BenzWorld Junior Member
Date registered: Feb 2012
Vehicle: 2006 CLS 500
Location: West of Boston, MA
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The story is that it boils down to labor cost. If the dent is removed versus replacing the fender, that involves certain procedures for each approach.
No offense to the body shop professionals but many places lack the skills necessary to work sheet metal any more. But they can unscrew a screw and take out a light and so forth.
If you really wanted to do this on the cheap, they could small drill holes in the damaged
area and use a dent puller or else a similar device where posts are temporarily welded on and then used to attach a tool that also pulls out the dent.
In my experience, it comes down to how much body filler you can stand to have in the repaired area if money is not the prime concern.
The most important thing as has been pointed out is how the finish turns out: matching color, texture, shine, panel smoothness and factory look. All of these things are most noticeable with black paint.
I will tell you this. If you go cheap, every time you look at the result, you'll get really pissed.
Of course you want the repair to be correct and just want to know a reasonable cost.
$500 is too cheap, $2000 is too much and base your final decision on looking at similar work by the shop. Ask at the auto paint supply store where the best shops are. If you're still clueless, join your local MB club and ask for someone to go to a couple of shops with you.