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Unread 11-22-2010, 02:49 PM   #1
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I'd like a lot of help- I'm gonna need it

I'm a college student. I just got into an accident. Here's a photo:



As you can see, the front bumper has been pushed in and the fender was pushed back.

I've decided to try to tackle this myself to save money. The lady who hit me is paying me $2000, so I've got a bit of a budget- though I'm not keen on spending too much of it. I'm trying to get her back to where she was, approximately.

So my main issue is the fender. I can get a new fender from ebay, and then paint it myself- will it look ghetto if I use primer + spraypaint + clearcoat?

Also, where the fender mounts (on the corner of the car) took a pretty darned big beating.

Finally, the star bolts that hold the fender on (right beneath the hood) are stripped. What can I do?

Please advise- I'm a complete noob.

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Unread 11-22-2010, 02:57 PM   #2
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Find a U-pull-it type junkyard and remove the fender yourself. You will know how it goes back on after removing the replacement and the old beat up fender. You can also find a new grill and front bumper at the same time.
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Unread 11-22-2010, 10:07 PM   #3
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Find a U-pull-it type junkyard and remove the fender yourself. You will know how it goes back on after removing the replacement and the old beat up fender. You can also find a new grill and front bumper at the same time.
^^^^^^ Good advice
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Unread 11-23-2010, 02:13 PM   #4
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Look at some write ups on the web so you know what is going on and the steps to take get it off. A Chilton/Haynes manual only goes so far especially if you have never done this before and it will help you to take the right tools. I don't know how many times I cussed a part because I had to make do with a crescent wrench when all I needed was the next size up from the one I bought. Does your college have an auto shop class? If it does, they will do work really cheap (usually materiel cost) and may even let you help.
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Unread 01-13-2011, 09:24 AM   #5
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I think it wont be a perfect match with spraypaint. and like the others suggested junk yard parts. maybe even find the same color.
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Unread 01-16-2011, 05:24 PM   #6
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Also remember that panels in a salvage yard have been exposed to weather for differing amounts of time and of course this ='s color fade.
Might not be apparent at once but after you bolt panel to your machine you MIGHT notice slight difference in panel verses rest of machine color.
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