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Old 04-28-2016, 12:50 PM   #1
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Default First Dents and Scratches Count!

Just wondering who else has had their firsts haha

I have had my 2016 WRB WRX Premium for 10.5 weeks now and I have already had some significant ones; almost about to hit 3000 miles. I have driven manual for at least 10 years (friend's cars) but this car is my first own manual, first turbo, and first sports/performance car and I am learning a lot owning this lol

I figured writing this out would help with my own coping and easing the pain

Here's my list so far:
1) Hit the bottom driver's side front under the fog light
-Huge clunk from a dirt pit I didn't see in the dark on a beach with hard dirt

Fix:
-Scratch was decent but was able to buff out with wax

2) Stalled while parallel parked in a tight spot and hit the car in front
-Car had no prob but I got 2 sharp dents on the bottom under the grill
-Too sharp to push out myself, not worth the $500 they were asking to fix
-Noticeable in the sunlight but can live with it
-Also got 2 small chips on the back bumper, realize this car's paint is cheap

Fix:
-Just painted them with the paint pen I got at the dealer which helps, although you can still see the indents in the light

3) Backed up into a high curb and scratched the black plastic part under the bumper (first time having such a low car, learning my lessons lol)
-Pretty evenly scratched, under my "race light" and on the two nearest plastic parts that make up that "vortex generator" that pop out behind it
-Mostly noticeable if you literally go back and bend down to look at it

Fix:
-Wipe down and used black sharpie to color it in which works ok
-Will try to somehow make it smooth so the scratches are less noticeable; going to try to erase it since the material is sort of a cheap plastic

Overall, that's my count and I do feel like the last 2 are a bit major. I know this is bound to happen, either with you hitting something or someone else hitting you. It's a heart-wrenching experience but I just feel sad since I have barely had the car for 3000 miles

If you have any experiences or tips let me know!
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Old 04-28-2016, 02:27 PM   #2
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My 5 year old son scratched a 95 into my trunk with a nail.

Luckily I was able to pretty much buff it out with some scratch remover.
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Old 04-28-2016, 05:39 PM   #3
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I have a few scratches on my car... For context: 7K miles, first new vehicle.

2 weeks after purchase I parked in the last spot of a busy shopping mall next to a brand new mercedes. When I came back to my car there was a huge dent in my door, right where the body line bends and the mercedes was nowhere to be found... I looked up a local paintless dent repair place and they got it out in about an hour, looked like new. Cost me about $150 but it was well worth it.

Second scratch/dent I got (and still have) is on a different door. I assume I got it by parking next to a POS truck going to the store. This one actually took off some paint and cracked the paint slightly -.- I'm going to try PDR again and bought some touch up paint from the dealer.

I now never park close to any other cars, despite how much my girlfriend protests.

Got a chip from a rock on the highway on my A pillar, don't really care about that. Co-worker scratched the **** out of my roof with his stainless steel watch getting out of the back seat, never driving him anywhere again. That made a million hairline scratches in the clear coat which can be buffed out without too much trouble. Scratched the underside of my front bumper driving into my driveway too fast, not planning on fixing that.

But yeah, scratches suck. I've had good results with PDR for dents, going to use touchup paint for the rest.
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Old 04-28-2016, 06:27 PM   #4
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I have a rock dent in my hood, a scratch on the passenger side in front of the wheel from a dirty snow bank, and some curb rash from two incidents. Have 32k on my 2015 STI and so far no door dings.
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Old 04-28-2016, 06:40 PM   #5
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Yup, I take my daily drive and drive it. It gets scratched, dented, bumped, etc. I just move on. Why? It's silly to care, the car isn't a show car nor a Ferrari.
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Old 04-29-2016, 01:48 AM   #6
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well i got my first scratches because some one hit and run on my parked car
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Old 04-29-2016, 09:57 AM   #7
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4k miles....scrape and 2 scratches on front lip, many rock chips on front bumper, paint chip on wheel arch (front right) and at least 2 rock chips on windshield.
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Old 04-29-2016, 10:10 AM   #8
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At just over 1k miles, an acorn fell off a tree and put a dime sized dent in my hood. Then at about 5k miles the reflection of the sun off of a window melted my drivers side mirror housing. At 12k I got a door ding on the passenger rear quarter panel on one of the body lines making pdr impossible.

I don't have good luck with cars lol
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Old 04-29-2016, 10:13 AM   #9
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I got a rock chip on my hood within the first ~20 minutes of ownership. 2 or 3 more since then and a couple on my wheels. It sucks but it happens...
I'm convinced the only way to keep a car pristine is to keep it parked in a garage which doesn't seem like much fun to me.
Its tough but try not to sweat it too much.
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Old 04-30-2016, 02:18 AM   #10
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In less than 2,000 miles I drove my 09 Impreza into a snow bank. Did about $2500 worth of damage to the front end which I never fixed. Duct taped the hole in the front bumper. At 56,000 miles I hit a deer and annihilated the other side of my front end, so finally it got fixed. Now at 62,000 miles I still don't have a fog light from the snow bank incident.

It's my daily, not a show car. Doesn't bother me much that it's got dings. I don't even check for paint chips.
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Old 04-30-2016, 10:37 AM   #11
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Someone backed up into my passenger side rear door(crumpling it in) within the first week of ownership of my 2015 STi. Thankfully we caught it on a security cam and had proof that he did it and his insurance paid for it to get fixed.

It was fm definitely painful though, considering I had just got it and hadn't even put gas in it yet(at that time)
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Old 05-02-2016, 08:50 AM   #12
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Threads like this make me feel better about my bad luck. With my 2 month old 15 WRX, a storm at night blew the top part of a construction blockade into my lane which smacked my passenger side pillar, took off paint but no dent. Some of it buffed out.

With my poor 16 WRX, after 5 weeks of ownership we had a bad storm which blew down my basket ball goal behind me, didn't see it and hit the back board. It took off some bumper paint and a bit of plastic. Touched it up and put an Anime "soul-eater" vinyl over it.

I have more stories but those are my only Subaru ones so far. I'm a bit OCD so it drives me nuts but I keep telling myself, it's a DD, $hit will happen.
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Old 05-02-2016, 11:16 AM   #13
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I got a rock chip on my hood within the first ~20 minutes of ownership. 2 or 3 more since then and a couple on my wheels. It sucks but it happens...
I'm convinced the only way to keep a car pristine is to keep it parked in a garage which doesn't seem like much fun to me.
Its tough but try not to sweat it too much.
This is very true. I bought my 2016 wrx on Friday and it hasn't moved out of the garage since then. I am super paranoid to even drive it on the streets without getting the Xpel clear bra on the hood. Hopefully the guy will be available this week or upcoming weekend to install it! Until then it's parked and not going anywhere!! It is no fun sitting in the garage teasing me!!
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Old 05-02-2016, 11:27 AM   #14
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This is very true. I bought my 2016 wrx on Friday and it hasn't moved out of the garage since then. I am super paranoid to even drive it on the streets without getting the Xpel clear bra on the hood. Hopefully the guy will be available this week or upcoming weekend to install it! Until then it's parked and not going anywhere!! It is no fun sitting in the garage teasing me!!
Subaru. Not Ferrari. S-u-b-a-r-u.

Drive it.

Your car degrades more sitting than moving.

Oh yeah, and mudflaps may be a good investment early on if you want to avoid a ton of rock chips on the doors.
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Old 05-02-2016, 06:07 PM   #15
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Subaru. Not Ferrari. S-u-b-a-r-u.

Drive it.

Your car degrades more sitting than moving.

Oh yeah, and mudflaps may be a good investment early on if you want to avoid a ton of rock chips on the doors.
Mud flaps help a lot, but don't totally eliminate chips on my doors. The state highway department puts down gravel when it's icy out, so I have no way of avoiding it except to keep the car in the garage. The thing I hate most about gravel is when it gets caught between the brake rotor and the dust shield. It was worse with my 2013 WRX, but I still get one stuck there occasionally. Thinking about removing the dust covers to avoid it.
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Old 05-04-2016, 11:56 AM   #16
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Subaru. Not Ferrari. S-u-b-a-r-u.

Drive it.

Your car degrades more sitting than moving.

Oh yeah, and mudflaps may be a good investment early on if you want to avoid a ton of rock chips on the doors.
Already installed the RA mudflaps. I'm on top of it!
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Old 05-04-2016, 12:07 PM   #17
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Already installed the RA mudflaps. I'm on top of it!
Noiice
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Old 05-04-2016, 12:30 PM   #18
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Thankfully I got my WRX used with a few dings and scratches already. It helped me care less about all the rock chips and scratches I've caused. My biggest mistake was turning too much into a double-high curb and scratching about 2 inches of paint off the bumper, corner near the left fog lights. The rest of the car looks pretty decent for having 20K miles, not counting the swirls all over the car.

Yes it is a daily car, but I'm sure everyone has a small part of them that cringes each time something new pops up. I do agree that the car is better driven than being kept pristine. All the damage gives your car character and adds to your sentimental value if you want to see it in a different perspective.
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Old 05-04-2016, 12:33 PM   #19
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My 5 year old son scratched a 95 into my trunk with a nail.

Luckily I was able to pretty much buff it out with some scratch remover.
He gave you lighting mcqueen's number.
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Old 05-07-2016, 10:47 PM   #20
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My first dent was me almost totaling my car almost a year after owning it. I wish it would've been a door ding instead.
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Old 05-07-2016, 10:52 PM   #21
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Rock chips is what haunts me the most. I do a fair amount of highway and there is no way around it. Funny story though.... My gf has a newer Jetta. Some dips*** came close in another lane and tapped her mirror. She pulled out and chased him down because he didn't stop. Honking and flashing finally got him to pull over. Long story short he was illegally driving and my lady acquired $200 out of his wallet. Too bad it's just a VW though haha
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Old 05-09-2016, 11:09 PM   #22
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About 4 months into ownership of my now gone 15 WRX I was at a stop light. So at this stop light an older lady got caught in the middle of the intersection. She tried to make the light but just ended up in the middle of the intersection, you've seen this happen before I'm sure. So I back up and wave her back, letting her know she can back up safely out of the intersection because the other cars are now beeping at her and they can't go. Well she does exactly that. She backs up just fine out of the intersection, and is now in front of me at the light. Well, after a minute or so, I'm on my phone because I'm at a stop light I look up and notice this lady still has reverse lights on. So now I instantly panic, this old broad is going to reverse into me when the light turns green. So to warn her of this, I beep my horn. Just as I beep my horn, the light turns green. So instead of it looking like I'm trying to tell her something, she thinks I'm beeping at her to go. And go she does. This lady must have been in her 60's, was driving a newer Jetta wagon, and floored it. Well, to her surprise, not mine, she reversed directly into the front of my car. Now you would imagine that it ends there, nope. So this lady is so old and confused at what's happening she continues to stay on the throttle, so much so I have to pull the ebrake to prevent my car from backing into the traffic behind me, and she's still just gunning it. There is smoke coming off of her front tires, it was almost comical. At one point I put my hands up and said, is this real life? Well, eventually she decided that she had tortured my car enough and found neutral (I could still her the engine bouncing off the rev limiter because her foot was still firmly planted on the accelerator) and I got out of the car, made sure she was ok, and asked her to pull over.

Two days after getting the car back from the body shop after the above incident, I park in a petsmart parking lot. And I park ALLLLLL the way in the back so no one is near me. Welp, some older woman decides she wants to park next to the lonely car in the back of the parking lot with her beat up old malibu. When I come out of the store, theres a group of people standing around the back of the Rex. I'm in shock at this point as I've JUST gotten the car back, so I go running over there and find out the lady, while she was parking behind me "sneezed" and accidentally hit the accelerator and ran right into the back of the car. I was in disbelief, but also grateful that she actually stayed because most people would have just bounced.

So this was all within the first 6 months of ownership. I'm not glad I got rid of the car, I loved that thing. But the brand new Golf R sure helps ease the pain.
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Old 05-10-2016, 03:38 PM   #23
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This is very true. I bought my 2016 wrx on Friday and it hasn't moved out of the garage since then. I am super paranoid to even drive it on the streets without getting the Xpel clear bra on the hood. Hopefully the guy will be available this week or upcoming weekend to install it! Until then it's parked and not going anywhere!! It is no fun sitting in the garage teasing me!!
I would def keep highway driving to a minimum till the clear bra is up.

I know its just a Subaru, but some people would like their cars to look good longer than the first week.
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Old 05-10-2016, 05:57 PM   #24
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I would def keep highway driving to a minimum till the clear bra is up.

I know its just a Subaru, but some people would like their cars to look good longer than the first week.

lol tell that to everyone up here in alaska, where the wrx is literally the #1 selling car on the local market...if you're not dirty you're not doing it right
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Old 05-11-2016, 11:39 AM   #25
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In....Gotta love having a new car. Already nice door dings (thank you SUV drivers, thank you Subaru for amazingly thin sheet metal) that I had fixed using PDR. Two big scrapes on the lower bumper that I fixed with touch up paint (thank you Subaru for this amazing thick paint) but it is a DD and I love this thing. This stuff will happen no matter what and at the end of the day it is just a car. Don't let it affect your life lol, there are a lot more important things to worry about.
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