I got hit! HELP! I need a tailgate, PLEASE!

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Hello fine Folks.

Yes, I am brand new to this forum, but not to my 1990 GMC Suburban! She has been with me for over 30 years!
Just last week, while I was dropping off my family at the Phoenix Airport, I has rear ended while I was parked, and the tailgate was down unloading the luggage.
Thank heavens I was curbside and not pulling luggage from the back when a snot-nosed kid in a big honk'n Chebby truck hit me!

Obviously, his insurance company (AllState) is paying to fix my old girl, but they can not (or will not) take the time to find me a replacement tailgate!

As I said above, I have the drop tailgate style rear door with the glass that motors up and down into it.

I am located in Sedona, AZ. but, I am CERTAIN I can talk AllState to have a clean tailgate shipped in from just about anywhere!!!

Please, any thoughts or suggestions as to where to look? Or, does someone out there have one of these for sale? Am I listing this request in the correct spot on this forum? Or, should I be listing this elsewhere?

Also, anyone know what span of years my tailgate was used between? Can a Chevy tailgate be used without any issues as well?


A HUGE thank you, in advance for any and all help with my problem.
 

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Well, it looks as if we can "call off the dogs".
I was able to locate both a used AZ original gate, and a company that reproduces these. I am leaning towards re-doing a used original.
Thank you.
 

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Oh Boy!!!
Here we go again!
Looks as if the tailgate that the Allstate recommended Body Shop found, after 2 MONTHS is not a good unit. The Body Shop said "We have exhausted our search for a new used gate and no long want the project". WHAT??? REALLY???

So, I am once again in search for a solid tailgate. AllState will be paying your price, so.........

Also, has anyone used Auto Metal Direct an aftermarket body panel manufacturer? (AMD).

They seem to have an aftermarket tail gate but I question the integrity of the item. After all of this I do not wish to be disappointed in the finished job.

Thank you guys, again for any information or input.
 

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5 months have passed and STILL no tailgate!
Asking you all for any leads or suggestions, please. Thanks.
 

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Update.
The local CarStar, where my Suburban has been waiting for the tailgate finally finished an aftermarket tailgate installation!!! Wow! that only took 7 months! Now a waiting game to see if the liftgate stays aligned for more than a few months. Thanks Allstate for all the help! NOT!!!
 
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