How Much Does it Cost to Replace a Car Door?

By Rob Freeborn

If you’re looking to replace one of your vehicle’s doors, you either have a very old vehicle or you’ve been in an accident of some kind. Either that, or you’ve got a really good story. In any case, there are actually quite a few variables that go into the replacement of a vehicle door. It’s a lot more than a simple undoing and redoing of the hinges. Each of these variables can affect the overall price of replacement. Let’s take a look at these variables and come up with some options and the numbers that follow those options.

Where Can I Get the Work Done?

Your best bet is at any reputable local body shop. If you’re having it replaced under an insurance claim, you may be better off taking it to a dealership that has an onsite body shop. Dealerships are slightly more expensive (which shouldn’t make much difference if it’s an insurance claim), but they also have more experience with your particular make, and better access to parts. Replacing a door isn’t exactly an in and out procedure, especially if the door needs painted afterwards.

Where’s the Best Place to Find a Door?

If you’re getting the work done at a dealership, chances are you won’t have to worry about this part. If you’re having the work done at a local body shop, you may be given the option of a new or a used door. Getting a used door isn’t very hard; there are plenty of them in auto salvage yards across the country. Finding the perfect fit, however, is a lot less likely. As such, there may be some parts that will need to be swapped over, and the new door may need a coat or two of paint. On the other hand, even with all the extra work involved, finding a good used door should leave your bill on the lower side of the coin when compared to going brand new.

What’s the Price if I Go New?

Most dealerships will not give an average price for a car door because the price depends on too many variables (cost of the paint, make and model of the vehicle, power options, etc.). However, just to give you an idea, the list price on a front door shell (and this is just the shell, no window, no internal parts, no door panel) for a 2008 Chevrolet Impala is $826.59. Depending on the amount of parts that need to be changed over, you’re also looking at three to five hours in labor as well. That could bring the price of the total job to well over the $1,000 mark.

What if I Go Used?

Going used is usually your best bet…if you’ve got a good body shop. Most used doors, even if they came from the factory with the same color, will need to be painted to match your vehicle. The paint on both your vehicle and the used door will have faded over time. Their length of exposure may have been different, however, which could cause them to fade at different rates. This usually results in a slight color contrast. With the paint, the door, and the labor involved in changing them out, the average for this job is going to be in the realm of $500 to $800 depending on make and model. Knock an average of $200 off if the new door doesn’t need a paint job, but remember that the more gadgetry your vehicle has (i.e. – power windows, power locks, tinted windows), the more this job is going to cost.

(Please remember that these repair prices can also fluctuate based on geographic location, as well as vehicle make and model; and that these numbers represent averages, not actual prices offered at any specific repair facilities.)

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