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Old 06-23-2015, 08:17 PM   #1
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Tree Branches Dented Mustang Today

Approximately what should this cost me to get fixed at body shop... I'm positive my deductible with insurance out prices the damage so I'm just gonna go to body shop. For the damage I was lucky, because I seen it smack the car from above on windshield and on the hood, and In my mind it was much more damage, but once removed the only damage that was done to the car was the rubber part that's around the windshield wipers(the branches pushed that part in, which prevented the windshield wipers from moving but I managed to pull that part out though) and the dents inside the picture.


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Old 06-23-2015, 08:46 PM   #2
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Well honestly I'm not sure what your deductible is but that's not going to be a cheap fix. That's a very tough area to work on. The metal is not accessible from anywhere but what you see. So I see at least 4-6 hours in body work. Next part that sucks? Paint. That panel can be blended no prob so that's a win, however that entire panel has to be "de-trimmed" and the entire panel needs to be clear coated. That means loosening the rear bumper, remove taillight, remove your Eleanor scoop, remove trim. Prep entire panel. Re assemble. I'd guess if you took it somewhere that will do the job correctly, this is easily 2-3k. I'd have the insurance do it man. Trying to cheap out and get this fixed for less than your deductible (even if that's 1,000) is going to be half assed work.

Also your vinyl will have to be removed and replaced. Insurance may or may not cover that.

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Ouchhhh. I'm hoping Oxford is being pessimistic, but he does have a point.

Off topic. Do you live in Abby Walk apartments? I think we've waved to each other a couple of times lol.
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Yes that's me at Abbey Walks... Did I see you when you drive by?


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Geez, 2-3 grand would hurt. I was going to go around tomorrow and grab some quotes. I hope it won't be as high as that.


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Yeah, we've waved. I also drive a silver Mustang. I live right down the street in Crossan Pointe.

Im hoping you can get some decent quotes.
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Yeah, we've waved. I also drive a silver Mustang. I live right down the street in Crossan Pointe.

Im hoping you can get some decent quotes.

Oh cool, yeah your down the road. And thanks, I'm hoping the same. I'll keep this thread updated on the quotes and the overall work done.


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I used to do body work man. Sadly that's about what it's going to take. It's a lot of labor. That body line is what will cause the labor hours to go up.


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Sorry but why were you parked under trees to begin with? Shade keeping car cool?
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If he is in an apartment he likely had no choic3
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There's not much choice by there. There are a bunch of trees.
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If it's an apartment complex I would consider seeing if they would assist in the cost of repairs. When's the last time they maintained the grounds or trimmed the trees. Just a thought.


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not helpful but the contrasting paint looks good...
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If it's an apartment complex I would consider seeing if they would assist in the cost of repairs. When's the last time they maintained the grounds or trimmed the trees. Just a thought.


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They haven't trimmed the trees here in months, I know it haven't been anytime soon.


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Alright so I got the first quote of today and it came out to $581.20. This place said they can get on it on the 6th of July.


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Alright so I got the first quote of today and it came out to $581.20. This place said they can get on it on the 6th of July.


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Id love to see the estimate. There is no way it can be done correctly for that amount. Straight up.


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Prolly doing a dent doctor job on it


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Oxford is right. To do this correctly yours looking at roughly 3grand. You really don't want to cheap out on this repair because it is in such and obvious place and everyone will see it.

It's like when you fix a stone chip in the paint and your wife says. Wow I can't tell where it was and your next to here thinking yes you can you liar. I can so you can. But deep down you know your the only one who can see it.

Well that won't be the case here. Go cheap and everyone will know it was there.

Please do yourself the favor and just claim it.

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Ok here it is, you have to remove the fender price because I just wanted to see what that would come out to all together. I have a scratch on the fender(in picture)which has been there for awhile now.
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Better view, 581.20 without fender work

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Oye - I was really hoping that I wasn't going to see any threads like this today! We got pretty bad piece of this last night and I'm still out power at my own place! Sorry to see this and I hope she's fixed up soon!

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They have nothing listed to de trim anything. And there is no way they can do that body work in 1.2 hours. I actually laughed at this. That estimate is a joke.

Hell it takes an hour to do one round of bondo and or glaze. Not to mention the pre work leading to that.

I'm telling you that body line will take at least 2-3 hours to make it right. Call your insurance company man.


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They have nothing listed to de trim anything. And there is no way they can do that body work in 1.2 hours. I actually laughed at this. That estimate is a joke.

Hell it takes an hour to do one round of bondo and or glaze. Not to mention the pre work leading to that.

I'm telling you that body line will take at least 2-3 hours to make it right. Call your insurance company man.


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You can tell him I told you so later, lol. Seriously though I hope that it gets fixed correctly for the OP, especially for that price.
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You can tell him I told you so later, lol. Seriously though I hope that it gets fixed correctly for the OP, especially for that price.

Or I'll be the one saying I told you so lol. And it says 7hours.
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Second quote with almost the same price. I don't think they are being cheap, I think it's just what it cost to fix.

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This should be the responsibility of the apartment complex.
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Yeah it should, I'm going to check with the office about it.


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I'm scheduled for the week of July 6th. I'll post pics of the final results.


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I see the labor hours now. That's more accurate but make sure they plan on partially removing your rear bumper when they prep the quarter panel for paint. You don't want them masking straight to the area where they come together. You want a good inch overlap. Also no mention of removing the vinyl. I am used to seeing detailed estimates. They are missing a lot of things that add up to time. Just be cautious of a shop that gives you one of these quick free estimates. They do that, then you bring it and drop it off and they are calling you later that day to say "oh by the way we forgot this is going to cost extra"


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I see the labor hours now. That's more accurate but make sure they plan on partially removing your rear bumper when they prep the quarter panel for paint. You don't want them masking straight to the area where they come together. You want a good inch overlap. Also no mention of removing the vinyl. I am used to seeing detailed estimates. They are missing a lot of things that add up to time. Just be cautious of a shop that gives you one of these quick free estimates. They do that, then you bring it and drop it off and they are calling you later that day to say "oh by the way we forgot this is going to cost extra"


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They said that they would need to clear coat in the area of the vinyl or something like that and I told them they can just go over it. But if the vinyl for that side needs to come off maybe American Muscle can lookout for that side, I just got those a couple days ago.

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Yes. To be done correctly the entire panel must be re clear coated. You can blend the color where the work has to be done but you cannot clear blend. If you do it will eventually peel. So the entire quarter panel will essentially be repainted. So drives side rear bumper should be pulled away. The lower rocker should also be pulled down enough to get the clear down under that panel.

DO NOT HAVE THEM CLEAR OVER YOUR VINYL!

That's not doing it the right way. Then your stuck with them (at least right there) forever! Honestly if this job was coming to a shop for insurance work we would push to remove the quarter window glass as well. This way the clear coat never has any issues or starts to flake out from that area.

These shops are not quoting you for the work that needs to be done the right way. Plain and simple.


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Yes. To be done correctly the entire panel must be re clear coated. You can blend the color where the work has to be done but you cannot clear blend. If you do it will eventually peel. So the entire quarter panel will essentially be repainted. So drives side rear bumper should be pulled away. The lower rocker should also be pulled down enough to get the clear down under that panel.

DO NOT HAVE THEM CLEAR OVER YOUR VINYL!

That's not doing it the right way. Then your stuck with them (at least right there) forever! Honestly if this job was coming to a shop for insurance work we would push to remove the quarter window glass as well. This way the clear coat never has any issues or starts to flake out from that area.

These shops are not quoting you for the work that needs to be done the right way. Plain and simple.


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In a lot of areas, I'm a "there's a cheaper way" or DIY guy. Oxford is right here but you'll go with it because it's cheap, lots of ppl use that shop and they "must know what they're doing". I know, been there, 2 attempts to do it right lead to an entire repaint to the tune of 14grand (billed to insurance). I pray they can do it right for ya, but I don't have a warm fuzzy feeling they will

what is the deal wth the red trim and roof rails? You get them somewhere? DIY? I gotta know!
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This should be the responsibility of the apartment complex.
Only way the apartment complex (their insurance company) will pay for it, if you can prove that the tree had dead limbs and they hadn't removed them. Otherwise they have no liability. You can try to sue God, good luck on that one.
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They said that they would need to clear coat in the area of the vinyl or something like that and I told them they can just go over it. But if the vinyl for that side needs to come off maybe American Muscle can lookout for that side, I just got those a couple days ago.

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