We got our car back from the shop today! I am so, so glad to have it again!
Here's what happened:
Ugh. I think it looked worse in person, than the pictures showed.
We were so glad that a friend of a friend has a body shop at his house, and that he charges quite reasonably.
I didn't take pictures of the repaired car, but just imagine a normal-looking car, and there ya go! ;-) It looks great now!