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Old 09-22-1999, 09:56 PM
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our '98 e320 was ''egged''. we just discovered it and think former owner tired patch leaving raised ''bumps'',very tiny,the color of the car. entire area is only size of 1/2 dollar,rear bumper - care is ''brilliant emerald''-a deep metallic green - you can miss seeing this area unless in right lite.
bodyshop also used by dealer (and 2 personal friends) would paint entire panel-doesn't like 'spotting'' on a MB.
worried if used for a trade in future, A dealer(or private buyer) could try to ''devalue'' MB due to a paint=job. we could ''live'' with blemish but concerned about rust, etc. appreciate any comments =car was Starmarked & bought from MB dealer('98,6500+ miles) - don't know how they missed this=had only 1-1/2 months. patch is too amaturish for dealer to have done repair.appreciate any thoughts, etc. thanks so much

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Old 09-23-1999, 02:11 PM
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Original paint is only original once. You can always repaint it later. Many people will use any paintwork to knock big $$$ off the price. If someone who wants to buy the car hates the blemish that much, let them repaint it and take the loss. Since you say it is only visible in just the right light it sounds like you are better off just living with it for now.

Hope this helps...Lee
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Old 09-23-1999, 10:00 PM
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dear lee - thanks for your input. i agree with you and that's what we decided - i just know as soon as we'd have the entire rear panel painted, we'd have a shopping cart roll into the same area!!! we can definitely ''live'' with it and our detail man said area will not ''rust''.
frankly i'm aggravated that the dealer sold it that way - the detailer today stated the egged area had been there for some time - we only bought the car the end of july and due to hurricanes/tropical storms it has been garaged - he feels it's way older than that. but go prove it-we thereafter pointed it out to the dealer who at first denied it was there when sold, but for ''goodwill'' agreed to pay for the paint job. didn't expect games like that frm a m.b. dealership. and this was after we had asked them to notify us if an 'S' resale or demo becmes available!! needless to say, we'll forget about that (with that dealer, in any event). thanks again!!!
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Old 10-06-1999, 12:17 AM
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Amusing what dealerships will try to get away with. I bought my SD used at a Ford dealership a couple months ago. One owner car, just traded, etc. There was a family in the showroom that was looking at a Ford Expedition for their daughter. ("Not a penny over $40,000;" must be nice)

Anyway, the Expedition they were looking at had a pretty good sized (4 to 6 inch long, 2 inch wide, and perhaps 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep) dent in the rear quarter panel. The dealer referred to a "Dent Doctor", presumably some type of spot repair/airbrush? Is this type of repair also considered repainting? Or is it just a good "touch-up?" Just wondering.

Robert W. Roe
1984 300SD 165,911 miles

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Old 10-06-1999, 04:22 AM
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Dent Dr. sounds like some sort of "paintless dent repair" similar to Fix-a-Dent or others. They get behind the panel and try to pop the dent out leaving no or minimal evidence it ever existed. They actually work pretty well on areas where they can get behind the dented panel.

Though everyone has their own definitions, I would say that if a scratch/chip/etc had been airbrushed over just the scratch but not other areas then it is still original. To me, a repaint of a panel means a repaint or re-clearcoat of the whole panel in question.

Hope this helps...Lee

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