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F11 dented from large hail stones

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How unlucky can you get? Left my car parked at Beauvais Airport from the 3rd August to the 9th. Looked over the car when I got back for scratches, but it was raining. Had the heart attack yesterday afternoon. About eight dents on the bonnet, two on the roof, plus a couple each side on the sloping haunches above the wheel arch above the crease line.

 

Thought it was vandalism at first, but I had left my dashcam connected but hidden under a blanket on the back seat. Got to 2035 last Tuesday evening scrolling through the files, (7th, date and time on video) and the dashcam had started recording on its own due to the noise and vibration I guess. I could hear torrential rain and then an ominous sound of random golf balls hitting the car. Really loud, like being in a tin can. Thank God for the Nextbase dashcam otherwise I would never have thought it was hail.

 

The damage is noticeable alright, I will put up pics later. It will have to be fixed. I guess it will need a new bonnet, but the two dents in the roof are going to be a bugger.

 

Just goes to show how intense  thunderstorms are getting these days.

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A friend of mine and his wife were driving to their apartment in France earlier in the year when they too got caught in a hailstorm. Altogether there were 400 dents over the roof, bonnet and boot. This on a 4 series. He could have had it fixed at over £3000 as they remove the roof and take the dents out (I’d have wanted a new roof panel). Anyway it was 2 months before the end of his lease and negotiated a £2000 extra charge on the lease with BMW and gave the car back in the damaged state. 

 

Sorry you’ve had had this bad luck. Hand over to insurance and let them sort it out. 

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Many thanks Mathew for that information.

 

. Yes have sent a recorded delivery letter to AXA today ref the damage, and will take the car to BMW in Arras on Monday for them to sort out.

 

My lease ends next May, but I guess it is too early for BMW to take it back plus mine is nowhere near as badly damaged as your friend's 4 series. However I would get penalised in its current condition when I return the car.

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Many thanks Mathew. I did phone one dent repair guy  in the UK. He reckoned the bonnet would have to come off to get the dents out. As for the roof, there are just three dents I can see but to get to them the roof lining must be taken out. As for the sides, difficult too. It does look a job for a dent repair specialist as the paint is not damaged.

 

I will see what the BMW dealer has to say tomorrow. They have to accept the car back and I have to make sure the car is repaired so that it meets the criteria on condition for the lease ending.

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Well the saga continues.

 

In case you don't know the bonnet and front wings of the 5 series are made of aluminium. This means that dents are very difficult to get pushed out by one of your mobile dent type specialists. I have four deepish dents in the bonnet and at the moment, it may have to be replaced. Otherwise the dents will be pushed out, and then the whole bonnet resprayed.

 

My car is booked in with a dent specialist (Debosser in French) in Abbevile who also has a new spray shop. Unfortunately as the damage was caused by hail and is classed as a natural catastrophe, I have to pay an excess of €950. A mobile dent specialist in  the UK quoted me £1100  for all of the dents, 4 in the roof, 6 in total on the bonnet, 3 down the left side, but he couldn't promise he that the dents in the bonnet would come out OK.

 

 

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11 hours ago, 535i Andrew said:

I thought the front end was changed back to steel on the F10 after a world of pain on the aluminium front ends of the E60, for the reasons you mention.

The chassis legs were alu on the E60, they changed the front end back to steel on the F10.

The 6 series is odd though as BMW used aluminium bonnets and pretty much everywhere else on the external skin, composite front wings and boot as well.

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I was supposed to get my car back today, but the bodyshop is having trouble with spraying the bonnet. Can't get a good finish. May have to put on a new bonnet.

 

Rest of car looks great when I called into workshop in Abbeville yesterday.

 

Garage has loaned me a nearly new Renault Talisman Intens. Very nice car and rides much better than the BMW.

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The other dents have come out well from the roof and sides when I viewed the car. The roof liner had to be dropped, so I am hoping that this has gone back OK as it was not an easy job getting it down.

 

The problem is getting dents out of aluminium, best explained here.

http://www.bodyshopbusiness.com/aluminum-series-fixing-dents/

 

My car is in the body shop minus its bonnet which they have got to rework again. Apparently the crease lines from the dents were still showing after the respray. It goes to show that if you get a deepish dent in the bonnet, it is very difficult to repair. All this expense and inconvenience over a few dents. 

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