So as some of you might know, I bought a full VS-1 replica kit from GroupBuy4Celica. So I take it in to the body shop 3 weeks ago and get an estimate, and they said the job would be no more than $500 for paint and installation.
A week later they start on it, and they delayed the finish date 3 times. They kept telling me they had trouble fitting the kit. One day it's the front, the next, they can't get the rear to fit. They also find waves in the fiberglass that need to be sanded out.
Anyway, Friday is the day I could pick up my car. I call and ask when I can come get it, they tell me around 5. I ask what my total will be and they say $930.00. NINE HUNDRED DOLLARS.
My first reaction was shock, the second was sadness knowing that that takes all the money I have saved at the moment..ALL of it..Plus $20.
I call back to ask what the deal was, why the price got jacked up. They give me this bullshit about the paint on my fenders and Hood
being cracked, and so they fixed it so it wouldn't rust. Did I ask them to do that? They also said they had to work 6 hours just on FITMENT. Don't GroupBuys kits come PRE-fitted?
So I'm really freaked out, because I spent over $700 on this kit, and I'm for sure it's gonna look like crap, because I'm relying on some shithole small town Oklahoma body shop..but I have nowhere else to go. So I go to the place, and the people are taking pics of my car, you know, so I don't come back trying to BS them or something. I look around, and on the driver's side, where the skirt meets the door, towards the back, there's a gap between the skirt and the car. I can stick my fingers in it.
All these guys come up to me and say "Yup, that's the best we could do."
I say, "So why are you charging me 900 fucking dollars?"
Then they start givin me all this crap I didn't wanna hear, I could tell they didn't give a shit..and there's nothing I could do about it..except write a check for all the money I have saved..and drive off.
I feel so taken advantage of. I have the reciept..and everyone who looks at it says I got ripped off..I know I did. I feel so dumb..I wish I could do something..but there's nothing I can really do..I don't wanna get in a big deal situation about it or anything..so I dunno. I mean it looks good..except for the little gap, and certain other minor details.
It's times like this I wish my dad was still around, cause he was a real big guy..and he could take care of it for me..I'd just say "Dad, what do I do? Can you help me with this?" But instead, here I am, a 17 year old female standing there in front of 5 big guys..being pissed off, knowing they're taking my money..Do you know tax for that thing was like 200 bucks? That's crazy.
But anyway..I'll have pics of it soon..it looks really nice and all..but yea..thats a lot of money. My rims savings. Now I have to start all over again. Dammit.