So the golden doodle didn’t have liability insurance? :grin: That’s interesting about the body. I just went to the garage and checked and most of the Clarity body is aluminum with the exception of perhaps the roof and rear fenders. We have a Chrysler Pacific hybrid and it uses aluminum on the rear doors, rear hatch, and the hood (the rest is steel).The other day an exuberant golden doodle chasing some other dogs ran into the driver's side door of our 2018 base Clarity PHEV as my wife was approaching our house. Charlie left a good-sized dent in our driver's side door; fortunately, the collision didn't harm the dog. Yesterday, I took the car to a local body shop for an estimate. They took photos and jotted down all my info and then called me back with the estimate--it was nearly $4,000! The door (as well as the rest of the body?) is made of aluminum. They can't just replace the skin; they have to replace the whole door. On top of that, because we have a pearl white paint, they need to repaint the whole driver's side of the car. We have a $250 deductible for collision but I am worried our rates will go up after this. We pay close to $1,000/yr to insure the car. Wow.
By the way, there are some companies that will access the door from either the edge or the inside with tools that can push certain kinds of dents back out. It may not be perfect or it may not even work at all but maybe worth a little investigation.