What's the cost to fix rust on a car door?

There’s some rust eating the door on my car’s passenger side, and unfortunately, I think I’ll have to take it to the mechanic. How expensive is it to repair a rusty car door?

Claire Beaney · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Keeping your car rust-free
is a constant battle, especially in the northern states. The cost of fixing a rusty car door depends on the size and severity of the problem. Repairing a medium-sized spot of rust starts at $60, while replacing a replacement door panel could cost $800 or more.
Here’s what to look for so you can estimate the repair bill:
  • Is there rust on the surface? A scrape that removes your car’s paint can cause rust to infect the door panel surface. The fix is minor: sand it, paint it, seal it, and it’ll be good as new.
  • Is there rust inside the door? If there’s been a severe crack in your car’s shell, rust can work into your vehicle door’s inner components. Until a mechanic opens it up, you can't know how bad the damage is, but it will cost more to fix.
  • Is there a rusty hole in the door? If your car door is compromised, it might not protect your passengers in an accident. The only solution for a rusted-through car door is to replace it.
If your rusty car is more rust than car, it might not be cost-effective to fix it. To recoup some of your investment, you can either
sell it as a junk car for cash
donate it to charity
in return for a tax-deductible receipt.
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