Heh. Not quite a Kleb car yet. Just means I’ll have to find something nicer
and hand this down to the youngest boy.
Truth be told, with the exception of the rubbing into the paint on the edge of
the taillight opening I’m betting I can Martha this right out of the finish,
which is what I’ll do. The body shop I talked to yesterday wants to do two
stage paint for some weird reason - they were adamant that no one does single
stage paint any more, which I find strange and slightly suspect.
Anyone here heard such stories?
> On Oct 10, 2016, at 9:02 PM, Dwight Giles via Mercedes
> <email@example.com> wrote:
> Give you $500 for it. Seriously glad you had,an honest hitter.
> Dwight Giles Jr.
> 1982 300CD
> 1990 300D
> Wickford RI
> On Oct 10, 2016 8:50 PM, "Max Dillon via Mercedes" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>> Ouch, that's no fun to deal with. Poor car is ruined, guess you'll have
>> to sell now...
>> I call dibs!
>> Max Dillon
>> Charleston SC
>> '87 300TD
>> '95 E300
>> On October 10, 2016 7:04:53 PM EDT, Dan Penoff via Mercedes <
>> email@example.com> wrote:
>>> I park in a parking garage at my office. The space I park in is one of
>>> two that are sandwiched between two block walls. There is room for two
>>> vehicles to fit in the area without having to squeeze out of the door.
>>> I normally park well to the right against a wall so the person in the
>>> other space has plenty of room. This is usually another employee I work
>>> with, or if they’re late, some guy with a big red Dodge pickup truck,
>>> who swings wide because he won’t back up and straighten out to pull
>>> into the space.
>>> So today as I’m pulling out of my garage I hear a big “pop” sound and
>>> realize I forgot to clear a plastic container with a set of old H4
>>> bulbs in it. Realizing that the metal part of the bulb might have
>>> damaged my right front tire, when I pulled into my parking space this
>>> morning I moved towards the middle of the space, evenly spacing my car
>>> between the yellow lines, with a good 8”-12” on each side of the car
>>> between the car and the painted lines. That way if I had to change a
>>> tire should it have been damaged and leaked down during the day I can
>>> get to that side of the car.
>>> Wife had doctor’s appointment I was attending, so about 9:40 I go down
>>> to get in the car. There’s a note stuffed in the gap between my doors:
>>> "Sorry, but I scrapped (sic) against your car this morning. It doesn’t
>>> look bad, but please let me know what to do and I’ll work things out
>>> with you.” (phone number)
>>> Left rear quarter is scuffed and left rear taillight is cracked. When
>>> I got it out in the sun I could see a dimple in the middle of the
>>> panel. The trailing edge of the fender where the tail light opening
>>> starts has the paint rubbed down to the primer. I took plenty of
>>> pictures of my car, its’ position and the big red truck, which was
>>> clearly swung way over into my space when it pulled in and had black
>>> paint on the bumper where it had rubbed against my car.
>>> So I called the guy and he was pretty contrite. He said if it was
>>> below his deductible he would just give me the money, otherwise I could
>>> file a claim with his insurer. I told him to put it in writing in an
>>> email, which he did, even admitting fault and including his insurance
>>> contact information and policy number. (Nice!)
>>> So I went to the local ding and dent place, a chain called
>>> “Carsmetics”, for a quick estimate.
>>> Around $475 for the paint work. LKQ has no left rear taillights for my
>>> car, so the only other choice they have is to go with new from MBUSA.
>>> I had them write up an estimate with and without the tail light. I’m
>>> thinking if his deductible is $500 I’ll ask him for $550 and I’ll
>>> source the tail light assembly (easily found on eBay for $60-$80.)
>>> But only after I give him the $1700.00 estimate.
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