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Diaretical: Dented car in parking lot

Chacham (981) writes | more than 10 years ago

User Journal 2

So, i parked the car and opened the door. It continued opening in a slow fashion, until it hit the car next to me. It left a smudge. When I got out of the car, i looked at the smudge and wondered if it was from me. It was about the same color, but if it was, the color was mixed from his car as well. Is car paint that poorly laid?

So, i parked the car and opened the door. It continued opening in a slow fashion, until it hit the car next to me. It left a smudge. When I got out of the car, i looked at the smudge and wondered if it was from me. It was about the same color, but if it was, the color was mixed from his car as well. Is car paint that poorly laid?

As I left, and going back to the car, he was looking at it as well. He mentioned that there was a dent, if i looked at it from the side. The dent could nto be seen straight on. Then, smartly, he asked me what i wanted to do about it. I told him to do whatever was required, and i would pay, and gave him my address and phone number.

He said how he didn't want to make a big deal out of it (which means that he does, he just doesn't want trouble) and that he had some stick at home do remove it, and later he mentioned he would get an estimate.

Now, i've got scratches and dents all over the car. It doesn't look beat up, but i don't see why it atters. I am amazed that a guy like him cared so much. He must've been in his late forties or early fifties. Is he that vain? Perhaps it was a lease or a rental.

What bewildered me the most is how simply the bump happened. Regardless of its two-dimentional nature, it was there. Do the car manufacturers _want_ cars to be that fragile?

Maybe it's time to get an SUV and a belligerent atitude.

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2 comments

probably (1)

slothman32 (629113) | more than 10 years ago | (#9301337)

Yes. If a car gets bumped and creates lost-o-money(c) big corps then you get to pay to mechanics; and possibly to them. Now most non-dealer mechanics probably don't take kickbacks but dealer mechanics might. Or at least unknowingly. There was some sort of news special months ago about cars going slowly and getting $1000's of dollars of damage. The bumper didn't seem to take the damage. It even applied to SUVs as well as other vehicals.

Re:probably (1)

Chacham (981) | more than 10 years ago | (#9304794)

Now most non-dealer mechanics probably don't take kickbacks but dealer mechanics might.

*Sniff*
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