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Approximate cost of fixing scuffs/scratches and other repairs on a 2006 Corolla S?
Test drove a dark gray, 2006 Corolla S a couple of days ago in relatively good mechanical shape. There was some slight grinding when the brakes were depressed all the way down and the compartment under the hood seemed very dirty/dusty for some reason (I've looked at 10 Corollas in the past 2 months but none were so... unclean!).
On the aesthetics side, the interior was pretty clean, though the lower instrument panel was broken and there was some odd peeling on the bottom edge of the rear-view mirror. I'm more concerned about the exterior: there was a small dent on the left front bumper (the "lip" of the body kit) that was repaired; it now looks a bit crumpled (for lack of a better word). There were scratches and scuffs nearly everywhere, though no other dents or dings. The rear and front bumpers seemed to have quite a bit of chipped paint, particularly on the corners. The strangest thing I found were long, 12-18 inch horizontal scratches across the hood (around 6-10 of them, of varying depth). What could possibly cause this type of scratch? All in all, besides the chipping on the bumpers, none of the scratches seemed very deep, but I don't know much about paint work and paint repair on cars to know if it can be fixed.
The seller is asking for $8500 (car has 60k miles) though he is slightly negotiable. I'd like to get a rough idea of what it would cost to get all the scratches out, fix/replace the dented part of the front bumper, and replace the broken instrument panel and weird rearview mirror.
Once I have a rough estimate, is it reasonable to ask the seller to reduce the asking price by the amount of the repair estimate? I'm just wondering if this is ridiculous or standard operating procedure.