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My poor luck has continued...

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In another twist of fate today, I earned this lovely ear mark on my car.
Tire Wheel Vehicle Hood Automotive lighting

Tire Wheel Automotive tire Hood Automotive lighting

I am pretty bummed about this to be frank. The cause was an errant piece of bent steel lying in the middle of the roadway and impossible to see in the dark conditions I was driving in. All was well until I heard a very deep "thunk" as I was driving along. Initially I thought a rock might have hit my car somehow or something, but when I pulled over to check the damage I determined the true cause.

Gesture Finger Thumb Barefoot Knee

The hit must have been extremely hard. The scratch is bored down to shiny metal and the door panel is bent around the impact. Glad it didn't go through a window in hindsight.

Either way, yet another blemish has appeared on my car, the latest in a string of poor luck events this year for my car (from an attempted break in on the beginning of January, to my tires exploding and being damaged in the last two months, to this new tragedy).

Anyways, I am planning to discuss this with my insurance tomorrow. Fortunately I have full coverage and will only need to pay $500 to get everything fixed, but that's $500 out of my pocket now, not to mention whatever else they'll need to do to fix a scratch of this magnitude.
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I once watched a pickup truck lose his tonneau cover and rails on the highway. One of the rails came flying straight at our car and miraculously went under the car instead of hitting the windshield - I don't think I'd be here today if our car was 30 feet ahead of where it was. So have a glass-half-full attitude about this - you survived a very dangerous situation with literally just a scratch.

Speaking of the scratch, I wonder if a good shop can fix it. I've seen dent specialists repair really big nasty-looking dents so maybe they can pop that out for you and then paint and color-match. Worth a try.
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