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Just another point of information- Auto body shops that I've worked at generally exceed most of the estimates. We routinely adjusted every single part price to match the list price on the dealer invoice as soon as we received the parts. Additionally any hidden damage would be repaired at the insurance company's or owner's expense. The difference is that we would inform all parties involved before the additional repairs were started and get authorization. In Ca it is illegal to have an invoice that is anything less than 100% accurate down to every single part price and part number on every little tiny 25 cent clip. It was a double edged sword. We were prevented from leaving any gray areas at all, complete accountability, but it also created a situation where nearly every insurance company received a supplemental bill. We already had to note every detail of every repair, why not update the repair times as well and get paid for everything.
IMO you should have been notified of the additional repair costs in any case unless you had already said "I don't care how much it costs just get it done."
 
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