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Old 03-09-2008, 03:16 PM
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My first "keying'.... sniff

Ok, so it happened. I have my X3 for 6 mos now and today I notice a small scratch on it (bottom of drivers door). About two inches in length but down to what looks like the metal (maybe just the primer?). In any event its not a scratch from a car door, it looks intentional, like from a key or metal object.

If I just leave it do I risk having that rust or something? It just bugs me seeing it on my brand new vehicle. Eventually, I am going to see if I can find a place that can fix it or should I just take it to BMW? I know I am being a big baby over a two inch scratch, but I love this vehicle and I don't like looking at that.

No one was ever interested in keying my rusty, beat up 14 yr old Honda... what the #%@ is wrong with people!
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Old 03-09-2008, 07:54 PM
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Lynn: had mine Trade Assisted new X3 for less than one week when someone keyed the ENTIRE driver door from seam to seam. Needless to say, i never bonded with it at all.
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Old 03-10-2008, 12:43 AM
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Sorry to hear this. The world is full of A$$-holes Get it fixed by a quality shop. Call your BMW dealer and ask who they use for painting.
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Old 03-10-2008, 05:27 AM
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KJ: One WEEK????? Now that pisses me off. Do we have enemies lurking around somewhere?

Whitex: I was just going to order some of the touchup paint and dab it on, but I guess I will have it done correctly. I work hard, I'm not a wealthy person, but I earned this vehicle. I drove junk cars all my life and finally am in a position to own a nice vehicle, it's within my means now. No one 'gave' me anything. Hard to imagine a vehicle can make some complete stranger so 'angry'.
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Old 03-10-2008, 05:59 AM
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KJ: One WEEK????? Now that pisses me off. Do we have enemies lurking around somewhere?

Whitex: I was just going to order some of the touchup paint and dab it on, but I guess I will have it done correctly. I work hard, I'm not a wealthy person, but I earned this vehicle. I drove junk cars all my life and finally am in a position to own a nice vehicle, it's within my means now. No one 'gave' me anything. Hard to imagine a vehicle can make some complete stranger so 'angry'.

\If you are going to DIY, invest in some of the Dr. Colorchip system. And possible the autofill paint pens. (not sure if I have the name right)

good luck...
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Old 03-10-2008, 06:15 AM
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Ok, so it happened. I have my X3 for 6 mos now and today I notice a small scratch on it (bottom of drivers door). About two inches in length but down to what looks like the metal (maybe just the primer?). In any event its not a scratch from a car door, it looks intentional, like from a key or metal object.

If I just leave it do I risk having that rust or something? It just bugs me seeing it on my brand new vehicle. Eventually, I am going to see if I can find a place that can fix it or should I just take it to BMW? I know I am being a big baby over a two inch scratch, but I love this vehicle and I don't like looking at that.

No one was ever interested in keying my rusty, beat up 14 yr old Honda... what the #%@ is wrong with people!
Lynn,
I know how you feel; a number of yrs ago my 3 day old 528i, polaris was keyed entire length both sides.
Don't screw around; take it to a scratch specialist cause a botched DIY will always be an obvious and constant reminder of that awful event.
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Old 03-10-2008, 07:23 AM
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3 days, eh? That's sad.

Makes me wonder, maybe I shoulda just bought the Lexus RX 350 (yawn) that I started to initially, or better still that Hyundai SUV that I came thisclose to convincing myself to buy (out of practical reasons, not that I had any love at all for it).

I have to be worried about my vehicle everytime I park it somewhere? not much fun. Amazing, how in all the years of junky, unattractive vehicles I owned -- never a scratch.
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Old 03-10-2008, 07:35 AM
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Lynn, sounds like it might have been an "accident" with a stroller or shopping cart since it is so low. Usually "keying" occurs at waist height as the idiot walks by the car scratching the finish with a belt buckle or key. Bending down for a two inch scratch at the bottom of the door hardly seems worthwhile to make a "commentary". I just used wax on such a small scratch if it went to bare metal. All of the poster's suggestions are excellent if you opt to get it done "right". Keying is such a bummer, and you and your X3 don't deserve that kind of treatment.
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Old 03-10-2008, 07:48 AM
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Thanks, Uncle J. I guess if it was a cart or something the person that did it would certainly not leave a note that they did it, lol. My friend has a bimmer, on lease, and while it was not keyed, she got a ding down to the metal, likely a cart since she was in the supermarket. She said she won't fix anything until its time to turn in it as she assumes it won't be the last mishap.

I like that terminology: key scratches = commentary

so, commentary = I am envious and blame other people for having nice things that I don't have.

okay, deep breath. Thank you everyone for your suggestions and for listening. I'll let the professionals handle the scratch... just needed to vent so I'm done.
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Old 03-10-2008, 07:54 AM
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Lynn, venting helps! Good luck and smooth roads.
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Old 03-10-2008, 08:15 AM
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lynn,
I always park in the most visible remotest area of a p-lot and hope for the best; this tends to expose a potential evil dooer thus making them think twice b4 keying. It also increases to odds of my spotting the SOB pursuant to a good old fashioned beat-down and/or malicious mischief arrest.
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Old 03-10-2008, 08:23 AM
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I always park in the most visible remotest area of a p-lot and hope for the best; this tends to expose a potential evil dooer thus making them think twice b4 keying. It also increases to odds of my spotting the SOB pursuant to a good old fashioned beat-down and/or malicious mischief arrest.
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Old 03-11-2008, 11:01 PM
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I've noticed a tendency for our X3 to draw in neighbors. We'll park far out in a lot, no other cars around, only to come out and find cars parked either side. I guess other people must figure it's a safe car to park next to
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Old 03-12-2008, 12:53 AM
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Lynn,

I feel your pain. My last three cars (a Honda, Acura, and BMW) all got keyed. With the previous bimmer, they keyed it during the first two months of ownership. The jerks even went as far as to scratch the chrome trim and dent the door slightly. It ended up being a $2500 insurance repair.

I haven't had any damage to the X3 yet, but I know it will come some day. Based on my experience with touchup paint, it does more harm than good. I'd go to a reputable repair shop and get it down properly. It sounds like you're just looking at painting one panel and possibly some blending. My guess it that it'll cost you $500-$1000 based on San Francisco prices at least. Good luck!
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