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Would you buy a car with a dent like this on it?

Hi all- am interested in buying a car and have seen quite a nice one but it has a dent over one wheel as per the picture



Although it's a pretty cheap car, would you think it reasonable that the dealer has this dent fixed as part of the deal?

Otherwise, any idea how much it would be for me to have it fixed??

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Old 05.08.2013, 15:03
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Re: Would you buy a car with a dent like this on it?

Personally, I'd live with the dent.

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Re: Would you buy a car with a dent like this on it?

This time, 4yrs ago, many cars looked like this, with dents everywhere.
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Re: Would you buy a car with a dent like this on it?

yeap ! gives it some character
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Re: Would you buy a car with a dent like this on it?

from the on-line picture it does not look like there is any damage to the paintwork where the dent is, rust would be my concern & something one could repair with stuff one could buy in small quantity

If you want the garage to repair it first, maybe they will either put the price up or not give discount or other freebie.

it is difficult to say, someone trying to get the bump out, might cause damage to the paintwork.

I recall I had a pressure dent somewhere on a car years ago. When I took it for it's annual service to my regular garage, the chap offered to press it out for me in front of me if I took responsibility, no charge, he got a good tip.
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Re: Would you buy a car with a dent like this on it?

I'm new to Zürich but someone told me before I came that it was actually illegal to drive a car with a dent in it. Maybe they were just pulling my leg?
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Re: Would you buy a car with a dent like this on it?

Depends how much you really want the car?

(I need to stop looking at autoscout - as I "know" that building in the background)

Anyway, the car has a number of dents and is high KM. It is not cheap for the age/condition/spec/km - this one is better IMHO

In terms of fixing it - it may cost a few hundred - it depends. You would need to speak to a local Spritzwerk - there is one in the yard at Im Schossacher 22 - CARROSSERIE ROBI (AUTOREPARATUR) IM SCHOSSACHER 22 DÜBENDORF
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I'm new to Zürich but someone told me before I came that it was actually illegal to drive a car with a dent in it. Maybe they were just pulling my leg?
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Re: Would you buy a car with a dent like this on it?

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Although it's a pretty cheap car, would you think it reasonable that the dealer has this dent fixed as part of the deal?
There are so many ways to fix this dent very cheaply but with the risk that it will get rusty in the near future. Better look yourself how you can get it fixed.
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Re: Would you buy a car with a dent like this on it?

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Depends how much you really want the car?

(I need to stop looking at autoscout - as I "know" that building in the background)
Well spotted! And thanks for the tip
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Re: Would you buy a car with a dent like this on it?

Spooky. We have the exact same model, almost the same km but 2004. Ours has the exact same dent, compliments of Switzerland. Must be a standard feature

As long as the paint is still intact, it's simply not worth repairing a dent like that, on a car worth only 5K. It's unlikely to go rusty either as the body is galvanized.

It's impossible to compare car like that to another a bit cheaper. You never know what could go wrong. At 200k I had to have the clutch replaced due to a faulty dual mass thingy. Cost 5KCHF to fix. Last service needed new brake discs all round plus other bits - cost 3KCHF. As long as it's newly serviced and tested you should be fine for a couple of years. That alone is worth more than the car.
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Re: Would you buy a car with a dent like this on it?

I wouldn't buy it with that mileage. everything that needed replacing at 100ish k km will need to be replaced again. and likely it has not been replaced and that is why they are moving it on. Parts are sooooo expensive for Audi (I had the S4 2004 avant).

5 k is a lot and expect to throw 3k just in parts at it. (not including fixing the dent)

On the other had I just bought a chevy with nearly 380 k on it here in the USA but everything had been replaced almost 4 times and the vehicle will last but I really got lucky
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I wouldn't buy it with that mileage. everything that needed replacing at 100ish k km will need to be replaced again. and likely it has not been replaced and that is why they are moving it on. Parts are sooooo expensive for Audi (I had the S4 2004 avant).

5 k is a lot and expect to throw 3k just in parts at it. (not including fixing the dent)

On the other had I just bought a chevy with nearly 380 k on it here in the USA but everything had been replaced almost 4 times and the vehicle will last but I really got lucky
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Re: Would you buy a car with a dent like this on it?

That dent is really not bad...

There is a term in Japanese aesthetics, "wabi-sabi" which basically means the beauty of imperfection.

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Re: Would you buy a car with a dent like this on it?

CHF 6k with 250k km?

Pricey at half the price.

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Re: Would you buy a car with a dent like this on it?

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Although it's a pretty cheap car, would you think it reasonable that the dealer has this dent fixed as part of the deal?
It would be more reasonable to ask for a new MFK :

Letzte Prüfung 01.08.2011

If it has FSH, you can see what's been replaced and when. Most decent owners keep all receipts. If there are none, then walk away.

Buying a car with 250,000 is bound to be a bit of a gamble in any case.
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That dent is really not bad...

There is a term in Japanese aesthetics, "wabi-sabi" which basically means the beauty of imperfection.

(I remind my husband of this every time he sees me naked )

Sounds fishy to me
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That's a "no" there from Treverus. No, they weren't pulling your leg.
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Re: Would you buy a car with a dent like this on it?

My post can be off topic, and as so it can be deleted.
But if you are buying a used car and maintain in Switzerland, maybe not.

Now with Audi dealers in Spain or Portugal and consider that how many retirees from Switzerland (we are 250 000 Portuguese in Switzerland) go to Portugal and open legal Audi repair houses (some with experience working in Audi Germany or Switzerland for some years).

My friend has an Audi A3 (lives in Lausanne) and a new back bumper and back lights was 800 euros with Audi original (SIVA in Portugal).

And you have access to a substitute car. As people here go to Germany or France to buy meat, repair a car like that with 2 year warranty and original pieces must be something maximum for 500 euros.

So for sure i would buy it and i would Portugal and Spain a holiday trip
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