Whether you've just walked around to see the rear of your car after an accident or you've removed interior trunk pieces and floor liners to get a look at the condition of body panels on an older vehicle, seeing compromised metal for the first time is a gut-wrenching feeling. The good news is that, unless damage to your vehicle means it is totaled, things can be repaired. Rotted panels can be cut out, new ones can be welded in, and pieces that are bent out of line can be replaced. Whether you're doing the work yourself or using a professional body shop, experts in the field all say the most important part of auto body repair is choosing quality replacement sheet metal pieces.
In this article, we'll discuss OEM-quality panels you can expect to find in the Replacement Trunks, Tailgates & Components section of our website. If you've got a classic car, we specialize in more than just trunk lids themselves. Depending on your vehicle, you'll find applicable replacement trunk floors, floor braces, drop off panels, cross members, bracket pieces, hinges, and rear body sections. For some popular models, we offer replacement filler panels which cover the open area between rear bumpers and body. For pickup trucks, you'll see replacement tailgate panels, handle assemblies, cables, side trim, bed floors, latch kits, and more. With older SUVs, we offer complete tailgate hatch panels and related parts. Plus, we've got replacement gas-charged struts to support your trunk lid, rear hatch door, or tailgate in the raised position if old ones are worn and no longer up to the task.
Regardless of where you look in this section, you'll find only quality replacement panels from reputable manufacturers such as Goodmark, Sherman, Replace, and Auto Metal Direct. Because these companies are specialists in manufacturing these parts, panel thickness, strength, dimensions, and contours will be the same as OEM parts you'd get from a dealership (or would have gotten years ago for older classics) without the high markup.
Trunk Lid Panels
You'll find replacement trunk lids for domestic and import vehicles on our pages for Replace and Sherman brands. If you're looking for trunk lids for a variety of classics, check out Sherman as well as our Goodmark page. Additionally, Auto Metal Direct specializes in trunk lids for older muscle cars from Buick, Chevrolet, Dodge, Plymouth, and Pontiac.
Tailgates For Pickup Trucks & SUVs
When it comes to tail gate panels, take a look at these pages for Replace and Sherman. And Auto Metal Direct specializes in tail gates for Chevrolet and GMC trucks from the 1960s through the 1980s, including El Caminos. For example, it's possible to select replacement Auto Metal Direct panels with or without the Chevrolet brand name embossed in the metal.
Goodmark specializes in full-size American trucks such as Dodge D/W through 1993, Chevy C/K through 1991, Ford F-series from the early 1950s through 1986, and Ford Broncos through 1996. In that section, you'll also find related tailgate parts such as release handles, cables, weather stripping, cross sill assemblies, seals, posts, skin patches, links, and more.
Trunk Floors And Related Panels
When it comes to replacement trunk floor sections and pickup bed floor sections, Sherman offers floor sections mostly for American classics, muscle cars, and older pickup trucks while Auto Metal Direct has a great selection of trunk floors for 1960s-1970s cars from Chevy, Dodge, Plymouth, and Pontiac. Whether your trunk floor is comprised of one panel or separated into two or more pieces, you'll find the replacement sections you need that match the thickness, shape, and contours of original equipment.
Depending on vehicle make and model, these manufacturers also offer a wealth of floor panels, trunk floor drop off panels, trunk floor braces, trunk floor extension panels, and spare tire hold down bracket assemblies. These can be found using the Product Options drop down box which narrows down what's available after selecting make, model, and year.
Other Rear Body Panels
If you're looking for vertical replacement sections for the rear of your vehicle, we've got them too. Depending on their shape and design, some of the choices may be listed as "rear tail light" panels while others may be described as "rear body panels" or "tailgate end panels" - regardless of whether a car or pickup model is entered. Looking for an all-metal rear section for your classic? Take a look at what Goodmark offers.
Classic MoPar and GM muscle car specialist AutoMetal Direct offers replacement rear sections along with other related pieces such as deck filler panels, deck filler support panels, rear inner body panel braces, tail panels, trunk gutters, and more.
Gas Struts For Trunks, Hatchbacks, And Liftbacks
In this section, you'll find a wide variety of replacement gas struts for European, American, and Asian vehicles. We've got RhinoPac StrongArm gas charged struts for heavier lift gates (station wagons, SUVs, minivans) ranging from 1970s Datsun wagons to 1980s minivans to modern European SUVs. RhinoPac StrongArm hatchback struts are available for many popular sporty fastback and 5-door economy cars produced over the last 40+ years, and traditional trunk struts are available from RhinoPac and Monroe. On the Monroe page, you'll also find struts for passenger car hatchbacks as well as struts for SUV tailgate glass sections that flip up separately.
Trunk Lid Release Cables & Switch Connectors
If you've got a late-model full size sport utility from General Motors (Cadillac Escalade, Chevy Avalanche/Suburban/Tahoe, GMC Yukon/Yukon Denali) and need replacement connectors for the liftgate release switch, see the Product Options page for Dorman Trunk Electrical Connectors. We offer a hand-picked selection of trunk lid release cables from Auto 7 as well.
To help guide you through our selection, we have set up the Replacement Trunks, Tailgates, and Components pages of our website to provide you as much information as possible. After entering make, model, and year for your vehicle in the "Product Options" field of the item you're looking at, you'll see all the choices available. Whether your car needs repair from a collision, a self-imposed accidental bump, or decades of corrosion, you will find all the pieces you need to make your ride looking its best again.