I recently purchased a 2011 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium, great condition, 21,500 miles. Love it; the car I've always wanted. Now, for the horror (if you guys only knew how much I dwell on matters regarding my vehicles).... On Sunday I had noticed a scratch on the rear passenger door. It was significant, however not so deep that my fingernail got caught when running over it, so I got one of them 3M Scratch Remover Kits thinking I would fix it myself. Treated the area with it, and once I was finished I noticed a round spot where the scratch used to be. I took it to my local body shop (very reputable, but not a Subaru dealer), and they said I wore the clearcoat right off on that spot.
They said something about having to take off the door handle and strip something out, and reapply clearcoat to the whole door. $300 job after tax, but it's not the money I'm worried about. After they do all this, will the door look like it did before any of this happened? Can I trust them to restore it to the way Subaru manufacturer's had it? Or should I take it to the dealership (out of town). I guess what concerns me is if the clear coat job that they do will restore it to the way it looked from the factory.
Any advice would be great, as this has caused me untold amounts of anxiety..thanks!
Edited by jmcquaid1987, 07 May 2014 - 07:52 AM.