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Car Safety, Exterior, Auto Body, Paint, Car Warranties, Coupe, Convertible, Hatchback, Truck, Sedan, Wagon, SUV, Van
#58 of 67 Re: Quite true [hpmctorque]
Feb 17, 2009 (5:02 am)
If you link back to the old post -- DGC = Dodge Grand Caravan
#59 of 67 Rust below fuel filler
Apr 03, 2009 (8:01 am)
Rust has developed on my 2000 Olds Intrigue below the fuel filler. the car is gray with 174k miles. I plan to replace the car in the summer and want to fix the rust spot to make it more attractive if I decide to trade it or sell it. the rust spot is about 3 inches wide and appears to be on the surface.
Is it possible to fix the rust area myself?
#60 of 67 Re: Rust below fuel filler [dtownfb]
Apr 03, 2009 (11:23 am)
Rust is like an iceberg. What you see on the surface represents a small portion of the actual damage that lies under the paint. If you're planning on trading it, I wouldn't bother fixing it as the dealer can repair it better/faster/cheaper than you can. If you do decide to fix it it may work against you as the used car manager will be able to spot the "repaired" area since paint matching on a ten year old car is almost like artwork.
Bottom line is that you're not going to get much for a 10 year old discontinued brand of GM vehicle and mismatched paint and a bad bondo job won't help it much either.
#61 of 67 Re: Rust below fuel filler [obyone]
Apr 03, 2009 (1:14 pm)
I know it is not worth much but it's worth even less with a rust patch by the gas cap.
How about if I want to fix it so it doesn't look like a big rust bucket?
#62 of 67 Re: Rust below fuel filler [dtownfb]
Apr 15, 2009 (2:27 am)
Guess it comes down to what your time is worth versus what you can sell the car for. Course if you know of an autobody shop who really needs the business...
#63 of 67 Re: Rust below fuel filler [obyone]
Apr 15, 2009 (8:57 am)
I do know a few folks that own auto body shops. Considering it is not a big spot, I was hoping to do it myself.
#64 of 67 Re: Rust below fuel filler [dtownfb]
Apr 19, 2009 (2:01 pm)
I would think that the hardest part would be to color match the paint.
#65 of 67 Re: Rust below fuel filler [obyone]
Apr 22, 2009 (12:51 pm)
Not as concerned about this. The reason is that side of the car was backed into by my neighbor's daughter. Instead getting doors replaced/re-painted and costing her $$$, I asked my friend at the body shop to bang out the dents the best he could and make sure it does not rust. Also the color of the car is gray. I do have small areas of "primer gray" on that side of the car already that you can only see when you get close to the car.
The rust spot really, really sticks out. the car drives pretty good (175,000 miles) but I am also realistic about its value. fixing this spot is more for my personal ego than anything else.
Jan 25, 2011 (8:42 pm)
The fact that in more than seven years there are only 65 comments regarding rust strongly suggests that the industry has eliminated this problem.