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Old 11-23-2015, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Toronto
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I have a 2007 black class B Mercedes with really low mileage. I was thinking of selling it. There is this long stratch on it on the driver side probably as long as the front door. Single line probably as long as the length of the door. The car got keyed while parked down town (before I owned it ... so at least I know it was nothing personal ). Do you think it would be worth fixing the paint before selling it. Do you think fixing the scratch in the paint will significantly effect the price I can get for the car if I do decide to sell. Also is this something I can fix myself or will I only make it look worse? Any advise greatly appreciated.
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Old 11-23-2015, 10:35 AM
 
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Yes. "scratch" fix on Merc may easy run close to a thousnad bucks.

What you need to do is to post a picture. There is no telling without seeing it.
You'll be surprised how much of it may disappear from simple wet or dry sanding and some hand buffing.

So, post a pic.
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Old 11-23-2015, 10:53 AM
 
Location: NY
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If it takes having the door repainted, I probably would not bother. A 2007 Merc is not going to be swayed that much one way or the other by a scratch.

If it is something that can be buffed down and minimized or pulled all the way out, it certainly would be worth doing.\

Depends a lot on the depth of the scratch, and if deep, for how much of the length it is deep.
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Old 11-23-2015, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Toronto
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Okay I do not have a picture of the car handy that I can post, but I am 100% not willing to pay around $1000 bucks to get it fixed. I think I will look up how to repair if myself on youtube and consider the buffing option. I am thinking the max resale by owner for this car is $6000 Canadian right now so a $1000 spent to fix something cosmetic does not make sense to me. Thanks for the tips.
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Old 11-23-2015, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Texas
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You know, if I were buying it, I'd rather have an honest scratch there than some half-ass cover-up attempts to fix it by the former owner.
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Old 11-23-2015, 07:39 PM
 
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See, told you. It's Merc. People have "that opinion" about them.
I honest can not help without seeing a pic of the scratch. But if your intentions were to spray paint it - do NOT do this!! You'll regret greatly. Color match is very gentle job requiring skill and experience. Even though you can have color match spray paint ordered through a parts store or paint store, it will end in disaster.
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Old 11-23-2015, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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Default Ohhhh......

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See, told you. It's Merc. People have "that opinion" about them.
I honest can not help without seeing a pic of the scratch. But if your intentions were to spray paint it - do NOT do this!! You'll regret greatly. Color match is very gentle job requiring skill and experience. Even though you can have color match spray paint ordered through a parts store or paint store, it will end in disaster.
So I am feeling like I should just leave it alone lol. Thanks. The punishment for keying a car should be life without parole plus a hard slap across the head.
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Old 11-27-2015, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Prosper
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If you're going to sell the car, I would have a mobile detailer come out and see what he can do. Will cost around $300-$400 but for that you are getting the interior completed cleaned and detailed, the exterior washed, waxed, and buffed, and perhaps clay barred as well. That will go a long way towards fixing the scratch, if not taking care of it completely. Then take pics and post it up for sale.
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