How D.I.Y. Saved Me $200 – Fixing the Scratch on My Car

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Back in December, some jerkface decided it would be fun to scratch a line down the whole length of my car while parked outside of my apartment.  Thankfully they only got my passenger side; my neighbours weren’t as lucky. Although I know it could have been a lot worse, it made me cry. I work my ass off to afford that car, and 30 seconds of needless vandalism was all it took to steal the pride I had for my first “grown up purchase”.

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I was quoted a minimum of $200 to get it fixed. Yikes. My limited budget just didn’t have room for that, especially because it was all superficial. I had looked into fixing it myself, but I couldn’t find the matching paint anywhere, and was so frustrated by the whole thing that I knew I’d just make it worse. So I was stuck driving around with this white line down the side of my red car.

Enter dad.

My dad (and mom, for that matter) both live some 1,500 km away from me, so I’m lucky to see them twice a year. But my dad’s side of the family lives near me, so since he’s off work, he decided to hop on his Harley one day and drive up here. We ended up spening father’s day together fixing the scratch in my car! (And by we I of course mean mostly him.)

carscratchduring

Almost 4 hours later, with some really fine sandpaper, a rubbing compound, car wax, my uncle’s buffer, and a whole lot of elbow grease, the scratch is nearly gone! Voila!

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Doesn’t it look so much better? Dirt and dust tends to get stuck where the scratch was the deepest, which can make it visible, but it’s easy enough to wipe off if it starts to bug me.

Total cost to me? $10. (Look at me being all frugal!)

What DIY have you done to save some money?

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17 thoughts on “How D.I.Y. Saved Me $200 – Fixing the Scratch on My Car

  1. Michelle

    I don’t get why people are so evil! Glad you DIYed and saved money :)

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    1. Amanda

      It was time consuming, but actually pretty easy!

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  2. CeCe @Pink Sunshine

    Your dad is too cute! That’s awesome. That happened to me and a few of our neighbors when I lived in a really bad part of town. I got one side taken care of but there is still a scratch on my other side. Oh well. Glad you got it taken care of on the cheap.

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    1. Amanda

      I *don`t* live in a bad neighbourhood, at least I thought… this happened and my car got broken into in the past 4 months. Yikes!

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  3. Catherine

    Go Dad!!! My husband’s grandfather can fix anything, I’m hoping my husband can absorb it all before it’s too late!

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    1. Amanda

      Lol. My dad`s like that. Here`s hoping your husband does pick it up!

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  4. CF

    My dad is super handy too! Brian…eh… not so much. :) Sorry to hear that your car got keyed though, that’s a really crappy thing for someone to do. Bleh.

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  5. Sara Hamil @ They Call it Gumption

    Man, finding dings and scratches on my car makes me livid enough as it is so I can’t imagine how infuriating it would be to come out to that. What a jerk!

    Awesome that your dad could fix it though. Any kind of car repair is way too expensive so this is pretty awesome!

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    1. Amanda

      I didn’t notice it til I got to work, so for all I know it could have been there for days! My landlord said he was going to install security cameras, but that’s yet to happen…

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  6. Nicole

    Aww aren’t Dads great! I have a similar scratch on my car although not nearly as bad as yours and I think mine was most likely self-inflicted with my car keys.

    I’m thinking I should also get my Dad to fix mine since my DIY projects don’t always turn out so well (just ask my step dad who laughed at my attempt to re-plaster a hole in my wall and then cut it out so he could re-do it himself).

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    1. Amanda

      Sometimes DIYing can be a bad idea for sure! Hope your dad can help you :)

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    Pretty nice for a reliever. But I guess I’ll have it fixed by pros to prevent more damage on the paint.

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  10. Mallorca

    D Boucher – I like the notion of wearing it to remember the past and taking it off to look to the future, that’s something I will remember

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    I’d like to learn how to do that. May be I’ll check Youtube the steps.

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