This topic has arisen several times, usually in the context of damaged vehicles for sale by others, but IIRC, we've never had a thread devoted to it until now:
How on earth do we get repairs to the custom (semi-custom?) fiberglass skirt / ground effects / trim pieces on our Interstates, especially the older T1Ns?
I assumed it would be fairly simple, but it's not. The regular body shops see something that looks halfways custom, and they don't want to touch it with a ten-foot pole.
On my Engine thread
, I talked about the fact that my tow operator dropped our Interstate off his flatbed. The cabling snapped tight and carved out the bumper cover. Tow operator was totally honest about what happened, told his boss, and when I retrieved the van from Freightliner of Austin and opened the conversation with the tow company, they said, "We have been expecting your call."
So, they have agreed to pay to repair this, and now I just have to find someone who will actually accept the job.
Given my autobody rebuff, I'm now looking at yacht people, among others. I'll post back when I get forward motion.