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Valet Parking Attendant Tries to Drive...

... my 2015, 9'1" high roof Transit (AKA Homer) through a 6'3" garage with predictable results. I feel sick to my stomach but have come to grips that it has actually happened and now seeking advice from fellow forum members who might be able to tell me the best way to going about fixing it (knock it out vs. new roof, etc.).

I'm in the NYC area if anyone has any specific body shop recommendations. The garage's insurance company will be paying for the repair and I just want to make sure that it is done right.

Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.

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Ouch, that's painful to look at! My sympathies. No experience or advice on the repair, though. That's a great-looking solar array. Geez, can you imagine the look on that doofus' face when he crammed your van?

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Any frame/A & B pillar damage?
You'll want to have the body shop look for hidden damage, especially around the door frame and windshield

Did airbags go off?

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Rick,

First thing you do is go get one of those giant bandages made, and slap it on the dent

Only advice I can give is to see who your dealer would use, they should have a data base of good repair shops and maybe who your ins. company would recommend.
From the pictures, it doesn't look like any rips in the metal, how much damage to inside liner?

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...which is why I've never allowed a valet to drive my van. All kinds of stories about them burning out glowplugs because they don't wait until dash light goes off before starting (diesel Sprinter). Stories like above where they speed off into the low clearance garage. Various vehicle abuses and body odor/cigarette smoke remaining in the car, etc.

If I can't park it myself I go elsewhere. some of the Las Vegas casinos are accommodating, allowing me to park in the VIP/racebook areas; others not so much. At least they all have some high clearance parking SOMEWHERE.
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Bummer about the damage, hope it is fixed to your liking.

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Thanks all for your reply and sympathy! (Sorry Homer!)

1. No A pillar damage from what I can tell
2. Air bags did not go off. Guess that it was relatively low speed and the bending roof absorbed a lot of the energy from the impact
3. Thanks for the tip about looking for hidden damage
4.No visible inside damage but have not removed the front headliner yet.
5. I am concerned how that headliner and the two black Styrofoam pieces will come off and go back on without half the plastic clips being damaged
6. Yes the guy was a doofus, but the worst part is that he didn't even admit he did it or apologize to me.
7. My dealer has their own internal body shop which I am getting an estimate from in addition to one other independent shop that does custom truck work
8. I like the bandage idea (I need one for my head)
9. I hate valets. Homer was parked outside there was no reason to drive her inside. The guy was taking a "short-cut"!
10. Solar set up discussion and more photos are available in another thread. Here's the link...
Solar Panels - Flexible vs. Rigid

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Sue the kid personally as well as the company for negligence.
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OMG, so sorry for you. I have been so scared of doing that. I can tell you that it wont be an easy fix. All the big dents should mostly pop out but all those little scratches from the sharp concrete will take time. And all those really sharp corners are always hard to fix, look like all four channels and the drip rails were damaged. Unfortunately it will never be as good as new. Unless they spend tons of time on it I dont think they will hammer out everything which means they will fill whats remaining with bondo. Then theirs blending paint so hopefully you dont have to remove the solarpanels, it looks like its far enough away. And then depending on how good or not the job was done will be how long it will last. Good luck.
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I'd hammer it out myself and use the insurance to pay down the van bill.
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