Side Gig Downtime - Body Shop

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  1. dbat23

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    After 60,000 miles delivering groceries over last 2 years (35k on my 2016 Prius 4), I've got some downtime as the Coronavirus concern hits too close to home. Just getting too eerie spending much time in grocery stores.

    Over just the past 12 months, my 2016 has accumulated 7-8 parking lot dings and small dents, and most recently a rear quarter panel sideswipe, as I and another driver backed up at exactly the same time. So I dropped my black beauty off yesterday for the dings/dents, sideswipe, as well as a hood repaint due to numerous rock-to-hood impacts. Sometimes you just gotta kick back and reboot. Hope she turns out like new!
     

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    How much for all that work?
     
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    Cash money $1,300. Whole car would have been $3k, really hard to justify. Is actually both rear quarter panels, multiple PDRs, and the front hood.
     
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    we just had groceries delivered today, does that pay well? i left the guy 20 bucks
     
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    Hey Dbat, for some of that stuff, I understand why you would need actual body work and paint.
    But last year, I had 5 small dings fixed with that paintless dent repair and that guy did a fantastic job ! I mean 100% ! Other than a couple of the dings had small chips in the paint, where the paint touch-up is barely visible. But those 5 dings were $350

    SOOO worth it, to have my 12 yo truck without a single visible ding FB_IMG_1581745354244.jpg
     
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    Yup, thanks Chris. Body shop is using the PDR guy for 3 on driver’s side rear door, one on drivers front quarter panel. Two rear wheel well dents (r&l sides) are right on the seam, can’t be done via paintless. Hood repaint my call totally.

    People in grocery lots aren’t concerned when they open doors. I was sitting in my Prius earlier in the week when pickup pulled up, opened door and banged my mirror (no damage tho). Unbelievable.
     
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    Well, very happy with my paint and dent repair.

    Sometimes you are humbled by other people's challenges. A few days before my repair, my local body shop's painter and his wife's home was destroyed by a gas leak. This is just a few blocks from home. They survived but have a long recovery road ahead of them. I don't know if this is allowed or not, but this link will get to the Facebook page of the body shop and the story of one of their own. If not, search on Millhouse autobody on Facebook.

    Millhouse Auto Body, INC - Kenosha | Facebook
     
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    Pay is not bad for a retiree. Probably similar to Uber, but you need pick the groceries, and deliver. And hope you don't get too many of the multiple cases of water on 3rd floor with no elevator. But your $20 tip was I am sure greatly appreciated. Especially now as the shoppers-delivery people are getting worn out and exposed quite a bit. I am backing down for a while as it is hard to avoid people in the store. Doing only prescription deliveries from the drive through for the next few weeks.
     
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    sounds like a good idea, stay well!(y)
     
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    I see the new avatar:).

    Been putting one of those in the air in your free time:whistle:?

    Not that your daily routine has changed much I bet(y).
     
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    i found it at the dump swap shop. amazing how someone used it for however long, and it still works perfectly.

    it is so old, i can't find instructions on line. still flies fine, about 3-4 minute run time, tough little bugger. i may have a new hobby.

    i see them for 30 bucks that do just about everything.
     
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    My brother in law got my 9 year old one last year. It didn't last long:cool:.

    It was from Sharper image though, so not a large investment:).

    But you can tell he doesn't grasp the age appropriate toy concept:rolleyes:.
     
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