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RE: [DMCForum] door dings WAS Re: eBay car in AR. - some thoughts on the car

Stephen is probably also considering packaging and shipping, which I can
attest to as being rather high.  If you ship your panel to them you are not
just paying for the repair, but also for insurance and shipping each way.
Jack was able to take his car to the local place which is significantly
different.  You would probably be way better off buying a new door than
sending one to get repaired.  The shipping alone, each way, would be huge.

When I was at the Open House they demonstrated panel repair.  They can do a
lot of these on the car so your labor and time to remove and reinstall the
panel, along with any parts you have to replace while in there, is a
consideration as well.

If these cars do become garage queens that will surely limit the number of
parts anyone is willing to recreate.  I would say enjoy the car and drive it
and try not to think about what could happen as that just ruins the
experience and could cause something to happen.  I say this, of course, as
my car sits in piles of parts. :)


-----Original Message-----
From: DMCForum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:DMCForum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Jack Stiefel
Sent: Sunday, March 26, 2006 10:21 AM
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Subject: RE: [DMCForum] door dings WAS Re: eBay car in AR. - some thoughts
on the car

That's a little off there.  I had my car at DMCF for a few weeks to have a
crease on my right front fender and a few small dings that were on the left
front fender and driers door removed.  They did a fantastic job on all, but
the crease I had decided would be there forever.  The worst job, the crease,
was $200.00 -- far below replacement cost of the panel.

I think Stephen might have been referring to a serious bang or hit on the

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-----Original Message-----
From: DMCForum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:DMCForum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Matt Spittle
Sent: Sunday, March 26, 2006 9:50 AM
To: DMCForum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [DMCForum] Re: ebay car in AR. - some thoughts on the car

Ah, I dunno about that Ryan.  I've had my car for nearly 3 years now
and I still share in a lot of the excitement that others have when
first seeing it.  I suppose a lot of the "magic" of the car has worn
off though, mainly because I've had the thing disassembled so much.  

My biggest fear with the car is that it will become more and more of a
museum piece and less of a driveable car.  Other classic cars of an
older (but much less rare) vintage have the benefit of having
reproduction body panels, interior pieces, and so forth. 

It appears with our car that many of these pieces are being re-made,
but many aren't, and so to me it makes driving the car more of a
challenge to avoid accidentally damaging anything that might either be
difficult to find, or prohibitively expensive to replace.  

Just yesterday I read on the DMCHelp forum that Stephen Wynne was
suggesting to someone that if they had a dent in any of the long flat
sections of the stainless body (versus the curved sections), they're
almost always economically better off replacing the panel. 

2005-07-07 16:21:59.0
Stephen Wynne: A lot of times it will depend where the dent is on the car.
2005-07-07 16:23:15.0
Stephen Wynne: Generally, dents in the long flat areas (hoods, door
tops, t-panels, flat areas of the fenders and quarters.
2005-07-07 16:23:42.0
Stephen Wynne: are the ones where even if you can fix them, you're
usually money ahead in the end to replace.

That statement scares the hell out of me.  Here I was, confidently
assuming that if someone dinged my door in a parking lot, I could
count on a vendor to be able to fix it.  Now it appears that if that
ding occurred on 80% of the surface of the door (which is flat), the
cheapest repair will be $1000.  How does that make all of you feel
about driving your car?  It makes me feel like the body may as well be
made of thin glass.  


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