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2001 Mercury Sable -- Rust Repair -- widely differing quotes

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Hello,

I have a 2001 Mercury Sable LS sedan with badly rusted rocker panels.  There is also some rust on the floor pans and quarter panels.  I'm thinking of trying to repair it -- I realize the cost may be more than the value of the car, but I like the other features and may want to customize it, so I'm still considering the idea.

I got two very different quotes from body shops for what is, as far as I can tell, the same job: repair/refabricate the rocker panels, repair the rust on the floor pan, recoat the new areas with Woolwax, and repair and re-paint the quarter panels.  One shop quoted $1600 while another quoted $6300 for this work.

My mechanic says the guy who quoted $1600 can't possibly do a good job for that price.  But I'm not clear on what the differences could be between the cheap and expensive shops.  Is there something more I need to specify in asking for quotes to make sure I get a good job?

Another factor is that the cheaper shop is local, and inspected the car in the shop, while the more expensive one is 3 hours away and quoted the prices based on texted pics.

Any insights would be much appreciated.

Thanks,

Rizal

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Rust repair is a hard thing. The cheaper shop may be cutting out the bad rockers, and putting new ones in, and they may or may not have problems. 

I did this to my Thunderbird WITH paint repair of the whole body, it cost me around $5500. Best thing is to ask to see any completed vehicles they have, or see if there are reviews posted online for them. 

Some body shops may have it down to a science that they are cheap. Others may not, so not sure what the pricing difference would be. 

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Thanks for your reply, TaurusKev.  I've decided to go with the cheaper local shop.  Fingers crossed and I'll let you know how it goes.

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