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I hate those bloody things .....
cheers, guenter
ps. how does one get a 1" dent out of the fender :-(

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I hear you.

If there is no scratch in the paint, I have had good luck with the invisible dent repair guys. The place I went to a few years ago mentioned that M-Bs were relatively easy to work on because they tended to have a lot of access points in the doors and body panels. They usually charge 'x' dollars to access a panel, and then 'y' dollars per dent in that panel.
John M. doordingless '94 E320
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thanks John, forgot about those guys. Will give them a try. Paint is scratched but not through the primer.... so I won't worry cheers

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I took my '82 300CD to one of those places, a chain here in Silicon Valley called DentPro. The car had a shallow, dinner-plate-sized dent on the side, below the rear-side window. To save time and prevent possible damage to the interior of the car by some ham- handed body-shop employee, I carefully removed the interior trim panel beneath the window beforehand.
When the DentDroid looked at the dent, he didn't even glance inside the car. Instead, he started trying to figure out how to stick a rod in through the door jamb horizontaly, into a hole that obviously would've had to have been drilled and then plugged, and work the dent out by bending the rod outward. Which was obviously a stupid idea, as it would've created a series of ripples in the sheet metal.
"Uh, wouldn't it make more sense to go in directly behind the dent from inside the car and simply push it out," I asked? "Look here; I even removed the trim panel so that you could do that." "No, absolutely not," he replied, not bothering to look inside the car. He didn't elaborate, which I thought was a little strange...and which put me on my guard. Hmmm...
I immediately realized that rather than repairing this rather simple dent in the most straightforward way possible, the guy was trying to make the job more labor-intensive (and therefore profitable) than it needed to have been -- and was being none too subtle about it, either. I thanked him for his time and left.
Granted, that's only one data point, but it nevertheless made me wonder about those places. After all, their market niche is re- pairing slight body damage, so the per-job profits probably aren't very great. I'm sure there's a lot of temptation to pad their labor charges.
(Epilogue: I sold the car a week or so later anyway, for the asking price I had in mind for after the dent was repaired.)
Geoff
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