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How should I sell my car, which needs a replacement door?

[UK used car filter] I'm selling a car with some cosmetic but not-cheap-to-fix damage and would like advice on the best way to sell it. [more inside]
posted by EndsOfInvention on Aug 30, 2016 - 6 answers

How To Ask Mechanic/Friend About Body Damage

What is the most non-accusatory or neutral way to bring up body damage/scratches that likely occurred during a repair, when you are friends with the mechanic and he was already giving you a discount? [more inside]
posted by christiehawk on Apr 30, 2016 - 14 answers

A town-owned tree fell on my car - town says they're not responsible

A large tree across the street fell on my car while I was sleeping and did a fair amount of damage. After getting two repair estimates as requested, the town's insurance company decided they have no responsibility as they didn't have prior knowledge of any problems with the tree. Is this the end of the story? [more inside]
posted by FlyByDay on Aug 10, 2014 - 11 answers

Can and/or should I make a car insurance claim — or not?

Our relatively young car (~1 yr) has collected a bit of damage over the past year. One bit of damage is a dent which is starting to rust, so it needs to be dealt with in a body shop. The dent was not our fault, but the result of a parking gate that closed early. We also scratched the car elsewhere in a few places. Those scratches are substantial and our fault, and they also require professional work. We would like to know if making an insurance claim is an option or if we must (or should) pay on our own. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 29, 2014 - 5 answers

What to do about small scratches on car?

I recently got some very small scratches on my car. What is the best thing to do about them?? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Mar 26, 2014 - 9 answers

I didn't order the paint chips!

How to deal with a car dealer for problems with new car before delivery? [more inside]
posted by arcticseal on May 16, 2012 - 13 answers

Body damage - how much?

My car was hit while parked on the street. No witnesses, but I suspect a snow plow. I have no experience with body damage - what am I looking at? [more inside]
posted by analog on Jan 14, 2012 - 6 answers

Someone damaged a part of my car that was already damaged, how do I handle the insurance claim?

Someone hit my car while it was parked and damaged the bumper, which was already damaged before she hit it. How do I handle this? [more inside]
posted by JustDerek on Sep 25, 2011 - 10 answers

Car accident. If the repair costs more does your insurance go up more?

Car accident. If the repair costs more does your insurance go up more? [more inside]
posted by doomtop on Jul 19, 2011 - 9 answers

God damned 2012 superbowl.

My car was damaged driving through a construction zone, do I have any legal recourse? [more inside]
posted by symbollocks on Apr 8, 2011 - 14 answers

Do I need a tree surgeon?

My neighbor hit my tree with his car. Do I go to Home Depot or call a specialist? [more inside]
posted by Buffaload on Jan 11, 2011 - 13 answers

If a rental car gets scratched and a driver never sees it, did it really get scratched?

A car rental agency in Hawaii wants $400 for damage we have no proof we actually did. [more inside]
posted by medea42 on Mar 26, 2010 - 18 answers

Is it worth a claim?

Sometime last night someone severely scraped the side of my car while is was parked at my apartment complex. They left no note. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by lizjohn on Sep 12, 2009 - 20 answers

Rental Car Scratch

Ever scratch a rental car in Europe? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 7, 2009 - 9 answers

What the hail, I'm keeping the car

I'm the owner of a 2002 Toyota Corolla which just hit 107,000 miles. On June 9th while I was at work, my car got hammered by some pretty large hail. The damage was enough that my insurance (Progressive) declared it a total loss. My frugal heart couldn't bear to have them tow away a perfectly drivable car, so I took the lesser payout (just under $5000) and kept it. Now what? [more inside]
posted by weathergal on Jul 1, 2009 - 15 answers

How to manage two consecutive car accidents?

My parked car got hit by a truck. Then, before I could get it fixed, it got hit by another truck. How do I handle two claims at once? [more inside]
posted by fermion on Mar 6, 2009 - 9 answers

I ran over some ice and my car ecksploded!

Need some car help! It snowed. The snow eventually turned into ice. Snow and ice piled up on the roads. I drove over the snow and ice. Now, some part of my car broke and its hanging from underneath the car, and when I drive, it is getting dragged around. What to do? More details and pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by veol on Jan 6, 2009 - 16 answers

Should I file a claim for hail damage?

My car has a few dings in it from a hailstorm last night. Should I file a claim with my insurance? [more inside]
posted by stovenator on May 15, 2008 - 7 answers

Could driving with a parking brake on wear out the normal brakes?

Could driving with the parking brake on rapidly wear out or destroy the brakes on a car? [more inside]
posted by Dasein on Oct 19, 2007 - 20 answers

And in THIS corner...

I live in Pennsylvania (yeah, I know). My wife was in her car, stopped in front of a retirement building. A woman was moving her mother out of the building at the time when a dresser fell on the hood of my wife's car. The car has a dent. I got an estimate from a body shop. The woman gave my wife a phone number and an address. There was a witness (the building maintenance guy). The estimate seems accurate but is expensive. I'm concerned that the woman might get pissed off and try to do the typically American thing and deny it happened, refuse to acknowledge, refuse to pay, etc., etc. Is this a car insurance issue for her? How would this woman claim this on her insurance...or can she? The body shop I got the estimate from said they'd never seen anything like it. Bottom line is, it's obvious it's this lady's fault but when she sees the estimate, she's going to freak out. I just want to be prepared in case (probably when) this gets ugly. Yes, I know about small claims court.
posted by SparkyPine on Aug 20, 2005 - 13 answers

How do I fix damage from snow on my car?

Broke the car, now what?
Due to rather large amounts of snow and ice being piled up around my son's car, which was parked on the street, the act of getting it out has caused some damage. [more inside]
posted by kamylyon on Dec 27, 2004 - 16 answers

Did I ruin my brakes?

AutoFilter: In a moment of terrible mental absence this morning, I drove about half a block in second gear with the hand brake engaged. While the right rear wheel smoked and the brake glowed visibly red, there seem to be no other consequences an hour after the fact. Does this merit a call to the mechanic to check it out if other malfunctions haven't arisen?
posted by Verdant on Dec 16, 2004 - 19 answers

Using Solvent to Clean Plastic

I used a solvent to clean the plastic that protects the instrument panel in my car - the plastic has gone milky and now it is very difficult to see how speedy I am driving. Is there any way to reverse the damage done? [By the way, the damage looks the same as when I cleaned a CD jewel case with a spray cleaner]
posted by meech on Apr 18, 2004 - 9 answers

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