My Nissan Maxima ('97) has light collision damage on the driver's front corner. The bumper cover and the fender are the affected parts. The bumper cover is cracked a little around the turn signal and below on the underside and the fender has a little crease that has rusted through where it meets the lower half of the bumper cover. The car has basecoat/clearcoat white pearl paint so matching is a problem. In mint condition the car is worth about $7000. Body shops want about $2500 - $3000 to do the repair. I am told that the pearl paint makes it necessary to repaint a large portion of the car to get a good match.
Can I save any money by buying and installing a new bumper cover and fender myself and letting the body shop paint them. Or do they need to be painted before being installed and then blended into the hood and drivers door after they are installed? -- Matt