IMO, it depends greatly on:
- What you are trying to accomplish? -
Are you looking for cheap and short term 'till sale or long term and high quality?
- The management of the particular franchise near you -
Have them show you a couple jobs they've done and ask what those jobs cost to do
(if done well)
- Are you willing to pay more than the base price advertised for a better quality result? -
I once painted a car I was selling at one of the franchise painters, but upgraded their
$200 special to include more prep work, masking, better paint, and more labor in the
final polish. Final cost about $500 (in the early '90s).
Still wasn't a premium job and I wouldn't have wanted it on my pride and joy car, but see 1st question above.
Mike: 1997 SE w/ 183K, aka White Horse
, Gutted Airbox w/K&N, drilled 180* t-stat, tint all around, clear corners w/SilverStars, "PONTIAC" light up tail, PEMs, NGK TR55s