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Hello, this evenings high winds along the south west have brought tiles off the roof my my home. It's rented, so it's not my problem, but yes, one had to fall on my SLK's bonnet.

I'm considering my options. The dent doesn't look repairable - it's on one of the two humps. I'll have to have a good look tomorrow. The car is Linarite blue. I wondered if I could get a replacement off ebay. Any suggestions welcome, thanks.
 

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It will be cost-effective to repair. You will never match the paint off of eBay, it will have to be painted anyway - if they are painting it they can fix it.
 

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It's a deep dent in the hump plus a long deep set of scratches (I can get pictures in the morning, when the hell has stopped). It's a 2001. For about £300 to get one and fit it myself, do you think that it's more cost effective to have someone have a go at it, I am in the UK.


Aside from oxidation, is there significant paint colour difference between cars the same colour?

On the positive side, it could have been over the entire car, it was several thick tiles from the roof apex. My neighbour's Fiat 500 got the same.

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I repeat my previous statement. You will never match the color. It must be painted. The cost of repair is negligible if you're going to be painting it.
 

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yes mate those cars on ebay are linarite and either should be a near enough match you could have the front end painted to be certain of an exact match but that will cost (we charge around £500 to do bonnet bumper and the wings )id ask the seller if they look to have been painted ,condition ie stone chips rust or scratches and go for the best one. I have a linarite 170 and have painted quite a bit of it and had no edge to edge match problems .I don't know how many cars mensra has painted but in my experience even the dearer bonnet will be a cheaper option
 

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On ebay if you type in "breaking SLK " you will find these http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2001-MERCEDES-SLK-230-K-BREAKING-FOR-PARTS-/201023726644?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item2ecdf2a434
There are quite a few SLK's that are being broken. A new bonnet costs about £400 from Mercedes. Now regarding painting it would be best to speak to a bodyshop about the colour match. Sometimes it is not possible to get an exact match and they may need to spray more than the bonnet to get it to look right. New paint will always look slightly different. Regarding a second hand bonnet. They retail at about £300 and you have no guarantee about the condition of the bonnet. It could be rusty and need a respray anyway. However if you wait and scratch around a bit you will eventually find a good blue bonnet that might be a perfect colour match. You do see the odd car for around £1000 either accident damaged or blown engine which you could get and break if it was blue in colour. Two years ago i got a second hand wing for a 7 year old Polo and the match was absolutely perfect. I am also doing a similar thing on my SLK. On Monday a wing for my SLK is arriving as my one is rusty.It has taken me 6 weeks to find this part in silver so be patient ! Hopefully it will be an excellent colour match but I will let you know !
 

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The car is a 2001 and I'm not planning on spending hundreds to get it perfect - there are plenty of other problems like rust. I'll have a talk at a body shop, but I can't see this as repairable. I may go the breaker bonnet route. If it had been the roof or rear window, it would be uneconomic to repair I think. Thanks for the replies. It's a fantastic car to drive.



 

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I own a bodyshop that looks repairable but it would cost more than the £320 bonnet on ebay tbh I would expect to be able to buy a second-hand bonnet for nearer £200 true a second hand bonnet will have stone chips ,scratches and a little rust under the leading edge.if it was mine id buy the cheapest straight linerite blue bonnet and I would repaint it so it was perfect you should be able to have the bonnet repainted localy at any respectable bodyshop for around £250
 

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Did you consider that the one from the breaker may have been repaired already? Not all cars go unscathed throughout their entire lives. I would repair what you have providing that you can get beneath it to knock out the dent. If the bonnet bracing underneath prevents that...then you have a dilemma. New, used or fix the existing one. Quite frankly I would choose to repair the one you have since you already know its condition and the dents aren't all that bad.

The front of my bonnet was damaged and there are three layers of metal along the front edge. I got most of the dent and wrinkling out by putting the front of the thing under the wheel of my pickup truck and pushing the back end down. Worked well enough until I could get the new bonnet since there was no economical way to get those 3 layers straight and make it look like there had never been damage. You are fortunate in that the liner will hide any roughness on the bottom side.

The choice is yours. Do whatever your wallet dictates.
 

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You should not be worrying about the cost - this should be a claim against your landlord's public liability cover. Don#t worry about claiming it is why he pays the premium!

Get it done professionally at no cost to you!
 

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Check with a paintless dent replace. You might be surprised at what they can do. They key to their work is the paint is not chipped off.
 

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Nice find :tu:

I like the sticker on the back window "No Insurance - Seized by Police". The dent in the drivers door makes you wonder how they 'seized' it!!
 

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Thanks for suggestions. I got a bonnet off eBay within a couple of days and fitted it within the week. It's off a car the same age and the colour match is perfect.

The old bonnet was not repairable in any sensible manner. If you look at the pictures, there were multiple dents over half of it and the struts underneath made it very difficult. I went to two established body shops. One said they would just get another bonnet and repaint. The other suggested a repair and agreed that a new bonnet would be far cheaper and easier when I pressed them to have a good look and be realistic.
 
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