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alfie623
10-12-2013, 07:32 PM
I drove over to PO's house to pick up the factory new seat cushions that came with my boat when I bought it. There are the 10 flat cushion sections in my Maristar and he bought replacements because some are damaged from the sun. When everything was all loaded up I pulled out of his driveway only to drive my truck into the lighted pillar at the end of the driveway. So it looks like the set of cushions is going to cost me the insurance deductible on my auto policy. I doubt this repair is going to be cheap either......

Anyone have any experience with estimating body work?

mikeg205
10-12-2013, 07:41 PM
ouch - that look like $200 an inch - someone hit my son's explorer - similar damage - $2500 - the damage to the front passenger is expensive since it goes over the weld... Sorry to read ...

nickespi
10-12-2013, 07:45 PM
It'll buff out

mikeg205
10-12-2013, 07:47 PM
want a decal to cover it? ;) - couple of MC 's shields should do it.

blackhawk
10-12-2013, 08:31 PM
Professional body shops these days are ridiculous. Here in Virginia, I would say that repair would run about $1500 at a big shop. I quit going to these types of shops several years ago. 99% of the big shops aren't trying to rip you off, it is just that their overhead is way too high.

It takes some work and research, but there are a lot of guys doing this at one man shops at their house. Out of 10 one man shops there is only one that really knows what he is doing and will do you a spectacular job at probably 2/3 the cost of the big shops. The best people to ask are car collectors and show car owners. Go to the next local car show and talk to several guys who have cars with stellar paint jobs. A big car collector at my church turned me on to a great guy for my stuff. He has done about 4 jobs for me over the years. His work has been a grade above anything that I have gotten done at a big shop. If you build up a relationship with these type of guys, they will give you a better deal each time that you go back.

scott023
10-12-2013, 08:33 PM
I'd say about two grand. Used to work in an autobody too, there's more with there then one would think.

alfie623
10-12-2013, 08:49 PM
You guys are making me feel a lot better. I was thinking almost 10 times these numbers. Both doors are dented and both are scratched down to metal. I guess worse case is new doors.

The truck is 11 months old but it's still a '13 with 8,500 miles so I'll push my insurance adjuster for the proper repair.

mikeg205
10-12-2013, 09:58 PM
2013 - how different are doors.. if same shape as older years they may try used parts.. that are guaranteed... you may have to pay the difference.. check your policy.. but since so new maybe only new parts available.. But I bet there are a bunch of used parts already.

maxpower220
10-14-2013, 06:22 PM
Front door will probably be repaired and the rear needs a new skin (from the looks of the picture). You will probably be around $2.5-3K. You are lucky that the truck is new and probably not faded, so color match should be good/easy.

For about $150, you could throw on some bondo to get it close and then put some chrome rocker panel covers. Just a thought, but why ruin a $45K truck.

scott023
10-14-2013, 07:28 PM
Front door will probably be repaired and the rear needs a new skin (from the looks of the picture). You will probably be around $2.5-3K. You are lucky that the truck is new and probably not faded, so color match should be good/easy.

For about $150, you could throw on some bondo to get it close and then put some chrome rocker panel covers. Just a thought, but why ruin a $45K truck.

I'd go the true route. Those chrome rockers are for old men. 8p:D

mikeg205
10-14-2013, 07:59 PM
yup pretty much $200 per inch..

BallBushing
10-14-2013, 10:00 PM
Don't do anything for 6 months. Live with it for a while. From experience, having my son drop a baseball bat on the front fender of my 528i, I got over it and used the dent as a learning experience for him (don't walk near the car swinging a bat). Makes a good story now.
On the other hand, those are big scratches and you can't blame your son.

alfie623
10-15-2013, 06:59 AM
So I visit the first body shop yesterday for an estimate. The estimator went for a new front door right away because it's pushed enough to open the gap between the two doors. He was on the fence about a new rear door so I asked him to write it up as two so I could get a barometer on the cost. So, with two doors and pulling the bed to properly blend the metallic paint it was $4,600 and about 45 man hours.

Today I have an appt for the insurance company to look at it. I'm expecting them to tell me a guy with a good buffing pad and a nail polish bottle of black paint should have it cleaned up in an about 3 hours......

alfie623
11-22-2013, 10:03 PM
Got my truck back today....

mikeg205
11-22-2013, 10:27 PM
Yup $200 per inch... ;) - sorry to read this.

scott023
11-23-2013, 03:23 AM
Dang, that sucks. Could say that it could've been worse...

1redTA
11-24-2013, 01:19 PM
For about $150, you could throw on some bondo to get it close and then put some chrome rocker panel covers. Just a thought, but why ruin a $45K truck.

I was thinking some LineX and a paint less dent repair guy :-)