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    Car has been bashed and insurance won't do repairs. Would it be expensive to buy this part and have it welded in?
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    It's not a straightforward job . Rear interior will need stripping out bumper light rear door then spot welds drilling out then panel cutting etc etc its a long process plus filling primer stone chip and wax oil once painted.....

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    yeah it's deffo not your average repair, won't be cheap at all... but if it is one of the early insignias you need to check the quotes against the price of a used one... with the same engine maybe it's cheaper to just replace the car.

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    Post up a picture of the bashed panel. You never know, someone might be able to panel beat it into submission.

    Loads of tools nowadays to pull dents and creases out. i.e. weld spotters.

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    Many thanks here's pics of damage.
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    That panel will need replacing.

    Even if you had the dents pulled out, you've still got the tin worm issue (rust) to deal with below the fuel filler cap. That would need to be cut out and a new repair patch welded in.

    Basically as already mentioned, not a cheap repair.

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    Told you it was a dilemma. So I've possibly found a donor insignia. How difficult would it be to remove the rear quarter panel from the donor car without damaging the panel?. Obviously the one on my car can just be taken off. It's only on 90k and needs one stamp for full service history. On an 09 plate 1.8 vvt

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    I’m not entirely sure you have grasped the concept of bodywork.
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    not easy... you either take the complete panel and remove all the spot welds that hold it to the inner metal parts... or take a grinder to it and cut a part of it out welded on your car... both options will require welding, smoothening and painting... your best bet is to find yourself a proper bodyshop that will allow you to supply either of the above... or just get a car with a bad engine and swap yours in... you'll need some coding to get it working but if you go for one with the same engine it should be a simple engine swap.

    but if you want to keep this one because of it's almost pristine history... be ready for a good old 2500 pounds for that complete job and for that money... well you are in a replacement car with some money spare to do some maintenance look at this one

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    I have a friend who will fix it,, but I want that whole rear panel replaced. I just want to cut some costs because the car needs a door also, hence the donor car. I now understand what's involved. Use a grinder to cut that entire bit and then remove the under bits. The donor car is like under 350£ . And just the panel used is £150 plus postage.it also has different alloys than mine. So before it's repaired I want everything out that needs out, i.e. Back seats, any plastics, headliner, boot interior , rear bumper etc .this obviously will save time and money on the body shop removing them.

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