Hi All: I have a 2005 Escape Limited Red Fire metallic. I was
talking to my neighbor today about how I've had this car for 8 months
and doesn't have a mark on it. Ten minutes later and bang. My other
neighbor's kid drops his bike on the door and of course the handle bar
puts a 1/2" scratch. It is basically showing primer. It isn't bad, but
nevertheless, I'm pissed. (The kid isn't a bad kid, it was an
accident). I'm going to the local Ford dealer tomorrow to get a bottle
of touch up.
Anyone have any advice on how to touch this up? In the past, I have
tried putting a little paint on the scratch, let it dry for a few
seconds and the rub off the excess. I would repeat this a few times
until I'm happy with the result.
Anyone try this before?
I've done just that numerous times. The results usually are better on
non-metallic paints, such as the off-white that was on my Eclipse. The spots
I've touch up on my Escape (True Blue Metallic) look OK, but I can still see
them, even if no one else can. I found that wrapping a low lint, fine nap
rag around a small square block, then putting the thinner on that and wiping
lightly across the touch-up paint works best- it helps keep the rag from
wiping the paint out from inside the scratch.
On Mon, 21 Mar 2005 00:55:27 GMT, 3 dog email@example.com wrote:
Something like that recently happened to me with my Crown Vic. I had
old rear bumper damage that was my own fault. Some one plowed into me
and I got my rear bumper replaced free of charge. I don't think that I
will wait for with the Escape.
To circumvent Murphy's law the rule is that before you leave the
dealership with a new dent free vehicle you're supposed to open the
trunk & with a ball peen hammer make a small dent & scratch of the
trunk floor (or other inconspicuous location). Failure to do so
results in others picking the location for the dents ;-)
Not too worry. If you have a witness, that something fell on
your vehicle, take it to a shop get and estimate and report it to
your insurance carrier. That kind of damage is covered by your
comprehensive coverage. Comprehensive claims do not effect ones
I have $500.00 deductible. I doubt it that the damge would be more
than that. I also want to keep the peace in the neigborhood. If I have
to start implicating people (the neighbors 7 year old kid did it by
accident) then the insurance company will undoubtedly hassle the kid's
family. I don't want that. If it was vandalism, that would be a
Got some touchup piant today. Looks like I can do a pretyy decent job
fixing it. I tried using a opti-visor 2.5x magnifier while I was
painting. Comes out a lot better when you can see what your doing
On Mon, 21 Mar 2005 13:42:23 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
You probably have a $500 deductible on collision, and $150 on
comprehensive. This would be a comprehensive claim, and you don't have
to implicate anyone. When my car was "keyed", I got it fixed. I never
named names, I wasn't even sure where is happened.
In another year or two, it won't look as good.
If my 2005 Escape got scratched, I'd get it fixed.
A proper repair on my car was to repaint to the nearest visual break. side
to side, that was a full door, top to bottom it was the bottom of the door
and a bumper strip.
Clarence A Dold - Hidden Valley (Lake County) CA USA 38.8,-122.5
Are you sure? That sounds more like a collision coverage
deductible. A larger deductible, $500 v $250, can save you money
on collision coverage but the difference in premium between $500
and zero deductible on comprehensive is only a few dollars
annually, like $20. I pay less than $150 annually for
comprehensive coverage on two 2005 vehicles, and one is a
On Tue, 22 Mar 2005 10:49:22 -0500, email@example.com wrote:
State Farm, Allstate, ING, etc, etc, etc, Give your broker a shout and
mention to him that you've heard of people making more than 3 comp
claims a year and see if he's surprised that they get dropped..
Your state may vary but it won't be labeled as cancelling it will be
that the coverage is no longer offered.
In No Fault states if people get in too many not at fault accidents
they may even be non-renewed or have their rates jump. Having seen
individuals with excessive not at fault claims (there was a guy up in
Canada who got in close to 200 not at faults in one year (all rental
vehicles) you can understand the insurance companies concerns.
With comp claims (yes even though they are not at fault) they still
count. A claim is a claim is a claim. If you're going to claim, make
it worth everyone's time.
You bring up a good point. I recently changed to Amica Insurance in
Welsley MA and I signed up for a $500 deductible. I will contact them
and get a price on lower deductible. It won't do any good for my
scratch. Although I'm ticked about the scratch, there's no way I'm
going to have the whole door painted for a 1/2" x .002" scratch. I
will touch it up the best I can and forget it. The car will be in my
possesion for about 10 years and I'm sure that it will get several
dings form random flying rocks on the road and people in shopping
malls who don't care about other peoples property. Again thanks for
the heads up on comprehensive insurance cost
On Mon, 21 Mar 2005 18:18:13 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
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