Does your Volkswagen have a damaged hood? You can either repair or replace the hood. You also can do it yourself or have a body shop do it. If you’re not sure what the best option is for you, we may be able to help. Let’s explore each option to see which one works best for you.
1. Repair The Hood Yourself
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You may have heard that it’s quite hard to repair auto body panels.
If you have dents, you need to find a way to get behind the panel to pop out the dent. Even if you manage to do that, you still have to worry about paint damage. If there’s paint damage, you need to buy touch up paint and all the supplies necessary to fix it. The costs can add up, and you may end up spending more time than you’d planned on this project.
The good news is that hoods are much easier to repair than many other body panels, including:
- Quarter panels
- Door panels
It’s hard to get behind many body panels. For example, interior door panels cover the backside of the exterior door panels. So if one of your VW’s doors gets dented, you would need to remove the interior door panel. That can be a time-consuming task.
Some Volkswagen car hoods have a hood lining. It absorbs heat and acts as a sound barrier. If you have one of those on your car, removing the hood lining is quite easy. All you need to do is:
- Open the hood
- Unfasten and remove the hood lining
- Pop out the dent from under the hood
If your VW doesn’t have a hood lining, it’s even easier to fix hood damage. Yet, keep in mind that you still need the right tools and experience to repair a damaged hood. You may also need to invest in touch up paint, clear coat, body repair tools, etc.. Those costs add up, and it can be quite a time consuming task. If you have minor hood damage, you may be able to repair it. If you have severe hood damage, you’d be better off replacing it.
2. Replace The Hood Yourself
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Do you feel confident that you can replace the hood on your VW? You can save a lot of money by tackling the project yourself. For starters, you won’t need to pay for labor. Also, you’ll save a lot of money on a replacement hood. You won’t have to pay a VW dealer’s inflated price for an OEM replacement hood. Instead, you can order one online from us. We carry genuine OEM VW parts at wholesale pricing. You’ll save hundreds of dollars on an OEM hood panel from us. Look up your VW model here to see if we have a replacement hood panel and/or related parts for your car.
Replacing a car hood is a very doable job. You just need another person to help you remove the old hood and install the new one. Here’s an overview of the VW hood replacement process:
- Pop the hood, and prop it up with something secure.
- Remove the hood struts (if your car has a pair). Be sure to have someone else hold up the hood while you do this.
- Disconnect the wiper fluid nozzles from the wiper fluid hoses, and unclip the hoses from the underside of the hood.
- There are two or three bolts on each side of the hood that attach the hood to the hinges. Stand on one side, and have your buddy stand on the other side. Remove the bolts at your side and then hold the hood up. Have your buddy do the same on their side.
- Remove the old hood from the vehicle.
- Install the new hood in the reverse order of removal.
- Swap the old hood latch and wiper nozzle onto the new hood.
- Reconnect the wiper hoses.
3. Have A Body Shop Repair Or Replace The Hood
Are you more comfortable having a professional take care of the hood repair or replacement process? Bring your VW to a body shop. They should be able to tell you which option is better and/or more affordable for you. Here are a couple of tips that may save you money and ensure the best outcome:
- You can save money by having the body shop use remnant paint. Keep in mind that the paint may not quite match the rest of the paint on your car. So exercise this option only if you don’t care about the paint color being an exact match. If you’ve got an older car, this may be a good option.
- It’s always better to use OEM auto body panels instead of aftermarket. This comparison guide for fenders does a good job explaining why OEM is better. The problem is, body shops tend to use aftermarket parts. Yet, you can get them to use OEM parts. This guide will show you how.
We hope that this guide has helped you decide what to do with your damaged hood. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.