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      11-22-2008, 07:51 AM   #1
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Dent in the C-Pillar

An errant softball hit my car last week, and I'm not sure if this dent can be popped out. Do any of you know if the C pillar is accessible from the inside so a Dent Wizard guy can pop out the dent?

So far I have one estimate for $980 (!!), which includes painting the entire side of the car. Ideally I'd like to get it fixed in a less invasive method for less money. The damage is definitely not through the paint; I can scrape away the residue with my fingernail, leaving unmarred paint beneath.

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OUCH! Man let me talk to my dent repair friend and let you know.
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Was the softball from an organized league? If so, they may have insurance to cover the damage. It must be nice to play softball this time of year.
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I had it fixed by a local dent repair guy, who pulled it out from the outside. Apparently there are perpendicular brackets inside the C pillar, so it can't be popped out from the inside. He had all sorts of special tools to pop the piece out, and it took him 45 minutes. He said that it was especially difficult because of the size and location of the hit.

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Miami people: PM me for his phone number; the guy does excellent work.

Miro: Thanks for the offer.

Lester: I didn't witness the actual hit. But yes, the softball came from an organized league at a public park (Brian Piccolo in Broward), and the park manager said that he'd file a claim and the county would pay the repair. But when I called the county's risk management department, the guy there said that the county isn't responsible. Lots of runaround from local bureaucracy.
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Another photo:



The pillar is 90% as good as new, and the vast majority of people won't notice the mar. Just disheartening to have body damage on a 3-month-old car.
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      11-25-2008, 10:36 AM   #6
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Lester: I didn't witness the actual hit. But yes, the softball came from an organized league at a public park (Brian Piccolo in Broward), and the park manager said that he'd file a claim and the county would pay the repair. But when I called the county's risk management department, the guy there said that the county isn't responsible. Lots of runaround from local bureaucracy.
It looks like a good repair. No one is ever going to notice, except you.

Here, organized softball leagues are responsible to obtain proof of insurance certificates before the city issues the league playing permits. However, the insurance only covers car damage to cars that are driving by the park.

If you are parked nearby, then it is up to the league to pay the damages out of their own pockets, for car or home damage. We used to warn anyone about to park their car within foul ball territory not to park there, unless they understood it was at their own risk. I used to be involved in organized softball, and our league budgeted $1,000 per year for insurance and glass damage claims.

Those days are long over for me, I played fastball twice per week for 28 years. But after awhile, the chronic hamstring and knee problems began to affect golf and tennis, so I packed it in.
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Do you have a straight on pic to see whatever damage is left over? Looks like they did a great job nonetheless....
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dang, i would have almost hoped that it broke a window vs that part of the pillar..
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