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Old 08-03-2012, 11:30 AM   #1
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Repair Process on This OEM Defect

My car was delivered with this part already wrinkled from the manufacturer. From the looks of it, the machine bent the part.

The dealer will fix it, but they want to pull the entire part and replace it with a new one using a local body shop. I am a little skeptical of most body shops, and would rather they just bent it back into position and re tack welded it. If they replace it, they will have to break the tack welds all the way into the top of the fender to remove this and replace it.

What are your thoughts?



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Old 08-03-2012, 11:49 AM   #2
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If their plan is to have it taken to a body shop like that, I would probably just deal with it like it is. No sense in possibly making matters worse.
If you need to get it fixed, I would tell them I want to pick the body shop it's going to and do lots of research before hand. Not sure if this is even possible for you though.
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Old 08-03-2012, 12:14 PM   #3
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I wish they could just write me an IOU for the repair and I could give it to whoever buys the car one day. The damage isn't really bothering me.
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Old 08-03-2012, 12:16 PM   #4
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Where the heck is that part on the car?
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Old 08-03-2012, 12:19 PM   #5
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what part is that?
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It is the top of the inside of the trunk on the passenger side. It's a thin sheet. I will take a few more pictures later. Sorry for the poor quality
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Old 08-04-2012, 10:43 AM   #7
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Here's what it should look like:


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The bigger question is, how did it happen? I don't believe this actually passed the factory CQ. Maybe there is other damange?
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I suspect a machine did it pre paint. The paint on the bent piece is not cracked.

Aside from that, everything else looks very straight.
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deer hit your trunk didn't it?

and i think your right ^^^^

looks like a machine bent it
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yea... for a car so new, I'd live with it since I wouldn't touch it. As long as it doesn't leak or affect anything, ask them to give you money instead so you can take it to any shop if you want....

I had a defect, but minor compared to yours. Front bumper was a lil dented, but on right lower lip area... a part of a car that would already get damaged from driveways/potholes/speed bumps. We came to agreement that they would repair/repaint or I'd take $$ to do myself. I would rather not get a new car painted as it would be a pain to match paint... no one even notices the damage unless I point it put it out and they kneel down to look.
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I think I will try that. Honestly it doesn't bother me at all, but at the same time I think they need to make it right. I have a body guy I go to for everything, and wouldnt let them send the car to a random one if it go wrecked, so why would I for this.
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i say new car
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i don't know if you can even replace that part. it looks like it's part of the frame. i'm guessing a body shop will need to flatten that piece back out, but it will never be the same as factory.

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