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X5 E70 (2007 - 2013)
E70 BMW X5 produced between 2007 and 2013. Discuss the E70 X5 with other BMW owners here.

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Old 09-24-2012, 09:13 AM
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I brought my X5 to a touch less carwash (the ones where there are no brushes) at a gas station and as I was driving in, this metal pole tilts over and hits my car. I was I immediately drove out to examine the extend of the damage. The metal pole left a small dent, smaller than a dime, right about the rear passenger door where the metal is. It also left some paint but I was able to buff that out with microfiber and quick detailer. How hard would it be to pdr that area? How would they go about it? I don't want the headliner removed for this. I got the manager of the gas stations info down but I'm thinking I don't want to bother with them paying for it. It's such a small ding.

The whole event sounded and seemed like it caused more damage. But when I got to look, it wasn't that bad.
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:47 AM
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Call one of those ding doctor places, most won't charge if they can not remove it.
they just suck out the dent.
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Old 09-24-2012, 11:08 AM
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If it's such a small dent is it even worth drilling a hole to fix it? My wife can't even see it.
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Old 09-24-2012, 12:13 PM
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Call one of those ding doctor places, most won't charge if they can not remove it.
they just suck out the dent.
+1. And they also shouldn't be drilling any holes, as it uses suction only. I would probably still try to get the car wash to pay; a hundred bucks could go to something more frivolous than fixing their negligence.
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:36 PM
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I got a dent right in the crease of my drivers side door a few years back from some jacknut. I thought for sure there was no way out of this, but I brought it to dent wizard (in Massachusetts) and they had this fixed within an hour for $100. I couldn't even tell there was ever a dent! WOW, these guys are awesome! Good luck!
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:26 PM
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If it's such a small dent is it even worth drilling a hole to fix it? My wife can't even see it.
drilling? you are kidding right?

Should be an easy fix for paintless dent repair.

Why wouldn't you want the car wash to pay for it. I would call their insurance company to send an adjuster. They don't use PDR methods to calculate damage. That's big money to prep and paint. Then there's deminished value. You are looking at an easy $1,500
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:02 PM
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I've had many paintless dent repairs done over the years, and have never seen them "suck it out".
Generally, paintless dent repair requires getting a tool behind the dent and pushing it out.
So yeah, they would need to drill a small hole somewhere inconspicuous. Likely in the frame of the door opening.
They would then plug the hole when done.

Most of the time these guys are repairing door dings. Those are easier to get at without drilling. They can get behind the dent by sliding tools between the window and the door skin.
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:42 PM
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They only drill a hole WHEN THEY NEED TO.

Some locations are accessible without new holes (and of course the holes are behind the trim panels so you'll never see them)

I'd surely try pdr, they'll know immediately if they can do it.

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Old 09-25-2012, 09:29 AM
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drilling? you are kidding right?

Should be an easy fix for paintless dent repair.

Why wouldn't you want the car wash to pay for it. I would call their insurance company to send an adjuster. They don't use PDR methods to calculate damage. That's big money to prep and paint. Then there's deminished value. You are looking at an easy $1,500
I don't think their insurance company would just write me a check. They will probably tell me which body shop to bring my car and would cover the repairs. For such a small ding and no paint damage, it wouldn't be worth it to me to have the whole panel repainted.
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Old 09-25-2012, 09:43 AM
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I don't think their insurance company would just write me a check. They will probably tell me which body shop to bring my car and would cover the repairs. For such a small ding and no paint damage, it wouldn't be worth it to me to have the whole panel repainted.
is this your first car??!?!?

You get to decide who does the work....

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Old 09-25-2012, 09:47 AM
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is this your first car??!?!?

You get to decide who does the work....

sheeple....
What I meant was that they are not going to just write me a check. They will want to see the estimate and final bill before they pay.
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Old 09-25-2012, 11:09 AM
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What I meant was that they are not going to just write me a check. They will want to see the estimate and final bill before they pay.
That's possible, but you won't know unless you ask. It's your money, but what's the harm in asking?
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This is precisely why you DO NOT use a car wash that you have to sit inside and drive through, anything that happens its all on YOU!
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Old 09-26-2012, 01:09 PM
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This is precisely why you DO NOT use a car wash that you have to sit inside and drive through, anything that happens its all on YOU!
Lesson learned.
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:00 PM
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What I meant was that they are not going to just write me a check. They will want to see the estimate and final bill before they pay.

Sure they would. I've had that done many times. You only want to give them a final bill if their estimate is less than your shop's estimate.
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