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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-13-2018, 04:51 AM Thread Starter
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Body damage help

The car I am buying for a good price has some body damage I would like to fix. There is a big dent behind the gas opening. The other side there is a chunk taken out of the quarter panel I believe. The pics are in my garage. I just signed up to this forum today so I am still getting used to using it. Thank you for your input. I'm looking for tips on whether to replace it with junkyard parts. Fix the damage or buy a new part and have it painted. I'm curious about the cost. If you have an idea let me know. I can use it to negotiate the price further. Thank you!
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Aren't those metal panels? If the paint is still there, check into a paintless dent repair.

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The dent(s) in the rear panel are too severe for paintless dent removal, I think. But they are repairable at a body shop for sure. I would recommend that, rather than replacement, since the rear panels are bonded in place and the cure of pulling them off and gluing new ones back on will be worse than the disease!

The front panels ("fenders") however, are plastic and yours is too far gone to fix. You can certainly try to get a secondhand one for that - they bolt on - easy. Just be careful the replacement isn't damaged too. They very easily suffer damage from improper lifting of the car - like yours probably did. Aftermarket ones are also available from DDM and Norms (forum sponsors), but you'll need to get two sides so they match .

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A paintless dent repair place can definitely get that dent in the rear out. I had the exact same dent in my car but on the other side that I had done. You'd never know that it was ever there. Cost me about $100 to get it done.
Pull the wheelhouse liner back in the rear and they have full access to the back side of that panel. These aren't the guys that did it but it's a quick video to show what can be done.

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