You've banged up your door pretty hard and you've been planning to replace it. But instead of replacing your entire door, why not just shop for a new door shell? A door shell is the exterior part of your door and replacing it can give your car an instant makeover. But choosing the right shell isn't just about picking one out and getting it over with. There are a few things you have to remember when buying new door shells, such as its fit, quality, and durability.
- Do get a door shell that comes with all the right moldings and holes. This will ensure that all your existing hardware, such as mirrors and door handles, will fit easily and perfectly with your replacement door shell. The make and model of your car will determine what kind of shell it needs. So be sure to let your parts supplier or dealer know beforehand.
- Make sure that your door shell is made of high-grade galvanized steel to give you a more durable door. This kind of material is more resilient to corrosion, making it last longer and able to withstand all kinds of weather conditions. Since the shell acts as a part of your car's exterior protection, you should be able to get one that will not rust or deteriorate easily.
- Get a new door shell that is already coated with a layer of primer paint. You wouldn't want to get a door shell that stands out and screams
I'm a replacementbecause of its different color. Getting a new shell that is already primered lessens the time it takes to paint over it and to make it match with the door panels and the rest of your car.
- Don't shop blindly. This basically means that you should know all the details before shopping for a door shell. Although knowing the location of the banged up door shell is already a given, it is still important to get the specifics of your old door shell before shopping. This will save you a great deal of time and money when you already know what the part looks like. Observe your old door shell well. Know which moldings it has and where they are located. As a guide, take note of which side you're installing the new door shell and compare it with the orientation of the replacement part.
- Don't purchase aftermarket products. Just like with any other part, buying an OE replacement door shell is the best way to go. You are guaranteed that your replacement part is of high quality and is the perfect fit. This will also save you time in installing the new shell to your door panel since you don't have to go through minor adjustments just to make everything fit.
- Don't settle for a door shell without a guarantee. The standard for this kind of auto part is for a period of one year with unlimited mileage. By purchasing a door shell that is backed by an adequate warranty clause, you get more value out of your money. So if ever the door shell does not fit or does not perform as expected, you don't have to spend more money that you already have.