Of course it has panels. They're just welded together- AKA unibody. There isn't really much difference.so i got side swiped, and my rear right fender is dented. for a while i couldnt get my gas-cap open, but i managed to bend parts so it works now.
but anyway that was backgound,
how can u do body work on this car, its a unibody, theres no panels!!!! and theres crap everywhere around where i got dents!!!
they arnt major, they just piss me off cause its yet another set back in getting the car painted.
However, if you got hit, why can't insurance cover the damage? Let the body shop take care of it. You might even be able to get them to get the car just to the point it's ready to paint, and put the difference toward your new paint job. Look at it as a blessing in disguise.