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Old 27th October 2014, 16:50   #31
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Hello, Got this dent in my car a week back. I had to take a blind turn and did not notice the protruding concrete slab. Thinking of taking my car to VW service station. Do you think i need to go for a running board replacement? Or can the dent be repaired?
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Hello, Got this dent in my car a week back. I had to take a blind turn and did not notice the protruding concrete slab. Thinking of taking my car to VW service station. Do you think i need to go for a running board replacement? Or can the dent be repaired?

Go to TREND AUTO on Hosur Road. There is a whole thread about TREND.
The owners Dinesh, Aneesh and Satheesh will certainly be pleased to do what best they can for you. They are very good in this Dent removal and tinkering business.
In fact, my Yeti has now suffered a small but visible dent on the rear hatch door caused probably by some infidel with a Hydrogen Bomb or Rocket or something, during Diwali.
I m planning to take the car there over the next few days sometime, to get it fixed. They have done work on my Yeti and my Dad's I20 a few times in cases like the above and they are very good. Importantly, compared with the Dealer Workshops these guys are reasonably priced too.If you wish, you can mention that you're a TBHP member and that I recommended that you see them - I know them well and they are nice people.
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Hello, Got this dent in my car a week back. I had to take a blind turn and did not notice the protruding concrete slab. Thinking of taking my car to VW service station. Do you think i need to go for a running board replacement? Or can the dent be repaired?
It should be repairable without cutting the running board out. Just check if the workshop has something called a spot weld dent puller.
It's basically a slide hammer working on a spot welded tip.


Under no circumstances should they punch holes into the area, and use a pick or screwdriver to pry out the dent, and then fill it up and then paint it.
Something like this picture here.
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I paid 3k for removal of the same dent for my maruti zen, a few months back.
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I paid 3k for removal of the same dent for my maruti zen, a few months back.
A bit too much IMO. I paid Rs 2225 (incl. tax) on 5th August for the same work on my Innova.
Ofcourse I had researched the tools to be employed and shopped around for the best quote for this work with two FNGs and two dealerships.
Then I bargained hard.

Finally, I oversaw the work was done to my satisfaction.

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A bit too much IMO. I paid Rs 2225 (incl. tax) on 5th August for the same work on my Innova.
Ofcourse I had researched the tools to be employed and shopped around for the best quote for this work with two FNGs and two dealerships.
Then I bargained hard.

Finally, I oversaw the work was done to my satisfaction.
well, it also depends on the damage, the running board of one side was totally crushed.
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well, it also depends on the damage, the running board of one side was totally crushed.
Not by much sir.
The majority of the dent work (if done correctly) is to strip the affected area back to bare metal first.
The subsequent use of a spot weld type dent puller to gently prod the outer sheet back to shape can take upto an hour more for the worst cases. (includes finishing the denting work included with Spoon and peen hammers) Going by current labour rates - say around 250/- to 300/- more.

The filling, primer and paint will be almost similar assuming metallic paint. There won't be much difference in cost to the surface area to be triple coated, and the single coat overall for blending to the undamaged area. Of course, there would be some difference due to the respective lengths of the running boards , but that would be in inches not feet.

To be honest, the first dealer I tried with had quoted me Rs 3.5 k (exclusive of tax). Both FNGs quoted between 1.5 to 2 k - but did not have the dent puller , and I did not want my running board looking like a piece of swiss cheese while they were at it. So I finally went to my regular dealer, and bargained to bring the price down by pointing out that they won't really be taking the entire running board to bare metal. It took some time though. It helped that I know most of the staff by name.

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I had a similar incident with my Civic 2.5 years ago and the running board was damaged. Took it to HASS who got it back in shape for 4K INR. They used a dent puller, of course. The car was with them for 2 days.
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I got a similar type of dent with my 3 months old Aspire.

My first scratch along with a dent.

It was dark, drizzling and the section of that road wasn't well lit. I was trying to do a parallel parking between 2 other parked cars. I thought I had done the basics right. Asked a colleague to check the left and rear gap while I tried to squeeze the car in. I also turned the LHS ORVM to extreme down position to keep an eye on the pavement line.

However for some unknown reason, there was a bulge in the pavement line. That neither came in the view of the LHS ORVM nor to my colleague's attention. Who was busy trying to guide me with the rear gap.

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Sadly, my car touched the bulge and there it was, my first dent and scratch.

I am so sad. I have not looked at my car ever since this has happened. For past two days, it is parked at my home and I am unable to go near it.
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The car's running board appears to have taken an impact and damaged. Honestly honestly the running board in in any car one of the most tricky ones to be repaired since it is fixed to the frame of the car right from manufacturing stage and there is not enough space for hammering the dent out. One way is to have pieces welded to that area and pulled out and then fixed. Alternatively, that portion would need to be cut and replaced. It would also change the strength of that portion of the running board.

If you are particular about fixing it, go ahead keeping in mind the effects.
However, like many have suggested, it is something that you could well live with. I have had a similar damage on my Santro and I have lived with the deformation.
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Agree with you that cutting definitely weakens the metal and would not be my first choice. I had got the running board of my car also fixed earlier this month and I made sure that the service centre body shop use the puller and not cut anything. Thankfully there was no puncture damage in the metal hence it was possible to work out via pulling.
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I spent an entire day in a near by local garage. They used something called "putty" to fill the dent and then went ahead with painting.

Job isn't perfect, rather I would say 90-95% accuracy with his paint work. But at-least the issue is now unnoticeable to most unless I point to that specif area to draw their attention.

Rs. 1200/- I was charged for this work.
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