Top Ten Signs Your Project May End up in Paint Shop Prison

Are you about to take your project to a body shop? Maybe you project is already at the body shop and hopefully your not reading this because you feel that your car may be heading for paint shop prison.

Maybe you’ve been through one of the one of the thousands of horror stories out there about a good body shop gone bad; I’ve been through the latter, twice (Read Paint Shop Prison) so I present to you the Top Ten Signs Your Project May End up in Paint Shop Prison.

If you have something to add to this list please feel free to post your comments.

Your Project May End up in Paint Shop Prison If

  1. The body shop is asking you for money to continue work you think you have already paid for.
  2. You reach the half way point on the bid and your project is nowhere near ready for paint.
  3. The work being performed is continually started in new area and the previous started areas are left unfinished.
  4. The shop performs a procedure you explicitly said not to do.
  5. The shop tells you that your desire and concerns for a quality job may interfere with the work being performed. “This really means that the shop may get an attitude if you voice your opinion.”
  6. The body shop tells you they are disappointed with the amount of your progress payment, when it should be clear to them that the amount of your payment is an indication of your disappointment with the overall progress.
  7. You visit the shop after a three week duration and you don’t notice and considerable progress.
  8. You request to pull the job and the shop tells you not till you pay the ransom.
  9. The shop tells you, you will be arrested if you show up on the premises again.
  10. You know your project is in paint shop prison if you find the parts you purchased and provided for sale on Craigslist.org

2 thoughts on “Top Ten Signs Your Project May End up in Paint Shop Prison

  1. 11 – You notice that week after week, other cars come and go…. yet the guide coat on your car is composed of dust and other overspray, and the shop says they’ve been working hard and need more money.

    12 – When you ask the person in charge about progress on your car, he mentions labor problems, other cars needed more urgently, needing more money paid, and promises that if you come back in a week you’ll really see some results…. but could you advance a little bit more.

    13 – Every time you show up, whether unexpected or not, your car is behind the one they’re currently working on, but “it’s next!”.

    14 – When you ask for specifics on what they’ve done since the last time you stopped by, either the one guy stares off into space or they look at each other with a “you go first” look…. but you still don’t get a credible answer.

    E Scanlon — February 22, 2009 3:58 PM

    STEER WAY CLEAR OF THE TWO IN RIVERSIDE,THEY JUST SCORED THE FIRST EIGHT OF THE REASONS FOR PAINT SHOP PRISON.THEY WOULD OF TRYED NINE AND TEN, WE PULLED THE PROJECT BEFORE THEY COULD. THEY GO UNDER INLAND EMPIRE BODYWORK FOR NOW. THEY ARE OFF MAGNOLIA AND PIERCE. GREY QUANSET HUT. RUN BABY RUN
    JC RACING — July 26, 2009 4:29 PM

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