I totally agree with you on the fact that if you only pay $500 FOR A paint job it going to shit . The $1000 includes minor body work, (door dings etc.) and spraying. That doesn't include sanding and polishing.... Which to get that done is $300.
Hey if you want to pay extra that is fine..... Paying more money doesn't always mean your get a better paint job. Toronto can charge a arm and a leg, because people don't know better and the import scene is so big up there.