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?! Repairing a small hole caused from damage, not rust, in door?!

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Aug 30, 2016, 7:51 PM

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Hello, I'm new to the forum! I could not find a good answer to my question via google, so I figured I'd ask here.

I own a 2012 black Hyundai Elantra. Recently, I was rounding a corner in my apartment complex and I hit a small concrete pole with the passenger side of my car. The paint is messed up and the car is dented, but my main concern is a hole in the back passenger door.

The hole is maybe 3 inches long. Its pretty much a crack, presumably formed where the top of the pole ended. The lower edge is pushed in and the upper is not, or at least not as much. The two edges are almost touching.

I am wondering if there is a way to repair the existing door, or do you guys think it will have to be replaced, based on my description? I am on a budget and want to find the parts myself and do as much work on it as I can.

Thank you for your help

Tom Greenleaf
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Aug 30, 2016, 10:58 PM

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Re: ?! Repairing a small hole caused from damage, not rust, in door?! Sign In

Google isn't going to fix or answer all for you - damage especially takes in person inspection then you and or a shop in the auto body biz estimate cost to repair or better to replace.

  1. This stuff isn't my specialty area but techs work with the auto body trades back and forth so have some clue almost always.

I'll put the model year of this on the edge of dealing with a newer car where insurance should be considered - you do the math with deductibles, surcharges but should know the full cost to properly repair. Pictures would help, final disposition would only be in person.

If not going for insurance for any reason have to know if fixing or getting another door totally is practical.
So far sounds like a whole rear door, used would probably be my choice. If color is popular and car is safe to drive legally as it is I'd hunt for one the same model, model year and the color and avoid costs of repainting which if perfect could still cost hundreds alone.

Your location will matter on prices and available used parts. New possible but you don't get a whole door complete nor painted.

You need to have this appraised and pay the price to estimate the cost of repair which way - fix, used or new parts.

If all damage is isolated to exactly only the door it will help some.

Just know paint alone is costly! It almost can't look matched within a couple years or so no matter what you do.

More: It would mark the car as fixed or be found upon inspection factored into the resale value of the car to some point unknown till that time comes,


Hammer Time
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Aug 31, 2016, 4:10 AM

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Re: ?! Repairing a small hole caused from damage, not rust, in door?! Sign In

The way you get an answer to a question like this is you drive your car into an auto body shop and you ask them to inspect it.


We offer help in answering questions, clarifying things or giving advice but we are not a substitute for an on-site inspection by a professional.

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