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Old 08-15-2005, 09:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've had my 2003 325i less than a month and it got it's first ding tonight at my daughter's high school at Open House. ghead

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Someone backing out of the space next to me on the driver's side put a dent in the rear quarter, just in front of the bumper cover, in the rear portion of the wheel well. Pushed in about an inch. Can anyone with some body work experience offer any suggestions? Thanks! I'll try to post pics tomorrow...
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Old 08-15-2005, 09:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What our shop does in a situation like that is if the paint is not chipped or the panel is not creased we have a company called dent wizard come and fix it. i'm not sure if you are familiar with it but they pull the dent out or push it out from the inside. without having to paint the vehicle. they're pretty quick also. if you don't have that company you could probably find one like it.
oh and they are a lot cheaper than a body shop.
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yeah dent wizard will do it..


and try to park faaaar away from now on :P
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Just another reason to skip that function.
Funny stuff.

I actually recomend you take it to some semi-decent shop and have them do it. Maybe they can bump it back out without it harming the paint. Could save you from having to repaint the whole panel!
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Here it is. The fender should flow nicely into the bumper cover. I don't know if Dr. Dent can handle this. The paint looks OK. What do you think?
I appreciate all responses. The only body work I've ever done was with a lot of Bondo on my '74 VW Beetle when over 15 years ago!
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Here it is.* The fender should flow nicely into the bumper cover.* I don't know if Dr. Dent can handle this.* The paint looks OK.* What do you think?
I appreciate all responses.* The only body work I've ever done was with a lot of Bondo on my '74 VW Beetle when over 15 years ago!
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That sucks. I think we were talking about smaller dent but this is major. It may needs whole panel replaced.
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That does look decently bigger than what i anticipated. Also, the location of the dent right along the ridge of the fender is goign to be very difficult to try and push out. It's worth a shot ot have a shop try and get them to pop it out and hopefully it will come out clean and straight. then maybe some wax, claybar, polish would help cover up anythign left. If not, you might need the whole panel.
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My buddy had a look and he also thinks the location is a factor pointing to the whole panel...
Thanks for looking...
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First estimate: $558 (body shop recommended by the dealer)
Work to be done:
Remove roof moulding, remove taillight assy., drop bumper, remove panel, repair and refinish panel, replace.
The assessor also stated that we could go dentless for about $100 for an 80% type job.
I'll post other estimates and what we decide to do for anyone interested.
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