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Copper - Posts: 169
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Joined: September 28, 2005
Location: Alaska, United States
Posted: March 27, 2007 at 4:08 PM / IP Logged  

I broke the windshield on an Audi A8 one time. I was removing the a-pillar to run the antenna wire and the windhield cracked somehow. It was 700$ to fix. When I picked the car up from the glas guy he said he broke the first one he tried to replace it with and he suspected that the body of the car was tweeked since the new window didn't fit quite right.

Another time I had a soldering iron burst into flames in a new caddy, burning the carpet and my hand, costing 300 to fix. (the car, that is)

I don't know that those two things were my fault ( i know the soldering iron thing wasn't) , but aside from that, it has just been little things like clips. All told, aside from those two things, I think I may have spent 500$ total on damages in 8 years of installing. Not to bad I think.

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Copper - Posts: 56
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Joined: January 19, 2007
Posted: March 28, 2007 at 3:26 PM / IP Logged  

ugghh it pains me to think about it.  last shop i worked for (basically a front for a drug running jew) dealt with alot of "ballers"  or at least they think there ballers.  

anyways 96 cadilac seville custom gold with rediculous flake adding a 15 and 2 12 inch flip downs to the back seat.

i mad a cool fg pod to hold it all and secured it to the metal bracing all across the roof.  well on my last screw i tighted it a 16th too much and pop.  little dimple that has a peak coming out of his roof :(  he wasnt that wized about it and i told him that thats what insurance is for but man was i ashamed.

i quit that job and have been at my new one for about 2 and a half years and lo and behold he walks in to my store.  i sold his brother a plasma and fgd a double din into his dash on his newly painted 96 caddy sevile, same one.  i guess it took my old boss a couple of years to go through insurance!  so i guess the guy was as cool as can be i mean if i put a screw through your roof would you ever let me work on your car again? didnt think so

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Joined: May 10, 2006
Location: United States
Posted: March 29, 2007 at 10:05 AM / IP Logged  

I once also drilled through a brake booster on a hundai...santa fe??  Just barely nicked it but that was the biggest thing I have done.  Other than that, I have broke a hazard switch on a older blazer.  Actually the other day, I got the keys to an isuzu rodeo, walked out to unlock the car and the key just twisted like butter.  Turns out, the key was cut "wrong" ...they said it was cut too thin.  I love the life as an installer.

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Joined: December 19, 2006
Location: Missouri, United States
Posted: March 30, 2007 at 11:59 PM / IP Logged  
I popped a door lock switch on a Grand Cherokee years ago , using 5 wire in both doors.  Still not sure how, but the dealer ordered the part, put it in, and never billed me for it. $300.00 part. My only major repair.
Copper - Posts: 172
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Joined: April 10, 2004
Location: United States
Posted: April 30, 2007 at 12:45 AM / IP Logged  
i once watched a blazer roll out of the bay with the passenger door open, hilarity did not ensue. ended up having to replace the door and hinge, it was like $800 or something, thank god for insurance.
Copper - Posts: 231
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Joined: January 02, 2003
Location: United States
Posted: April 30, 2007 at 1:21 AM / IP Logged  
I have been one lucky guy for 14 years now but not to long ago I fastened some wire down to the back wall of a Chevy step side pickup with some P clips and ¼” screws. Well with step sides part of the back wall is visible from the outside. To make maters worst I had just started at this job! I wanted to die. Turns out that it was no big deal. I had it repaired and my boss thought it was funny.
The other guys at the shop didn’t think it was a big deal either and they told me about a practical joke that they had pulled a few times. They would cut the ends off of some screws and hot glue them to the outside of a door panel. Then they would inform the installer working on that car that they had screwed through the outside. Only to pull off the artificial screws and have a laugh.
Copper - Posts: 276
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Joined: November 09, 2005
Location: California, United States
Posted: May 15, 2007 at 1:18 PM / IP Logged  

It was my day off  a couple months ago and got a call from the shop.

"new guy wrecked a truck"

It turns out that the installer that was hired without my input could not drive stick and paniced when the passenger mirror touched the door frame of the shop. he took his foot off the clutch and turned the wheel slightly which caused the truck to lurch forward and hit the passenger door against the wall and tore the trim (and most of the paint) off the truck all the way back to the rear bumper. This winner says that he was going to talk to management and instead he grabed the few tools he had, got in his car and left. I think he is still wanted for hit and run... On the outside chance that he is reading this (i am not convinced that he can read) we still have your charger and jacket dummy.

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Joined: June 13, 2007
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Posted: June 13, 2007 at 12:50 PM / IP Logged  
A few months back I accidently locked myself in a customer's trunk. Glad I had a cell on me..
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Joined: February 14, 2005
Location: United States
Posted: June 23, 2007 at 12:36 AM / IP Logged  

in a little over 6 years of installing, i have had two mess-ups and actually fixed them both before anyone ever found out.  the first was when i was making some custom seat brakets for a set of racing seats in a honda.  i went to drill the hole in the floor for a support bolt and knicked the fuel line...luckily i had some JB weld and told the guy he needed to leave the car overnight for me to finish up in the morning.  thank God he went for it and by next day the stuff had dried and viola!, no more leak.  the second was on and expedition with rear climate control.  i was mounting an amp under the passenger seat and hit a coolant line with a screw.  i didn't notice i had hit anything until i saw a large puddle of antifreeze forming beside the truck.  i asked myself "where the he11 did all that come from?"  i first disregarded it thinking the truck may have had a small leak, but when the puddle began to grow more and more my heart began to sink.  i looked under the truck to see antifreeze trickling out from right under the passenger seat...much to my dismay.  luckily i had a good idea and some scrap line laying around the shop (as we also have some drag racing cars we do as well) and i patched it up.  oh yea..i busted the windshield in a 10 year old paid that one i guess it was 3 things.

i also had a coworker some time ago install an amp in a older lexus and almost had to change his pants when sand came pouring out of the firewall when he went to drill a hole for the power wire.  i almost died laughing.  ( for those of you who are lost at this used to {maybe still does} put sand in between double firewalls to cut down on road noise in the car to make it quieter to drive in)

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Joined: July 09, 2007
Location: United States
Posted: August 20, 2007 at 1:28 PM / IP Logged  
Had an installer at my previous job pull a chevy truck into the bay and put the truck in gear to get the dash off to pull the radio.  He pulled the radio, got out of the truck and walked to the work bench to start wiring the harness.  When he turned around, the truck had already rolled out the bay and went straight back into the pond in front of the bay.  Sucked for him but was pretty funny for us to watch the re-runs on the security camera tapes.
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