car door frame vs garage door frame


shananigans
07-12-2015, 09:54 PM
So, I'm an idiot, and in a very sleep deprived state managed to get distracted enough between getting in my car and pulling out of the garage that I somehow forgot to close my door. The pic linked below shows the resulting damage. Will I likely have to repair the whole door? Is there a way to just replace the window frame since that's the only part that's bent? What should this run me to fix?

photo link: https://flic.kr/p/uZuwgT

shorod
07-16-2015, 06:45 AM
Yikes, I suspect the metal would be too fatigued to attempt to bend that back and expect it to not crack. I think you're best bet would be to find a used door from a salvage yard and install it.

Did the window break or was it down at the time? If it broke, you might be lucky enough to find a used door already loaded with a window. And if you're really lucky, you might even find one in the correct color.

-Rod

shananigans
07-16-2015, 11:58 PM
The window was down at the time, thankfully. I found a local shop that was able to get me a salvage door int the right color for $250, unfortunately something went wrong with the electronics switches and wiring as well, so I had to get a new switch for about $120. They charged 2 hours of labor for the whole thing, though I think they probably spent more time than that considering they took apart my old door to keep the interior matching the rest of the car and had to mess around with the wiring and and replace the switch.

At least I made friends at a new shop, I would go back, hopefully won't have any reason to in the near future!

shorod
07-17-2015, 04:59 PM
Glad to hear you got it squared away for what sounds like a pretty reasonable expense. And if you found a shop you can trust out of the experience, that's good too.

-Rod

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