Bubbling Lacquer

Discussion in 'Bodywork' started by jimmy, Aug 22, 2002.

  1. jimmy

    jimmy Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Not long after I got my car, a blister appeared on the front wing, just in front of the indicator repeater. It eventually burst and left a large thumbprint size area without any clear coat lacquer. Nobody else notices it, but I do and it irritates me.

    Took it back to the dealer yesterday, hoping they would offer to fix it under warranty. Now I know why you all have named them stealerships <img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':('>  They reckon it was caused by a stonechip and not covered by warranty.

    They quoted £500 <img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':0'> to repair an area no bigger than a large stamp, today I got a quote from a bodyshop for £300 <img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt='???'>  getting better but still a bit steep I reckon.

    Got to get it put right before winter though.
     
  2. Dave B

    Dave B Active Member

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    At most stealerships you'll come across a guy in a three pointed hat waving a flintlock pistol around shouting &quot;stand and deliver&quot; - don't panic, he works there  <img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':D'>

    On the subject of paintwork, I've noticed two small spots of rust at the bottom of my tailgate, on the inner lip.  Might have to get the touch up stick out!

    Can someone remind me, isn't there some sort of guarantee covering rust on Mercedes ??
     
  3. fuzzer

    fuzzer MB Club Veteran

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    i think it has to rust from the inside out to be covered . There is no bigger rip off than bodyshops , they are too used to doing insurance work
     
  4. Paul

    Paul Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Also most corrossion warranty's only cover actual &quot;Perforation&quot; to the metal and not just a spot of rust.

    Also like you say, they'll argue it's caused by anything other than their workmanship!!!
     
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    jimmy

    jimmy Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    I would be better off claiming on my insurance, I have a £50 excess and protected no claims <img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':D'>

    I would probably have to arrange an accident with a gate post or a Tesco trolley. Trouble is I am too honest and have never done anything like that.
     

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