Had someone somehow leave a dent about half a foot across at a weird angle just above my rear driver-side door handle earlier this year. The paint was only slightly broken at the time so I figured a paintless dent repair would be fine, and I found someone willing to give me an approximate price quote by just sending my pictures of the damage.
That got rid of the dent, but the broken paint gradually got worse over the months and now there’s a big rust spot there since the cracked paint just peeled off. It’s a bit of a hassle for me because it seems most bodyshops aren’t even willing to give a ballpark estimate with clear pictures alone, and require that I take my car in person.
I’m worried about what to expect about pricing to completely clear the rust and match the paint, and how bad it could get if I let it go. If it’s some ridiculous cost like nearly $1,000 or more(my insurance deductible is already $1,000, if that matters), I’m tempted to just scrape off the rust myself and use some touchup paint to hide it as best I can. I’d rather not continue doing nothing about this, but if I did, could it get so bad as to eventually rust out a large portion of the door?
Any advice appreciated!