body and paint facility. We're not such good friends right now, as it turns out the Cajun Red is a new three-step paint process. The paint stores aren't even completely up to speed on it. He said it took him two days to get the right paint, shoot test panels to find the right blend and then get it back together. He only charged $300, but said if it comes back again, the next time will be a lot more.

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Count your blessings:


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4 days ago my Orange Bolt was rear ended. The Chrylser started at the left rear corner, scraped along the entire drivers side, and finished by tearing off the left front wheel. It'll be interesting to see what this is going to cost. I'm half expecting it to be totaled.
 

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My bro in-law owns a bodyshop... he looked up the Cajun Red 3-step paint cost for me...

IIRC his cost was $75/pint and you need three different cans- tint/pearl/clear coat.
So to paint the 2" scratch/gash I got in the hood from flying debris on the LIE last summer will be $225 just for the 3-step paint (no charge for the body work).
 

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Count your blessings:


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4 days ago my Orange Bolt was rear ended. The Chrylser started at the left rear corner, scraped along the entire drivers side, and finished by tearing off the left front wheel. It'll be interesting to see what this is going to cost. I'm half expecting it to be totaled.

Ouch! My expectation would be more than half.

It seems that insurers are methodically lowering what they consider to be a "total loss". I see it as a way for them to reduce their liability after a collision. Of course, the policy holder gets royally screwed in the process. Even if it's not a total loss, don't just blindly accept what the other insurer presents: It's simply their opening offer in a negotiation. You need to be made whole again, through your and the party-at-fault's insurers. You might need to take more than one of the involved entities to court to make it happen.

Notice that I didn't call what happened to your Bolt an "accident"... they rarely are.
 

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Ouch! My expectation would be more than half.

It seems that insurers are methodically lowering what they consider to be a "total loss". I see it as a way for them to reduce their liability after a collision. Of course, the policy holder gets royally screwed in the process. Even if it's not a total loss, don't just blindly accept what the other insurer presents: It's simply their opening offer in a negotiation. You need to be made whole again, through your and the party-at-fault's insurers. You might need to take more than one of the involved entities to court to make it happen.

Notice that I didn't call what happened to your Bolt an "accident"... they rarely are.

I wan't trying to say anything about fault, although I don't think it's mine. I had moved into the fast lane on the freeway, and the other car blew by half in my lane and half in the breakdown lane. If he was 5 inches to the left, I probably would just have lost a mirror. Yeah, it's a bummer. It's been a while since I've had to deal with insurance on a car accident, but my insurance company was OK 15 years ago :)
 

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It seems that insurers are methodically lowering what they consider to be a "total loss".
Not only insurers, but manufacturers. The local large wrecking yard gets trailerloads of brand new cars right off the final inspection. If certain systems don't pass final inspection, usually to do with the wiring harness, the new car is scrapped. They're so efficient at building the next one, it's more cost-effective than tearing apart the new car to find and fix the problem.

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The Cajun Red caught the wife's eye and the $500 extra was no big deal in the greater scheme of things. We've enjoyed looking at it for a year-and-a-half now.

Recently, backing out of a parking place, she barely scraped the bumper of a big rig with the left rear corner of the Bolt bumper cover. I'd probably have lived with the small chip of paint gone, but she wanted it fixed.

I have a good friend who owns a small body and paint facility. We're not such good friends right now, as it turns out the Cajun Red is a new three-step paint process. The paint stores aren't even completely up to speed on it. He said it took him two days to get the right paint, shoot test panels to find the right blend and then get it back together. He only charged $300, but said if it comes back again, the next time will be a lot more.

jack vines
I better send a Xmas gift to my body shop this year :laugh:. I went with the Kinetic Blue and enjoy the look too. My LEAF was an accident magnet but they were all fairly minor. So I certainly wanted to stand out more than my silver LEAF did. I want people to look and hopefully some will even recognize that was an EV that just left them in the dust.
 

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Yeah, three stage is expensive, and extremely difficult to blend.

When I had a 78 Corvette, I had a then friend paint it (It was a $2000 Vette I restored myself) Mazda storm pearl blue, 3 stages, extremely expensive paint. If I remember $1200 for materials and like $1000 for labor. 2 months later I get into my first and hopefully last fender bender at 10MPH (I was car 4 in a 4 car pile up) He had to blend 2/3 of the car to get it right.
He did it resentfully for a supposed $750 (I had leftover paint) come back to pick it up and told me it would be $1200, it also looked like **** and got pissed off when I asked about it, saying he did a $7500 paintjob (maybe the first time, but the touch up looked like a macco special)

Paid the buttmunch and never saw him again- sold the car and only lost $1000 in total.

Have Kinetic blue now, love the color, but metallic is hard to cover up as the speckles can vary wildly and improper application is instantly visible.

I hate paint, I would much rather build, fix and design.
 
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