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A Cause For Celebration!

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Druin

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My very first... CAR CRASH!

 

I'll spare you the details because it's complicated, but it was very minor. The car I hit looked like it had already been through hell and back (and I just happened to hit him where he had a pre-existing dent), so luckily no charges were incurred. There is, however, a small dent in the front bumper of my car now, along with a bunch of white paint surrounding the area. Not that I even like my car, but... it still, quite frankly, sucks. As much as I'd like it to disappear, there's no way I'm going to shell out $500 to get it fixed. So it's just going to stay there, looking pretty, forever and ever. By the time I graduate, my car will look like a piece of shizzle anyway with my shoddy driving skills, so there's no point in worrying about every little cosmetic detail, mirite?

 

On a more positive note... Spring break is here (albeit only for one college). Well, less work is always welcoming, especially now. I've been inundated with coursework over the past couple of weeks, and a break is something that I desperately need. It's great being able to finally let out a sigh of relief.

 

 

Okay, I took some pictures.

 

Behold, my car, the pinnacle of masculinity!

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And here's the dented bumper. I must say that it looks a lot better in the pictures.

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Ah well, at least you didn't total it and are in one piece. But... next time make it a proper crash, with lots of flying metal, skid marks, lamp posts and such. Just make sure to get out of the left-over in one piece. :P Oh and pixplox?

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Why are repairs so expensive? To fix the damage from the previous owner of my truck (who ran into a pole at McDonald's :P) it's going to cost around $760.

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Ah well, at least you didn't total it and are in one piece. But... next time make it a proper crash, with lots of flying metal, skid marks, lamp posts and such. Just make sure to get out of the left-over in one piece. tongue.gif Oh and pixplox?
Oh yes, a grandiose ending fit for a king!!I uploaded some pics. Took me forever (Imageshack didn't seem to be working properly...).
Why are repairs so expensive? To fix the damage from the previous owner of my truck (who ran into a pole at McDonald's bleh.gif) it's going to cost around $760.
Hmm, I dunno. Maybe they have to replace the whole section in order to fix the damaged area?

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Can't you just unscrew it and hammer out the dent? :huh:
I don't think so. Where would you get the tools to do something like that? :D

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You mean you can't use a hammer and screwdriver? I literally meant hammer out the dent. :D

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You mean you can't use a hammer and screwdriver? I literally meant hammer out the dent. :P
I would think that you'd need to use something more than a regular screwdriver to dismantle the bumper. :P But even if that method actually worked, why would it be so expensive to get it repaired at a shop if that is all it takes to fix it? >.<

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Because people don't know it's so simple. The same way it costs a ridiculous amount when dealing with computers.

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Because people don't know it's so simple. The same way it costs a ridiculous amount when dealing with computers.
Touché. :POkay, so I did some searching and this is what came up on eHow:Step1"Suck out" the dents with a plunger. This is an old and pretty reliable method. Place the plunger over the center portion of the dent and push in, just as you would for a clogged toilet. Often, this will not work on the first try, so keep at it. This works better for smaller dents and dents in places where it is impossible to get behind the dent. This method carries no guarantee of saving the paint job. I recommend the plunger option if you have no money to spend on this project. If you do not have a plunger already, a neighbor surely does.Step2Use dry ice. Dry ice is pretty cheap and can be found at any hardware or home repair store. Simply put the block of ice over top of the dent. Gradually, the ice will pull the dent out. Keep repeating the process until the dent is gone. Be sure to wear protective gloves! It may be called ice, but it can cause severe burns to skin. Usually, this method will not damage the paint.Step3Battle the dent with household items. Another method to try requires a hair dryer and an air duster. These items are easy to borrow or purchase at low cost if you don't already have them. Heat the dent with the hair dryer for about a minute, then immediately spray the entire area with the air duster. The hot/cold combination creates a suction and within a few moments the dent will pop out. Damage to the paint job is minimal.Step4Bang the dent out. You can attempt to bang the dent out with a hammer, provided that you can reach behind the dent. Denting the car stretches the metal so it is best to attempt to soften the metal before using the hammer. If the metal is not softened, the area will probably never look exactly right. For a chrome surface, use an acetylene torch to heat the area or an inexpensive propane torch. Do not get the metal too hot, you will just want to heat it a little bit. For non chrome surfaces, use a hairdryer instead. Once the area is heated, lightly bump the dent out from the other side. It is best to use a rubber mallet, not a metal hammer, as it will be gentler on the car. I recommend this method as the last ditch effort, after trying the other methods and before taking the car to a shop.WARNING: Always use protective gloves and eye wear, as well as a breathing mask. If using chemicals, be sure to work in a well ventilated area.Some of these methods sound simple enough. I'll try them out when I'm feeling... adventurous. >.<

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I don't think the plunger method would work very well because you got it right on the edge, but the dry ice sounds interesting. :blink:All in all, you should be happy with your car. Brakes work fine? How about the driver side window? Is the window closed completely? How about the heating and cooling? Be glad you didn't have a 98 Buick Century to start off in. :P

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I don't think the plunger method would work very well because you got it right on the edge, but the dry ice sounds interesting. :P
Yeah, I plan on using dry ice first to see if it actually works.The plunger method gave me a wtf moment. Its just so odd... but I guess it makes sense if you think about it.
All in all, you should be happy with your car. Brakes work fine? How about the driver side window? Is the window closed completely? How about the heating and cooling? Be glad you didn't have a 98 Buick Century to start off in. tongue.gif
My car works fine. Well, mostly fine. There are some adjustments that need to be made to the tire alignments and whatnot, but I'm more or less happy with it except for one thing: my side mirrors.My mom superglued some additional mirrors onto them that are supposed to help with blind spots, but they're more of a nuisance than anything. She finds them helpful, but me... not so much. With parking/backing up, I can see how they'd be useful, but other than that I find them to be really distracting whenever I'm driving. It also doesn't help that it also takes up a 1/3 of the side mirrors... So if I can somehow get those off, I'd have no qualms with my car.

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Why are repairs so expensive? To fix the damage from the previous owner of my truck (who ran into a pole at McDonald's bleh.gif) it's going to cost around $760.
Hmm, I dunno. Maybe they have to replace the whole section in order to fix the damaged area?
Actually, the $760 is to buy the parts, and make to repairs myself. It would cost well over that to get someone to do it.And lolz @ teh pics, we know wut u look like nao!

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Why are repairs so expensive? To fix the damage from the previous owner of my truck (who ran into a pole at McDonald's bleh.gif) it's going to cost around $760.
Hmm, I dunno. Maybe they have to replace the whole section in order to fix the damaged area?
Actually, the $760 is to buy the parts, and make to repairs myself. It would cost well over that to get someone to do it.And lolz @ teh pics, we know wut u look like nao!
Man, I'm no good with cars so I have to rely on others to fix things for me. I seriously need to start picking up some skills so I can save some money in the future. >.<And I actually posted a picture many, many entries back. ;P

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