Ok so a few weeks ago we had some tornados come thru, large hail. I got some major dents on hood, roof, sides, and trunk of my 04 Mazda 3. Im not going to be shy about how much its been estimated, my insurance company estimate was roughly $4200.00, i pay $500 deductable, so i got my check for $3700.00. I took it over to the place my Mazda dealership recomended, and they estimated almost $5800.00 involving completely replacing many panels such as the roof, hood, and some sides. along with a whole new paint job on the whole car minus the bumpers. I also took it to a place that will remove the dents, rather than remove, replace, and repaint. ive seen their work and its good. and i was quoted roughly $2700.00 plus the cost to buy a small part he cant remove dents from. now i ask, is it better to get all new panels and new paint job rather than keep the original paint that cant be duplicated, i dont believe it can look quite as good as original. any downsides to getting the dents removed rather than replacing panels. this place has to do a good job in removing the dents, the bank wont sign off on my check til they inspect the repairs.