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Doca’s XV: Stamford

Toyed with starting a journal for a while now and because it won’t fit anywhere else, today is the day.

Today is a sad day. At the same time I was having fun with MSPaint

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From here:

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Came this:

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That did this:

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Which resulted in this:

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For those curious, the wafer thin paint that people have mentioned here has survived without a scratch.
 

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Holy mackerel, Doca, I sure hope that invoice is in Canadian dollars, not USD! That's a mighty big ding to your check book for such a small repair, if you ask me.

I hope Stamford is doing okay and resting easy. ... shhh.gif ... nurse.gif ... doctor.gif ...


Gerry ... glasses-slip.gif
 

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So sorry to hear about the incident that happened to your car. I know from your posts that you take good care of your car. Sometimes whatever happens is out of our control. After you get it fixed, Stamford will be as good as new.
 

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Holy Sorry to see this, I feel your pain

Hope it's fixed to your satisfaction

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So sorry Doca! Hopefully Stamford will be back to his old self in no time!

And....I hear the Quartz Blue Pearl paint is the most durable. :icon_e_wink:
 

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Thanks all. First dent I’ve ever gotten in a car.

Because it’s a Japanese car I asked if it was in yen. That’s wouldn’t have been so bad, like $15. The problem is the main impact was right on the contour line so they can’t just pop it out. Th job includes blending paint so now I have daymares of cutting and future issues.

The worse part is that it’s actially kinda hard to see with the naked eye and I’m at a point of conflict. Fix it when there’s no paint damage but maybe introduce a problem area later or, live with it and let it nag at me everyday.

He’s going to gets nice relaxing bath, inside and out, this weekend. Then ice cream... cars like ice cream, right?

Going through insurance because that’s what it’s there for. Down it’s down to pocket change for thr repair.
 

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Thanks all. First dent I’ve ever gotten in a car.

Because it’s a Japanese car I asked if it was in yen. That’s wouldn’t have been so bad, like $15. The problem is the main impact was right on the contour line so they can’t just pop it out. Th job includes blending paint so now I have daymares of cutting and future issues.

The worse part is that it’s actially kinda hard to see with the naked eye and I’m at a point of conflict. Fix it when there’s no paint damage but maybe introduce a problem area later or, live with it and let it nag at me everyday.

He’s going to gets nice relaxing bath, inside and out, this weekend. Then ice cream... cars like ice cream, right?

Going through insurance because that’s what it’s there for. Down it’s down to pocket change for thr repair.
Sadly, it may not be worth making an insurance claim, depending on your deductible and future increases in premium. Your insurance agent should be able to let you know what effect it would have.
 

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500 deductible and no impact to rates, so I’ll save $850. I would have paid 500 to pop it out yesterday and been done with it. My biggest concern is that it’s not going to be a solid piece of factory sheet metal anymore.
 

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Just noticed why the estimate has paint blending. Now that he’s dry, I can see all scratches the ice rocket left behind. Hopefully they can reshape the steel into it’s original form without any cutting/drillng.
 

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Just noticed why the estimate has paint blending. Now that he’s dry, I can see all scratches the ice rocket left behind. Hopefully they can reshape the steel into it’s original form without any cutting/drillng.
Ugh, sorry. How's the access to the panel behind the dent?
 

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Hi Doca, late to the party...Feel your pain and sorrow at this happening. Like me you are a detail oriented person who really takes care of their ride. All in all though it really isn't hat bad. Once it is fixed you'll move on.
Best of luck in a nice clean repair. Spring is just around the corner and we will be back at our polishing and pride !
 

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Ugh, sorry. How's the access to the panel behind the dent?
It’s not bad. They have to remove the taillight and trim (I could do that in 20 min) and they said they have to remove the little window. I guess so they don’t accidentally break it.

@Seattle - Thanks. It really isn’t that bad but why couldn’t it have taken out the rear window instead? It’s the precious metal but could have had a window replaced Friday afternoon and tinted by Wednesday. I’ve already got my spring cleanup ready to go.
 

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If you want to go the "Major Payne" route, I can create a bigger dent on the other side for you.

But seriously, sorry to see that. It really is painful.
 

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Ouch, lol.

Insurance lady will be here by 7:30 tomorrow morning.
 

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I received my insurance estimate and scheduled the car cosmetic surgery hospital. It's the same shop I got my personal estimate from last week.

My post-insurance adjuster estimate is almost $2000 and 7 days. When I booked the shop, I told them their own estimate said $1350 and 3-4 days so I asked about the $700 and 3 day difference but couldn't get a sensible answer. All I got in return was, "That's what the paper says". My best guess is kickbacks, lol.

Just for fun I looked up the replacement body panel. It's about $830 CDN but I don't think it comes painted. It probably wouldn't cost much to paint because its almost no labour; hang, spray, bake, spray, bake X3(?) over two days. What $300-400 for a single panel? And then there's the PITA to remove and install but I don't think it'll take a professional body shop (that's associated to my Subaru dealer) very long to do it. I think $2000-$2400 would probably replace the part. It's close enough that if I was just paying for it, I would have investigated that route and probably changed my shop time to one or two days (depending on shop priorities).
 

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Heading to the body shop tomorrow. Wish I didn’t have to. The dent isn’t all that bad and the paint isn’t damaged but it bugs me. I hope it comes back factory fresh and doesn’t deteriorate faster than anything else.
 

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Sending virtual flowers to Stamford, and best wishes for a full recovery...
 
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