2016 Honda Civic: Damaged Door
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on November 9, 2016
If you've been driving long enough, you've likely had a moment just like this. You walk out to your car, expecting everything to be exactly as you left it. Keys in hand, mind on wherever it is you're going. Then, you spot it.
A scratch across your bumper, a crack in your windshield, or in this case, a big ol' dent in your door. No note, no security camera footage to catch the culprit, nothing. That's what happened to our new Copy Chief, Kathleen Clonts, when she drove our long-term 2016 Honda Civic home for the night.
When the Civic was parked, it had no dent. When she came out the next morning, it had the dent you see above. The body shop said the damage was subdermal and it spanned one of the horizontal braces in the door, so paintless-dent removal wasn't an option. They'd need to replace the entire door skin and paint it to match the rest of the car. As you can imagine, that's a lengthy process, so the Civic has been out of commission for a few weeks now.
Once it gets back in the rotation, we'll be sure to let you know where it stands as far as regular maintenance, mileage and so forth.
Travis Langness, Automotive Editor