2002 Chevrolet Corvette Long Term Road Test


2002 Chevy Corvette Z06: Rocker Repair Complete

November 11, 2010

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A couple of weeks ago, we broke the news that our 2002 Corvette Z06 had been damaged by Mark Takahashi's driveway. (No, really.) Six business days later, our Corvette was back in our hands.

But not for long. The driver side fender didn't quite line up with the door in the same way as the passenger side. At least, I didn't think so and as I had the guy's number at Golden Hammer, I called them up to see what they could do.

As you can see, the panel gap wasn't horrible, but it wasn't the same as on the passenger side (I could fit my pinky in this side) and it wasn't the same as when we dropped it off. And for what we were charged, it should've been.

The mark of a good service shop, as you've read me say a billion times, isn't perfection-- perfection is impossible -- it's willingness and attitude to fix things that go wrong when they do.

And to that end, Golden Hammer did a spectacular job. We weren't on the phone for 30 seconds before he appologized and said that whenever we could free up the time, they'd get things straight. Obviously for free.

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We do have a fleet of cars, and told them we'd drop it off and whenever they could get to it would be fine. Later the same day we got the call that our panels were straight and our freshly fixed Corvette Z06 was again ready to roll.

The damage: Visually? kinda bad. Financially? Ouch...

Parts: $100

Body labor: $379.20 (7.9 hours @ $48/hr)

Paint labor: $254 (5.3 hours @ $48/hr)

Fiberglass labor: $600 (10 hours @ $60/hr)

Paint supplies: $180.20

Misc (hazardous waste disposal): $10.

Tax: $27.32 ($280.20 @ 9.75%)

Total: $1,551.12

Mike Magrath, Associate Editor, Inside Line @ 53,232 miles

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