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should i get a paint job?

hi i just got my first car its a 2005 Mercedes Benz c320

here is it currently.
http://i.imgur.com/zc0NU.jpg

and i'm thinking about adding black rims and painting it black i think it will cost around 1-2k?

to look like this worth the money or leave it

http://i.imgur.com/OmRPN.jpg
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For your car to look like that plan on spending more like $4k -$5k, and that depends on the paint quality, painters experience and skill, etc; too many factors, but a bad paint job will be much worse, and more expensive overall, then just doing it right the first time.

With that out of the way, I say leave it; looks really nice as is. If you really want the murdered out look maybe start looking for a Sport, AMG or black car. JMHO.
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I prefer black to that shade of silver too but I wouldn't touch it. If the paint is still in good shape leave it alone. MB has some of the best finishes out there and it would be criminal to put a cheapo job on it. Like the last guy said, to get even close to the original factory finish will be in the $5000 range and it will undoubtedly hurt the resale value.

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Sell it and buy black or leave as is. My 2002 E320 with 120k miles on it still looks new like I wax it every week. I've never waxed it.
I can't believe a repaint will look as good as a factory paint job.
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Sell it and buy black or leave as is. My 2002 E320 with 120k miles on it still looks new like I wax it every week. I've never waxed it.
I can't believe a repaint will look as good as a factory paint job.
It can, but it'll cost a pretty penny. As the other gentlemen said, you're looking around 4-5k.

IMHO, I wouldn't paint it. The only thing I'd do with that car is get some different wheels. Not a fan of those that are on it.

A decent set of rims with tires will run upwards of $1000. Hell I was looking at getting a set of winter wheels/tires, and the cheapest I could find was $900, and that's getting hooked up through a friend.
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well here's another better pic of my car

http://i.imgur.com/rYqOq.jpg
a lot of people say they like the color but its too tan/silver/grey it needs to be more silver or black or maroon it would look a lot better
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Leave the paint alone; if you want another color sell what you have and buy one with factory paint you like. Ditto to different wheels, preferably one of the sets that were original factory equipment.

You asked for advice, we are all telling you the same thing, but you are not listening. It's your car do what you want. I'm off here.

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chill out help me out
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My girlfriend's C230 was vandalized and insurance paid a reputable shop in the area $5,700 to do it.

Looks factory....but that's a lot.
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chill out help me out
Steve I was trying to help you earlier but here it goes again. The factory paint job on any Mercedes is very good. Robots spray them with a lot of precision so the thickness is uniform (thicker on horizontal panels and thinner on the verticals) and you won't see any orange peel effect or imperfections like that you get with a lot of aftermarket paint jobs.

It's really best for the car, and it's resale value, to leave it alone and keep a good coat of wax on it. This is why most of us are recommending that you sell your silver car and buy a more silver, black, or maroon one.

No matter how much you pay, or how good it is, you simple cannot duplicate how it came from the factory. You do realize that the car is painted as a bare frame correct? Since your car has the seats, dashboard, liners, etc. etc. on it now, there are a lot of nooks and crannies a replacement paint job will never get to. I changed the color on a nice Porsche once and I will never do that again.

Lastly, and if you still insist on painting yours, MB has a list of certified collision centers that will probably do the best job on a repaint. Search for those and ask them for a price. With a little luck there's one somewhere close to where you live.

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