Tag: body damage

19 Posts

do we really have to fix hail damage
May 24, 2012

Hailstorm Dents: Is This Repair Necessary?

Dear Car Talk

A hailstorm dented Dan's family cars. The repairs are covered by his insurance company, but Dan wants Tom and Ray's blessing to keep the dents and use the money for something else. Can dents be dangerous, or is this repair optional? 

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What damage to look for after truck falls from lift
Mar 06, 2012

What To Do When Your Truck Falls Off the Lift

Dear Car Talk

Sven's truck fell off the lift at the dealership. What kind of damage should he look for?

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Car fell off tow truck
Oct 01, 2011

Today: Joe's car fell off the tow truck. Now what?

Dear Car Talk

I had the opportunity to watch my car fall off a flatbed tow truck last night in the middle of Brooklyn Nothing like waiting two hours for a tow truck because the car wouldn't start and then seeing it sitting...

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Does cosmetic damage affect the safety of a car
Jul 01, 2011

Joanne drove into her house. Can Tom and Ray help?

Dear Car Talk

So, I drove my car into my house. That's not the opening line of a joke, I really did do that. I got the house fixed right away to keep it from collapsing, but I just can't decide whether I...

body damage

Feb 01, 2009

Ever wonder about the best way to fix bullet holes?!

Dear Car Talk

Although I am not currently participating in a witness-protection program, I think it best not to divulge my true name or whereabouts -- you'll understand. I live in a rural setting near a medium-size U.S. city. That's as specific...

body damage

Mar 01, 2007

Should Mike save a few bucks and go for a hail-damaged car, or will he be buying a dent-plagued nightmare? Find out.

Dear Car Talk

I'm a college student in a small Podunk town in Minnesota. Recently, we were "blessed" with a hailstorm like none other, and the damage to the cars here can only be described as impressive. I've been postponing buying a car...

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suggestions for cheap fix for a hole in the fiberglass roof of my van
Aug 01, 2006

How did Trent get two large holes in his van's roof-- and what's the best way to fix them? Find out.

Dear Car Talk

I have a '92 GMC van that features a fiberglass roof. The problem is that the roof has two rather large holes in it due to a lower-than-perceived concrete support beam in my local shopping mall's parking garage. I need...

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can i ask for a second estimate for repairs to a car i got into an accident with
Oct 01, 2005

What kind of body repair work could I get done for $200?

Dear Car Talk

Help! I am REALLY hoping that you guys are not basking on some beach today. Here's the deal: While my husband was conveniently out of town on business last week, I inadvertently backed into the right front fender of a...

body damage

do i have to replace a whole door panel to repair one small scratch on my mother's car
Sep 01, 2005

I banged up my mom's brand new Jeep. Can I repair the damage without replacing an entire panel?

Dear Car Talk

I'm 17 and have been listening to your radio show with my dad for as long as I can remember. I got in my first car accident four days ago ... with our garage. I was coming home late at night and...

body damage

is 1600 dollars a lot ot pay for auto body work after i tried to fix it myself first
Feb 01, 2004

Minor body damage: to fix, or not to fix?

Dear Car Talk

I have a Subaru Forester that I love About nine months ago I pulled out of an awkward parking space and managed to ding up the driver's side toward the back Thinking it wasn't too bad I ordered the Ding...

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