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Was under the car changing the oil last week and discovered this....
I looked back at old pictures I have taken and can't see any damage, I just bought the car used in August and it def was not there when I picked it up.
The only thing that stands out was I had the required state inspection done a few weeks ago, but the damage doesn't seem to be something that would be caused by a lift arm or anything in the shop, it looks to me like something kicked up off of the front tire but nothing stands out in my memory of hitting anything on the highway, what do you guys think? Pictures aren't the best, took them last night and didn't pull the car out from against the wall.
If it was done by the shop during the inspection not much I can do about it weeks later as I can't prove anything.... I'll see how bad it bothers me once spring gets here and look for my repair options. I could have also done it pulling into a few parking lots with shoddy entrances, never thought it scraped bad enough to hit the rockers always sounded like the air dam only but who knows.
I'm sorry about the damage but don't feel too bad....things happen to all of us. Have a couple reputable, 'Corvette savvy' body shops give you repair estimates. It's difficult to tell but the repair may be less involved than you may think. Keep a good thought.
I am surprised you didn't notice it when it happened though....it looks severe enough you would have noticed. It's water under the bridge at this point but besides road debris being kicked-up is there any chance you drove over a curb? I've got a much smaller but similar scar on my rocker panel from running over a curb. I pulled alongside a curbed peninsula in a performance shop parking lot once. I was going into the shop to ask where they wanted me to park (the lot was full) when I saw a parking space open-up. I jumped back in the car, pulled forward and made a sharp right hand turn. The only problem was I hadn't cleared the concrete curb. I heard and felt it immediately and knew I screwed-up....a self-inflicted wound. Sh!t happens to all of us.
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I have seen nearly that EXACT damage before, and it was caused by a parking lot median. It may not have been the shop, and I would certainly not find that scoring pattern congruent with the arms of a lift or the texture of a ramp.
At some point, you or whoever was piloting the car was probably pulling around a tight corner in a parking lot, or out of a space, and rubbed the rocker along a curb (they're at perfect height for that). It would be very easy not to hear or feel. Don't ask me how I know.
Anyway, I'm not stating as fact that's what happened. Just feel it's the strongest possibility.
Could have been. Who knows. If I can't notice it in normal use once spring comes around I will ignore it. I didn't think it lined up with damage caused by a lift arm either, would have expected it to be more uniform.
Ill tell you what. If you were ever going to have something like that happen, it couldnt have happened in a better spot on the right color. Its off the map in terms of what you can see from just standing around the car. Plus any body could easily match that color and airbrush that back to good in no time. Very easy fix. Just cosmetic. Dont let it bother you.