It’s Magic!

October 29, 2008 7:00 am

When I was in high school, I worked at the mall and spent most of my time there. My boyfriend at the time drove a green VW Bus (and I drove a matching brown one, what’s it to you?). This was the nineties and the VW’s we drove were about twenty years old. Needless to say, they had their share of rust and dents. On day we came across a suction cup dent remover. It’s a huge suction cup that you put over the dent and then pull, removing the dent entirely.  It got a dent out of the VW door without leaving a mark.

This was the coolest invention I had ever seen. We wanted more, more dents to remove but we had already gotten them all out of our VW’s. We did what any normal teenagers would do, we walked around the mall parking lot pulling dents out of cars. Unbeknownst to the owners, we would find a car and go to work. One of us would keep a lookout while the other one would pull the dent. We must have pulled twenty dents out of cars during our dent-removal spree. I wonder if we could have gotten arrested for our good deeds?

The dent removal itself was fun, but I always wanted to see the flip side. I wanted to be a fly on the wall when Joe The Plumber came out of the mall and noticed that the huge dent his kid had put in his car was magically GONE! Did we confuse people by removing their dents? Was Joe going to use the money saved on auto repairs to start his plumbing business? I like to think that we made a difference back then. People kissed and made up since the argument causing dent had vanished. Little old ladies were allowed to drive for another year without their kids yanking their car keys. What I did was special, and I made a positive impact on the world. I challenge you to pay it forward. Go pull some dents in the local flea market parking lot. Bondo your neighbor’s station wagon. Believe me, you’re going to feel like a better person having helped out.



  1. ashley

    That is funny. All we ever did was toilet paper people’s houses. PS – I had a VW Bug and could have used a few dents removed.

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  2. Jim

    That’s pretty awesome. For some people charity begins with feeding the hungry, but I prefer this.

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  3. Christy

    Okay–THAT is the best! I can totally picture you out there with some plunger apparatus fixing people’s dents! I think you should do it again and get it on video for us all!

  4. DeeMarie

    You were like stealth dent removers. You totally needed to be dressed in all black.

    I’ve got some dents and scratches in my car… care to stop over? Oh wait, you’re in Florida. It snowed here today. I’m on my way…

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  5. Sprite’s Keeper

    I always wanted to know if that invention worked! And why was it such a short stay on the market? I haven’t seen it advertised in YEARS.

    Sprite’s Keepers last blog post..Did you know it’s 11:57PM right now?

  6. carrie

    So, that extra large toilet plunger really works??? Good to know! That is awesome.
    Wonder what would have happened if you got caught. Probably sued since you denied some man the “right” to take him mom’s car keys away.

  7. goodfather

    Ha ha ha! Great post! OK, I’ve got my plunger out…

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  8. Heather

    Too funny! But, I can up you one on the worst High School car ever! My dad got me a 1970 puke brown Ford “Pinto”!!!!

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  9. jenni

    wow, you were basically dent removing superheros, saving the world from mishapen automobiles, one car at a time.

    jennis last blog post..Just Fifteen Minutes: A Story About My Mom

  10. HeatherPride

    That is awesome. I remember an infomercial for the giant suction cup dent remover about 10 or so years ago and I thought it was a bunch of baloney. Maybe I need to find one on eBay!

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  11. Krystal

    i could so totally have used you on the old van!! that thing had more mysterious dents than I could have ever imagined!!

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  12. Cape Cod Gal

    It must be high school memories day! I blogged about mine as well.

    So, you were running around with a plunger….mmmmm…and you guys say I’m weird

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  13. Krystal

    okay now that you have reminisced about your dent removing days – have you hit the tredmill today? You haven’t? Why not? GET UP!!!!

    Krystals last blog post..Going home tonight

  14. mrsbear

    So you mean while I was out rear-ending people in my 83 Buick Regal, you were out fixing their dents? I am humbled by your humanitarian efforts. 😉 Great story. Your car, btw, was way cooler than mine.

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  15. debateur

    Want to come do my car ? I can’t park so always have a few boo boos.

    debateurs last blog post..Wordless Wednesday

  16. steenky bee

    Are you kidding me? The kinder soft of Casey? Who knew that hoodlums could be so productive? The worst thing I did in a gang was get a flowbee and randomly cut people’s hair in public. Just kidding. I know you have a soft spot in your heart for the flowbee. Dent remover? For reals? I think I might just drive out there and dent my car on purpose so you can go all plumber on my sedan.

    steenky bees last blog post..I Suck. Big Time.

  17. Toni

    That is awesome! I would have liked to have seen their faces too!!!

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  18. blissfully caffeinated

    That is AWESOME! You were like paint and body guardian angels.

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  19. Miss Jack

    Dude! I told G that thing would work. He didn’t believe me…now I’ve got to get one!

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