Wrecked Driver Side Door & Front Panel
I damaged my 06' Forester 2.5X Premium this evening. I left my driver side door open as I was backing out of the garage. The motion of the vehicle opened the door enought to catch the garage wall and fold toward the front of the vehicle mangling door, hinges, front body panel and some sheetrock. I didn't bother swearing - there aren't adequate words in the dictionary and I was too angry at myself to invent new ones.
So, while I cool down and wait for the insurance adjuster to visit I have a few questions (I hope this is the right forum.) First, are there new doors/body panels available for the 2006 model? I'm sure there are artists out there who can bend and bondo any crumpled metal into shape but I'd rather go new provided insurance will permit. Second, I'm concerned about where the door hinges attach to the "frame." Will any distortion of the attachment point cause problems elsewhere? Third, what is a realistic expectation of the auto body shop's repair? Should it look like new, kinda like new or 'A' for effort?