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Old 01-01-2011, 05:16 AM   #1
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car accident-toyota camry LE-silver

I am considering purchasing parts to save money on my 2006 silver Toyota Camry. I apologize ahead of time if my questions sound foolish, but I am unfamiliar with auto body parts. If I purchase the parts, I assume I have two choices-purchase aftermarket parts and paint it myself or purchase the parts without having to paint them. I need advice on this, i.e. is it possible to purchase the color of my car parts and if so, how do I find the lowest price on the parts
I live in the suburbs of Boston and I assume all auto body repair shops will be expensive. My son had an accident-the hood is propped up. My friend tried to fix it, to no avail-everything is misaligned.
Thank you for your advice.
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Re: car accident-toyota camry LE-silver

Welcome to AF.

The problem here is the extent of the damage to the structure of the car. If the damage is solely limited to the hood, then you may be able to find a silver hood from a wrecking yard and bolt it on. But accident damage is rarely that simple.

The structure all newer cars are specifically designed to distort and bend in a controlled way to absorb the forces of an impact, to better protect the occupants. But this means the welded structure of the car may be bent. This structure cannot be simply unbolted and replaced. A bent structure means nothing will align and the car is not safe to drive.

However, if the damage is not too bad, it can be pulled straight, then the bolt-on parts, like the hood, grille etc can be replaced. But pulling it straight requires skill and sophisticated equipment. So I suggest take the car to a body shop for an assesment. Feel free to get some estimates first. Prices can vary quite a bit. If this is not an insurance claim, be sure to tell them so first.
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Re: car accident-toyota camry LE-silver

Hi Karen, a goods place to search for used parts is Car-Parts.com There you can search by make and model and closest to you. I believe that you will find this site useful for finding parts. Thanks!
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You can claim your insurance company for lesser costs. Did your car get damage due to an accident, Then you should surely go on the way of insurance. There's no better way instead of this.
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There you can search by make and model and closest to you
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Hiya Karen

What ever parts that decide to get you will still have to bring them to a body shop because they will need to be sanded and prepped for a base coast and a clear coat to match the rest of the car.
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