You're best off getting a professional opinion on bodywork. It requires experience with body work, and actually seeing the damage to determine cost. With replacement sheetmetal, and body cladding, plus the cost of the labor, and the painting involved I wouldn't be surprised if it came close to $1000. This is a total educated guess however; you really need to go to a shop and get some real numbers.
Also, even though all who were involved are friends (or used to be anyway) you should take extensive photos of the damage on both cars, and write down a summary of events leading up to the incident. This will be helpful in case there is any dispute in the future as to the actual events that occured.
A friend of mine recently was rear-ended, and the wreck totaled her car. She has a good habit of leaving a cheap disposable camera in all of her vehicles. When this wreck occured, she was able to snap a full roll of both cars, before the police came and moved them out of the road. As a result of doing this, there was no question as to who was at fault. It really saved her bacon when it came time to get the insurance company to pony up some cash.
1993 ZJ Limited 5.2 - no mods - Red with Gold (what were they thinking) trim.
Last edited by automan25; 06-30-2003 at 09:15 AM.