My repair question is about fixing dings/scratches, or if preventing them is the better option instead. Here are more details:
My new car is my daily driver and it gets parked at work for the full day, five or six days a week. The parking area is a large busy lot with plenty businesses and services. There is no where in the lot to park to get away from other vehicles. The lot gets packed by lunch time, but finding an open space isn’t a problem. Everyone in my office uses that parking lot because it’s free. But, lots of my co-workers’ vehicles have gotten dings/scratches in that lot.
No dings so far on my new car. However, starting July 1st, I am considering buying $55 monthly parking in a structure that’s next to my building. Most of the in-and-out parkers in the structure use the lower level or ground floor. I noticed that there were not very many vehicles parked on the upper levels. The few cars up there are vintage and newer cars. They look like they want to avoid dings and scratches too. They give each other plenty of space, rather than parking side-by-side.
So, it would cost me $660 a year for parking in the structure. Or I could continue to use the free lot and spend that $660 on repairing dings and scratches when they happen. For $660, could a body shop completely remove a ding or small scratch, match the paint and do a quality job?