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Door ding already.

There's a special place in Hades for people who ding car doors. 2 weeks to the day after picking up our new car, someone slammed their door right into the passenger side of it leaving dents and scratches in 2 places along the door. This is even with parking as far out as possible and taking extra care to avoid such things.

Just seems like more and more people are less and less considerate when opening their doors that it's become impossible to avoid them now. How hard is it really to open a door and not hit someone next to you? I know they are inevitable and it's just cosmetic and there are more important things to worry about in the world, but it's just frustrating. I feel like George Costanza trying to unzip his coat. Rant over, thanks for listening.
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Old 01-20-2014, 01:29 PM
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Re: Door ding already.

That sucks. It always amazes me how you can park in the furthest end of a paring lot with no other cars around, yet somebody will pass by 10 empty spots and park six inches from your car.

Around here, the best part of Walmart is that they do have the widest parking spots.
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Re: Door ding already.

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Around here, the best part of Walmart is that they do have the widest parking spots.
But, that's a double edged sword as Walmart often also has a customer base that is more likely to not give a sh*#.

I'm thinking that this probably happened (or at least did more damage) because of the space between cars. If you park further away from the adjacent car, there's more of a chance that Joe Careless will be even more oblivious to your car next to him and fling open the door. With all that momentum and travel, bigger dent. Parking closer may actually make people more conscious of the car next to them. In the end though, it's just become an introverted world where everyone is only focused on themselves and not taking account of their surroundings. It just amazes me because you wouldn't go over to someone's house and ding up their siding without apologizing and offering to pay, yet doing the same thing to someone's vehicle is no big deal.
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Re: Door ding already.

Man, that's rough especially before you even made your 1st payment. I park as far away from all cars as I can to try to avoid it.
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Re: Door ding already.

Our Walmart attracts a lot of Air Force families and retires during the day. I won't go their at night ... I did once.


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Re: Door ding already.

Just to balance things out, I saw a guy open his door and the wind caught it slamming into the next car leaving a pretty good dent. Nobody was around to see it, except me, but he left a long note before he left. Good to know there's still a few of those guys around.
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I just drove home to my moms house about 1700 miles away (one way) for a funeral two days later came out and some one keyed my lift gate... Yea I was a little pissed and I've got the black so it really shows
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Re: Door ding already.

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I just drove home to my moms house about 1700 miles away (one way) for a funeral two days later came out and some one keyed my lift gate... Yea I was a little pissed and I've got the black so it really shows
I've got black too. Mine is in two places where the door hit. One up top and the other (worse one in my opinion) is down where the body flares out. The one on the bottom is worse because as you look at the D, that flare out at the bottom of the vehicle is where the eye is drawn and now you can clearly see that something is up due to the dent disrupting that continuous edge/angle down there. The scratches that go along with it indicate, to me, that whoever did it knew they did it when it happened. You don't dent it that hard with scratches that long (2-3 inches) without knowing about it.

Sorry to hear about yours as well. I'd be beyond a little pissed. Why people decide to key cars is really beyond me. Door dings, while frustrating as all hell, are still (for the most part) accidents. Keying someone's car is a conscious and intentional act of vandalism though and that's an entirely different matter and would necessitate a real beat down if I ever witnessed it.
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Re: Door ding already.

I don't know if you ever heard of using dry ice to get rid of parking dings.
You just cool down the spot with the ding with the dry ice until the metal is cold. Then you use a hair dryer and warm the same spot up again until the metal is hot (take care not to heat it up too much). This sequence you will have to do several times until the ding is gone. Some damages can come back after time, but especially the parking dings normally disappear forever.
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I don't know if you ever heard of using dry ice to get rid of parking dings.
You just cool down the spot with the ding with the dry ice until the metal is cold. Then you use a hair dryer and warm the same spot up again until the metal is hot (take care not to heat it up too much). This sequence you will have to do several times until the ding is gone. Some damages can come back after time, but especially the parking dings normally disappear forever.
Yeah, I tried that method on my other car before. Used the upsidedown compressed air can method. Didn't work even after 2 cans of compressed air on that car. Didn't try it on the Durango. Have a claim in for my insurance as I have broad form insurance where I don't have to pay a deductible if it's not my fault. Awaiting a call from the claims rep right now. It appears that this dent (especially the lower one) will not come out with the dry ice method as it's too big and deep. Plus, it's not on a flat part of the car, but rather on an edge. I've heard that it doesn't work for those locations. Plus, I have scratches where the door hit so not only will the dent have to be fixed, but also the scratches will need to be buffed out professionally.

If it was older, I'd do the DIY techniques as I do on my other vehicle, but since it's brand new, I want it done right and the scratches removed. That paint was flawless from the factory as I had my Dad's contact at JNAP personally handle the paint stage and check everything. That's another reason why I'm upset. Went to all this trouble to ensure a flawless paint job, being careful not to scratch or swirl the finish during washing (and that's difficult in the winter time in Michigan when you have to rely on washbays and the road is covered in salt) only to have some idiot in a parking lot dent it to the point where it looks like he took a hammer to the thing. I hand waxed it in 15 degree cold the day we got it.

And it's my first new car I've ever purchased, which just adds to it all.

Now I'll get it fixed and do another good wash and wax job on it. Maybe this time I'll use my DA polisher on a very low setting for the wax job to help out a little bit. Got a brand new, in the packaging, pad and I'll lube it up real good to prevent swirls.
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Re: Door ding already.

I've had great, I mean GREAT success using someone who specializes in paintless dent removals. The guy I found is awesome and if he can access it from behind..he can remove it. The beauty is the paint is still factory.
The guy I use is also used by local car dealers..including high end car dealers..so I'm sure there is someone in your area too that is as good. Key is the dent can't be too close to an edge, where there would be no access from behind. If that is the case, you're talking body shop.
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I don't know if you ever heard of using dry ice to get rid of parking dings.
You just cool down the spot with the ding with the dry ice until the metal is cold. Then you use a hair dryer and warm the same spot up again until the metal is hot (take care not to heat it up too much). This sequence you will have to do several times until the ding is gone. Some damages can come back after time, but especially the parking dings normally disappear forever.
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I've had great, I mean GREAT success using someone who specializes in paintless dent removals. The guy I found is awesome and if he can access it from behind..he can remove it. The beauty is the paint is still factory.
The guy I use is also used by local car dealers..including high end car dealers..so I'm sure there is someone in your area too that is as good. Key is the dent can't be too close to an edge, where there would be no access from behind. If that is the case, you're talking body shop.
After two years of getting pissed off every time I looked at a door ding on my beautiful 325i, I finally went to a DentDoctor place. $75.00 and two hours later you'd never know it was there. They use a combination of methods, including specialized tools they slip down behind the door panel.....a little heat and then some dry ice and bah-dah-bing! PERFECT!
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