I haven't opened the rear passenger side door of my car since it was damaged, months ago. The question is, if I open the door, will I be able to close it again?
Images are here: one
Car was backed into six months ago. I filed an insurance claim, and both the assessor and the mechanic that looked at the car asked me if I had opened the damaged door yet. When I said no, I hadn't, they advised that I leave the door shut in case it fails to close again. For reasons involving procrastination and ambivalence, I neither had the car repaired or ever opened the damaged door. For six months.
Now I am starting to wonder about opening the door, as it would be convenient to have the thing in working order. If I open it, have a hammer and a handy friend nearby, do you think it's likely we'd be able to bang the thing into shape? What, exactly, keeps a door from being able to close after being dented from a collision? Something we might be able to fix? Or, pay someone to fix for, say, less than 100 USD? If it's much pricier a repair than that-- and, I'm not talking about making the car look pretty, just getting the door to open, close, and keep the lock working, I'll probably stick to having three working doors. But, if anyone has some informed opinions on the subject, I just might roll the dice. I know the pictures I'm posting aren't terribly helpful.