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Question Laguna Roof Dent

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I've been offered a Laguna RTi cheap from a friends dad. Its done them well until the bonnet catch failed and it flung open on the motorway. Originally they approached me for the engine to swap into my car but on thought the bigger car would be nice for the long trip upto Donington for Download Festival and other hols me and friends are going on.

So it needs a new bonnet + lock and windscreen, but most importantly the bonnet whacked the roof where the aerial is mounted, which has caused a dent and has started to rust. Just wondering if anyone would have a rough idea of how much something like this would cost to have repaired?

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I'm too busy at the mo with uni work to take it round bodyshops. I know its hard to tell the extent from pics but if anyones had anything similar repaired a guide would be nice before I look into it any further.

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Hello and welcome to the forum.

From the pictures,it doesn't look that bad.I would be tempted to remove the inner trim from under the aerial and push the main of the dent out.If this was successfull,then I'd just clean and touch in the rusty area.I'd doubly make sure that the aerial base isn't going to leak,also.This can lead to immobiliser faults......

If you wanted it done properly by a bodyshop,then I suspect the screen would have to come out and the whole roof would have to be resprayed,which is obviously going to be expensive.

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Hello Phil and welcome to the forums.
Looking at the pics it seems that the car got away quite lightly.
The roof is a definate repair. The ariel and remote central locking sensor can be removed quite easily for access.
I would personaly put a second hand bonnet/ catch etc, which can be found at various breakers. I would have thought about 50 and you may even find one the same colour.
The windscreen will have to be repaired profresionaly though, as they are bonded to the car bodywork and it is an integral part of the cars structure.

Very difficult to price just looking at the pics though I'm affraid. Is the car metalic? This will affect the price quite a lot straight away.
Sorry can't be too specific but I hope his helps a bit.
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Hi again

Thanks for the warm welcome and quick responses!

I had thought about DIY'ing it. It doesn't look that bad and it doesn't have to be perfect, just reasonable and prevent further rusting. However having only done some minor stone chip and shopping trolley scratch touch ups to my clio i'm a little bit daunted by the prospect of a larger area. Should I go about it in the same fashion? I followed This Guide using some primer from halfords, paint from a local body shop and Autoglym scratch remover and polish.

Read my mind about the breakers. Been quoted just under 50 by online breakers but with 20 delivery. Theres a number of breakers round here, with a bit of patience hoping to find one the same colour, if not i can live with a different colour until i can afford a respray. As you say it is metallic so would cost a bit.

All in all starting to sound like a nice project to start the summer with.

Thanks again guys.
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I had a similar sized dent in my CLio roof, same area, just took the centre pod out and gently pushed it up from inside. Barely shoes now.
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