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    So, some douche nozzle decided to back into my passenger door while at the airport last week. The dent is meaningful (right in the crease as well!!) at about 5-6" long. No exposed metal / paint didn't crack.

    My question - should I wait until winter is done before fixing this so not to have the harsh winter climate of the great white north beat on it? IE - should I wait till spring? Or should I suck it up and get fixed now?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott View Post
    So, some douche nozzle decided to back into my passenger door while at the airport last week. The dent is meaningful (right in the crease as well!!) at about 5-6" long. No exposed metal / paint didn't crack.

    My question - should I wait until winter is done before fixing this so not to have the harsh winter climate of the great white north beat on it? IE - should I wait till spring? Or should I suck it up and get fixed now?
    If the paint is intact and you can find a shop that offers PDR, I think youíll be amazed-even on creased areas. Itís worth getting a quote.

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    If it's into a crease/body line pdr won't work, they'll probably have to replace the skin, then blend paint into the panels next to it.
    Weather isn't an issue
    Dealing with it.

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    Oh, that sucks, but if it's your daily driver just let it go. A car is just a tool, man. However, if it's your weekend cruiser, that might need some immediate attention.

    I'm happy our cars are old so we don't worry about door dings, dents and scratches. That's what I keep telling myself anyway...

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    I'm sorry to hear about your ride. You might want to bite the bullet and just take care of it now, it might just bother you all winter... especially with that nice of a car.

    I don't think the weather will hurt you very much if you decide to put off the repair. If anything, you might want to wax the dent and around the dent area with some carnuba wax (Mother's California Gold Carnuba) every other month to get you through the winter just as an insurance policy. The winter slush will slide right off if you keep it protected.

    I have to do this with my son's older car which has a problem area that's prone to rust (above the wheel wells of the older Ford Escape). Granted, it's no Tesla but waxing that part of the car every so often has really saved it. If you guys ever see an older Ford Escape on the road in a northern climate, check out the paint above the wheel wells.. They all rust out there. I have no idea what Ford was thinking.

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    Thanks - I'd actually ceramic coated the entire car when I bought it...5+ hours, but makes it worth while / easy to care for. Was planning on doing that next season (with the warmer weather of course)...a top coat of wax couldn't hurt though.

    I'm going to take in for a quote next week hopefully. I'll likely pay out of pocket as my deductible would likely make it about the same. Sigh. Insurance...make it expensive so you can't use it but if you do use it, jack up your premiums so you won't use again...FFS.
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    Get a few quotes, this sounds like one of those dings where there could be a wide chasm between one specialist saying "yeah, this is tiny, we can knock this out cheap" and another jacking up the cost and trying to bleed you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugs Meanie View Post
    Get a few quotes, this sounds like one of those dings where there could be a wide chasm between one specialist saying "yeah, this is tiny, we can knock this out cheap" and another jacking up the cost and trying to bleed you.
    Not sure if I've commented on the nice Encyclopedia Brown reference before, but good work. Enjoyed those as a kid and used to read them to my own kids. Good stuff!

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    Thanks, I don't know why I picked that name in 2005. I always name a fantasy football team the same every year, I just thought it was cool name. I liked Encyclopedia Brown books & Choose Your Own Adventure Books when I was a kid. Maybe Meanie was a nice guy who was just ambitious - Sally Kimball was the real bully and EB was just a snitch

 

 

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