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Fender-bender advice needed

Literally, I had a fender bender last week on the 2005 Mustang GT. Some guy backed into me in a parking lot, and the only casualty was the front right fender. It was his fault and his insurance company (Farmer's) has agreed to pay, and told me to let them know where I decide to get it fixed.

So here's the question part of this: are any mainstream body shops these days using generic knock-of body parts on these cars, or can you rest assured that a replacement fender is going to be at least a reconditioned piece? The bottom line is that I want a fender made by Ford, if they end up replacing it (the estimator said it was borderline). The last thing I want is some cheap Chinese approximation, something I'm sure that the insurance company would love to see.

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I know with the shops I use they give me the price to go with the original Ford replacement part or the cheaper route and then it's my call. I always go with the Ford parts and for what I have done it really hasn't been a huge price difference.


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insist on oem fender the aftermarket don't fit right and are about half the thickness of oem.also don't let them bondo your car you didn't have bondo before and dont want it now. just tell ins co you want the car restored to as new condition. if they cant match paint make them do all over job thats your right as their policy holder was the one at fault.

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In Ontario, I can back into your car while you watch with a cop as your witness and the lovely no-fault system will protect me when in a parking lot/private property.

Hard to say what you can actually insist on in a 10 year old car. I can say for sure you'd never get a full repaint. Talk to your body guy, the insurance company is in business to make the payout as low as possible. The body guy will generally work with you, although they won't put their neck out either.

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Where I work (a body shop) WE strive to get OEM parts but if the car is too old we have to go with after market parts.


And yes some of those parts are not as good as OEM BUT WE can get the part to be in the OEM tolerances +/- 1mm
customers come in and see their cars and cant believe WE got it back to pre accident condition NO non MATCHING PAINT either
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