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Old 04-16-2012, 12:19 AM   #1
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Question Body Damage, Is this a Good Price?

Hey everybody well I just recently got this new to me 98 formula, the only thing is that it has some body damage, here is the best pic i can get

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Its pretty bad it extends all the way from the front to the rear dent. Anyways I went to a local bodyshop and they quoted me $600 to fix the dent, fix the door(its broken and its falling off), and repaint everything to make it look like it never happened. Do you all think $600 is a good price? or should it be less? I can try to post pics tomorrow of the full hit but it doesnt look like a $600 job, maybe a $400 but idk how much they usually charge. What do you all think, from what you all can see in the pic?
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It should cost more than $600 to properly fix this.
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Why do you say that? Are you talking from experience or from what you think?
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600 sounds cheap.
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So would you take it as a good price? Friends have had their cars done with them before and they came out looking great.
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For that to be fixed properly the quarter panel would need to be replaced and a replacement door would need to be found. I would be expecting $1600+. For $600 they must be using A-LOT of body filler.
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For that to be fixed properly the quarter panel would need to be replaced and a replacement door would need to be found. I would be expecting $1600+. For $600 they must be using A-LOT of body filler.
We have no pics of the door, just a brief comment that the door is damaged.
We don't even really have a good pic of the damage on the quarter.

And you're saying, with the limited info we have, that all that stuff needs replaced?

I'd think we'd need more detailed info/pics before making such conclusions.

The door could easily have some simple damage that is easy to repair (it is fiberglass after all) and I've seen some pretty impressive metal repair work.

OP, can you get us better pics of the damages? If you've seen their work and it is good work, then it sounds like a good deal. Any idea what exactly they'd be doing to fix it?
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actually he told me he was going to have to cut and weld in some new metal.. plus the door is fiberglass, its fixable. no filler being used here.
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We have no pics of the door, just a brief comment that the door is damaged.
We don't even really have a good pic of the damage on the quarter.

And you're saying, with the limited info we have, that all that stuff needs replaced?

I'd think we'd need more detailed info/pics before making such conclusions.

The door could easily have some simple damage that is easy to repair (it is fiberglass after all) and I've seen some pretty impressive metal repair work.

OP, can you get us better pics of the damages?
yea for sure, il post pics first thing in the morning.
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Sparky.. He clearly posted that the door is falling off. That usually warrants a replacement.
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Sparky.. He clearly posted that the door is falling off. That usually warrants a replacement.
Il get a pic tomorrow, its not as bad as it sounds.
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hey everybody, well first pics of the door

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The outer panel is seperating from the top on both sides. Next are the pics of the damage the car came with.

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Anyways, I already sent the car to the shop, I'l post pics after I get the car back.
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Oh the outer skin is just separating. That's (unfortunately) a relatively common thing on these cars as they get older. Any halfway decent shop can fix that. I think it is partly due to how the windows bottom out and push the inner and outer panels apart. I always put my window down, then bump it up just a smidge so the doors aren't bowed any but the window is still fully down.

The front fender is an easy enough repair.

The quarter will take the most work. I've seen worse get fixed, and I've also seen less get replaced. Depends on the shop and the person doing the work. I know a body guy who has no problem fixing metal, I've seen his work (some of it being custom metal work) and he is really good.

Post up the after pics when you get it back!
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That quarter could be repaired by a competent body man. No need for replacing it.
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wow $600, that must be a hack job haha
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I just had a dent somewhat like what you have on my quarter but it wasnt as deep and I paid $600 to get the metal worked out and the 1/4 repainted but that was it, no damage anywhere else but there. Some jackass hit me...
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I just had a dent somewhat like what you have on my quarter but it wasnt as deep and I paid $600 to get the metal worked out and the 1/4 repainted but that was it, no damage anywhere else but there. Some jackass hit me...
Sorry to hear you got hit. That sucks, did ou ever find out who hit you? I woulda been pissied!
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Oh the outer skin is just separating. That's (unfortunately) a relatively common thing on these cars as they get older. Any halfway decent shop can fix that. I think it is partly due to how the windows bottom out and push the inner and outer panels apart. I always put my window down, then bump it up just a smidge so the doors aren't bowed any but the window is still fully down.

The front fender is an easy enough repair.

The quarter will take the most work. I've seen worse get fixed, and I've also seen less get replaced. Depends on the shop and the person doing the work. I know a body guy who has no problem fixing metal, I've seen his work (some of it being custom metal work) and he is really good.

Post up the after pics when you get it back!
Yea, the guy doing my car is really good! He told me my car would be ready in two days!When I first saw the door I thought I needed a new one, and yea il post up some pics as soon as I get her back
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Na never found out
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I'll chime in and say 600 is cheap. No need to replace the qtr. A good bodyman can repair that and still not use a ton of filler. door can be repaired. painting a whole side alone usually costs more than 600. If they have a legitimate reputation and warranty their work i'd say go for it. Just go around and get a few other quotes and see what they would charge. thats a good guideline.
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