My front car bumper was replaced and painted 5 years ago. The paint peeled soon after.Who’s liable for the repainting ?

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Insurance Question from Scranton, PA

Asked on 01/30/2012

My front car bumper was replaced and painted 5 years ago. The paint peeled soon after.Who’s liable for the repainting ? THE AUTO BODY SHOP OWNER HAS ALREADY STATED THAT THE PRIMER WAS NOT GOOD FOR THE PAINT JOB..OTHER CARS CAME BACK !!!!!!

Answer given on February 01, 2012

If your car was repaired five years ago and you are just now deciding that the bumper should be repainted, you may not have any recourse. If the auto shop admits the primer was defective, then you may be able to go after their insurance to make good on the paint job, but again, the work was five years ago. You should have contacted him when the paint first started peeling. If your insurance company recommended the repair facility, you can talk to them to see if they guarantee wor done at the recommended shop. Some insurance companies do this and will make good on the paint. However, the time that has lapsed and the fact that the paint was peeling for a long time may end up as working against you.If either insurance company agrees to make repairs, it is most likely they will depreciate the paint job due the the length of time since the work was done.

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