I got a dent in my left side front fender --- before I pay for a new
one (which would cost with painting about $700) I want to try and fix
Problem is I can't even remove the undercarriage in order to get
underneath the fender to hammer it out. I unscrewed all the screws but
it still won't budge.
Has anyone here tried this and what am I doing wrong? Is this the type
of thing only a professional can fix?
It's a 2005 White Escape most basic model.
New car - don't do it yourself. It will never "hammer out" to your
satisfaction. Depending on how "dented" it is...:
You could always file an insurance claim, depending on how you did it. I'd
have it done professionally if I were you. I've done light body work for
years, and, probably because I did it myself and knew where it was, I could
always see it, even if others couldn't.
My collision is a $500 deductable, but it was my fault - I ran into a
pillar in a parking garage while I was pulling my car out. So I don't
want to get my insurance involved.
The paint wasn't damaged much so I thought I'd try it on my own. But I
can't get access to it. Do you know how I could find out how to gain
access behind the fender?
The part from Ford costs $260 and the paint they estimated would be
$400 or more. So I'm looking at least $700 to get it done
professionally. I can't afford the $700 right now, so I need an
alternative to getting it fixed professionally. I've seen on Ebay how
they sell the parts and match the paint code based on your VIN - they
charge about $200 plus $50 for shipping. Of course I'd have to find
someone to install it. Which I'm guessing would be another $100.
I thought I could try and do it myself since I'm not expecting
perfection. But it is a large dent probably about 20 inches or so and
Any thoughts? Do you know of any Los Angeles body shops that are
reputable and affordable?
Can't help you on the LA part- I live in SC.
With that large a dent and being rippled/creased, you're looking at
replacement or professional Bondo/fiberglass work, then painting to match
for it to look right.
I have an '02 Escape, but I haven't had to pull the fender wells. If you
know anyone with shop manuals for Escape or Tribute, they should be able to
help you out on that one.
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