My 4 door DX received a good wallop on an icy interstate to the driver's side door/front wheel area. I think the car is a little narrower there now as the left wiper arm contacts the cracked windshield, the dash plug in the center-front popped out, the hood release is quite closer the centerline of the vehicle, the steering column is almost an inch closer to centerline, the driver side doors do not come close to closing and even overlap each other some, the driver's front wheel has a camber of 20-30 degrees. This was a great-running 34mpg car. Can it be made safely driveable again (for less than the cost of replacement $1400-$2000)? Can I slidehammer it to some degree of its former self? Don't even really need it to seal up completely (other than the windshield).
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1990 Honda Civic Question: Collision repair
Answer #1louis1953 from AGCO Automotive Corporation, March 23, 2011, 19:44Technician
A good frame and alignment shop should be able to rough out this damage for you. That is pull the major components back into place with no cosmetic repair or panel alignment. In unibody repair, 80% of the damage is normally removed with 20% of the effort (cost) and the final 20% (getting just right) may represent 80% of the cost.