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    We were away at halloween at a caravan park and my 6 year old came off his bike and hit someone's car. He put about a 10inch long horizontal scratch on the passenger side rear door of a seat leon (2005). The owner came to me so I gave him my phone number.

    He's now looking for £450 to get both doors and quarter panel sprayed.

    Does anyone know what my position is or what I should do?
    I was prepared to pay something but this seems an awful lot.

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    Ask for 3 written quotes

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    Quote Originally Posted by arnie_barney View Post
    We were away at halloween at a caravan park and my 6 year old came off his bike and hit someone's car. He put about a 10inch long horizontal scratch on the passenger side rear door of a seat leon (2005). The owner came to me so I gave him my phone number.

    He's now looking for £450 to get both doors and quarter panel sprayed.

    Does anyone know what my position is or what I should do?
    I was prepared to pay something but this seems an awful lot.


    Why does he want both doors done? I'd only pay for the area affected

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    I guess it depends on what they need to spray to get it all to match. If the car's paint is faded etc it could easily have needed pretty much a full respray to get the repair to not show.

    I'd definitely ask for a couple of quotes, but I guess it's partly a case of imagining it was your car got damaged by someone else - wouldn't you want to make sure it was a good repair?

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    Quote Originally Posted by arnie_barney View Post
    We were away at halloween at a caravan park and my 6 year old came off his bike and hit someone's car. He put about a 10inch long horizontal scratch on the passenger side rear door of a seat leon (2005). The owner came to me so I gave him my phone number.

    He's now looking for £450 to get both doors and quarter panel sprayed.

    Does anyone know what my position is or what I should do?
    I was prepared to pay something but this seems an awful lot.


    Why does he want both doors done? I'd only pay for the area affected

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    I guess it depends on what they need to spray to get it all to match. If the car's paint is faded etc it could easily have needed pretty much a full respray to get the repair to not show.

    I'd definitely ask for a couple of quotes, but I guess it's partly a case of imagining it was your car got damaged by someone else - wouldn't you want to make sure it was a good repair?

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    Well I will stick my neck out and tell you what I would do.

    I would say without a doubt he is trying it on - I've no doubt that he'll pocket the cash and get the cheapest repair that he can get. It's 6 years old after all. Why the 2 doors and quarter? Why not the wing and bonnet too and maybe the boot and roof to get it all matched in.

    So tell him to get a quote from 3 places to fix only the scratch - Chipsaway would do it but I'm sure any small paint shop would too. And tell him you will then consider making a contribution - I think you'll find that you have no liability for an accident caused by such a young child so this is down to your goodwill.

    Life is hard sometimes and **** happens (sorry moderator) but this kind of attempted rip-off angers me.
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    what about one of those chips away type services where they come out to the car

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    Having seen some of the work people like Chipsaway do, I can't see why he needs the other door and quarter panel doing. Does ound quite ateep, I'd definitely ask for 3 quotes - and get advice on liability, though having taken liability and given him your phone number doubt you could walk away now.

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    It all depends how deep the scratch is and what colour the car is.
    Any panels that are being sprayed need to be flicked into the next panel to blend the paint in.
    So if it's the rear door that's scratched , then it stands to reason that both joining panels (front door / rear qtr ) will need flicking in .
    £450 is excessive , and probably a pre-agreed price from a bodyshop , allowing the guy to keep a butty for himself.
    I would say around £250 - £300 at the absolute maximum.
    To put things into perspective , I just had a rear qtr , boot and front bumper painted for £170 cash.
    I do know the guy though.
    good luck.

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