“Guy Selling Auto Body Repair Services Door to Door?”

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“I’m curious if this has happened to anyone else, and what was the result: My husband was working in our garage (which opens to an alley), and a guy driving a Mercedes approached him and said he was doing auto body repair work on the spot. The guy asked if we’d like him to repair our car, which has some scratches on the bumpers. He said he had done work for our neighbors, so we went to ask those neighbors how it went (they weren’t home). He left us his contact information and said we wouldn’t pay for the work unless we were satisfied. The trunk to the Mercedes was open while we were talking to him, and it didn’t look like he had much equipment in it.

Has this type of service been offered door-to-door to anyone else? If so, I’m curious to know about your experience.”

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  • I’m surprised you’ve never encountered this before. I used to get it all the time in parking lots when my car had a big scratch on one side. They always say it will be really cheap. I would never use them, personally – seems very sketchy.

    • Yep, we get it all the time for a big dent in our bumper. Just recently in a parking lot in College Park. Love it when the guys are driving the other direction and yell at you “I can fix your bumper!!!”. lol

  • I have no idea why you would let someone selling auto body work out of the trunk of their car without equipment work on your car. If it seems like a sketchy way to do business or the price is too good to be true then you should probably just walk away and not try to get reassurances from a local blog.

  • Yeah. Its common, guys go around with a dent puller offering scratch and dent services for low cost. Not much equipment involved

  • A friend of mine fell for this. They used tinted Bondo (or something similar) to fill in the dent, told her the dullness would wear off with the next rain and took off. Of course, many rains later the “repaired” area looked like crap and did for the life of the car. Avoid those guys like the plague.

  • SCAM. I ran into this same guy at the Safeway on Georgia Ave. He was driving a Black Mercedes.

    http://www.wbaltv.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/dent-repair-scammers-cause-car-owners-more-problems/22946004

    • I also ran into the same guy I think (black Mercedes) in the DCUSA parking garage in CH a couple years ago. I politely declined his services.

  • My Parents fell for this. It wasn’t the same guy, but someone else doing the same thing. I mean they did what they said and it was really cheap, but they didn’t do a good job. Our car had a huge dent on the side and they filled the dent in, but when they finished the area where they filled it was kind of lumpy and the paint color they used didn’t match the color of the car. It ended up looking worse then just having a dent in the car.

  • Anyone can travel door to door and promise anything. But if he actually knew what he was doing, do you think he would be stopping random people on the street? If a guy pulled up in a Mercedes and said, Hey, I have an extra burger if you’re hungry, would you eat it?