In Reply to: Need opinions regarding... posted by painting vs. fillingbuffing on January 06, 2000 at 00:29:12:
Sorry to hear you're having to go through this.
Silver paint is very difficult to match in a small area, even on a new car, due to the "metallic" in the paint and its light, bright color. Depending on how large the affected ares are, the body shop may be able to do a nice job without re-painting the entire door. That would be my preference IF it looked good and hopefully it will.
Keep in mind that if the entire door has to be re-painted, there is a chance that the panels (door/fender) to either side of the door will need to be either partially re-painted or blended so the newly painted door doesn't stand-out in perfect light conditions.
Since I don't know your situation concerning the vandals and whether they were caught, there is another issue you might want to be aware of. If you were to trade-in your car anytime soon, the dealer may deduct from your car's value anywhere from $500 to $1,500 due to the re-paint on the door. Major re-painted ares such as the hood or doors are more important than other areas of the car. (This is assuming the appraiser sees that it has been re-painted or you volunteer the information.)
Since you're dealing with your own insurance company (I'm assuming) rather than an individual paying out-of-pocket or another's insurance company, you will not be able to retrieve restitution for the devaluation amount. However, if the offender of the vandalism to your car was caught, the devaluation amount is a legitimate charge any court would honor.
Hope this helps. Good luck.
Bob ///M3 ('99 SILVER)
: I have a couple 2-inch long semi-deep scratches right near my driver door handle from a break-in. My Insurance Co. has covered me for a total door repaint and blend if needed. However, I don't like the idea of repainting the door of a 6 month old 99' Silver M3. My Dealer Bodyshop guy has filled, buffed, and polished these so I can check it out tomorrow. Obviously, if it looks bad I'll repaint, but I'm interested in hearing some opinions...Will repainting hurt resale value more than a couple fixed up scratches? Being a silver car, I'm hoping the scratches are covered up enough so I can get my M back on the road where she belongs.
: Thanks for any input!