I am dead!! Does anyone know how to bang a rather LARGE dent out of the hood of a car? G*d I hate SUVs, I wasn't even going 5mph in traffic and bumped the guy in front me, him hardly a mark (his bumper). Me? Well it was not my bumper and the hood crumpled like an aluminum can. I don't think any paint is gone, so is there any way to "fix" it? Also what good is having a bumper if there is such a vast diffrence in how high (SUVs) or low it is set. I think had I hit him doing 40mph I would have been under his car
I'm the one who is buying the MINI but I need my Dad to cosign the loan because of a really lousy credit history. Without it it's bye-bye MINI hello whatever costs less than $10,000
Monica.It will depend on the "small" dent . If it is just pushed in with no sharp edges you might be able to coax it back into shape from uderneath . You will probably first have to remove the heat sheild under the hood .If it has any sharp edges(creases) the paint will definetly chip when the hood is pushed straight. Your best bet is to bring it by a shop and ask them if it is repairable without major work . You could also be nice and buy dad a car "bra" front cover . I hid a smashed nose on my Grand National for a week until the parts came in . My dad was a bit curious as to why I would not use the car during the daylight (). If all you did was tap into a car from the front at 5 mph try backing into another at 10mph, that should make it better than new .
Ouch!! That just reminded me that my Dad used to have a car "Bra" on that car before. But he removed it because it was doing some damage to the paint. Ironic.
The dent is large but it doesn't seem to have sharp edges, the emblem is a bit beat up. Before I bang it out, do you want to tell me what I should bang it out with? This has the potential to get ugly. I don't even know what a heat shield is, or if I can still pop the hood or if I do will I be able to shut it. Do I use a hammer?
I'll tell you...my hubby and I (MiniMiller) were driving home a couple of years ago from the beach and our daughter called a couple of times on our cell to see where we were, how the trip was, etc. (we kept saying, wow we have raised one heck of a sweet daughter) We just get past the Bay Bridge and we get another call and she asks if we were relaxed and if so she had something to tell us......she explained that she had parked the car on a hill near a shopping center and not used the emergency brake, and the car just roooolllllled on down from one parking spot across the lil road to another and hit a pillar from behind. She said if it were'nt so noticeable she wouldn't have mentioned this to us. The rest of the trip just went from total relaxation and "aaaaaaaaahs" to **** ****. It may have been more like 3 years ago, because she was about 17 then.
These things happen. Just be honest it's always my philosophy about life! Keep us posted.
Monica, I would suggest going to a repair shop and asking if they could give an estimate on the repair . Also ask if it could just be pushed out . It sounds like, if the emblem is trashed ,that it is probalbly going to need to be repaired,so before you do anything that could possible hurt it more go and ask .I think I would just fess up to dad and pay for the repair, in the long run it will be better . It might actual make him co-sign faster so you have your own set of wheels . Good Luck, hope it all works out OK for you.
You're never going to hide the damage with a do-it-yourself fix. Take the car to a few body shops for an estimate. Ask if paint-less dent removal is a possibility. Sometimes a salvaged hood off another car is a good choice... Because unfortunately, when you've just washed the car, what do you look across first? The hood.
The other good news is that a shop can fix this sort of thing much faster than you could.
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Have to agree with that last post, I would be a little ticked if someone munged up my car but I'd get over it if the person admitted it, said they were sorry and paid for a professional to repair the damage.
However if that person tried to hide it from me and attempt some ghetto repair that just made it worse I would be absolutely furious. It's his car and you don't really have the right to determine how it gets repaired. You dented it up, and now you have to fess up and do the right thing.
Welcome to responsibility. I'm sure he'll appreciate your honesty and he'll get over it.
Thanks guys For tonight I just parked waaaaaaay down at the end of the drive way, I know I'm a wimp, but the first thing he started talking about when I got home was the MINI and I just couldn't ruin his night. So I'll take that no one thinks I should take a hammer to it
Monica, I know this is off the topic but I figure you are keeping an eye on this thread and will see this . You had said you could not find the Hotwheels New Mini Cooper . Shoprites in South Jersey are all getting in Hotwheels 3 Packs . You get 3 cars and a little book, Some of these have the New Mini . I know the Marlboro(route 9) has them and all should soon . Hope this gets your mind off the other problem for a while . Paul
Thanx for the tip, gives me something else to hunt down and keep me occupied (I gave up on locating a MINI in Candy Blue). Half the fun of Hotwheels is hunting them down anyway, scouring the shelves of every Walgreens and Quik Check you step into..
Honesty is the best policy.
"Sorry, Dad. I messed up. I'll get it fixed".
Be responsible instead of trying to weasel your way out behind his back.
As a Dad I'd rather have the truth and see my daughter take on the responsibility of her actions instead of me finding out later that she was sneaking around trying to keep it a secret. I would lose some respect for her integrity.
Just my two cents.
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