Dent Repair Fraud in San
||Over the past few
years a number of individuals have perpetrated a
dent repair fraud on unsuspecting car owners in
San Diego. Here is how the scheme works: An
individual approaches the owner of a dented
vehicle and offers to repair it.
After agreeing to a price, the
individual spends 20-30 minutes "working" on the car,
then covers the dent with a mysterious substance that he
claims "should washed off after a few days." When the
owner of the vehicles finally washes off the substance,
they discover the dent was never actually repaired.
Be wary of anyone who
approaches you in a parking lot offering to repair your
vehicle. Before authorizing any repair, check to see if
the company is licensed by the State Bureau of
Automotive Repair. Dent, windshield, and bumper repair
companies are required by law to register with BAR. You
can check the license status of any repair company by
CA Bureau of Automotive Repair
One repair company in San
Diego, who shall remain nameless, claims that the "Heat
& Pop" bumper repair process is bad for your vehicle,
when in fact "Heat & Pop" is the industry standard for
minor bumper repairs, and is used by reputable companies
from coast to coast.
This company further claims
that they use a method that is superior to "Heat & Pop,"
then they go on to describe their method, which involves
the exact same process and tools used in "Heat & Pop."
Perhaps they feel that by giving "Heat & Pop" a fancy
name they can charge more for bumper repairs.
Regardless, it is unethical to
make false statements about bumper repair techniques in
order make sales. While it is true that we are all
competing for your business, there is a right way and a
wrong way to go about it.