Hi all, I’m a fan of/listen to Car Talk and wanted to come here to ask the community’s input on a car repair question.
Recently, the front bumper section (a few inches below the passenger-side headlight) of my 2014 Honda Civic (4-Door) was scratched lightly, after a small run-in with a pole in a parking garage where I work. There’s no structural damage, but there are two thin, horizontal sections (about 2-3 inches in length apiece) where the paint was rubbed completely off, meaning I’ll have to have them repainted.
I received an estimate from a local body shop (which does good work) of about $350, while the estimate from the body shop at the Honda dealership (where I bought the car) came in at around $575. Normally, my instinct would be to go with the local body shop, but in this case I’m a little hesitant. The color of the car is a deep, but bright, metallic blue. So I’m worried about matching the paint job as much as possible to the rest of the car, since the entire front bumper will have to be taken off and re-painted. And I wonder whether, in the end, the price estimates are close enough to where it might make going with the dealer a viable option, considering it would be certified Honda technicians working on the car.
So I guess, in the end, I’m wondering whether my concern about the paint job matching is even a valid concern to have, or whether I should just go with the local, independent shop for the work.
Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.