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So here is a 2010 Buick Enclave CXL AWD that got side swiped. I know the door will have to be replaced as well as the tie rod, but what about the frame that the door hinges are connect to? It look bent inward (2nd picture) I think I can pull it out somehow, I just don't quite know where to start. Is it best to take it to a body shop? Or is this something I can do myself? I'd rather save money, but I want it done right.
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Sorry that happened. It looks well beyond a quick fix at home unless you have body repair experience.
 

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I wouldn't be surprised if it was in the $4k-$5k range
 

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I was going to say 4-6k. New door, fixing the pillar, lots of paint blending. It will add up fast. Plus it’s not torn down yet. Once you start peeling that onion I bet you find more problems.
 

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Sorry this happened to you, thats a repair that's nastier than it looks. Quite often, the door never closes or feels quite "right" after the repair and it never gets resolved. Your vehicle needs a frame pull and squaring, windshield removal before the pull, plus a lot more including what discovered after teardown as mentioned in another comment. However, from the photo, I think the "A" pillar needs replacement. Body repairs are $$. Start shopping, your car is totalled.

Even if the 'A pillar can be fixed, my guess is the repars would be in the $8k range give or take. Not sure what the miles are on your E but if its average for a 2010 around 120k it has a market value of about $10k. Insurance companies total out around 75% value (used to be wholesale value) but it varies. MIght be a blessing, I wish my 2011 had been totalled. :) . It was a relatively tough sell and the price I got 2 years ago for such a nice 44k mile vehicle was disappointing.

Good luck and please report back with the estimate and outcome.
 

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Sorry this happened to you, thats a repair that's nastier than it looks. Quite often, the door never closes or feels quite "right" after the repair and it never gets resolved. Your vehicle needs a frame pull and squaring, windshield removal before the pull, plus a lot more including what discovered after teardown as mentioned in another comment. However, from the photo, I think the "A" pillar needs replacement. Body repairs are $$. Start shopping, your car is totalled.

Even if the 'A pillar can be fixed, my guess is the repars would be in the $8k range give or take. Not sure what the miles are on your E but if its average for a 2010 around 120k it has a market value of about $10k. Insurance companies total out around 75% value (used to be wholesale value) but it varies. MIght be a blessing, I wish my 2011 had been totalled. :) . It was a relatively tough sell and the price I got 2 years ago for such a nice 44k mile vehicle was disappointing.

Good luck and please report back with the estimate and outcome.
Well, I think I am going to try to do this myself. The vehicle has just under 80,000 and is in amazing shape otherwise. I will need two new doors ($300-600 each), strut ($200-300), inner tie rod ($40-60), alignment ($70-100), frame pulled and painted ($200-500). So, if I do it myself, it would come to around $1110-2160 + around 20 hours of work. I will keep this forum posted
 

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Let us know how that goes. Also, who quoted you for pulling and straightening that mess AND painting for just 200 to 500? Reputable body shops won't pull and paint a fender dent for that kind of money.
 

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Let us know how that goes. Also, who quoted you for pulling and straightening that mess AND painting for just 200 to 500? Reputable body shops won't pull and paint a fender dent for that kind of money.
Nobody, I am thinking about pulling and/or replacing the a pillar (or at least part of it).
 

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Just to give you an idea, an ebike hit my fender on my 2011..... fender was shot, also dented the hood, scraped the bumper and chipped the paint on the door.... I'm thinking "fender and hood", no big deal.... $6000 later (insurance) its fixed, which included used parts where possible (hood and fender). No pulling, labour alone was $3500. (this is all CDN$$ of course, but thats still about $4500 USD)
You get into frame pulling (yes, the A-pillar is considered structural) and 2 doors and a fender, painting and blending..... To be honest, my insurance would have written off what happened to yours (if cost of repairs plus salvage value is greater than the retail value, its a write off)
I was looking at your pics, thinking "easy fender and door replacement" until I saw the A pillar.... you will get crazy wind noise if thats not done right.
 

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Just to give you an idea, an ebike hit my fender on my 2011..... fender was shot, also dented the hood, scraped the bumper and chipped the paint on the door.... I'm thinking "fender and hood", no big deal.... $6000 later (insurance) its fixed, which included used parts where possible (hood and fender). No pulling, labour alone was $3500. (this is all CDN$$ of course, but thats still about $4500 USD)
You get into frame pulling (yes, the A-pillar is considered structural) and 2 doors and a fender, painting and blending..... To be honest, my insurance would have written off what happened to yours (if cost of repairs plus salvage value is greater than the retail value, its a write off)
I was looking at your pics, thinking "easy fender and door replacement" until I saw the A pillar.... you will get crazy wind noise if thats not done right.
My goodness thats a lot!
 

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Here are some updated pictures after "peeling the onion":

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Here is the other (good) side:
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It would be ashamed to just part it out because it has less than 80,000 miles and it feels brand new inside...
 

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Parting it will be a pain, but if up for it, good luck! Not saying that yours can't be fixed, the right shop can do it, but will cost more than $500 to pull.

Here is my "e-bike" hit that cost $6000 to fix, and not to mention rental costs that were covered as well. You can't go through insurance on this? I think Insurance is a bit different on your side of the border though...

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Yes, $6000 for that.....
 

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Parting it will be a pain, but if up for it, good luck! Not saying that yours can't be fixed, the right shop can do it, but will cost more than $500 to pull.

Here is my "e-bike" hit that cost $6000 to fix, and not to mention rental costs that were covered as well. You can't go through insurance on this? I think Insurance is a bit different on your side of the border though...

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Yes, $6000 for that.....
How on earth did that cost $6,000! That is INSANE! Yeah, mine has a LOT more damage than that.
 

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How on earth did that cost $6,000! That is INSANE! Yeah, mine has a LOT more damage than that.
The fender chipped the door, so had to repaint and blend. Also replaced the lower cladding on the door, repaint. Fender and hood (biker also dented the hood lightly, but being aluminum, they replaced it) So paint on those 2 panels, gouges in the bumper required paint and blending. And since the hood was fully repainted, they had to blend into the fender on the other side. Replaced the molding on the wheel lip, inner fender liner, some headlight clips, fog/marker light bezel, chrome trim strip on the bumper..... Checked alignment and rim for damage..... $6000 CDN (just shy by less than $10)
Looked good when done, but still surprised me.

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