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Old 02-09-2019, 10:41 AM
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So, right off I'm going to admit it was an incredibly stupid mistake. I was in a parking lot. The person in front of me was sitting there so I attempted to go around not realizing I was right next to a curb.

The good news is, no damage to the wheels or tires. The bad news is, I bottomed out on the passenger side near the front of the door. As you can imagine, I ended up with some nice scrapes and a quarter sided hole on the underside of the car. Nothing is visible without getting down on the ground and looking for it. My questions:

1) Does it really even matter?
2) Is the hole likely to get bigger/worse?
3) Is a home repair worth considering?
4) If not, is it worth the price of a professional repair?

Thanks in advance. I appreciate any advice (other than learn how to drive lol)

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Pics of the damage would be useful.
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So, right off I'm going to admit it was an incredibly stupid mistake. I was in a parking lot. The person in front of me was sitting there so I attempted to go around not realizing I was right next to a curve.

The good news is, no damage to the wheels or tires. The bad news is, I bottomed out on the passenger side near the front of the door. As you can imagine, I ended up with some nice scrapes and a quarter sided hole on the underside of the car. Nothing is visible without getting down on the ground and looking for it. My questions:

1) Does it really even matter? Only really matters if it bothers you.to the point of distraction.
2) Is the hole likely to get bigger/worse? Probably not (unless you jump another curb)
3) Is a home repair worth considering? It's up to you. Personally I'd leave it alone. Unless you know what you're doing, you could make a bigger mess than what you have now.
4) If not, is it worth the price of a professional repair? If a "perfect" car is what you want then do it. Likely putting money into the car that will have zero impact. Unlikely will even make a difference if you trade as I've not seen appraiser get down on their knees to see what the underside looks like. If you have to get on your knees and put your head in a position when you are looking up at the under-carriage, no one will be the wiser.

Thanks in advance. I appreciate any advice (other than learn how to drive lol)
Just my $.02, I could be wrong.
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Old 02-09-2019, 11:25 AM
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So, right off I'm going to admit it was an incredibly stupid mistake. I was in a parking lot. The person in front of me was sitting there so I attempted to go around not realizing I was right next to a curve.

The good news is, no damage to the wheels or tires. The bad news is, I bottomed out on the passenger side near the front of the door. As you can imagine, I ended up with some nice scrapes and a quarter sided hole on the underside of the car. Nothing is visible without getting down on the ground and looking for it. My questions:

1) Does it really even matter? ONLY IF IT BOTHERS YOU
2) Is the hole likely to get bigger/worse? NOT LIKELY IT'S COMPOSITE
3) Is a home repair worth considering? PERHAPS
4) If not, is it worth the price of a professional repair? PROBABLY NOT

Thanks in advance. I appreciate any advice (other than learn how to drive lol)
First I am assuming you damaged the rocker panel. Without pics best guess. Assuming it's the rocker panel, it is one piece that goes up around the door as well. To do it "professionally" they will remove the door, all of the part that goes up to the door jams, both sides, buy new part, fit and paint and blend into the fenders, both sides. Over $5000.

You could get some plastic filler for composite, put something behind the hole and fill and sand. Then get a rattle can of paint that matches your car and paint. Since it is all out of sight, once it gets dirty from driving may not even notice.

From your description, that is what I might do. Really need pics to be sure what I said makes any sense!
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Old 02-09-2019, 11:33 AM
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I agree... pics would be helpful. Nonetheless, I guess it depends on whether it bothers you... Personally, I would get it fixed. Hopefully it’s just superficial body work. If more extensive, then it could be costly as the rockers are glued to the frame.

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Those things on the edge of the roadway are called curbs!
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Old 02-09-2019, 11:42 AM
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Here's a picture of it from the ground looking up at it.



This is the view standing next to the car. If you're looking for it, you can kind of see it. It would be nice if it was less noticeable but it's not really bothering me a lot.

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Those things on the edge of the roadway are called curbs!
Oops! Sorry! I'm really showing my brilliance today.
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I wonder if a set of side skirts might cover that up?
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At the very least, I would get some fiberglass patch and patch it, take your time and sand it and spray it with touch up paint. Hell, you can't really see it and even if you do not do a perfect job I would think anything is going to look better than a hole! Another idea, would it be completely hidden if you were to install side skirts to cover it up?
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I wonder if a set of side skirts might cover that up?
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At the very least, I would get some fiberglass patch and patch it, take your time and sand it and spray it with touch up paint. Hell, you can't really see it and even if you do not do a perfect job I would think anything is going to look better than a hole! Another idea, would it be completely hidden if you were to install side skirts to cover it up?
Side skirts are a good suggestion as I would not drive a C7 without them.

But suggest buying a filler designed for composites. Then sand and paint, then add side skirts! This is my 2014 that I added full length side skirts. Protected the rockers from rocks thrown by the from front tires.

PS: If you're not a DIY person, look for a body shop who will fix by filling and painting just that section of the rockers. They could install the side skirts for you as well.



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Originally Posted by RIC96 View Post
Those things on the edge of the roadway are called curbs!
Unless you're in the UK then it's a kerb.
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Side skirts are a good suggestion as I would not drive a C7 without them.


And I wouldn't drive one WITH them..... beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder.....
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Personally I'd want that fixed even if adding side skirts. If you had side skirts when you did this, then maybe it would have just trashed the side skirt, not sure about the rocker panel. It may have been damaged even with side skirts if they pushed up on it.

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I'd never be able to approach the car without a flashback to the day my intelligence died.

This strategy wouldn't work for me.



Fix it. The right thing is always the right thing to do.


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And I wouldn't drive one WITH them..... beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder.....
"Form Follows Function!"

When I ordered my Grand Sport added the Stage 2 Aero option to get full length carbon fiber side skirts to prevent rocker panel dings. The heavy GM plastic "protecton" for the rocker panels on my 2014 Z51 was "dinged" in several places by rocks thrown by the front tires within a 1 month before I installed side skirts. Sold it 3 1/2 years later and they looked perfect with the heavy, dinged and discolored edge GM plastic removed soon after I added the skirts.

Unless you're into dings being esthetic!


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I feel your pain, In my case I also have the undersides of the rockers damaged. Mine was done by a dealer (Malloy Chev. in Winchester VA). They jacked up the car with a floor jack slipped under the side of the car, Not even at the transportation slots in the frame. They did this on both sides of the car! Friends on this forum suggested filler products made by Evercoat that are compatible with SMC panels. I plan to fill the damage myself since it isn't visible unless you look beneath the car. Good luck!
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Buy some touch up paint for the mark that you can see then drive it it will be fine
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I feel your pain, In my case I also have the undersides of the rockers damaged. Mine was done by a dealer (Malloy Chev. in Winchester VA). They jacked up the car with a floor jack slipped under the side of the car, Not even at the transportation slots in the frame. They did this on both sides of the car! Friends on this forum suggested filler products made by Evercoat that are compatible with SMC panels. I plan to fill the damage myself since it isn't visible unless you look beneath the car. Good luck!
Feel your pain as well. You experiance and what I was told on my first trip to the dealer with my new 2014 Z51 is worth repeating for others:

I got a notice from GM to bring my C7 in to have the dif fluid level checked for proper fill. I brought it and and told the Service Writer, who I knew well from my C6 Service, that I had my lifting pucks on the front seat in a clear plastic bag and be sure the tech used them.

She said, “Don’t worry, I’ll be sure they use our drive on alignment rack as we just cracked a Vette rocker panel and it’s in the body shop being repaired!” They have about 16 center post lifts and only one drive-on alignment rack.

I have watched as techs kick the pad arms under the chassis of cars without bending down! IF the dealership has lifting pads the tech would have to go to parts dept, and check them out. Suggest bringing your own pads to a dealer or tire shop and be sure they will be used-by asking! My MO is to stand behind an open service bay door and check. I let it be none a tip will follow careful service.

Your car your choice.

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Did the same thing with my C6 had to have it fixed my OCD
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