KING OF PRUSSIA, PA--(Marketwire - April 20, 2010) -  The typical vehicle is 10.2 years old, the highest average in 14 years, according to a late-March report from R.L. Polk & Co. Old or new, most will eventually require some form of bodywork and painting. The cost should reflect conditions including a car's age and projected longevity, says Maaco.

A collision repair on a one to three-year-old car usually calls for state-of-the-art options. The owner of a four to 10-year-old car could often benefit from a shop that knows how to provide a superior looking job and still find ways to lower the estimate, especially when the driver is paying out of pocket.

"It's important to bring a vehicle back to a condition that maintains the resale value if the car would be going into the resale arena," said David Lapps, president of Maaco Collision Repair & Auto Painting, "such as a lease turn back or a car that's going to be sold in the next year or so.

"However, with an older car -- or one the customer will keep for four or five more years and is looking for an excellent repair but may be paying herself -- Maaco will find ways to save her money without affecting the quality, so that only the expert commercial buyers of newer used cars could pick it up."

Consumers continue to be cautious even though recent reports indicate the recession could be ending. Economic uncertainty, longer lease terms and tighter credit will likely continue to bring more business to auto repair shops that offer options.

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