Hail Damage - Repair or Drive Into The Ground?
So here's the back story. I bought the car in early 2008 when the new models came out. It was actually my first car purchase myself (although parents had to co-sign). I eventually got their name taken off of it, but it wasn't the best way to have it done.
In 2009 we had a massive hail storm which seems to hit every couple of years or so. My car was unfortunately outside during it, and was beat up pretty bad. The insurance company actually asked me for my purchase papers from the dealer, and I was extremely surprised what happened.
They wrote my car off, and basically gave me almost what I paid for it. I kept it, and had a couple hundred dollars left over.
Now it's 2013, and I am out of the 5yr/50k warranty that came with the car, and I am starting to really hate the lunar surface of my car. I know why they wrote it off, and I didn't care because it was brand new. However, I am wondering if it would be worth it to fix it. The problem I see, is that most of the panels on these cars are one solid piece. So the front quarter panel is attached to the little metal piece along the tops of the doors, and then to the back quarter panel.
That's probably why they wrote it off. The only side that is good, is the passenger side. It's not bad except for the top by the doors, but the rest of it is fine. How hard is it to do these fixes yourself? Do you just fill it with bondo or do you have to try to hammer out as much as possible before filling and re-sand/painting it?
I am not a mechanic by any means, but I'm just trying to find out how much actual work there is going to be to fix it.