Can I replace an entire car door on the cheap?
May 14, 2011 5:17 PM Subscribe
Can I replace an entire car door & fender on the cheap with junkyard parts and parts ordered online?
posted by Jennifer S. to Travel & Transportation (8 answers total)
My 1994 Acura Integra RS got t-boned in an accident. Despite its age it runs extraordinarily well. I can take $1800 and give nationwide the title, or take $1300 and keep the car.
Is it realistic to think I can find a door at a junkyard and have it attached at the body shop? (I've got power windows and a power mirrors.) I'd also buy a fender online, and have everything painted. Can I do this for $1300?
I can't afford a car payment, and I don't think $1800 will buy much of a car.
The damaged car, despite having 296K miles on it and having its door and back fender caved in in the crash, runs well and reliably (though there could be hidden damage -- should I have a mechanic look at it?).
I'm not that interested how the car looks. I just want to be able to open the door, roll up the window, and have the new parts match in color.
There's a junkyard nearby that's one of the biggest in the SE.
Can I really expect to be able to get a replacement door and have it put on (fender, too)? Is this realistic given my budget of $1300?