Those seemingly minor dents can cost a lot to fix!

Those seemingly minor dents can cost a lot to fix!

Living in Southern California, all of us like to keep our vehicles looking nice. But what do you do when some careless person opens a car door and bangs it right into yours, leaving a dent? That happened to me about a month ago. I was attending a meeting at a local hotel and had just parked my Honda CRV. As I was walking toward the hotel, I turned around because I had forgotten my business cards. That’s when it happened — and it was a double whammy. A car had pulled up beside mine and a lady in the passenger side got out, slamming her car door into mine. That was bad enough, but then she opened the rear door of her car to retrieve some luggage and did the same thing again. Ouch! When I walked over and her told her what she had done, she initially denied it. But when she carefully reopened the rear door again it matched up perfectly with the small dent she just created. So I got her insurance information and her insurance company called me back the same day. Now to be fair, that dent wasn’t big. But it was clearly visible when viewed at the right angle, so her insurance company paid for the repair, which ended up being about $950. They also had to provide me with a rental car while mine was being fixed and that added another $210 to the bill. That bumped the total cost up to more than $1,000 and it also likely boosted that lady’s monthly insurance premiums for the next three years. It...