How Much Do Car Rust Repairs Cost?

Rust, which is a form of corrosion in which oxygen combines with metal, ultimately causing it to turn into a reddish brown color, will eventually eat away at your car if you ignore it.

While the deterioration process takes time, it can happen regardless of where you live.

Holiday Road by out of ideas, on Flickr
Holiday Road” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by  out of ideas

How much does it cost to fix rust on a car?

Size of JobAverage Price
Minor rust damage, often as small as one to three inches in diameter.$60 to $150 per 1-3 inches
Intermediate repairs, often several layers deep, can be up to 12 inches in diameter.$150 to $350, depending on the number of rust spots and the size. Use this estimate as an indicator "per" area.
Major repairs, often larger than 12 inches in diameter, can be extremely deep and even through the metal, leaving hollow spots. Extensive damage may require more than just removal such as welding and/or replacing part sections.$200 to $2,000+, greatly depending on the amount of labor required and size of the job.

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Average Reported Cost: $3800

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  1. Bill (Iron Mountain,  Michigan) paid $3800 and said:

    $3800 for the whole truck to be disassembled, new rockers and cab corners put on and painted and put all back together. The whole body of the truck comes apart which is very labor intensive. Then they cut out the old rusty rockers and cab corners and welded them all back in which also takes lots of time to do. Then I’m sure they were trial fitting parts to make sure there were no problems. Then everything was cavity waxed. I am very happy with the quality of the job for the amount of money as every body shop around here(Upper Michigan)costs that. I got 100,000 out of my old rockers looking for about 125,000 for these ones with the cavity wax now being sprayed in there to help preserve it.

    Was it worth it? Yes

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