I heard back from the dealer and have an appointment Friday for the repair. The ding is very small, maybe a quarter of an inch, if that and is a bit higher than my direct line of vision, which is one reason why I didn’t notice it immediately upon entering the car. The laws in CA must not prohibit repair because I’ve had multiple similar repairs in the past, which is what prompted my original concern, because the repairs have always been visible. I guess that aspect of things has not changed much. The only instruction I received was to make sure no moisture gets into it for at least 30 minuets before the repair.