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Old 06-24-2011, 09:52 AM   #1
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Wifey's sweet new paint job on her car. We've got the guy's information, so its getting taken care of. Still sucks though. She was mad as hell, but a week after we bought the car someone hit the same bumper in our parking lot. They didn't leave any info at all, so I did the best I could to get their huge paint mark off of our car. At least its getting fixed now. Back to sweet shiny red with no dings.

I work for a dealer so I told the insurance company that I'm choosing the body shop and I'm getting the parts from my selected Honda dealer. I've been in the business long enough to know that insurance companies are sweet con-artists. Most people aren't aware, but if you don't specify, or they can't find the parts aftermarket, you're getting a cheap ass aftermarket bumper from a company called Keystone most likely. And they have a sterling reputation for poor quality and body parts not lining up. Typically, this is more of an issue when its your fault though (when your insurance is paying out), but still.

So just as an FYI, just because your car is at the correct dealership, does not mean that you're getting that manufacturer's part, if its going through insurance. They do a very good job at hiding these details from the owner. I see it everyday. I've seen them put all sorts of used parts in cars, even brakes. Just be aware if you ever have to go through this, or do it again.
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Old 06-24-2011, 10:44 AM   #2
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Nice.

We have a matching dent on our new van. Same place - left rear bumper. We have no clue where it came from.
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Old 06-24-2011, 10:49 AM   #3
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We have a matching dent on our new van. Same place - left rear bumper. We have no clue where it came from.
That sucks. Shame people don't typically own up to what they've done. I understand that insurance premiums go up and they're high enough as is, but should you really be leaving the burden on an unsuspecting person, when its your fault?

I work near DC so I see people come in every day with their mirrors hanging off their car, or completely removed. Our touareg's mirror glass alone costs almost $500 dollars. Steep price to pay for something that isn't your fault. And we're not even getting into how much the housing costs, because it has the motor attached to it.
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Old 06-24-2011, 10:56 AM   #5
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To be honest Shadow, I suspect that one of two things happened in our situation:

1) An old lady bumped our van and had no clue.
2) My wife backed into a light poll and had no clue.

Probably #2, but I won't pursue it and make my wife feel bad. Anything larger than a match box and she panics about "fitting it into a parking spot."
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Old 06-24-2011, 12:10 PM   #6
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If you're not overly concerned, I guess it doesn't matter. I've had someone hit my car within literally 30 seconds of me parking. They didn't leave a note or anything. I walked into a CVS, realized I didn't have my walet as so as I walked in, turned around and there was a sweet white mark about 1.5 feet in length.

Sneaky little bastard that one was....
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Dreamy. I here you on the parts Mr. Worked for dealerships. So been there done that. Didn't like to though.
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Old 06-24-2011, 02:01 PM   #8
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I worked at a dealership for 3 years. It was a good living but they sucked the life out of me with hours.
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What did you do at the dealership?

Personally, its just not where I want to end up. I've applied for the Fire Dpt. three times but they're always on a hiring freeze. I've even taken my exam, which I scored really well on. Unfortunately, they are hiring now, but only those who have classes. And my test scores expire next month. So I'll have to retake the 4 hour mind-numbing exam.
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