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Just a strange sequence of errors, I have a plastic sheet in between the bays of the garage. Normally the Camaro is up on the lift. But it was down and there was two garage doors opened because I had to fix a flat tire on my daily. I big gust of wind came up and pushed the plastic sheeting into a fish tank that has been there for over a year and knocked it over into the pass qtr panel. I put claim in to Hagerty and we will see what they say. The paintless dent thing should work, but the paint might be cracked, hard to tell. 15 year old Glasurit. Oh well at least it happened after my judging in the Camaro Nats :D

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Why did you have a fish tank in the car garage?
Wife and kids were going to use it for something and I stuck it there. It was just lurking there waiting for a gust of wind to cause turmoil!

The Camaro lives in the middle bay, last bay is enclosed in plastic where I do my dirty work. I opened the 1st bay when I got home with the fixed tire. Then I opened the 3rd bay to get tools out. The two bays open create a wind tunnel effect. It was calm, but a real sudden hard gust came up and caused the issue.

Looking closer found another dent lower down. Luckily I see no damage to the rocker molding, trim ring or cap.

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I plan to remove interior qtr panel and armrests so there is plenty of access when fix time comes. Just a lot going on at my place all of a sudden and this is just icing on the cake.
 

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I feel your pain. About 20 years ago I went outside by our garage and our neighbor stuck his head over the fence and said he just heard a loud bang noise in the garage. I opened the garage door and saw a metal frame collapsable stadium chair (the kind you clip onto bleachers at a football game to provide a soft seat and backrest) lying on the floor between the Camaro and my daily driver. Humm, that's strange, how did that get there? Then out came the squirrel, on a rip. Those little guys can really move when scared. I looked at the two cars and wouldn't you know it, the metal framed chair fell out of the overhead storage above the ceiling rafters, hit my daily driver first (big dent #1 in the C pillar) and ricocheted off that car only to next bounce off the rear quarter panel of the Camaro (dents #2 and #3). Yea, three for one! We'd had the house and garage roofs replaced that week and I think the roof work may have vibrated the chair nearer the edge of the plywood sheet I had up there for storage. Squirrel probably dislodged it. I was so mad that I threw the stadium chairst into the passing garbage truck that morning. Paintless dent repair fixed it about 96%. If you look closely you can still see where the two dents were, but they are very hard to see and it's a driver anyway so it is what it is. Hope you can get a perfect repair. Moral of the story -- don't store anything heavy above or near your Camaro because the unexpected is guaranteed to happen.
 

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I typically keep my '68 on the lift and in the air as well. If not there it goes where the '02 is normally parked where no work goes on around it.
 

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I sincerely hope the insurance covers the repair and the outcome is as if it never happened.
Keywords in your testimony are “a fish tank that was there for over a year”. I am guilty of the same type of scenario. We all keep things we probably will never use again, just in case. Lol. Rule of thumb, if you haven’t found a use for it in over a year, throw it out!
 

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That sucks! I've got a few small dings over the years from doing stupid things too, mine was repainted in 2001. Thinking of getting the car redone in a few years from now and started setting money aside.

Is that a 12 bolt differential with multi leaf perches sitting on your garage floor collecting dust?
 

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That sucks! I've got a few small dings over the years from doing stupid things too, mine was repainted in 2001. Thinking of getting the car redone in a few years from now and started setting money aside.

Is that a 12 bolt differential with multi leaf perches sitting on your garage floor collecting dust?
Thx. Yes, that is the 3.31 12 bolt rear for my other Camaro SS basket-case that has been sitting for 40 years. Way too long of a story! :(
 

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Boy, all you guys saying how you usually keep your Camaro up on a lift,....makes a guy really jelly...lol.

Anyway, yes a good PDR guy could work those dents to the point you will never know it ever had any damage,..."if" he knows what he's doing. Those dents are small, and a good guy can do them with his eyes closed. As long as the paint is in good shape, and it's not a brittle lacquer job, you'll be fine.
 

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Let us know how Hagerty handles the claim. I always say, insurance companies are only as good as the way they handle the claims. There are a lot of us that have Hagerty and (luckily) have never had a claim.
I've had a claim with Hagerty and so has my friend. A tree fell on my fully restored car. He had two cars totaled with cherished value and he kept both cars. Both cars are restorable and rare. He has a 2 million dollar policy and get invites for free to events. Same adjuster came out for us both and was easy to deal with. I am in the autobody biz and have dealt with other companies that sucked. I've have Hagerty with all my vehicles, trailers and equipment. Need one set aside as a daily driver with a run of the mill company.

I would not call a PDR guy until the adjuster comes out, provides an estimate and cuts you a check. They pay out quickly. PDR guys do not get involved with a repair if it will be undetectable after they do their work unless you don't care what it looks like. After that it is up to your shop of choice to take it from there after PDR works the dents the best they can. I'm fixing my own damage after Hagerty cut me a check...no big deal. But it is your car, do whatever you want.
 

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The Hagerty adjuster called today (within one day like they said). I had previously sent them the pics. I have $0 deductible, so all I have to is to get quotes from the PDR guys, pick one and send them the quote. Then they will send me the money in whatever form I want. I will have the PDR guy put an eyeball on the car before I decide (plus I have questions of course). Online quotes will be ballpark anyways. Then get the work done.
 
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