Fender-bender advice needed - Ford Mustang Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-11-2015 Thread Starter
randmag's Avatar
Joined: Sep 2014
Location: Placer County
Posts: 12
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.

Thanks to all!

randmag is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-11-2015
Classic Member
4.6L Member
5.0L Member
S197 Member
B.Cooper's Avatar
Joined: Mar 2014
Location: Tampa Bay Area
Posts: 8,145
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.

Engine mods - all stock, trust me, wanna run??!!!
B.Cooper is offline  
post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-11-2015
PONY Member
Joined: May 2013
Posts: 698
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.

ALLYDRIVER1 is offline  
post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-12-2015
MACH I Member
b1lk1's Avatar
Joined: Jul 2008
Location: Long way from home
Posts: 2,747
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.

1988 Mustang LX coupe will miss you greatly
traded for:
2004 Mazda 6s 5 door Sport w/5spd/3.0/RX8wheels/Kon/Eibach/and then some

b1lk1 is offline  
post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-12-2015
GT Member
Classic Member
V6 Member
S197 Member
silver_stang200's Avatar
Joined: Dec 2006
Location: Crete
Posts: 2,362
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
they look as good as new


2009 MUSTANG (45TH Aniversary) premium w/pony package.
AUTO, Leather, IUP, Kenwood DDX393/Speakers
A.M Bullitt wheels W/custom center caps
RAXIOM RETRO'S Black turn signals/Tinted rear bumper lights cobra Roadster hood that's functional and many other mods

Yes I know my user name doesn't match my car color

1966 coupe 289 2V C code factory BENCH/P/S
silver_stang200 is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Mustang Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a VALID email address for yourself, otherwise you will not receive the necessary confirmation email needed to confirm, validate and activate your new AFM member account.

Failure to provide a VALID email address, will result in the cancellation of your new AFM member account registration.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome

Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1