How screwed am I?
October 27, 2011 10:56 AM Subscribe
How much am I about to pay a body shop?
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish to Grab Bag (12 answers total)
I had a moment of brainlessness this afternoon that led to a brief, one-sided confrontation between my car and a support pillar in an underground parking garage. End result: a vertical dent a couple of inches wide in the driver's side of the front of the car (about ten inches back from the corner of the bumper) that also shattered the cover of a small turn signal.
This is the first time I've had any appreciable body damage to a car I own, so I have only anecdotal knowledge of what I'm in for, price-wise. And complicating matters is that I just went through a few months of unemployment and underemployment and am planning a wedding, so money is tight. Any advice/warning people can offer would be appreciated.
One thing: I know paint is a big part of the cost of dent repair, so is it reasonable to ask about getting this work done with no repainting? My car is painted silver to begin with, so I'm not worried about a glaring mismatch. I wouldn't even be worried about fixing the dent immediately if I didn't need the body of the car in its proper shape to hold that turn signal in place so I can pass state inspection.