Does this damage quote look accurate?

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The short story:

Hired a car 3 months ago, didn't get £0 excess, backed it into a post, was honest about it on check-in.

Got a bill yesterday for £1015 and a breakdown of the costs. Of course I understand that these kind of parts car be expensive but if anyone has had similar work done for a lot cheaper let me know! Edit: quote to me is slightly different because apparently they don't charge me VAT but do charge an admin fee.

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Associate
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They have charged you twice for paint tbh.

Oh ignore that actually. They have just included it twice but counted it once.

Looks not out of the ordinary for an insurance bodyshop.

Probably would cost £300 privately.
 
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Looks about right considering they are replacing the bumper/trim.

Had it been an independent bodyshop likely the bumper would have been filled and then just repainted and new trim fitted.
 
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Yep, as above, the majority of the cost is new OE parts, which they don't seem to be lying about the cost of.

Suck it up.
 
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Cost me about £300 just to repair a rear bumper privately on my previous car. A new bumper can be £600+
 
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Ouch, nasty! Should have handed it back then argued it was damaged after you returned it! :D

My old man damaged a hire car, he scraped the side of it, bought a can of spray paint and painted the scrapes, of course it looked terrible up close but he got away with it, somehow! I just hope no one innocent gets stung by his sneaky cover up!
 
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Indeed, it's an expensive lesson to learn.

I often opt for the £0 excess extra but decided not to this time as it was a longer rent period. Hindsight can be a wicked thing (£125 extra spent to prevent a £1k bill).

Thanks again for advice.
 
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Why? Botched up paintwork is the last think I'd be worried about with ex rental cars lol. At least the paintwork can be looked at by a layman and they can decide whether they like it themselves.

Why? :rolleyes:

For the same reason that if someone scraped down the side of your car, painted over it with dulux, then walked off without telling you.

Just because the car is owned by " a big faceless corporation" doesn't give you the right to treat it like dirt and then try to (pathetically) cover up the evidence.
 
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