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For a 97 saab 900se they want to pull the dents in the hood, repair the bumper cover top, replace the grille, paint. Grand total of 1001.73 for repairs.







should i have it repaired or just pick up a hood from the junkyard pocket it the rest?
 

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Pull the dent in the hood and repair the bumper = liberally spread bondo everywhere and hope it lasts long enough for you to sell the car.

Make them REPLACE the parts, not repair. For what you pay in insurance, I'd be damned if I let a company repair stuff.
 

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thats what i was getting at.

if they want to "repair" a bumper skin....run far far away from that shop

were you hit or did you hit someone? did you go to a shop you picked or an insurance or other party recommended shop?
 

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Ill have it re-adjusted get a quote from a shop.
I'll just buy a used black hood/9-3 grille then pocket the rest.
I agree. Shouldn't be hard to find a hood for your car at a junkyard or a pick and pull and find a new body shop.
 

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thats what i was getting at.

if they want to "repair" a bumper skin....run far far away from that shop

were you hit or did you hit someone? did you go to a shop you picked or an insurance or other party recommended shop?
I was backed into. They said to go find a place and if it ends up costing more have them contact us with the quote. Then they'll cut me a check and I can do whatever with it. I need to call a few places and have them give me a quote.
 

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Get another estimate for sure then. When my dad bumped a deer a couple years ago, it looked as if someone just punched a "v" into the hood. The problem was that it hit the horn which got pushed through the radiator, plus the headlight tabs were cracked on the passenger side. Insurance covered a brand new hood, radiator, headlight, and paint which I recall was roughly $2000 5 years ago.
 

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Yeah - either new or used parts - they should not be trying to repair some of those items unless they are "no longer available" which they are still available... When our 1997 Saturn SL2 was "T Boned" in the B Pillar it pushed in the pillar a bit and scuffed the two door skins up a bit and put the rear door out of alignment. 2 Bosy shops I went to quoted between $1500 and $2100 to pull pillar - replace or repair door and align door then blend paint as needed. Insurance co - guy who hit the car - shelled out a check for just over $1200 for repairs (good enough - car cost me $1200) we pocketed the repairs and sold the car for $1300 cash as is. Given - I had replaced the VC gasket, belt, idler pulley - brakes all around and a rear muffler - but the car ran & drove great.

Get some other quotes and get the insurance co. to do their job right.
 

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as everyone said replace parts. and demand new. you can do that. and make sure you take it to a mechanic to have them make sure that nothing else needs done. when i hit a deer i found out only after getting the money that i needed a slew of non body stuff up front that a mechanic would have noticed
 
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