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post #26 of 27 (permalink) Old 17th October 2016
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Re: Rear Quater Panel Replacment !! Anyone done it

You need to find a better bodyshop that's fixable WITHOUT replacing panel - i've repaired a lot worse!! if East Anglia area I can recommend 2 places I've used for private repairs to cars i've owned that have been 'written' off due to cost. A car financial life for insurance reasons is 7 years!! (unless a valuable model)

example my sister worked for norwich union /aviva motor engineer report section and and they explained to customers a 7 year old car needing a head lining would be written off due to new parts / labour cost but in reality could be diy repaired for 25 to 50 lol!
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Re: Rear Quater Panel Replacment !! Anyone done it

TBH I'm not surprised that pulling at the dent had little more than a temporary effect.

The raised kink is a high-spot which has arisen because the metal distorted when it was stretched.

That is what would need addressing first (by being tapped back into line with a hammer & dolly), and once back in shape, the rigidity of the dented section would be restored.

I would try to remove the interior trim to see if the panel can be accessed, it may be an idea to examine the scrapped car, on the pretext of sourcing a related piece of trim, rather than exploring your own car.

I suspect that the people you have spoken to at bodyshops are probably fitters rather than panelbeaters, who prefer the easier-option (for them) of cutting/welding/spraying.

FWIW I believe it is repairable.

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