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SG408
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Jan 8, 2017, 6:28 PM

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Hello guys,
My 07 Mustang has some very bad body damage. I was hoping that some of you guys might have tips on how I can fix it diy. I'm not worried about damaging the paint because I will most likely end up doing a paint job anyways. I don't think that it financially makes sense to get professional body work done since it will run up a couple grand and the value of my car in good condition is about 7000.

http://autoforums.carjunky.com/photos/pic/318t5Ute/1111.jpg

Thank you for your help.


Hammer Time
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Jan 8, 2017, 8:05 PM

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So, I guess you have concluded that you'll just ask a few questions online and you'll suddenly know the auto body trade.

I think I'll try that. My wife needs open heart surgery and those doctors want way too much money.



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SG408
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Jan 8, 2017, 8:36 PM

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No, I just assumed that this was a professionally run site with knowledgeable members. I am sorry for my misjudgment.


Tom Greenleaf
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Jan 9, 2017, 1:24 AM

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You asked and didn't like the answer that includes an abrupt analogy that's pretty spot on. This isn't an easy fix and beyond all but the best and well equipped DIYer to replace a quarter panel if that's all it needed and fix the door.


The value of the car before major damage is not the same as when fixed even when done quite well professionally. If an air bag or more deployed the expense for just that might exceed the salvage value of the car in other words it's totaled. New quarter panel will lack VIN hidden markings.


Car damage looks like it should still be drivable so would get a real estimate for new quarter panel repair and one for used quarter panel repair so you know the actual cost of professionally fixing this then look up the value of it as a fixed car's value. That's just the $$ of it.


As a good running vehicle if you still want it has value. A DIY first time fix is so likely to show easily this car DIY fixed would be hard to sell.


The tools and skills plus the place to just paint this are not practical and too costly for a DIY fix.


Try this: Look up on something like YouTube what it takes to replace a rear quarter panel of a similar car alone. Factor in the door jam appears out of line also which is yet another stopper for just the panel if found new wouldn't fit without lots more work then you may know why this is it's own highly skilled trade and so costly,


T



(This post was edited by Tom Greenleaf on Jan 9, 2017, 1:27 AM)


Hammer Time
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Jan 9, 2017, 4:06 AM

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Yes, we are professionals here. That's why your arrogance that you think something that people spend decades learning is something that you will learn in your spare time using Google.

You have no clue what it takes to resolve that structural issue in a manner that maintains the integrity of the metal and the door pillar.

Go ahead and take your hammer to it and you'll have a lot more damage than you have now.

What do you want to pose as next week? A doctor maybe?



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