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    Deciding on purchase - Need help

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    I'm hoping some knowledgeable people can chime in and help me with my purchasing decision. I've found a a7 with extremely low mileage but it has a few scratches, ding, etc. I've included some pics and looking for feedback around what kind of effort would it take to fix.

    I've read that it's hard to match silver metallic paint. There is a scratch on the rear where it appears that the previous owner had something in the rag that they used to clean and scratched through the clear coat (feel with fingernail). My offer for the vehicle is reflective of this but I'm now wondering if it's worth the effort. Please let me know your thoughts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpressive6 View Post
    I'm hoping some knowledgeable people can chime in and help me with my purchasing decision. I've found a a7 with extremely low mileage but it has a few scratches, ding, etc. I've included some pics and looking for feedback around what kind of effort would it take to fix.

    I've read that it's hard to match silver metallic paint. There is a scratch on the rear where it appears that the previous owner had something in the rag that they used to clean and scratched through the clear coat (feel with fingernail). My offer for the vehicle is reflective of this but I'm now wondering if it's worth the effort. Please let me know your thoughts.

    https://imgur.com/a/0atj7sT
    Trying again to post pic. Hope this works.

    https://i.imgur.com/eEeBBp3.jpg

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    Here are some additional pics.

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    Looks like most of that would come right out in capable hands.
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    It's hard to tell in the pics you sent, but it looks like they are just thru the clear coat (similar to what I've had branches do to my car before). If that's the case, you'd be surprised what you can do with a touch-up pen! I had a few scratches like that on my B7, and made them barely visible with a touch-up pen (only because it was pearl and I didn't have a pearl topcoat on). I think you can get it to look fine, especially if you're not right on it. Requires some patience and some elbow grease (buffing, etc), but you should be fine.

    While no expert, I could try to help with that if you don't have the right tools and all that jazz.

    Hopefully the price is reduced commensurate with the scratches. Ding-wise, there is paintless dent removal (though you could try to use an upside-down can of compressed air with the heat we're having).

    Btw, where in MD are you? I'm in Glen Burnie
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    The scratches seem to be only on the clear. A good wet sand and polish might get rid of most of those scratches. The deeper ones may require clear coating. Normally a good spray of prep-solvent will show if a clear coat is all it needs. If the lines disappear then a shop should be able to quote you for re-clear coating the section / panel. I wouldn't let minor scratches turn you down from an amazing car. Doesn't matter what car it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Audibot View Post
    It's hard to tell in the pics you sent, but it looks like they are just thru the clear coat (similar to what I've had branches do to my car before). If that's the case, you'd be surprised what you can do with a touch-up pen! I had a few scratches like that on my B7, and made them barely visible with a touch-up pen (only because it was pearl and I didn't have a pearl topcoat on). I think you can get it to look fine, especially if you're not right on it. Requires some patience and some elbow grease (buffing, etc), but you should be fine.

    While no expert, I could try to help with that if you don't have the right tools and all that jazz.

    Hopefully the price is reduced commensurate with the scratches. Ding-wise, there is paintless dent removal (though you could try to use an upside-down can of compressed air with the heat we're having).

    Btw, where in MD are you? I'm in Glen Burnie
    I'm in Clarksburg, up 270. Are you a professional detailer or just comfortable with a buffer? :

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    If you get next to the car again, try and scratch the paint with your finger nail, if it gets caught itís too deep to compound out and if it doesnít get caught then any competent detailed can get them out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mpressive6 View Post
    I'm in Clarksburg, up 270. Are you a professional detailer or just comfortable with a buffer? :

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    Nice! And it's the latter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bonafyd View Post
    If you get next to the car again, try and scratch the paint with your finger nail, if it gets caught itís too deep to compound out and if it doesnít get caught then any competent detailed can get them out.
    The car is at a distance but the dealer stated that the scratch was deep enough to catch their finger nail that's why I was asking what are the options. Could it be compounded out or would it have to be repainted. If it had to be repainted, how hard would it be to match a metallic silver color, cost, est.

    Trying to factor all of this into determining if it's worth the effort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Audibot View Post
    Nice! And it's the latter.
    Awesome, I have an orbital buffer but I would think something like this would be beyond my skills and experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpressive6 View Post
    The car is at a distance but the dealer stated that the scratch was deep enough to catch their finger nail that's why I was asking what are the options. Could it be compounded out or would it have to be repainted. If it had to be repainted, how hard would it be to match a metallic silver color, cost, est.

    Trying to factor all of this into determining if it's worth the effort.

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    My good friend owns a bodyshop and he has this camera he puts on paint and it matches the paint exact I don't recall the name of the camera but it's expensive so the technology to get an exact match is out there.. with that being said he charges $250 a panel so that's a rough guesstimate on a repair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bonafyd View Post
    My good friend owns a bodyshop and he has this camera he puts on paint and it matches the paint exact I don't recall the name of the camera but it's expensive so the technology to get an exact match is out there.. with that being said he charges $250 a panel so that's a rough guesstimate on a repair.
    Thanks for the feedback. I have a good shop that I've used in the past so that's an option.

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    Any competent body shop can match factory paint, I really wouldnít worry about that.

    If repair cost is the issue, get some quotations from reputable shops for the repair, and negotiate your discount accordingly.

    Whatís the interior like/engine/mileage/options? Those should be the deal maker or breaker....
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