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Purchased my 2016 Mazda 3 last October and we had some very nic weather this past weekend so I was doing some detailing to the car and noticed a 2 inch dent in bottom molding under where front passenger door meets front quarter panel. The only thing I can think of what caused this would be when I brought car in for its first oil change to dealer and maybe when they lifted it put lift under it incorrectly to cause this. I can not prove dealer did it but I am trying to think what else could cause a dent like that with paint not being chipped.
 

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Without facts you are not able to accuse someone of doing something they might have not done. Millions of factors or things might have caused the dent you described above. I understand that perhaps you might be angry or disappointed but these things just happen sometimes.

My humble advise for you is:

1-If you have concrete facts that the dealer did this to your car then go to the dealer and complain about it, they must fix it since they damaged it.
2-If you have no facts about this, then fix the dent if it really bothers you, either with the dealership or with a good PDR service.
3-Just let it go and move on if you don't really care at all :)

Me personally if it would really bother me a lot, I would fix it ASAP! :)
 

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There are excellent paintless dent repair shops that come to one's house, pound the dent out from the back side with breaking/chipping the paint. I had one out to my house and he removed a dent in a fairly visible place, to the point I can not even see it. As your's is a rocker panel, can probably be done easily. And far, far cheaper than a body shop "fill and repaint" repair. My dentless repair was $60 including my house call (scheduled to meet his being in my area to avoid his needing to make a special trip).
 

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There's really nothing you can do without proof. If you're relying on guesswork, you're just going to keep going back and forth with the other party, unless you somehow manage to convince them to release video footage of them servicing your car if they even do that.

There's still the possibility something caused it while it was parked.

if no paint damage, just bend it back. Should cost under $100 from a repair shop.
 

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I had an almost similar situation. When I looked the car over pre-purchase it was perfect, then it went back to the dealers to resolve a rattle from inside the rear bumper and when I got the car back, closer inspection (some time later) shows 2 scratches touched in with paint.
Now I'm fairly sure I would have noticed something like that when I looked over the car, and the scratches are on the bumper that was removed and refitted. But I have absolutely no proof.

Its just another reason that I will not use that totally inept dealer again.

Sorry for the almost thread hijack.
 

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I know this doesn't help the OP, and I'm sorry for that, because I really sympathize, but these kind of things seem to happen way to often when letting someone else do the work. This kind of stuff bugs me so much that I have learned to do a lot of work on my cars, over the years, because I just don't trust ANYONE to work on my car and give it the kind of care I want it to be given -- been burned too often.

You just can't trust anybody anymore.


And to OP, if you don't remember hearing a big 'CLUNK' noise as you drove over something you shouldn't have driven over, than you can be reasonably sure it was the dealer who damaged your car and said NOTHING about it.

I'm so expectant of this kind of awesomeness from people these days that I even do a walk around of my car before I leave parking lots, because if someone hit my car with their door, I want to see it immediately so I can ID the car that did it.

I bought my car two months ago, and, on the first day, I had it tinted, and the tinter (I researched and selected the BEST) cut up my rubber window seals and bubbled up a portion of the black paint next to the windows, with his heat gun. Then within a week, someone came out of the adjacent parking spot with enough turn to scrape the front of my car. People don't give a shit. SAD!
 
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