Electric motors and their supporting electronics are much more durable than the corresponding ICE equipment. That means I'll own this car for a long time. Therefore, I'd like it to look good and feel comfortable.

Nathan offered to pay for a paint job for my birthday. I got some references and asked for estimates; they were uniformly in the $3000 to $5000 range.

Yesterday I got a $1400 estimate. I'd have to leave the car for a week.

I'd also lose my nice caution striping. :( But I've got an idea in that area: since the $1400 doesn't include any of the soft rubber molding, I'll just take it off and stripe it myself. Then I'll have refreshed bumpers and molding, with a high-voltage look from all directions!