Recently my 2013 Hyundai Elantra was subject to a hit and run. It is a new car with less than 2000 miles on it since October 2013. There was 9K in damage, most of which pertained to the back driver’s side and the axle. Bumper, quarter panel, trunk floor, axle, wheel bearings, and two rims had to be replaced. Plus incidentals like tail lights and such. Because this is a new car, I received all new parts as a replacement. When the car was returned to me, the back seat kept getting wet in the rain. After taking back to the shop twice, they finally diagnosed a small hole in the seal in a seam of the quarter panel area—something must have happened when putting everything back together. The door is fine and there is no moon / sun roof on the vehicle. I do not completely understand what this means. I know some basics about cars, but not to this level of detail. I searched by topic area and couldn’t find anything that was related to this type of reason for water in the car.
Have the following questions:
- Can someone explain how a small hole in a quarter panel area would cause water to get into the back seat (on seat and floor)?
- What would be good things to watch out for post-fix?
- It is still a bit damp and rainy here, so I can’t open the windows for things to dry out. Would have been nice for the collision center to dry the seats. How can I make sure mold/mildew won’t develop?