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How much approx to fix this big scratch at a body shop? pic inside

Ok, its a huge scratch actually on a CLK. Can anyone tell me approximately how much this would cost at a body shop place? Would any panels need to be removed to fix this? Would it be a very complicated process or relatively easy? How much would it cost approximately? I'm on OC California. Can anyone recommend an affordable place?

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It looks like the panel is dented? If so, will need a new wing. If it's just paint then would be more simple, but depending on age of the car might need to blend the paint in to other panels.

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It looks like the panel is dented? If so, will need a new wing. If it's just paint then would be more simple, but depending on age of the car might need to blend the paint in to other panels.
its a 2003. Its not dented, just scratched, at least from my eyes. I'm not a pro tho so I don't know for sure. From what I can see it looks scratched.

Do you know how much approx it would cost if its only a paint job?
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...not so sure about it just being scratched; it definitely looks dented, especially if you look at the misaligned strip below the actual "scratch" - well, just saying...from the photo, it looks dented...



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I took some more pics, I hope that helps. As for as I can see it doesn't look dented but I'm not good at these things so I can't really tell. If it is dented, how much would it cost to fix approximately?




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so that really looks dented now.
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Oh the humanity - poor, poor CLK! :'( Darn jackie100...that's one pretty nasty looking "dent", however, it might not be THAT BAD after all. My guess...well, it should be relatively effortless to fix (for a pro); doubt a panel-replacement's needed. As for the costs involved, well...best would be to get a couple of quotes...doubt it will break the bank, though!

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so that really looks dented now.
In some of the pics the "swirly" things inside the white scratches might just be from the camera and flash/lighting I think..

When I think of dented I think of metal being pushed in majorly from a bad accident, the panel still seems relatively straight to me. Again, I am no expert so I can't really tell. Where is the dent? Is it in the black paint part inside the white circle or are you talking about the metal attachment to the car in the last pic?

I'll try and take more pics during the daytime for a better view, these were all taken at night.
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Ok, its a huge scratch actually on a CLK. Can anyone tell me approximately how much this would cost at a body shop place? Would any panels need to be removed to fix this? Would it be a very complicated process or relatively easy? How much would it cost approximately? I'm on OC California. Can anyone recommend an affordable place?

It is hard to tell from the pictures if you have a dent or not. Looking at the panel fit between the door and fender if there is a dent it is small and can be repaired. A good shop will be able to repair that. No matter who does it the door and perhaps the hood will have to be blended. Many people think black is black but there are so many different shades of black. It is not an easy color to paint. I had a black Lexus LS430 and a black SL55 and when the 2 were side to side the SL had a brownish tint to it. I bought a spoiler for it that was painted with MB color matched paint that looked great until I laid it on the trunk and in the sun the color was not even close. Whatever you do go to a quality shop that does repairs on MB's. A low price is not always you best bet.

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my dad owns a body shop and ive been learning to write estimates. from the looks if it looks like this would run you somewhere in the range of 500+ dollars because you would have to blend into the passenger side door which can get tricky.

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