I would not even have thought about getting it repaired properly, if the repair would be easier. I was a little concerned about the scope of this adventure...removing the dashboard, removing airbags, switches, handles, steering wheels, instruments, vents, etc, etc...
The more you have to disassemble, the bigger the possibility of it not going back together the way it was and causing related repairs and so on...
Luckily, "my shop"(Hi-Line Mercedes in Orange, CA) has been excellent in every regard so far!!
Thanks again for all your input.