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Storage racks had fallen over in my garage - right onto the 93! :evil:


Camping equipment (propane bottles/stove) left 3 hail-stone sized dings and a handfull of small white scratches on the hood. Not too bad considering the amount of things that crashed down onto the car. Still sux though!

I dont want to go to dealership for these repairs, but have never needed any body work done on a car and not sure where to go. Macco? I am not sure if I want to go to some small mom/pop shop. Any reccomendations for the Phoenix area?
 

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If you're thinking Maaco, don't do it. They do minimal work. They'll even paint over bird crap. As they say, "You get what you pay for." Find a reputable body shop and you should be satisfied with the results.
 

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Check a "paintless" dent repair specialist. I have never used one, but from what I understand they can accomplish near miracles. The scratches might be able to be buffed out by a good detailer. It's worth a shot. Getting into bondo and paint should be avoided if possible.
 

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Any pictures?

You may be able to get a paintless dent repair person to take care of the dents. Also, the paint may be able to be air brushed but that will need to be evaluated by the paint tech.

Dont take it to a body shop until you are sure that PDR and air brush will not work.

If you do take to a body shop then ask to see a sample of their cars that are done and ready to deliver. Check the paint around the seams, etc and make sure the finish out is good.

Good Luck.
 

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Any pictures?

You may be able to get a paintless dent repair person to take care of the dents. Also, the paint may be able to be air brushed but that will need to be evaluated by the paint tech.

Dont take it to a body shop until you are sure that PDR and air brush will not work.

If you do take to a body shop then ask to see a sample of their cars that are done and ready to deliver. Check the paint around the seams, etc and make sure the finish out is good.

Good Luck.
I can attest to the paintless dent repair experience. It was awesome! I mean you may still see where the ding was but only if you knew where to look. I actually asked the dealer about the service and they recommended a guy that they use. My car was there for service anyways so i just paid about $60 for the one ding. It may be cheaper per repair since you got multiple dings in one panel.

I got my ding about a month after picking up my car from some stupid kid that swung the door of his SUV way to hard. I feel your pain:cry:
 

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I dont have access to digital camera as I am posting from work. But the 3 dings are roughly the size of the smallest possible hail stone dents.

The scratches are also very small and might get away with just using touch up paint cause I am not sure if they are worth the buffing/etching that might be performed.

Like I said, very lucky considering how much stuff crashed onto the car! At 1st, I thought I was in for major paint fix but when I cleaned everything up I was relieved to see how minor things were.

Thanks for the replies, I will steer clear of Maaco and start 1st with professional detail service and see who they might reccomend for the PDR if they cant take care of it themselves.


PS- Bolt thoes storage racks into the concrete if you have them! I still dont know how the racks fell over - but it wont happen again!
 
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