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Old 05-29-2011, 01:16 PM   #21
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I would have to win the lottery , lassie.
Life is strange - - that or some other good fortune might occur and I hope you are pleasantly surprised.

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Old 05-29-2011, 09:56 PM   #22
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I got caught in the riots in Miami in 1980 and my car was hit with rocks, bottles about 40 or 50 times. Mostly little dents probably similar to what hale would cause.
We had it fixed but it was never the same as the car developed rust problems. We ended trading it in early.

I was driving and was just happy to get out alive.

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I guess the real question boils down to cost of ownership. If a new car is discounted, so will a used car be discounted. After a few years it will be obvious whether the repairs are holding up. Worst case, you will get a 30% discount on your depreciation, and maybe even do better than that?

(I bought a used BMW convertible. It had had the top replaced because it was slashed. They could not even steal the radio. So they stole all four wheels. Fixed up like new and discounted. Great car! Sold on craigslist 3 years later. No extra discount.)
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Do you live in an area where rust is a problem? My mom's car had hail-damage and eventually started rusting around the spots that hadn't been de-dinged.

Just try to get a warranty on the paint job if you can.
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After learning more about this, I'm less interested in buying a car that has had substantial PDR (painless dent removal) done on it due to hail. I watched a youtube video of what it takes to work out one dent and it involves quite a bit of flexing and working the sheet metal. Now if you imagine doing that 20 or 30 times to one piece of metal (e.g. 20 or 30 dings on a hood) it can't be good for the longevity of the metal or paint, and I feel like it might stress the attachment points as well, leading to rattles down the road. And there are some reports that the less skilled PDR guys will drill holes in inconspicuous places to get access to some parts of the car. I wouldn't have an issue with PDR'ing a couple of dents but the cars I saw had way more damage than that.

Now the challenge is getting an honest answer from the dealer about whether the car had any PDR work done on it. I've already gotten one response that the particular car I was interested in "was at another lot so it didn't have any damage." As the saying goes, a car salesman would rather climb a tree to tell a lie than stand on the ground and tell the truth...

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