Damage to a car door- repair or replace?
Someone drove into my car earlier this week. They want to go down the route of paying for it themselves rather than insurance.
This is the damage-
I’ve been to a couple of garages- one says repairing it is better because it’s cheaper and will retain all the factory quality sealing on the door trim and window. The other says replacing it is best because the whole door now has a ripple to it that a dent repair will not fix.
I don’t want to shaft the guy- the bill (including other damage) for a repair will be £1200, for a replacement £1700. Which will give me the best repair?
ThanksPosted 4 years agoDM52Member
Whatever your insurance recommends.
I suspect once you have delivered the repair figures to the other party they might have a change of mind, plus you technically have to report these things to them in any case.
I went through similar and ended up with an insurers recommended repair centre replacing the part.Posted 4 years agoInbred456Member
Any decent bodyshop will repair that to a standard that is better than new. Probably have to machine polish the whole car to stop the new paint from standing out so much. A new door will only be a skin anyway. 1200 quid is a ridiculous amount of money for that. 400 tops I would of thought. My car rolled back into the back of some one’s car at work. Cracked the bumper and pushed the mounts back. Whole bumper repaired and sprayed new decals and trim 140 pounds. The paint was the most expensive item.Posted 4 years agoNeil FMember
the bill (including other damage)
Other damage? I presume you mean the front wing or rear quarter panel?
Should be an easy repair for any decent bodyshop, as long as your door shuts perfectly just now, and the panel gaps haven’t been affected, although a lot of shops do prefer to just replace bolt-on panels.Posted 4 years ago
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