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  1. Last Wednesday I scratched a 1974 Cadillac DeVille in a parking lot. The left rear taillight and an area near the left rear tire were damaged. I didn't notice anything else but I was in a hurry and might have missed something (The towel was already in the window). I immediately took photos, found the owner and offered to pay for the damages. This Wednesday he handed me a bill for over $5,000, including a full all-over repaint and $3,840 in labor (That's 48 hours of labor). I'd like to get a second opinion on his car from another body shop. I thought of questioning him today but decided to post this question here first just to be sure. What do you think of that much money for this? Pictures and the invoice are attached. Thank you. Deville1.PDF DeVille2.PDF
  2. Battery Wires Loose

    I figured it out and can't delete it.
  3. I own a 1992 Jeep Wrangler that I'm currently trying to fix up. A major problem is that my the gauges and lights on my dashboard don't work correctly. My MPH and RPM gauges work fine, but my gas gauge and the three gauges next to it don't. they just sit at about a 1/4 full. Also the lights on my dashboard don't turn on when my headlights are on. So like when I'm driving at night with my headlights on my dashboard is pitch black. The lights have come on randomly before, but then don't work again the next time i drive with my headlights. Can anyone tell me how to fix these problems to help me on the path to getting my car like new again? Thank you!
  4. Alright, so I bought a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am for a really good price considering the damage it has, and I'm working on fixing it. I've read about drilling holes and using Bondo, using a hot glue gun, and some other methods, but I'm not sure what would work best for this situation. It's the rear passenger door and it's almost completely smashed in (see images). I've looked at just buying a new door completely, but I couldn't find any places online that have a complete door for sale. I also have the side-molding that goes on the door. So, what's best for this situation, Bondo? Hot Glue? Drilling a hole and pulling it out? Or buying a new door (last resort). I'm willing to put money into the car as I only payed $200 for it and everything is running smoothly and the interior and all of the exterior (with exception to the door) is perfect. Thanks to any suggestions that you may have!
  5. Rear View Mirror

    I just bought a new 2000 Ford Focus ZX3 and it had some super lame monster stickers on the rear view mirror. So I took it off (just the mirror part), and scraped off the stickers. Simple enough, right? It was going well until I tried to put the mirror back onto it's ball joint. Let's just say I haven't got the mirror back on yet. This seems super easy to do but I just cannot do it. Anyone have any tips, tricks, or other methods for snapping the mirror back onto the ball joint? Thanks in advance.
  6. Hey guys, I am not a regular here or anything but would really appreciate some information. Car: 1998 Chevy Malibu My stereo was literally ripped out of my console and stolen ( broken window and all,anyway.. ), and the brackets where the potential new stereo would screw into it have been compromised and completely broken. My question: How do I replace these? Is the replacement pretty much the entire console? or I there an affordable fix? I have no idea what t even look up on google to find the parts Pictures Below! Looking forward to some helpful replies ,Thanks! - Andrew
  7. Hey all, in an effort to educate myself and become more self reliant (saving money doesnt hurt) Ive decided to take an active interest in learning more about cars. I drive a 98 pontiac Grand Prix. I just bought it for an in town commute car. So, it seems like a great starting point! I already plan on picking up the appropriate Haynes manual. Also, it helps that I already own a collection of tools (Im handy, just never put that skill into an automobile) So some Q's -I bought this car like two hours ago. What are some things you do immediately after buying a used, high mileage car? Things to check, fluids to flush etc.... -The car runs a but rough (Doesn't effect performance really). From my little knowledge, I think it could be related to a spark plug not firing off. Would you suggest testing them or just replacing the lot as part of a new ownership tune-up? -How hard is it to change brake pads? Thats all for now, but really excited to learn more and work on this thing. Im a big DIY guy, thanks for any help in advance!
  8. Do you guys think these scratches will go away if I use the meguiars ultimate compound?? I have the worst car ocd even when you can't see it and it's under the front bumper. Here's some pictures http://tinypic.com/r/9av1mt/5 http://tinypic.com/r/j7qoo0/5
  9. Hi all, I am new to this forum and to cars in general. I plan to buy a slightly older car (something between 1980 and 2000) to initially use to learn about repairing cars. The long term goal is to try to restore/improve if possible. So I need something that has the flexibility to potentially go crazy with. For example I really like the 1980s model of the BMW 5-series, but i don't know if this is the right car to use for such a project. Hopefully this will spark some discussion and provide me with a good starting point. Regards, JK7070
  10. Versimold and ER Tape

    There is a product out on the market that is perfect for car hobbyists/enthusiasts called Versimold. It is a ready to use silicone that can be molded into gaskets, bumpers, o-rings etc. perfect for antique cars where availability of these parts are scarce. It molds then cures by applying a heat gun, turns into a durable rubber part. We also are the manufacturers of ER tape, a silicone rubber self-fusing tape that is superior to other brands in the market. Both were just featured on Stacey David's Gearz show. Visit us on our website and take a look - www.Rowe-Performance.com Feel free to email with any questions on the Rowe-Performance website.
  11. After attempted theft this part has been broken off the steering column it is a vauxhall corsa, can some one tell me what this part is? Thanks.
  12. I have a 1998 Chevy Astro and I recently notice the back door (suv style) wouldnt open so I replaced the lighter fuse in the fuse box below the steering wheel and the door then open perfectly accecpt the shock doesnt hold it up anymore and then the fuse burn right back out after i closed it? Any help on the door lock/fuse problem or help on why the door wont hold up (shock problem? Please and thanks.
  13. Hi everyone, I have just brought a second hand Mitsubishi Colt Black Hawk 1.1 3door, however the stripes are fading on the roof and beginning to crack a little on the bonnet and want to know if it they can be repaired? I have been told that it is quite common for the stripes to do this as it's a third party process, it was also mentioned that the stripes can be heated and peeled off, but I would prefer to keep the stripes and either get them repaired or replaced if this is possible?? I would appreciate any advice!! Thank you!!!
  14. my new car I got is a 2000 celica Gt-s 6 spd 1.8L. 4 cylinder engine 2zzge and it starts but then after about 5 or 10 mins it sputtered then shuts off. Can't start it again for another 20/30 mins. Check engine light ain't on and i replaced the ecm......? The idle also goes up and down sometimes when it does run as if some is revving the car but no one is. Please help me. O.o I'm not getting rid of it. I'm determined to fix it and continue to keep my dream car. I just want to know how to fix my dream car so i can drive it without trouble.