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post #1 of 24 Old 03-16-2017, 02:03 PM Thread Starter
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Scratched/Dented 2007 Accord - Need Opinions

I scratched/dented the side of my 2007 Accord pretty good coming out of my gym's tight parking garage in a hurry as I was running late where you have to turn around 180 degrees immediately, and it scratched on the metal poles/rods in the garage.

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It didn't scratch/dent or move the wheel at all, and I'll keep an eye on alignment over the next few days. My deductible is $250 for "other than collision" and I have good insurance, but seeing as it's a 10 year old car, I wonder if it's worth filing a claim with insurance knowing they'd likely raise rates. I haven't had a chance to take it to a body shop for an estimate yet, but I have a feeling it'll be at least $500-1000 to fix. I plan on keeping this car another 2-5 years and it doesn't affect driving at all, and I absolutely love my Accord. The door also opens and closes fine. Would y'all go the insurance route, or just leave it un-repaired and eat the cost out of pocket when trading it in for a new car?

Also, what parts would need replacing and/or fixing?

Thanks for any advice in advance.


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Eh... that will buff out.

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That's superficial at worst

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cover it up with a wide body flare kit lol

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Like others have said, buff it out & don't worry about a small dent in an unnoticeable place. Your car is 10 years old, stuff happens. When you get ready, sell it privately.

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I'd guess $1,000 or better, easy.
Your call to fix or not.
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Im also in the camp of it will mostly buff out. Polishing will reduce the the visibility of the scratches but I would guess thease won't be completely removable without paint. I would talk to a detailer if you don't care about the dent or don't want to pay for the repair. These are a little bit of a guess as your picture is not detailed enough.
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A skilled paintless dent guy can pull that, but the cost would be a bit higher than a door ding.

The rest could polish out, mostly, or at least look better.

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I don't think those scratches are going to be buffed out. They look like they're through the paint and into the primer. You might get the dent fixed by a paintless dent repair shop, but even that will cost a few bucks. I had a 9 inch crease in the hood of my 07 Civic that cost $400. It depends a lot of whether they can get behind the panel and hammer it out, or have to pull it out from the top side. Even then you'll still need to get paint. I think your repair will be closer to $1000 than $500.

If you like the car, then get it fixed. I think your insurance would consider this a collision.

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I don't think those scratches are going to be buffed out. They look like they're through the paint and into the primer.
Most of it will buff out. Nothing tried, nothing done. OP, get a bottle of scratch remover and rub by hand if you don't have a buffing wheel.

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Clean it off and use a bottle of touch-up paint that's it. That's not even worth fixing at a body shop. I have a massive 5 inch scratch on the front under edge of the front bumper and I haven't even fixed it for 3 years.

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I personally think body scratches add character to a car, and make them less prone to someone with too much time in their hands from putting a scratch on your car for you.

I'd rather see a scratch I made myself than someone else doing it and not owning up.

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Don't think there will be any frame or alignment damage. You can try polish/buff out, but MAKE SURE you put a coat of touch up paint on the bare metal section to prevent potential rust from forming.

It's an old car, and your gut instincts will guide you.

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I personally think body scratches add character to a car, and make them less prone to someone with too much time in their hands from putting a scratch on your car for you.

I'd rather see a scratch I made myself than someone else doing it and not owning up.
battle scars only matter if you have mismatched rims and diff't color quarter panels and newbie driver sticker. lol

it's an old car, I wouldn't fix it.


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