1998 E36 323i My car was used as a parking aid by some t**t, big scratch & dents in door!

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  1. 1998 E36 323i My car was used as a parking aid by some t**t, big scratch & dents in door! 
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    A week ago, I was out for a meal with the missus, and decided to use my car. Left the restaurant and popped into Tesco. On returning to the car I noticed a big white stripe, which on closer inspection included some deep scratches in the door and rippling. I was absolutely gutted, as needless to say, the c**t who had used my car as a parking aid was nowhere to be seen, and there were no witnesses. And as I hadn't noticed it earlier, it could have happened in Tesco's or the restaurant, neither of which had cctv on that part of the car park!

    Anyway, seeing as it was just the door, and I could have it repaired for less than my no claims (got protected no claims but didn't want to claim as it was only the door that was damaged) I went for the repair.

    Now my problem is this, while it was in I had a couple of other scratches touched up which have come up brilliantly, but seeing as I just had the door repaired/painted I can see a slight difference in the paint colour, which I appreciate is always going to happen when you just paint one panel without blowing the rest of the side in. As you can see from the picture of my car, it is well looked after, so I'm always going to notice it, I was thinking of just replacing the whole door with one from a breakers of the same colour, as I think the colour might match better.

    What do you think?

    Or should I give the panel a couple of layers of wax and hope for the best over time as the panel ages?
     
     

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    Problem with getting one from the breakers is that you have to take into account weather fade and other factors
    Only way to cure it for sure would be a blowover or fade in on the other panels
     
     

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    Thanks Stk. Could have as may problems matching a new door.
     
     

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    nice clean car what colour is it
    bill
     
     

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    I think if you get 1 from a breakers you ,ll always be looking at it knowing its a different door and you,ll notice any difference more cos you know its there like the colour difference in the paint job you had so i think the only way is to get the wing and quarter blown in then youll forget its there
     
     

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    Bit the bullet today H11UNM, and booked my car in with a smart repair company near work. They're going to match the paint for me, and I've been assured this time it will match, as you say I'll always know its there. I'll let you know how I get on.
     
     

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    Nice car!!! I know what you mean about that ''feeling'' when you return to your car to find it no longer pristine...

    I'm not being funny or anything but why didn't/couldn 't the shop that did the original repair/paint job match the colour spot on like the second shop is promising you?
     
     

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    It was a little back street garage, and the colour match they can do is only ever going to be as good as the paint they buy over the counter. I had the door repaired, and some places will blow the whole side in to blend the colour in, I just had the door painted. The repair itself is good, and anybody else would be happy for the price. There is no come back with a little garage, and I didn't want to pay for the whole side to be sprayed.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by M9RC View Post
    Bit the bullet today H11UNM, and booked my car in with a smart repair company near work. They're going to match the paint for me, and I've been assured this time it will match, as you say I'll always know its there. I'll let you know how I get on.
    If there spraying the car outside mate make sure they cover up the car while they spray the panel they are working on otherwise the car will be covered with overspray.

    I've lost count of the ammount of cars I have had to clay to remove overspray after smart repairs.

    Good luck hope it all goes well
     
     

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    This company picks your car up and takes it away to be done inside a garage, so hopefully no overspray! Had that problem with a scratch on the boot repaired by the previous sprayer, he tidied it up once I pointed it out. Going to treat the car to a full detail before the winter really sets in, and then hopefully my car will be back to it's immaculate best.

    Thanks again for all your advice.
     
     

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