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Old 02-14-2013, 10:24 PM   #31
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Dave. Glad that your around to be typing this post up. It should not cost much fix and repaint the car. I have a lot of salvage yards around me office. If you want me to track down a seat just let me know? If you do decide to sell how much would you want for it? Its tax return time I am sure you can find a buyer even in the condition that its in.
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Old 02-15-2013, 05:33 AM   #32
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Originally Posted by Hesaid View Post
Well, I never really thought I'd have, much less be able to use knowledge like this, but...

Most of our customers have a body shop patch up the sheet metal, and then either paint just that spot and blend it in (if it's just one or two holes and they're either really close, or on two widely spaced panels) or paint the whole car (if there's damage all over, or other damage as well). The interior is a bit tougher, as it depends on material of construction, and where/how it was hit. If the hits are pretty much straight in, dashs and door panels can be patched and painted by guys who specialize in that sort of thing. Grazed shots that leave long tears are not as easy. Cloth interiors can often be patched, or have a new seat fabric put on, leather is a bit trickier. You usually just have to replace it. Components that reside in the interior are another story. Nav screens, radios, control modules... Most of them can't handle much in the way of small arms fire, so if they're hit, you pretty much have to replace them. Wiring/optical harnesses can really be a pain if hit, causing all sorts of strange problems, usually not until time has passed, and the insurance has paid all it thinks it needs to. You didn't mention any mechanical damage, and oddly enough, I rarely see much when we get a shot up car in the shop either. I think glass is pretty much self explanitory.

None of this factors in blood/guts/brains, mostly we never see those cars, and the few I have, no one ever did anything about it. So for those, and personal emotions, only you can make that call. Do you have other pics? Anything that shows more of the damage?

Ohh... there may be a job in it for you....

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Old 02-15-2013, 07:34 AM   #33
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Originally Posted by A-Bone View Post
Ohh... there may be a job in it for you....

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Old 02-15-2013, 07:52 AM   #34
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I dunno....
Your story sure has a lot of holes innit....
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:16 AM   #35
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Originally Posted by CA Stu View Post
I shot a Mazda in Reno - do you want to buy?
I see what you did there.

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Old 02-15-2013, 08:45 AM   #36
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I used to work in Dad's bodyshop with an old guy who still knew how to repair bodywork with lead.....not Bondo.

Still got the bullets or are they evidence somewhere?

If you have them I'd be tempted to find an old guy who knows about "leading" holes, melt the bullets with fresh lead and fix them holes.

Then you'd really have a story to tell!
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Old 02-15-2013, 09:45 AM   #37
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I'm surprised no one has brought this up yet:

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Old 02-15-2013, 09:56 AM   #38
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Looks like you came out better than these two:

I'd pull the interior paneling out, apply some drywall joint tape from the inside and spread bondo over it, first inside then outside. Smooth it out a bit seal it with whatever you want, then get on with life.
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Old 02-15-2013, 01:18 PM   #39
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Originally Posted by scorpion View Post

Yes it is real
Yes there were major injuries
No it was not the cops
No, I do not want to go into the details

But, I now have this 2001 Mazda Tribute with a few holes in it.
The car has been recently been completely gone over mechanically and I put over 3k into it. Its a solid runner (maybe just not fast enough)

So what to do with it?
Part it out?
Sell on CL with the bad mojo?
Body shop?
Be a lot of questions from a buyer
I (we) do not really want it around anymore, in fact it may be better if it left the state

Car is clear title and released from investigation

I would have noooo qualms in photodocumenting it, and having the body shop fix it. It has *nothing* to do with mechanical capability, except perhaps the windshield seal. I'd be straight about the repair, if asked. But other than that...not a big deal. And as a bodyshop's a walk in the park.
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Old 02-15-2013, 03:26 PM   #40
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I would grind around it a little, use my pick hammer to tap it in a bit then cut a patch out of flat sheet and use panel bond to glue the patch over the hole. a little mud, a little primer and paint and it is gone. As for the blood, new seat, new carpets...this is a very easy repair.

I wouldn't have one issue driving a car like this.

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Old 02-15-2013, 03:39 PM   #41
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Originally Posted by MacNoob View Post
Isn't this kinds of thing the reason we buy car insurance?
Would you carry insurance beyond Liability on a 12 year old Mazda?
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:43 AM   #42
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Would you carry insurance beyond Liability on a 12 year old Mazda?
Hell yes. Full coverage, including towing, rentals, etc on my 20 year old Taco. It costs about an additional $100/yr.
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Old 02-17-2013, 10:28 PM   #43
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Old 02-17-2013, 10:56 PM   #44
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Name that caliber
.380 or 9mm.
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