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Well, someone “asleep” bumped my hatch. This is going to be a hassle. I already got paid by his insurance company. I will probably bring it to the dealership. I hope that they don’t have to remove anything inside for the repair.
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I've had two incidents with my rear hatch. The first was where I was at fault. Bumped into a shopping cart corral at Target which stuck out past the normal extension of a parking spot. They replaced the whole hatch rather than try and repair the thin metal. The second was a highway rear-end (while driving at 55mph). Again, they replaced the hatch. You might try removing the interior covering and gently push out from the inside and see how that works for you. Or the superglue sticks trick. Either way it might give good enough results. But, I suspect they will replace the hatch and repaint it to match your car.

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You could give this a go;


Or contact a PDR specialist.

Nice plate. I'm ex-RN, this year is my 30th anniversary since I signed up. I retired in 2013.
 

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I didn’t want to try the hot water because I was too afraid that it would discolor the rear bumper but I did go to my FLAPS and get a suction puller for $10 which did pull the dent out but there are still creases that will have to be professionally removed.
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Sorry to hear man. ☹. But wow, that suction puller is pretty awesome! Since you already got paid and got a good portion of it out with the suction cup, you could just leave it like that for a week and give yourself plenty of time to decide what to do. No need to rush it, that ding isn't going anywhere. You might find it easier just to leave it as is. 🤷‍♂️. But def put some wax on that just in case to prevent premature rust.
 

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Well, someone “asleep” bumped my hatch. This is going to be a hassle. I already got paid by his insurance company. I will probably bring it to the dealership. I hope that they don’t have to remove anything inside for the repair.
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I think they will replace the hatch and paint to mach the colour.They did it on my HRV.
 

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I'm not following.
Why wouldn't you get the other driver's insurance company to fix your near new 2020 HRV rather than take a payout?

If this was an old beater HRV I can understand but on a newer car?
I guess this could be a financial decision.

As for removing interior panels, you do want the interior panels removed to access the other side of the body damage.
This will allow the dent to be massaged to reduce it. Rather than just fill up the dent with body filler.

Of course removing the interior panels yourself is best. The interior panels on the HRV, including the rear hatch interior panel, easily pops out.


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Why wouldn't you get the other driver's insurance company to fix your near new 2020 HRV rather than take a payout?
The way it works in America, his insurance company sends an "adjuster" to look at my car, he gives an estimate of the damages and then I get paid. Then I have the car repaired and pay for it, having to pay more if needed or less and keep the remaining. Some people don't fix the car at all and keep the money. That's how it works here. They will also pay for me to have a rental car while it's being repaired.

Although I'm Canadian, I also thank you for your service.
Thank you also. We (humans) are all allies or at least we should be...
 

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The way it works in America, his insurance company sends an "adjuster" to look at my car, he gives an estimate of the damages and then I get paid. Then I have the car repaired and pay for it, having to pay more if needed or less and keep the remaining. Some people don't fix the car at all and keep the money. That's how it works here. They will also pay for me to have a rental car while it's being repaired.
I suppose it depends on your locality/state. That is an option for us here in California. But the other option is to drop the vehicle off at the body shop of your choice and give them the other person's insurance information. The body shop then does an initial estimate and sends it to the insurance company. The insurance company or the body shop may request a more comprehensive teardown.

Once a final estimate is approved, the repair work begins. If more damage is discovered, then the body shop sends the bill to the insurance company, who will usually pay up until their client's property damage limit is reached. They also might send their own adjuster for a second opinion before approving more work.

My last commuter was rear-ended while stopped. The other vehicle was braking and probably impacted my vehicle at around 20mph. My vehicle looked like it just needed the hatch unbent and a new bumper cover and energy absorber (Styrofoam), but it ended up needing over $5,000 in repairs. If I took the "take a check and run" option, then I would've been out about $3,000 since the original estimate was for just what I mentioned: bumper cover plus paint, energy absorber, and PDR'ing the hatch.
 

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Find the best paint less dent repair place in your area, places like dentology etc will take that out in a hour, you can used hot glue tension bars but removing the stress is important too and pdr will relieve it.
 

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I appreciate that because I really didn't want them taking the hatch apart. That is what I will do for sure. I was already hesitant because of the undesired after affects of body work, interior panels that rattle and the outside having paint overspray or worse. I never heard of that before, I'm almost as old as Bondo. lol
 

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Body shops range from absurd to terrific, but when you lose the factory build, it's a significant loss.
 

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Having had my rear hatch replaced from a 'bump' at highway speeds, I can tell you the biggest issue isn't getting the fit right on the hatch afterward. The metal is so thin and time consuming to repair, they just pull the old hatch, paint a new one to match, and then use the parts from the old one. The biggest issue is the paint match. I have the pearl white paint, and that is a 3 step paint process; color, pearl, clear.

One thing I'd encourage you to check before you take it in is the spare tire well. On mine the body shop missed it and I found it after they thought they were done. The bump put a small tear in the bumper cover and dented the hatch. It also broke the seals on parts of the spare tire well. Take a look and see if your's is also broken. You may see daylight when you look under there.
 

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I will look but I doubt it's that bad, he bumped me at 1 mph from 4 feet away. If our bumpers were the same height, nothing would have happened.
 
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