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I was parked yesterday and some idiot hit my car and left a tissue in the windscreen. I assume other people saw this so he/she pretended to write their details, but obviously it was blank - I'm trying to get camera footage as Brent Council appear to have cameras everywhere and hopefully they'll get done for hit and run as well as having to pay for the damage.. I have attached pictures of the damage. My question is does the whole panel need to be re-painted ? The arch panel is massive, it goes along the roof and along the bottom of the door. I hate getting the car painted as I don't believe it can ever be like the factory, so my other question is can anyone recommend a good paint shop around the London area that specialises in Porsches ?

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This really makes my blood boil and seems to be common practice these days. I recently actually witnessed a woman in a Nissan Patrol clipping a Ford Ka and driving off. Fortunately, I got her number and found the Ka owner in the shop nearby and passed it on.

I'm sorry I can suggest a good repairer, but just wanted to express my disgust and say that I really feel for you.
 

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Sorry about the incident. Your post title reminds me of a line in a brad pitt movie. Guy was doing a crossword puzzle. Four letters starting w T for snatch. He erased what he had written and wrote TAKE. Made me laugh. Good luck w the car.
 

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Sorry about the incident. Your post title reminds me of a line in a brad pitt movie. Guy was doing a crossword puzzle. Four letters starting w T for snatch. He erased what he had written and wrote TAKE. Made me laugh. Good luck w the car.
Thanks guys, it's so frustrating. I'm assuming I'm going to need the whole arch and panel painted which I'm sure will cost a bomb as well. I hope they catch the person, they should be charged as they clearly knew they hit the car (blank tissue paper)
 

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That sucks! I really hope that you find the guy who did it. If you got a description of the car from someone, sometimes the local police will look up vehicles in the local vicinity and then check it out.
 

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Jeez.... that T*at was such a d!ck!
Sorry to hear this happened to you -- it's sooooo annoying and inconsiderate and all of that!

I had a similar experience with my BMW Z3 in 2003 (the car was 1 year old) - I always park as far away as possible when I'm in a shopping center lot. I'm waaaaay far away from anyone else and a guy in a red mustang pulls up next to me. Generally, I don't think anything about this as I'm used to other fanatics out in the boonies parking near me, but then I find a red mark on the passenger door. The moron has opened his door into my car, scratching the hell out of it!

I find a note left on my windshield note2.jpg

SO I think... OK, well at least the insurance company can handle this one. They contact the witness, they contact the jerk in the mustang. He simply denies it. They just decide it's not worth pursuing. They do agree to pay for the repair and wave my deductable, but I'm out for the car rental while my car is repaired. To add insult to injury, 10 years later I go to trade the Z3 on my Porsche, and CARFAX says I had a "major body damage repair event" and the dealer does not want to take the car in trade at fair value. I had to argue with CARFAX for a couple days, but I dug up the old images and receipts and got them to reduce the "major bad mark" to "superficial body scratch repaired" which got me the value I wanted on the car.

Thank god for cheap disk space and backups!



montage.jpg (approx 1 inch x 1 inch scratch)

Lessons: (USA)

1. Park even further away than you think is possibly, reasonably "safe"
2. Buy waiver of deductable (waives deductable if you are not at fault)
3. Make sure you know what your insurance company will report to CARFAX when they pay for a repair
4. Keep your own good records, complete with pictures - some day you will want to sell the car.
 
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I am having a hard time seeing all of the damage due to the reflection but that may be able to be repaired.
 

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Man that sucks. Looks like they turned the wheel to early backing out and brushed the rear with a front bumper. Had something VERY similar happen to my GTI...car was only 4 month old. Happened at the federal building no less in Downtown Raleigh. In any case, a good shop should be able to "blend" the panel without complete replacement. You are right...it'll never be quite as good as factory paint, but if the shop knows what it's doing, should be pretty flawless. I can see a slight difference on the GTI, but no one else notices it and it's holding up just fine. Car was painted in 2011. Good luck! It's a car and things happen...

I was parked yesterday and some idiot hit my car and left a tissue in the windscreen. I assume other people saw this so he/she pretended to write their details, but obviously it was blank - I'm trying to get camera footage as Brent Council appear to have cameras everywhere and hopefully they'll get done for hit and run as well as having to pay for the damage.. I have attached pictures of the damage. My question is does the whole panel need to be re-painted ? The arch panel is massive, it goes along the roof and along the bottom of the door. I hate getting the car painted as I don't believe it can ever be like the factory, so my other question is can anyone recommend a good paint shop around the London area that specialises in Porsches ?

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Lessons: (USA)

1. Park even further away than you think is possibly, reasonably "safe"
2. Buy waiver of deductable (waives deductable if you are not at fault)
3. Make sure you know what your insurance company will report to CARFAX when they pay for a repair
4. Keep your own good records, complete with pictures - some day you will want to sell the car.
CARFAX is a marginally useful and utterly unreliable service. No report on any used car I have ever owned is accurate. If it weren't for their guerilla marketing and scare sales tactics they would have been out of business long ago. In Canada, a competitor service (CarProof) has higher reliability and credibility.
 
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cayman_nutter,
Sorry to hear about your experience with in-human nature. I had a self inflicted dent from a step stool repaired on my left rear fender several years ago. Make sure the body shop sprays the whole fender with clear coat after the repair. Do not allow them to blend in the clear coat because after a few years the blend point will start to show. Good Luck,

Rob
 
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