Date registered: Jul 2009
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Cost to fix
Here's a smart quess: $1200 to $1500. Here's why: There might be a wave type dent behind the paint damage. Either way, you will need a refinishing process that results in an "I can't tell" solution, along with the repair shop's guarantee for the work it performed.
Assume you have a two stage paint. You have damaged paint within a color zone, that being the side of your vehicle. To do a partial spot blending requires the color matching being spot on, and I mean spot on! What are those odds?
Also, you need your paint films to be within those guidelines that maximize operating features, millage rate, UV filters, etc. Blending base color, then going over with clear might sound good, but if the thickness of either is off, then durability is lessened.
Of course, one takes into consideration vehicle's age, overall condition, owner's goals, and monies available. If you think your insurance company is going to open the vault's door for your car's repair...you're a bigger fool and need to get professional help. You step up to the plate and make the decision of how far toward perfect you want your repair to go and achieve. Once you decide that, then find the craftsman to do the work.
Nothing lasts forever, and no car can be driven and not receive damage. Perfection is a goal for "garage queens" only!