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Today I managed to partly rip off a side skirt on my 2008 Civic (trying to avoid a large puddle at a tricky road junction).

I've now removed it and think with a bit of bodging I can refit it. (Given the age of the car, I hesitate to buy a new skirt and I don't fancy trekking around breakers, even on-line, to locate one that's been used.)

Before the rain forced me indoors, I briefly tried to slot the skirt onto the white clips attached to the bodywork (the ones that you twist through 45 degrees or so to remove or re-instate). But the clips are inclined to swivel, and I'm wondering how to get them all aligned so the skirt slides on to them.

If my further attempts tomorrow fail, I'll get a professional to do a proper job. I'm not sure if this is something my Civic dealer could do - they might refer me to its bodywork specialist; presumably any bodyshop closer to me could obtain and fit a replacement?
 

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I looked again at the skirt that had been ripped off; not surprisingly, it was scratched and three of the slotted lugs had been torn off. And the underside brackets for the poppers were torn.

So I approached several local companies for a quote to supply and fit a new sill.

The body repair shop nearest me quoted me £500 :surprise: including painting (?).

My Honda Civic garage never came back to me as promised.

Another body repair shop (Honda-approved, it said) quoted £139.28 plus "Labour (Prepare, prime and paint repaired and/or new panels) Plus paint & materials @ £55.00"

I suspect - indeed, would hope - that "prepare, prime, paint" is standard wording, as there's only a tiny scratch on the bodywork - which would be covered by the new skirt, and that the £55 relates just to labour and the odd replacement popper etc. (And of course the replacement skirt comes colour-coded.)

But under £200 seems quite reasonable (less than I had thought) and the shop is very convenient for me.

No doubt more expert members of this Forum (that is, almost all of you) would say fit the thing yourself, but I didn't have much luck trying to remove one of the poppers from the underbody
 
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