The Average Cost for Repairing a Car Paint Scratch

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Armaan Almeida is the Editor-in-Chief of the New Car Pricing Insider blog and publishes daily incentives on new cars in addition to newsworthy articles pertaining to the auto industry.

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, Automotive Editor - March 18, 2013

A car paint scratch can ruin an otherwise beautiful finish on a vehicle. Even if a scratch is not very large, simply knowing that it's there can cause stress for many car owners. Not only are paint scratches unsightly, they can lead to other damage to your car's metal surface such as rust or even corrosion. So, it's always best to remove scratches as soon as possible.

However, just like anything else, you never want to pay too much. So, this article will discuss the best scratch removal processes and how much you can expect to pay.

Having It Done by a Professional

If your vehicle has large scratches (such as those done by key damage or the car having brushed against a sharp or hard object), then it may be better to let a professional repair the scratches or touch up the paint. There are many professional paint shops that can do the work for you, and you can even take the vehicle to the dealer to have the scratch repair done.

Whether you have it done in the paint shop or at the dealership, the paint for retouching the scratch areas will probably be need to be ordered through the dealer. The dealer can use the VIN number of your vehicle to order touch up paint that matches the original color of your vehicle exactly.

While the severity of this scratch damage will determine how much the car scratch removal price will be, the cost of the paint needed for the job can be expensive. For example, a mere 2 ounces of touch up paint can often run between $50 - $300 depending on the make and model of the vehicle the type and the type of paint that is needed.

In addition to the paint being expensive, a professional collision repair and paint shop may charge as much as $500 or more to repair major scratch damage, and will usually not charge any less than $150-$200 for small jobs. Your local new car dealership may charge even more.

Do It Yourself and Save

For minor scratch damage, you may want to consider doing the work yourself. Repairing paint damage caused by minor scratches is usually relatively easy and can be done for a very small amount of money. In fact, you'll probably be able to buy a touch up paint pen for around $15-$30. All you would need then is a couple of sheets of sandpaper, a bucket with some soap and water, a few dry towels and some car wax.

There are many handy guides on the Internet that provide instruction on how to repair minor scratch damage on your vehicle. However, the job usually only involves some light sanding of the scratched area, applying the touch up paint, allowing it to dry and then waxing your vehicle. The whole process can usually be completed in an hour or two save for the waxing of the vehicle. You should allow the touch up paint to dry for one or two days before waxing the repaired area. The total cost of this type of repair - around $20 - $40 and a couple of hours of your time.

, Automotive Editor

Armaan Almeida is the Editor-in-Chief of the New Car Pricing Insider blog and publishes daily incentives on new cars in addition to newsworthy articles pertaining to the auto industry.

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