View Full Version : Door damage =(! shop recommendations? Pics attached

07-23-2012, 10:54 PM
Hi all,

I've recently screwed up an scraped my Wagon against a wall where I work. I'm quite upset! In typical urban hospital fashion, the parking lots were full by the 9am clinic I'm working at now, so I decided to park in a spot that was small and nobody took yet. I parked really close to the passenger wall to allow me some space to exit the car. When I drove out of that little microspot, I foolishly had my sunglasses on, was fiddling with my a/c etc, and wasn't paying attention when I scraped the wall. The crunching sound it made still resonates in my ears lol.

As you can see, there is a gigantic dent in the door, as well as some scrapes. There is no visible deformity on the inside door panel, and the entire door still closes, albeit with a larger gap at the bottom (see pic). There are not side skirts. No other damage can be discerned.

I have attached some monster pics of my wagon's injuries. Where should I take it? I've been doing some cruising on this website, and have heard of some common hits include the following:

427 auto collision - Good stuff but a tad pricey.
European auto body - Seems to get the most praise, but a lot pricey
Luxury autobody - recommended by some members, but don't know many details
J.C. Collision - Across from Rocco at RMP. Apparently he recommends it, but I can't find much on it.
Budd's Collision - expensive in typical stealership fashion :D

The only thing is, I'm still a student (for ever and ever), I need to replace all four shocks soon too ($$$), and I'm coming from Hamilton. Also, I would love my wagon to look in tip top shape, but the reality is the vehicle has 170 000 km on it and is starting to show its age! Thus, a basic fix (eg. push out panel, paint) would be fine with me.

My questions to the forums here are:

1) Where would you recommend given my, sort of, criteria?
2) I'm totally inept at body work estimates, so can anybody give me a BALLPARK on what this might entail, given the details that I have provided? For instance, my girlfriend recently crunched in her rear 1/4 panel on her '00 Corolla, and shops had quoted as high as $3000 for a perfect job. She ended up paying $300 for a job that looks pretty damn good,save for a crappy paint job (but she doesn't care).
3) How long could it take? I imagine it is very shop dependent. I read about one poster taking about 10 days. I will be commuting to Mississauga from Dundas (W of Hamilton) daily for the next little bit, and need to way all my transportation options.

I look forward to hearing back from everyone.


05-08-2013, 12:43 PM
Did you end up fixing it?
Where did you end up going?
How much did you pay?
Was it a good job/are you satisfied?

05-08-2013, 01:24 PM

I ended up shopping around and having Atlantic Collision Group on Royal Windsor in Mississauga do it for ~$1800 cash payment. Other quotes were in the ballpark of $2800 to $3500! With that said, I am NOT totally satisfied with it, but it is acceptable. My rocker panel is not completely aligned, which isn't a big deal, and they reused the slightly mishapen black trim and painted it so as to save costs on the part. Overall, it is acceptable, but not 100% perfect. Hope that helps.

05-08-2013, 01:30 PM
Helps a lot, thanks for responding and updating this post.

I am currently looking for a front bumper "respray". No crack damage, just many parking scrapes and ALOT of rock chips.

I have gotten the following quotes:
Luxury Auto Body - $760
Uni-Body Collision Ltd - $450
Auto Magicians - $600
JC Collision - $450
Scratch Wizard (Aurora) - $500

I am leaning towards JC Collision.


05-08-2013, 03:56 PM
For your sake, go with LAB. I've been through the cheap route, its not worth it.

05-08-2013, 04:06 PM
Hi Cormier,

Have you tried any of the listed places above?
What are your experiences?


05-09-2013, 08:38 AM
Wow that's crazy prices

05-09-2013, 09:11 AM
Wow that's crazy prices

Can you recommend any places with decent work that have non-crazy prices?

Thanks. ;)

10-18-2013, 05:56 PM
Good work usually means expensive. Try 427 Autobody (near 427 and the Queensway)

10-18-2013, 11:09 PM
Thanks 4doors. I will check them out in the spring. Been a crazy summer and I have put it off.

10-19-2013, 12:48 AM
York collision, on creditstone rd. South of hwy 7... Painters name is Ronney, he's a magician when it comes to body work

10-19-2013, 11:27 AM
$1800, sorry but that is crazy.

What did they do buy a new door and trim?

I have several friends who own autobody repair places, that cost to them was likely $400.

mr ilia
10-20-2013, 09:07 PM
Carstar fixed the same kind of damage to my 01 sedan 5 years ago.The repair shop as they have told me they bought new used door and had to repaint it.
They did very good job in color matching and very decent paint quality. Their customer service sucked though.
The repair was not visible to an eye.
This all was done for the cost of 3300.00 from my insurance company.

10-20-2013, 09:53 PM
Yeeeeesh I would never go to Atlantic... Ever.

Should've had Rich @ LAB do it. The reason that is pricey is because of how you bent the quarter panel at the bottom by the skirt and door edge. Anytime you hit such a thin and well defined edge of sheet metal, it's hard to work with to get right.

$1800, sorry but that is crazy.

What did they do buy a new door and trim?

I have several friends who own autobody repair places, that cost to them was likely $400.

I wouldn't even take my 318 to someone like that. $400 for that? What's their labor rate, "will work for food?" Lol. When it comes to bodywork, you always get what you pay for.

10-20-2013, 10:37 PM
THEIR cost is $400, you obviously mistook that for the cost they charge you the customer. So when the mark up on him was nearly 450%. I call that crazy.

And my friends own several major chain auto body places, I know how the "insurance calculator" works when getting a quote. Sad to say but grossly over inflated for someone who did a job for cash for the OP. $1800 cash should get you several panels painted and moldings, even a hood or trunk. They did him NO favour for cash.

I stand by my opinion.

10-21-2013, 01:38 AM
Yup, I misread that.

Regardless, none of the *reputable* high-end shops I know of will do OP's work for anywhere near under $1K. None.

I also stand by my opinion.

If anything, OP should've just gone to Luxury or EA at that price range. Oh well, it's all dealt with now.