1996 Toyota Rav4

The hood release cable on my 1996 Toyaota Rav4 has broken at the latch. My mechanic and two body shops have looked at it. They are now telling me that because the radiator is so tight to the grille and the hood is curved and the hood latch is so far back that the only way to get the hood open is to cut the hood and replace it! To the tune of $400-500 bucks. Am I getting 'Hoodwinked'?
Mary Pat
April 16, 2011.

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