I have a 1996 Pontiac Bonneville SSEi. There'* a small plastic piece of trim just before the driver'* door. Here'* a photo of the part and surrounding area:
If you zoom in a couple times, you will see that on this part there is a crack in the lower left-hand corner and an ugly gouge about 1/3 up on the right:
Here is a photo of the part in relative isolation:
1. What is the name of this part?
2. Where can I get it cheaply?
3. Do you think it would make more sense to have a body shop patch it or simply replace it?
My guess is that the cost of replacing will be nearly the same as patching.
FWIW, I took the car to the dealer'* repair shop. Their advice: leave it the way it is, because, as you can see in the first photo, the painted plastic trim now has a different color than the painted metal, and a bodyshop that paints the plastic wouldn't match it. :( I suppose that would be true if they used the original factory specified paint (which would no longer match 7 years of oxidation), but can't a body shop match paint colors exactly using computers or something?
I don't want to have to paint the whole car--just this one piece--but I don't want my car looking like a patchwork quilt either! Surely someone here has already faced this or a similar problem.