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I live in Illinois. We've had a not so fun winter with pot holes. A couple weeks ago, the piece of street that belonged in a pot hole was out in the middle of the road. I couldn't avoid hitting it without hitting other drivers so I had to run over it. Luckily, it only damaged my trunk. It made a hole just under the spare tire. it scratched up the spare tire pretty good. The hole was rather large. I like to describe it like it looked like a baked potato cut open. My boyfriend's dad dented it back in and sealed the hole with caulk in the mean time. I got 2 estimates of repair and filed a claim form with IDOT. (repairs were $360.60 and $593.02) If IDOT won't pay for the repairs, I'd rather not have to pay for it to be fixed and just keep it caulked. My question is...would that affect my resale value if I try and sell it at some point?

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Barbra Einsohn , Customer Relations Manager  at David McDavid Honda of Irving Dear Pita, Thank you for your inquiry. To answer your question in a word,

Patricia Algier , Owner at Valley Dealer Exchange Inc Dear Pita, A repair like that would not likely affect resale value as it did not affect the integrity of the frame or alter original paint etc. Make sure to keep it well sealed because if it rusts out that may become an issue. Patti http://www.valleydealer.com

Jessie L Thatcher, F&I and Sales Specialist at Reynolds and Reynolds Company  (Retired) Any damage to your vehicle affects the value, if you keep your vehicle for another 4-5 years it becomes a negligible point as your vehicle has virtually no value. The issue is to be careful of fumes in your vehicle and be certain the repair is solid.

Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Hi Pita, If I am understanding the damage from your pot hole experience correctly, the rock broke through and made a hole in your trunk. Through a small hole snow, salt, dirt, rain, and wild animals can get inside your trunk. The elements can cause mold, mildew and rust. The critters could create an ugly mess. If this damage did occur, it would greatly reduce the resale value of your car. This hole needs to be super sealed and rust proofed and I would keep an eye on it forever to make sure the hole never leaks. I don*t think that the fix needs to be beautiful, but it does need to be super effective! All My Best, Amy Mattinat

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