Crimes of Persuasion

Schemes, scams, frauds.

Automobile Dent Repair Street Scam

Not So Silly Putty

Before I say anything else, I will say that I'm normally a fairly intelligent, logical person, and yet I did something really stupid. My car had a bunch of dents in it and I'd been meaning to get the car fixed up so I could eventually sell it. It's five years old and otherwise a nice car with no problems.

Anyway, I'm driving along one day and am stopped at a light when two guys in a pickup truck called out to me something about there being something wrong with my car. I listened up because I thought maybe I had a flat or something; turns out they were offering to fix my car right then and there for an allegedly rock-bottom price.

Me being female, young, knowing nothing about cars, I was an easy target--and I knew that I could be seen that way--and yet I trusted that these morons knew how to fix my car, and I let them "fix" my car, thinking I was getting a good deal! I don't know how to explain what I was thinking.

They did get rid of the dents, and they put what they said was primer over them. They said all I needed to do was go get it painted, which, they said, wouldn't cost much.

Well, today I went to get an estimate on the paint job and found out that these guys did a terrible job, that the primer they used is actually meant for houses and not for cars(!), and that it would actually cost more to undo the damage because now almost the whole car needs to be painted. AHHHH!!!!! I feel like such a fool.

Taken from a message board and sent in by Nick Lopez 12/23/01