I have a brand new Honda Civic and got into a little fender bender. Since it was my fault I am not going to file a claim. After checking Washington Consumer Checkbook and Angie’s List I selected several shops to get estimates. The first two gave me estimates for about $2,000 to replace the entire panel. There is some rust on the edge of the panel. To my great surprise the third estimate was for $490. This shop said it was not necessary to replace the panel, just remove the rust, prime it, punch the dent back into shape and repaint. They also claim they can do this in one day because they have a special oven that dries paint quickly.
A couple of friends were skeptical that a proper job could be done that quickly. What does the community think?