So I had a mishap with a plant route last week and put a minor dent in my tailgate - unfortunately a hidden branch from a tree contacted my tailgate as I was backup up (really tight spot). Anyways I was being stupid and wasn't fully paying attention.
The only damage is a minor palm-sized dent that unfortunately partially affects the accent line that runs along the halfway point of the tailgate. The paint is not cracked and I was mostly able to buff out the light surface scratches by hand already.
I seem two have two options:
- Paintless dent repair (PDR), bodywork and respray/blend the area;
- Replace the tailgate.
Option #1 is half the price of #2, however I am too OCD and the thought of having any type of body filler on my truck would bother me. Cost is not a concern for me as I use it for work and get mileage reimbursements - which would more then pay for either option.
The body shop has told me that if they were dealing with an insurance claim, they would go with option #1. Their only concern with option #2 is the fact that the new tailgate would not have the factory paint and it may require them to blend more of the sides of the box to match.
I'm really stuck at the moment. If I could have PDR without any filler or painting I would be ok with that route but I really don't want filler on such a new truck.
FWIW, I learned my lesson on this one that this will not happen again unless someone rear ends me!
EDIT: I should add that a few months after I purchased the truck, I found two miniscule dents/scratches on the tailgate that I know for a fact wasn't me and no they aren't specs of dust in the paint. I never took it up with the dealership as I figured it was a lost cause. A new tailgate would fix this!