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    HUGE dent in trunk lid

    So I have a HUGE dent in the trunk lid and I have no idea how it got there.
    I parked my car in front of my mom's Astro and then I came back theres a freaking dent!
    I must of forgotten to arm the alarm since I didnt hear it go off
    Oh well im fucked. I am super mad so before I start taking stuff apart and make it worse than what it already is.
    I thought I should ask first, If theres a way to fix the dent at home or I have to take it a body shop?
    Thanks




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    Funny, I once had a Jetta with similar but smaller damage from a parking lot - I'd always assumed an SUV backed into it. Yours doesn't even look scratched, like something soft hit it.

    My feeling is, unless you're experienced with body work you should take it to a shop. I'd expect to spend about $500 there. The dent is too close to the creases in the panel for it to pop out cleanly. Or, you could check junkyards for a trunk lid in the right color.

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    Try calling one of those popsadent places. They use magnets and suction to pull dents out. Maybe, since it's not really load bearing (there's a web underneath), it will pop right back into place.

    I've heard good stuff about this:

    http://www.dentwizard.com/content/101/services.aspx

    AJ
    Last edited by mcseforsale; 09-29-2011 at 08:37 AM.

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    Just get a used one for $100 or less and call it a day.

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    Check the "Passat" lettering for signs of abrasion. Something might have pushed against the lettering resulting in that dent.

    Good luck with the repair.

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    I'd also say "hey, it's already dented...how much worse can it get?". Then, I'd find a way to whack it with a rubber mallet from the back to see if it thunks back out.. I'd hit it right below the second A.

    AJ

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    Try to use some sort of suction cup like a plunger for a sink. Ouse a dent king for smaller dents and had excellent results. The dent king uses hot glue to glue a threaded rod to the dent then a cradle is set onto the car and the you crank the bolt glued straight up lifting the dent .
    I would try to press your dent out from the back side first.

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    Before you go making it worse yourself go to a Paintless Dent Repair for a quote .. usually less than $100 per panel.

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    Thanks for all the replies
    Im going with what mcseforsale suggested.
    If that doesnt work well ill be looking in the classified section for a trunk lid.
    Ill take a few pics of how it goes too

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    Wooohooo! I was able to get the big dent out
    Now it doesnt look that ugly, Ill figure out how to get the other two out tomorrow.
    In the third pic you can see that I sorta messed up by hitting it a little too hard and in the wrong spot.
    Who knows I might be able to fix it.



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