How Much Do Keyed Car Repairs Cost?
Having a car keyed is an act of vandalism that will leave permanent marks if it is not fixed. Leaving a key mark on a car for too long without getting it fixed can develop rust, making the situation even worse. While car insurance policies can cover an event such as this, the price of fixing key marks on a car are going to depend upon the size of the mark, the amount of damage that was done and the contractor fixing the car.
How much is it?
- Mechanics are going to charge depending upon the depth and length of the scratch. On average, a typical key repair can cost anywhere from $100 to as much as $2,000 per car part.
- For example, if there was a six inch scratch alongside the driver’s side door, a mechanic may charge $800 to $2,000 to completely sand, rebuff and paint the exterior of the door. If another part such as the passenger side door is damaged as well, the price will more than likely double.
- To have a cheaper job done, mechanics can just fill the keyed part and rebuff that area alone. The downfall to this process is that the area that was keyed will stick out more compared to the other paint on the car. A simple job such as this one can cost $100 to $400.
- Car scratch removers can be purchased for $8 to $40 depending on the type. For example, the highly rated Quixx Paint Scratch Remover retails for $11 to $19.
- Check with your auto insurance policy to see if your policy covers something such as this. There is a good chance that you will only be responsible for the deductible.
What are the extra costs?
- A mechanic will give more than one option. He can simply fill in the key scratch itself, or he can completely redo the panel/car part. Completely fixing the car can cost 4 to 7 times more.
What is going to be included?
- A body shop will be able to buff out the scratch using an industrial sander. After the scratch has been sanded, a paint match will be applied. Most body shops will want to re-do the entire part of a car if necessary.
- During most procedure, a shoe polish will be applied to the scratch. After this polish has been applied, a block sander will be used to get rid of the shoe polish. After the block sander has been used, a wheel polish will be applied to bring the shine back.
How can I save money?
- It is best to consult with at least three body shops to get quotes. Most legitimate body shops will be more than happy to give a quote for free.
- For smaller key scratches, it may be ideal to try a scratch remover kit at home. These kits will cost no more than $20. Many have great reviews and can prevent the car from getting rust in the future.
- Key scratches can be easy to fix if you follow guides online. For example, this PopularMechanics.com guide shows a step-by-step guide on how to get rid of the scratches for good.