- Flippin' dent in flippin' car roof.
I had a similar experience I put down to a branch falling from a tree. Never really sure what it was.Posted 8 months ago
Freakin huge bang .. and I ended up swerving thinking I’d hit the side of the road or something .. right into a car coming round the bend…. luckily the mirrors just touched and the driver was angry as hell… so I didn’t even get chance to tell him why i’d swerved .. but he couldn’t even find a scratch on his mirror (it was that glancing)
Nope. No golf course. No tree cover.
Mixed housing estate / industrial set back 10-20m from road.
40mph dual carriageway, accelerating to 40mph from some lights had probably got to >35mph by that point.
Lat 52.5016 Long -2.1019 if you are so inclined to look at salubrious Dudley…Posted 8 months ago
More annoying than anything, driving along minding my own business when ‘bang!’ like someone had hit the roof with a hammer.
Couldn’t see anything on the dash cam, and I wasn’t going under a bridge at the time but I now have a dent about an inch and a half across in the roof, with a central bullseye about 6mm across. Probably just enough crease to it that it won’t pop out too.
Looks for all the world like someone has shot it straight down with a BB gun. Impact looks almost completely perpendicular to the roof and if so must have only missed hitting the roof rack instead by mm’s.
Can’t work out what’s done it. My guesses currently range from bird dropping perfectly spherical stone to really small meteorite.
I can’t post the photo but if you are intrigued and one to try and have a guess there is a photo here: https://instagram.com/p/BWsYvL6hRMH/
Worst part is it is just above the drivers door so I’m going to see it every time I get in.
Balls.Posted 8 months ago
I’ve checked the dash cam footage again there’s definitely nothing visible coming off the road (would have had to come off other carriageway as there was nothing in front as I was first of the lights and road was clear. Nothing obvious coming the other way.
I’m putting it down to a meteorite or a failed drone strike. They are obviously on to me…Posted 8 months agodirksdigglerMember
Watched a wheel lug or something fly up from a logging truck and strike the roof just missing the windscreen.. it was amazing how that thing was a projectile.. however, if I’d been checking the mirror at the time I would’ve missed it. Insurance fixed under comprehensive for my deductible, no impact on premiumPosted 8 months ago
Wife got hit by a large piece of plastic yesterday that came over the central reservation from a lorry.. hit the car then she ran it over. Evasive action taken but to no success.
Whilst comprehensive covers missiles, animal stikes etc, unless we can prove the item didn’t touch the road before hitting us.. its classed as a collision and loss of no claims discount!
Anyway, sh*t comes from all directions
That’s what someone else suggested but it would have had to come from a limited number of clouds in a mostly blue sky.
Also having inspected it there is a distinct inner depression About 6-7mm across with a almost creased rim, the large circumference of the dent seems to be due to the depth that it has pushed in.Posted 8 months agov8ninetySubscriber
Having seen half bricks flung from between twin wheels with alarming velocity, My money is on something small and dense (probably metal rather than stone) being chucked off a lorry wheel with a high arc. Wheel nut or similar. Thinking metal rather than stone because of the weird lack of paint disruption. Or meteor. Or blue ice.Posted 8 months agohousehusbandSubscriber
It sucks getting a dent in your car – especially the first/only. At the end of the day it is only cosmetic and you are bound to notice because you know its there; but the paint doesn’t appear to have been compromised so long-term corrosion shouldn’t be an issue. Repair likely to be costly as the metalwork has been deformed so won’t pop back into shape..?Posted 8 months ago
Just had a shufti at the photo – that dent is perfectly formed, whatever did that could only have come down vertically, and at quite a velocity, it’s almost conical! Is there a rack on the roof? If that had been an object thrown up by a tyre, it would have almost certainly been travelling at an angle, and left a scuff mark – I’ve had a windscreen go, had something bounce off the bonnet then off the top of the windscreen and leave a mark on the front edge of the roof, and I’ve had two windscreens wrecked by objects while delivering cars, one cracked nearly three inches in from the right hand side, the other hit near the centre right and left a double mark, right in the line of view, and all of them I saw coming, pretty sure the last two were large bolts, judging by the double impact mark.Posted 8 months ago
Never get used to the enormous bang when something hits the screen, though.
@ CounttZero it really looks like a vertical strike by something almost perfectly spherical. Dent is prob best part of 10mm deep.
If it did come down vertically then it missed the roof rack by 10-15mm perhaps. No evidence on rack of secondary impact from a richocet either.
Weird. Weird and really annoying.Posted 8 months ago
@one_happy_hippy – certainly is weird, damndest dent I’ve ever seen, to be that perfect a shape, the object must have been both very heavy and fast moving, to deform steel in that way.Posted 8 months ago
Really does look a bit like the theoretical gravity well around a black hole!
As someone suggested, it would be a good idea to rub the paint down with wet’n’dry, fill it with P38 body filler, then respraying it, otherwise that’ll hold water and start to corrode.
Dunno about annoyed, I’d be bloody furious!
And it would nag at me for the rest of my life, wondering just what the hell could have caused it! 😀
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