What car do you drive?

That’s basically what they would do.

There’s two I’m concerned about, one above the rear window and one alongside the window on the C pillar, which are inaccessible from the inside, but both are extremely shallow (<1mm) without creasing and near invisible in normal light. Hopefully it should be possible to repair those.

The remaining two or three are confined to two removable panels, so I can either repair those or replace the panels cheaply. Around $15 for a guard, and $20 for a boot lid from a self-serve wrecker, give or take.

Shouldn’t there be some liability on the management of the complex to ensure the chain is at least visible or not closed until all the cars have left?

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Yeah, they’d probably bog. If they’re not structural damage, then as long as they are well epoxied, properly prepped, sanded, primed, painted, and cleared they ought to be fine though.

Insert Might Car Mods references here.


The estimate came back. Dents are repairable without filler, windscreen isn’t as bad as initially thought, but an exterior respray may be required.



That’s assuming it needs a complete back-to-metal respray though. Paint correction, removing the dents and addressing the problem areas only would be closer to $2500. This is sounding like the most appealing option so far.

I’m waiting to get some estimates from other repairers as well. The repairer that assessed it does great work, but they are the most expensive, and I’m not after a “brand new Mercedes” level of finish. “Five year old Mitsubishi” is more than adequate.

I haven’t a clue. Honestly, It’s not something I’m particularly interested in bringing up. My concerns are valid, but it’s on me to prove their validity, state my case, acknowledging my involvement in the incident without accepting all responsibility for it, which means getting a lawyer involved…

It’s another headache I could do without. I’m already stressing about some other things, and if I can get the cost of repairs somewhere on the lower end ($2500 to $3500-ish) of that scale, I’ll just fix it, consider it a learning experience, never visit that place again, and be done with it.

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In NSW, at least, fair trading can give you some advice on your rights and how to proceed with making a claim.

@iMic - You should be able to get some free advice on the situation from your local consumer affairs type people…

It sounds like hopefully it will not cost more than you are “hoping” and comfortable with. You could still put together a letter to the property owner / management, showing them the quotes you’ve received to repair the damage, and asking them to contribute (ie say 50%) to the repairs. Just keep it matter of fact.

If they help out, great, if not, and the repairs are within your means, nothing ventured / nothing gained…


Went looking around at new cars this past week or so, at all different price points, some Mitsubishi Magna, Verada and 380 sedans at different trim levels, along with entirely different makes and models of car, and -

- decided to fix this one.

Because anything I purchase has to be better. Better paint, better tyres, better mechanics or better features, otherwise there’s no point buying another car at all. And finding another all-rounder, that is a combination of those factors, isn’t as simple as I thought.

There were cars with good exteriors, but incomplete service records or outright skipped services. Some had excellent interiors, but scuffed, scratched, faded and dented outer bodies. Some were mechanically excellent, but had worn out interiors and exterior panels.

And while there were cars better than mine, there were none that were so much better that they justified the extra upfront cost and later hassle of selling mine. That is, until we started getting into the high four, low five figures. There were some good all-rounders there, but then I’m spending more on the purchase than it would cost to resolve the issues with mine, especially considering that if I were to DIY some of the repairs, those costs would come down further.

Plus, any repair work would be fresh - new components, new trims, new paint - compared to purchasing a car with parts or paint that looks good now, but could be only 6-12 months away from starting to present issues.

So it seems as though the 380 stays, and I now have some work to do.

Still have this. Its nearly 18 years old. And still going well.

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I upgraded from steel wheels with plastic hubcaps to genuine Toyota Alloys which were offered as an upgrade for my Corolla - I got them cheaply second hand and they look a lot better!!

I have to say, I’m loving CarPlay. Finally moved onto my full license at the beginning of last month so I can finally use it. I put the new Sony head unit back in January, its been a long wait to properly use it :stuck_out_tongue:


In the interests of continuing my reputation for good decisions but bad taste, I picked up this newie a few weeks ago for $34.

1999 AU Fairmont Ghia, with all the goods, and by goods I mean… well sure, all you see in the pics. I think I’m turning AUs into a habit.


Blinkin’ ‘eck, I want your car source.

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My groceries cost more than $34! :joy:

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Right place right time is all! To be fair it is a 20 year old car (birthday this month) that needs a few mechanical things to be put right - but they’re maintenance issues. It was a farm car that had farm maintenance, so it got fixed when it broke, but not before :slight_smile: