7 low-cost ways to spruce up your used car

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Repainting your used car not only can make it look like a different vehicle, it can eliminate those nicks and scratches that result from crowded parking lots. Memmolo says that although a good paint job can cost as much as $20,000, those designed to last two or three years are far less expensive.

National chains, such as Maaco and Fact-O-Bake advertise paint jobs for $300, $400 and $500. Prices usually reflect the quality of paint and the amount of prep or body work requested. These shops constantly run specials. "If you watch for those specials, you can buy a good paint job that freshens up the car for $500 or less," Memmolo says.




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