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Unread 07-26-2012, 01:56 PM   #1
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Alright well I'm new to driving a manual and made my first newbie mistake of parking in neutral with the ebrake down. Car rolled back in parking lot and hit someones rear fender leaving minor dent.

She brings me an estimate at 1371$ to fix it and pretty much replace everything, I see her car again a couple days later and the dent is completely popped out with some chipped paint and to me it just looks like it needs some paint. I'm not trying to cheat anyone here, I was the one that did the honest thing and left a note however I don't want to get screwed because of it

Can someone let me know if this is unreasonable because it seems to be to me but then again I dont know all to much about body damage

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Well that estimate seems reasonable.

You WERE at fault.

What irks you is that the money you paid didn't go to fixing the damage.

You did the responsible thing. What she does with the money is really of no consequence. If she is willing to drive a banged up car in stead of fixing it, well that is her prerogative. Personally I would get it fixed, not because I was "expected" to do that, just because I like my cars to look good.

Let it go and sleep better tonight.
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Well that estimate seems reasonable.

You WERE at fault.

What irks you is that the money you paid didn't go to fixing the damage.

You did the responsible thing. What she does with the money is really of no consequence. If she is willing to drive a banged up car in stead of fixing it, well that is her prerogative. Personally I would get it fixed, not because I was "expected" to do that, just because I like my cars to look good.

Let it go and sleep better tonight.
I know the estimate was accurate but my question more or less is was all that work necessary for a dent that clearly just got popped out and could be painted or was she trying to make a buck

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Seams pretty resonable actually.
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Seams pretty resonable actually.
Okay thanks I appreciate it.

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Being popped out would never be quite right. Price was quite reasonable.
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Yeah those plastic bumpers might as well be made of solid gold for how much they cost, and they can never be 'repaired' like a metal one can.


Also, get into the habit of yanking on the parking brake handle every time you park the car. Only reason not to is if it would break should you try. Do it even in vehicles with automatics.
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