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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-08-2019, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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Stelvio returns from body shop

A couple weeks ago my wife was parked in the Stelvio when another car pulled alongside and the rear passenger exited rather firmly slamming the door forcefully against the Stelvio. Since this usually happens when you are absent from the car and you return to find then damage and an empty parking space next to you. My wife was able to exchange insurance information with the other driver. We took it to a local body/ repair shop with good reviews. Ok to be honest this was a "ding". On my truck I call those character builders. However it was dead center on the beltline crease and was very obvious s from any angle so why not have it repaired as long as we had no expenses.
So come to find out the doors are aluminum which ruled out paintless dent removal. Repair shop needed to repaint both doors which necessitated the removal off all inside and outside handles, mirrors, door cards, etc. We picked up Stelvio today and happy to say it is as good as new. Total cost...close to $2300 partly because of the three stage paint.
So since it has aluminum doors like a GTA does it qualify as a SUV...A?
It worked out to my satisfaction and the insurance company was fully cooperative from the very beginning. I know no one will be around for the next door dinger.
Cheers, Jon

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Repair shop needed to repaint both doors
Why did they repaint both doors if only one was dinged? Nothing wrong with getting a thorough job, but I'm curious why the other person's insurance authorized repainting the undamaged door.

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As explained to me, it had to do with matching and blending the color.
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good story....saw a similar "event" at my local Gas Stn...a brand new Maserati , with paper tags (= very new) pulled in to get gas, driver still in the car when lady at the building backs out into his dark blue car....big "ding"...needless to say driver wasnt very happy...

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We park all of our vehicles at the far end of any parking lot. It's good for our exercise, and hopefully keeps the vehicles away from the jerks who are either ignorant or arrogant. I also always park the '91 Spider so there is no access to the nose. Trying to avoid the saying: "There are two kinds of Spiders; those that have been hit on the nose, and those who will be hit on the nose"

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good story....saw a similar "event" at my local Gas Stn...a brand new Maserati , with paper tags (= very new) pulled in to get gas, driver still in the car when lady at the building backs out into his dark blue car....big "ding"...needless to say driver wasnt very happy...
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Yup, have always parked our Alfas away from others when we could. Made for a longer walk to work, in one lot it was a mile walk to the Boeing office I worked at for several years. Not good in the winter, with Seattle rain.

And one time, at a house I was renting a room in, another renter backed his car right into the side of my relatively new to me Giulia Sprint GT.

Some are so careless, esp these days, what with them on their darn phones all the time. Jeez.

Sorry for the rant.

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We do park as far as we can from others, but the lot is small, so you work with what you can. The rear passenger was a 4 year old who opened the rear door about the same time as the car came to a stop. Likely he was not secured in place and the parental rear lock was not in use. We were fortunate this time !!!
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