AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Logo
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?

Answers from the Automotive Experts

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

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

Contribute to this question:

blog comments powered by Disqus

Related Volkswagen Jetta FAQs

  • Hi! i have a 2013 VW Jetta, with about 83,000 miles, bought brand new, always always ... Read More

  • There is key lock in my car on the drivers side in between the gas and trunk ... Read More

  • Hello - I own a 2014 diesel Volkswagen Jetta which I bought thinking it was relatively ... Read More
  • This is a 2003 VW Jetta 1.8L Turbo GLS model. It will crank but will not start. This ... Read More
  • Can you tell me whether the 2007 Volkswagen Jetta with a 2.5 liter, 5 cylinder gas ... Read More
  • The Malfunction light just came on in my 2003 Volkswagen Jetta this morning, and I was ... Read More
  • Why are VW Jettas so cheap? Looking for a used 2011-2013 with relatively low mileage. Read More
  • My beautiful black interior of my VW Jetta is something like leather (sort of synthetic I ... Read More
  • Do I need to have road debris cleaned around the brake pads? I have about 30,000 miles ... Read More
  • It started last night. Every time I lock my car the alarm goes on. Now I unlock to car ... Read More

Need Car Advice?

Ask The Experts!

Looking for a New or Used Car?

Search for our Certified Female Friendly® Car Buying Marketplace locations

Help Our Charities