Damaged Door: Replace with NEW or 2nd Hand or Repair?

Discussion in 'Cars, cycling and transport' started by Prosper, 14 Sep 2018.

  1. Prosper

    Prosper Frequent Poster

    Stupidly scraped and dented rear door on a lampost. It's 8 years old but only 50,000km on the clock. What's the downside in only going the repair route? I bought the car from family earlier this year. I always had a company car but since 2008 I've had no car. Despite never having an accident in my 25 years of driving around the country as a rep, the insurance company said that the insurance cost would come down once I had a track record with them for a while. So I don't want to put the fixing of the current problem through a claim. To me that means the best option is to have the door repaired and repainted. Any thoughts?
  2. Jazz01

    Jazz01 Frequent Poster

    What part of the country are you in? Someone on here, could recommend a repair shop for you. Have you cracked through the paint / dented it badly - more that it being "buffed out" so to speak?

    Depending on how large the area of the damage, you may have to get front door / rear wing of door sprayed also, so as to better blend things. Ideally, go to a few places and get a number of quotations - tell them that you are not going through insurance - costs might not be as high as as insurance claim :)

    Let us know what part of the country you are in.
  3. Leo

    Leo Moderator

    If the door still opens and closes fine, a local independent panel beater or crash repair shop will likely do a good job for not a lot of money. It may even cost less than your insurance excess, let alone what a claim would cost you over the next few years.

    Next best, and slightly more expensive option would be to source a replacement door from a breakers yard. One the same colour would save respray costs.

    It would not make financial sense to buy a brand new door for an 8 year old car.
  4. noproblem

    noproblem Frequent Poster

    Can you put a picture of the damaged door on here with it opened and closed and with no sun shining on it? That will get you a lot better response from people who know what they're talking about.
  5. PaddyBloggit

    PaddyBloggit Frequent Poster

    Scraped and dented doesn't sound too bad. Suss out a local repair guy and get it fixed for cash. I put a dent over back door of jeep carrying timber and I paid a local guy €200 to repair it.
  6. ALEXA

    ALEXA Frequent Poster

    I've used Dentpro in Dublin to remove a dent where the paint was cracked on the hatch back door of my car. They did a great job for €280. They are based off Airton Road in Tallaght. They can also remove dents easily where paint isn't damaged for around €80. Not sure if you're based in Dublin but I'd give them a try if you are.
  7. Palerider

    Palerider Frequent Poster

    I replaced a door in my sons first car by getting a similar one in the breakers yard, it is an easydiy job, wait until you get the right colour, the door cost €80 at the time.