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Old 05-10-2013, 08:22 PM
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Exclamation Damage to Rear Quarter Panel -- Need quick advice!!

I let a buddy borrow my truck to move some stuff and he jack-knifed the trailer right into my rear quarter panel. Got lucky and only received damage to the panel....not bumper or tail light.

My question is -- What is the cheapest way to get this fixed back to new?

I have thought of just buying the panel -- would cost me about 700 + paint and install.

Thought about buying a new box ---- insanely expensive I'm sure.
Thought about seeing what a body shop can do to fix it, but it has a lot of nice scratches that would need repainted thoroughly.

Any advice or opinions would be appreciated immensely, I need to fix her ASAP.
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i would call a PDL guy (Paintless Dent Removal ) & get an estimate
they can work wonders

maybe the PDL guy will know a painter
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Let your careless buddy get it fixed.
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Oh he is payin lol. Luckily he has a bit of money. I just want to make sure it gets done right.
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Ended up being quoted 1900-2400 everywhere I went....Have to replace the entire quarter panel and it is spot-welded on, etc.

So in the end I just went through insurance.....$500 deductible for a $2300 repair. If I had left her stock I might have just left the dent, but she is too pretty now to have a big dent in the back.

Figured I would update incase anyone else has the same issue and is curious what the price range might be for repair.
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Got the same problem. I thought of 3 possible choices:
1) Body shop: estimate very high with $1k deductible and truck is down for at least a week or more.
2) Panel replacement means spot weld removal and labor intense but could do it myself.
3) Patch panel from new panel. cut it out, weld it in, body work and repaint.

Finally think I found a better solution. FOund another bed on CL for $300. if it will fit, will probably pop the old bed off and install the new one. Sell or part out the old one.
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