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Old 06-23-2008, 01:22 AM   #1
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So Thursday evening on my way to a friends how to help him shoot some footage, I stopped off to get some yogurt. Went in for less than a 10 minutes, came out and saw a nice dent on the fender/door edge of my car and my passenger rim was scrapped up with silver-metallic paint.

No note was left, no one saw anything. I went to every car in the lot to see if anything matched up. Nothing. Went back into the yogurt shop to find out if there were any cameras in the lot because I didn't see any and I was right. Bummer
When I got home, tried to clean up the damage as much as I could.
Turns out the fender shifted a tad which caused the passenger door to rub onto the fender edge.

I took my car in to a paint shop that I've take other cars too and I got quoted $350 bucks for them to take car of it. The shop also recommended a Paintless Dent King who quoted me $75-125 for what I described. I'm leaning more towards getting it done at the Paint shop because I feel like they would do it right. What do you guys think?
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Edit: Another thing I wanted to mention is that the Dent King is located about an hour from where I live and I can only get to him on Saturday while the body shop is located around the corner from where I work and I can get my car back the same day. I was also factoring the distance and convenience to the mix.
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Old 06-23-2008, 01:26 AM   #2
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I've had paintless dent removal done in the past on a door ding with great results. It's hard to tell from pictures, but I'd imagine a it could be repaired by PDR. Especially if a body shop that looked at it recommended paintless dent removal for the repair.
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Old 06-23-2008, 01:49 AM   #3
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Yeah Good point... I think I'm more worried about the fender shift being repaired...
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Old 06-23-2008, 01:58 AM   #4
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The money diffrence isnt enough, SO if you facter cost to benefit factor, pay the 300 or so odd bucks and forget The other guy, It would be 75-125+20-40$ for gas, GET it done right, this is your baby, Treat it that way
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Old 06-23-2008, 02:13 AM   #5
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The money diffrence isnt enough, SO if you facter cost to benefit factor, pay the 300 or so odd bucks and forget The other guy, It would be 75-125+20-40$ for gas, GET it done right, this is your baby, Treat it that way
Now that's what I need.. A kick in the ass.. Thank you Parkes
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Old 06-23-2008, 02:37 AM   #6
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I Can Kick Harder, Good luck with the FIX


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Old 06-23-2008, 03:25 AM   #7
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I've had paintless dent removal done before. It is awesome when done well. Even the ones they say they couldn't get perfect because they were on a character line were very, very hard to find afterwards.
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Old 06-23-2008, 04:08 AM   #8
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If you notice, the dent rests on part of the fender crease line and the lower crease is scratched a tad.
The body shop guy did mention that the crease would be tricky but that the Ding King would pretty much figure out a way to "Dazzle" me. I'm curious though.
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Old 06-23-2008, 04:56 AM   #9
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GOD seeing that reminds me, on my suby when a bonehead gave me a dime size dent on my fender. these clumsy ass*** in the parking lot
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Old 06-23-2008, 09:50 AM   #10
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most car dealerships have a PDR guy that will come to their location. You might want to check that.

And if the body shop is recommending to use a PDR why not do that? That way you don't have to worry about the paint not matching.
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Old 06-23-2008, 01:38 PM   #11
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The reason why I'm worrying about it is because of the fender shift. I'm not sure if the PDR can fix that. And the scrapes/scratches. Can that even be fixed without a re'paint?
I guess the thing is, I'm not sure what the procedure is for PDR? Does anyone have a good run-by of the process. I'm pretty sure it's nothing like the dent removal tool that they sold on tv?

And I guess I forgot to mention that I didn't find out about the whole fender shift/door rubbing against the fender thing until after my body-shop visit.
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Old 06-24-2008, 10:57 AM   #12
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PDR won't be able to get that fender or door done 100%. The fender will end up about 80% with what would look like very bad orange peel. The door has damaged the shell which they won't be able to do anything with either. The fender "shift" is fixed by loosening the bolts that hold it and aligning it...2 minutes. There is play in the fender, thats whats moved. I would definitely have a shop do it. I use a PDR company but I wouldn't for this.

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Old 06-24-2008, 01:46 PM   #13
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Thanks Lance. I'm dropping my car off today for the work. Much appreciated!
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