Actually that's about right for a regular body shop! A friend had a Chevy Lumina painted (burgundy, base+clear) at the Roanoke shop and i swear it really looks good!! I don't see how they can paint one for that but they do. If ya'll aint got a Maaco shop in Norfolk, might be worth the trip to either Danville or Roanoke! BTW, there is no body work included in that price, good paint job only! Dents cost extra!
your asking a wrong question. think about it this way, you can get a watch for probably ten bucks, a rolex is going to cost you a lot more. what you need to find out, is the type of clear coat being used, the product, compare apples to apples, not a quality product to some cheap won't last long product.
if you get three quotes, using the same product, then go with the company that you liked the most, as long as their price is in the ball park of the lowest quote.
Thing is the cheap watch will keep time just as good!!! I have inspected these paint jobs and thay are spot on! One is 3 years old now, looks just fine! That said, it's not the same '25 coat' 4k dollar job one would want on a antique Vette either but for the money, pretty darn good work!