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Old 04-18-2011, 12:10 AM   #1
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Unhappy I felt a hard 'bang' and my heart sank..

I am quite devastated to say, I wounded my baby today. :(

After having him just over 1 month, and taking extremely cautious care of him, I went for a quick trip to the pet store today, (after spending 3 hours detailing the car), and I backed into a spot away from any other cars, and had bushes on
the driver's side, so decreased the risk of other cars dinging me or parking too close.
Once I was in the spot, I had my passenger get out, to see if I was back far
enough, (I am still learning the lengths on this car), and she said I was very close to the pole behind me, so I went to shift the car into First gear, then proceeded to let off the clutch while trying to give it just enough gas to move, (I was completely unaware of the downward slope that the back end was on), and as soon as I went to give it more gas, instead of going forward, it quickly rolled the couple inches backwards to the pole and "BANG".
it was over.
I couldn't open my eyes.
I didn't want to breathe.

I shoo'd my 2 passengers to go into the shop without me, I was about to have a meltdown and implode at the same time.

One of them actually said, "what happened?? I told you you were close!?".
and then continued to say, "You're not going to like what you see."
Seriously??

fyi: Pick your statements more wisely when dealing with me, especially
in a state of rage and rapidly increasing overwhelming regret/sadness.

Anyways, I just sat in the car for a moment, reviewing what
had just taken place, and wanting to kick the crap out of something.
I finally took off my sunglasses and got out of the car, and slowly walked around to the back of the car, there it was, in all it's glory, a nice shiner.
There was still some cement rubble sticking to my bumper, and the best description I can give, (since I haven't taken a legitimate photo yet, beside my crappy cell phone), is like somebody took a cheese grater to it right where the butt end comes to a point. *approx. size of damaged space = 2 inches wide, by about 1 inch tall.*

Mostly paint damage and undercoat, but I can see if I look from above, that there is a small dent off-center to the point.

I broke down, this is my baby, I've been wanting for many many years, and have searched diligently for over a year for this one specifically, and there I went, and dinged my kid.

So much for having a clear record, and all original/factory
paint and everything.


I hate myself right now, even though I didn't have much control over the incident that occurred really.




I need to go to sleep, I have been in a total depressed-mode
ever since. :(
Will post a photo tomorrow probably.


Thanks for reading, just had to vent. *SIGH*.

**any suggestions on where to take it, prices to fix something like this, or how to go about dealing with this would be much apprciated.**

Thx.
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Old 04-18-2011, 12:16 AM   #2
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yeh its new and it sucks to mess it up but look on the bright side, now its time to mod it. i have a very hard time replacing something that isnt broke, i backed in to something in my garage at home and dented the lower valance, time for a new valance, maybe gfx and i feel great about it, i scuffed my front bumper on a parking curb, time for something new on the front. its going to happen, just try to look at the bright side of things, since the bumper is going to have to be repaired how about some aac reverse lights or side markers !!!
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Old 04-18-2011, 12:17 AM   #3
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every parent's child gets hurt from time to time. its the parents skill and patience (and a good [car] doctor) that make everything all better.
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Old 04-18-2011, 12:29 AM   #4
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I feel your pain - my baby was a victim of a hit and run last night...
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Old 04-18-2011, 01:01 AM   #5
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Can't afford to mod, let alone, repair.
Can't stand to have it look imperfect for any
Length of time, I take soo much pride in this
Car, I am just very upset at the whole situation.

I just bought it the first week of march,
To 'ladybug', that's very sad to hear, I hope you
Get it fixed like new, and it doesn't set you back
Too bad.

Thanks for the replies guys, I am trying
To figure the best and quickest way to make it
Like it never happened, I just know I will have
A hard time getting over it after investing so much
Into actually getting this car, to have this happen
So soon after acquiring my dream. It's a bit
Bit of a blow to take in.
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Old 04-18-2011, 02:08 AM   #6
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hey man I know how you feel, my car was sideswiped and im still going through issues with that. As much as it sucks, just remember that it is fixable and having a repainted rear bumper is not bad at all. Dont sweat it too much, even though thats easier said then done. She can be fixed and she will look great if you bring her to a good shop.
Try to catch some sleep. Sorry to hear that but shell look great soon enough
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Old 04-18-2011, 02:31 AM   #7
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Can't afford to mod, let alone, repair.
Can't stand to have it look imperfect for any
Length of time, I take soo much pride in this
Car, I am just very upset at the whole situation.

I just bought it the first week of march,
To 'ladybug', that's very sad to hear, I hope you
Get it fixed like new, and it doesn't set you back
Too bad.

Thanks for the replies guys, I am trying
To figure the best and quickest way to make it
Like it never happened, I just know I will have
A hard time getting over it after investing so much
Into actually getting this car, to have this happen
So soon after acquiring my dream. It's a bit
Bit of a blow to take in.
that'll "buff" right out!..just sayin!
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Old 04-18-2011, 05:34 AM   #8
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Hey the first one is the worst...It can be fixed dont sweet it..it does s@Ck but things happen....
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Old 04-18-2011, 05:55 AM   #9
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It does suck that 1st and R are right next to each other on the LS/LTs. A tip though, check your DIC when parking to make sure there isn't the big "R" for reverse. I don't think you'll do this again, though. Sucks, but it's fixable.
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Old 04-18-2011, 06:00 AM   #10
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There's always going to be a first one, no matter how much care you try to take with it.

I went a whole year without getting ran into at a light, backed into(lots of close calls with the blind old floridian women) or t-boned somehow. I wound up halfway ripping the front end off from parking too far over a curb.

Eventually it's going to get you, atleast now you're safer. And unless the damage is too bad, you may as well continue to drive it. When people see your car they say "hey look a camaro" not "whoa look at the big scratch on the rear of it".
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Old 04-18-2011, 07:42 AM   #11
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I'm sorry it happened, but don't worry about it. If you use something, it is going to get little wounds. It makes the car no less enjoyable to drive, and when time and money permit, get it repaired.

You do not need to make yourself sick over it.

Just breathe, and enjoy the car!
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Old 04-18-2011, 07:54 AM   #12
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Man that really sucks. I feel your pain.
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Old 04-18-2011, 09:00 AM   #13
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I'm sorry to hear about your car, however I can truly feel your frustration..as I've been there.

However, I will say this to you.....

Rule #1 - never back into a parking spot in these cars....ever.

I just won't take that chance, and your story is exactly why. I learned this lesson watching others back into spots. I won't do it.
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Old 04-18-2011, 09:06 AM   #14
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At least it does not look like this, and your not hurt.

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Old 04-18-2011, 10:01 AM   #15
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Ouch - I'm so sorry your baby got a booboo. Don't beat yourself up over it for too long though. It could have been a lot worse and you've learned how far is too far.
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:02 AM   #16
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I feel for you, as I know how awful it feels to put the first ding a new car that one spends hours prepping and making look perfect.

Whenever I want to avoid any chance of having my vehicle move even a millimeter in the wrong direction, whether there appears to be a slope or not, I use the parking brake to prevent any inadvertent rolling. It's a good reason to ensure that the parking brake is always in good working order.

First, with my foot on the brake pedal, I firmly set the parking brake. Then with the parking brake firmly applied I depress the clutch, put the vehicle in gear, and start applying a little gas. I then slowly start releasing the clutch until I feel the vehicle begin to pull in the desired direction. Then I slowly release the parking brake as I apply a bit more gas and continue to slowly release the clutch until the vehicle begins to move in the desired direction.

Following that procedure ensures that the vehicle doesn't inadvertently roll in the wrong direction.
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:32 AM   #17
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Does the ding look like this:



That was mine two weeks ago. The first one always hurts but if it dont look like that than "this too shall pass" and you will make it all better.

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Old 04-18-2011, 10:49 AM   #18
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Sorry to hear about your car. I think most of us including me have had experiences like this, but some won't admit it. I know it's hard, but try to look at the positive and be thankful all that was damaged is the bumper cover, and not a rear quarter or the trunk lid. The bumper cover is probably the easiest part on the car to replace.
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:53 AM   #19
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so sorry about your boo boo. You just need to be aware of what is behind you before you back in.
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:54 AM   #20
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i got into a car accident the first week I got my car... and another one during the winter. Total repair bill? over 10 grand. 2 grand I paid out of my pocket, and the other 8 grand was the damage the insurance company paid out. I paid 500 deductable on that one. So around 2500 i paid out of my A$$ lol.

Believe me OP, what happened to you sucked, but it could have been A LOT worse.
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Old 04-18-2011, 11:03 AM   #21
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I put the nose of my Corvette into the ditch across the street from my house...being a dip...I know exactly how you feel...it was my doing...and it really really hurt seeing it nosed down like that, the nose cracked and twisted...the turn signal pushed up and into the nose, the brake duct crushed...the paint spiderwebbed...yeah...it hurt. But nobody was hurt...and the car was fixed.

We have all been there...or will be.
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Old 04-18-2011, 11:10 AM   #22
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Sorry to hear about this, I hope you can cheaply get it fixed so it looks better than new.
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Old 04-18-2011, 11:11 AM   #23
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It always feels bad to scuff anything, but it is the "bumper" after all. Just take it down to any decent body shop, and for a couple of hundred dollars or so, it'll be as good as new in a couple of days, and soon forgotten about.
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Old 04-18-2011, 11:16 AM   #24
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sorry , im sure it must hurt like hell
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Old 04-18-2011, 11:38 AM   #25
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Wild thing...you made my heart sank...
You make everything
Groovy
I said wild thing...

Wild thing, I think you bumped me
But I wanna know for sure
Come on, hold me tight
I love you

Wild thing...you made my heart sank...
You make everything
Groovy
I said wild thing...

Wild thing, I think you bumped me
But I wanna know for sure
So come on, hold me tight
You bumped me
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