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      06-14-2021, 06:50 PM   #1
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Repainted car, how much depreciation?

How much depreciation would you guys say an m3 would incur if it's been repainted ?

Lets say it's a good paint job, original color was white, and it was repainted to black.

I'm thinking of buying an e92 that was repainted but otherwise mechanically sound.

Thoughts?
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In my opinion, there is "repainted" and then there is "repainted another color." That usually means the paint doesn't match in all the little areas nobody will ever notice... except me. I will obsess over that, and would not buy the car as a result.

Darn OCD.

Unless I'm buying it as a cheap beater. But these cars are not in that category.
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In my opinion, there is "repainted" and then there is "repainted another color." That usually means the paint doesn't match in all the little areas nobody will ever notice... except me. I will obsess over that, and would not buy the car as a result.

Darn OCD.

Unless I'm buying it as a cheap beater. But these cars are not in that category.
I agree. Unless it was a body off restoration and repaint it will never look right. Especially black which is a difficult color to look correct. It shows everything. I would never buy a black car.
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In my opinion, there is "repainted" and then there is "repainted another color." That usually means the paint doesn't match in all the little areas nobody will ever notice... except me. I will obsess over that, and would not buy the car as a result.

Darn OCD.

Unless I'm buying it as a cheap beater. But these cars are not in that category.
I agree. Unless it was a body off restoration and repaint it will never look right. Especially black which is a difficult color to look correct. It shows everything. I would never buy a black car.
Let's say it's a great deal.

How much $ off the price would you factor in for the repainted car?

$4k?
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      06-14-2021, 08:42 PM   #5
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If it's a good repaint and not on any record checking service, then I wouldn't be bothered at all by it. Even so, these cars are getting to the age where repaints are going to happen, so I don't know that it's even a big negotiating point anymore. I'd rather take a mechanically sound car that with a good repaint over a pristine OE paint job with an engine/drivetrain that hasn't been taken care of.
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To me there are two acceptable color options for a repaint. The original, and something fun. Black is neither.
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This day and age there would have to be some pretty bad reasons to repaint a car when wraps are as good as they are and would cost far less than a proper paint job. I would guess substantial body work was done and covered up, or they did not pay for a proper paint job (which would require a full trim-off prep, and all door jams, trunk, engine bay, etc be painted).

I would bet Maaco was involved, so unless documentation to the contrary was provided and validated I would pass.

"If the deal seems too good to be true, that's because it is"
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I sold my e92 a few years ago that had been repainted by the original owner, from Jerez Black to a fun e46 color (it was an excellent paint job, definitely not Maaco). Sold it for just under book value.
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