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Old 09-19-2011, 12:09 PM   #1
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Default Rear passenger door damage...Need suggestions

Hello Everyone - So I'm a new dad and 2011 Sti owner. And I recently took my daughter in her car seat out of my car (first time ever!!) and brought her inside before pulling my car into the garage. Well, my dumb*** proceeded to hop back in the car without closing the rear passenger side door and pulled into the garage. Well I'm sure you all can figure what happened from there....It sounded like I ran something over, before I realized what I had done. The door hit the garage frame and slammed shut. I blame it on lack of sleep with the new baby in the house.

So long story short, I have a vertical crease dent starting from the top of the door down to the bottom (this dent is bearly noticeable unless in the right light and looking at the correct angle). There is no dent on the top factory crease(body) line that goes from the rear taillight to the front, but the lower crease (body) line took a hit and has a small dent along with a small circular door dent right (hardest hit spot) above the lower factory crease (rear wheel well to front wheel well). The paint cracked alittle on the small cirular dent as well. Sounds horrible, but it doesn't look to bad with all the house paint cleaned off and that fact that I was pulling into my garage very slowly, so low impact. Beside the small crack in the paint there are no scratches either. But the damage is done, so now to figure out what to do.

My question is, do i just purchase a new door since this car is pratically new (< 10K) or is it possible to repair this type of dent. Has anyone had a purchase a new door? How much was it?

I will post pictures once I get home as I am at work today. Also I don't think I want to make an insurance claim, and don't have the money to fix now, but just want to see what my options are so i can fix it in the near future.

Thanks in advance for any input.
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Old 09-19-2011, 06:57 PM   #2
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From what you are describing it does not sound like you need a new door. I would bring it to your local, reputable, body shop and they will outline the refinishing procedure for you.
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Old 09-21-2011, 07:07 PM   #3
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If you take a picture of it I can tell you how much it would be. Where are you located?

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Old 09-21-2011, 07:53 PM   #4
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ouch... wondering if you could do a insurance claim on this if u have to
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Old 09-23-2011, 11:11 PM   #5
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Get a couple of estimates. Some will tell you to replace the door simply because they don't want to do the extra work. I would try yelp local body shops. You might be able to save a few dollars if you take out the window and inner door card and put it back in yourself. It's the labor that adds up. Good luck.
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Old 09-23-2011, 11:13 PM   #6
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Also, do NOT go to maaco or the Stelership for quotes.
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Old 09-24-2011, 01:30 PM   #7
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Does Subaru fuss about warranty when a vehicle has had non dealer repairs done? I knew someone who ran into this type of problem with a different car manufacturer so figured I'd mention that.
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Old 09-24-2011, 04:59 PM   #8
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I work in a body shop, and we would not replace the door. Grind off the paint, repair damage, feather edge, prime paint. Possibly blend front pass door and quarter panel. Claim it forsure!!! Repair will be at least 1 or 2 hours, and paint could be as much as 3 or 4. Plus disassembly and assembly, looking at $1000 minimum. Also, my shop offers lifetime guarantee, so do other good shops. No maaco!!
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Old 09-28-2011, 09:06 PM   #9
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Paintless dent repair.........I just got all 4 doors done on my car a bunch of small dings 125 bucks. Do a search in your area it's worth it.
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Old 09-29-2011, 01:55 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the great feedback. I am going to shop around and see what the shops have to say. I personally think everyone is correct in the fact that the door can be fixed without replacing it. There is just one dent (hardest hit spot) that I am alittle scared about, and whether it can be repaired and still look good.

My buddy had a similar matter, but when he fixed it you could tell work was performed on the door. Just barely, but enough that I wouldn't have been happy with it.

So in other words, I want quality work to the point where one would think the door was replaced. I don't want someone looking at an angle and saying "Man, what happened to your door?" after its been fixed. So I am going to exercise all options, as I am willing to pay to have it repair correctly and professionally.

And trust i wouldn't even let Maaco look at my car from a distance, LOL!
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