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But I'm pretty over it now. Took a while to get around to this because I haven't really had the time to look or wash the car since it happened. First week in March, we took a trip to the Poconos in PA. Great Wolf Lodge, neat place especially for kids. Well, we brought a long her mom to help with my son. They decided they wanted to go shopping at the local outlet, so I decided to stay at the lodge with my boy and we could just run around or whatever. She's driven my car on occasion so I wasn't worried. Still, I had a funny feeling......

Well they come back and the first thing out of my MIL's mouth was "I think you need to take a look at this" bad thing to say for someone protective of his car.
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Apparently, my wife was backing out of a spot and someone swiped the rear bumper. They got our insurance info, but my MIL didn't get theirs, WTF? Just a name. What good is that? So of course I got a call from my insurance co, but it seems nothing ever came of it. The wife just gave her side of the story, that they were tearing ass thru the parking lot and she didn't see them. From what I understand, she was at fault for backing into traffic. The cops wouldn't even file a report.

I think I am just going to get some paint and clear from Paintscratch and try it myself. If it doesn't look good, I'll get it done professionally, along with a niggling little dent on the top of my hatch. I couldn't get mad at her too much because she is pretty good about driving and is extra cautious with mine....and she's 7 mos. preggers. But Dammit, I'm pissed it was my car.
 

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is that the paint from the car the swipped yours or is that a scratch down to the bumper itself? If it's just surface paint, it should just buff out. Try goo-gone.
 

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Dan....that sucks bro.....I've been there and there's really nothing you can do about it...just blow it off....

Although it will be noticeable even when you touch it up, you've got to remember...your car is a DD, and any car that's a DD will inevitably have paint scars



On a side note though, the Great Wolf Lodge is a great indoor water park to kick it!!
 

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At least you can blame it on someone else. I had about 1,000 miles on the odo when I backed into a concrete post in my company's parking garage ...



I found a place that specialized in airbrush touch ups. For $100, they made it completely disappear. (They removed the trim piece, filled it all in a bit, panted to match and wet-sanded it smooth.)
 

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is that the paint from the car the swipped yours or is that a scratch down to the bumper itself? If it's just surface paint, it should just buff out. Try goo-gone.
that's what I was thinking too. If I'm not mistaken, the undercoating paint is usually white, no?
Yeah, it was just a little low speed parking lot issue. That black you see is the plastic bumper. The paint was taken clean off. Good thing is, there is no gouging so I should just be able to sand and paint. I've had a couple of tries at painting a grille and stuff with wet sanding and multiple coats plus clear, so I feel pretty confident. I really need to get another clear protector strip put on too.


At least you can blame it on someone else. I had about 1,000 miles on the odo when I backed into a concrete post in my company's parking garage ...
Um yeah....you see that little indentation on the right under the long scrape? I backed into the hitch on a trailblazer at work. Pissed me off to no end.
 

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On a side note though, the Great Wolf Lodge is a great indoor water park to kick it!!
Yeah man, we go either there or Williamsburg at least 3-4 times a year. Love it.
 

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Um yeah....you see that little indentation on the right under the long scrape? I backed into the hitch on a trailblazer at work. Pissed me off to no end.
Bah. Some dickbag backed into me at a strip mall parking lot with his trailer hitch and perforated my bumper. And then drove off. That was a fun surprise when I left Quiznos.

A year later, got rear ended by some douche while at a stop sign, and got a new bumper out of the deal. Yay! For some reason, I'm unable to back closer to 2' to any object now.
 

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For some reason, I'm unable to back closer to 2' to any object now.
Ok, so i'm not the only one that now has the problem. I used to be within mms and not I can't seem to get within a foot without checking first.
 

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Dan, don't forget you can get OEM paint with clear in spray cans at your dealer for about $15.

Sorry this happened, and I'm sure you're blowing steam, but it's not too awful. I'd say give it a go, whether you get the OEM or buy from Paintscratch.com.

Good luck!
 

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Your Malfunction Indicator Light is a lot more interactive than mine. It just flashes and engine with a lightning bolt :D
 

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If you get that ticked off over such minor issues, you shouldn't bother taking your car out of the garage. Nicks and dings turn up all OVER the place. In comparison, my wife is a pretty good driver, but her car looks like it was used as a bumper-car. ;)
 

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If you get that ticked off over such minor issues, you shouldn't bother taking your car out of the garage. Nicks and dings turn up all OVER the place. In comparison, my wife is a pretty good driver, but her car looks like it was used as a bumper-car. ;)
This is THE first time that paint has been removed from any car I owned aside from rock chips. I am cautious where I park, who I park next to, traffic conditions, potential for damage....up until now, I've had really good luck. I'm not irate, just pissed. But you spend a good chunk of change on a car, take care of it, and this happens. I'm just very protective of my belongings. I worked hard for them. Is that a bad thing?
 

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This is THE first time that paint has been removed from any car I owned aside from rock chips. I am cautious where I park, who I park next to, traffic conditions, potential for damage....up until now, I've had really good luck. I'm not irate, just pissed. But you spend a good chunk of change on a car, take care of it, and this happens. I'm just very protective of my belongings. I worked hard for them. Is that a bad thing?
I'm the same way, but it is a sign of OCD. In the end, it's just a car, it's always the first scratch that hurts the most.
 

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I think why it hurts so much s that it is the first car I have owned that I really put some effort into modding it. The most I have ever done before was a "system" and wheels. I take a lot of pride in what I have done (I have even more on the horizon) and then sh#t happens. I know there is not much I can do to prevent stuff happening, I just really needed to vent. Thanks everybody.
 

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I bought my car brand new in 2000, paid nearly 22,000 for it in the year 2000. Then 2 months later my pops came in and said "you're going to hate me" and I got a sinking feeling as I knew what was coming. He was mowing along the driveway and spun 2 nice chunks of rock into the door. A couple of whopper dings. Now that hurt, my wifes friends who were there still talk about the fit I went into. :)
 

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Fast forward 12.5yrs. No further damage to the Passat other than a tiny ding in the rear quarter and a mirror cover from backing out of the garage.

Then this. The day of our first snow of the year (Yes, even counting from Jan-March 2020) It happened before it started snowing. I am now unaffected, mostly. This B8.5 A4 is the most satisfying car I've owned to date. Sport package (30mm lower and handles like an S4), sport seats, all the goodies. A woman in a minivan goosed me at a stop light. Will be going under the knife next week. Hopefully not too extensive. I know they'll need to pull the rear panel or cut and replace. New bumper, new trunk lid, respray of the rear quarters from chipping on the corners, maybe a new sensor. To add insult to injury, almost one month prior to the day, I had someone on a sport bike kick and break my auto-dim driver side mirror after I mistakenly got over to the right lane he was in at nigh, while he was doing likely double the posted 55mph speed limit.

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