Curious if there is any realistic mitigation for it
more interested in knowing if its even worth going to a body shop for
Totally agree, and I told the guy I am passing on his two trucks.To be more specific than others, for proper repair just for the areas shown in your photos could be $2k to $3K if not more. Given what's shown in your photos expect many other areas undiscovered or rust hasn't broken through the surface. The thing about rust it goes deeper than just what is visible. Like an iceberg 1/10th is visible 9/10ths is below water.