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Repair advice **

Postby anders20981 » Thu Nov 17, 2011 2:56 pm

So last week I got in a little collision Image

The front nose panel, bumper, hood wrinkled slightly, grills trashed, but not too bad all cosmetic.
So I called up pemco and filed a claim, I took it to my local BMW specialist to get patched up, they send me this estimate,

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ALMOST 4.3 grand to fix what could probably be sourced for under a grand, anyways the next day my insurance company lets me know they will be totaling my car, the damage is definitely not a total loss or even close. (at least in my opinion)
So what do you guys think any parts? advice?
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Postby JFM325is » Thu Nov 17, 2011 5:06 pm

Well from what I can see all you need is a new nose panel and front bumper. You'll have to take off the parts too look at everything else and see if there is any more damage. They listed a crap load of things that could be reused and is probably not damaged. Get the nose panel and bumper yourself, get it painted and put it on yourself. It'll cost like 500-700 bucks painted.
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Postby Caligula » Thu Nov 17, 2011 6:46 pm

Yea, i could definitely have that all done for around a grand. What you have there is a fraudulent auto body shop, which is very common in the business. How much will insurance give you? Might be in your best interest to have them total it and buy it back and fix it yourself.
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Postby DEFKON99 » Thu Nov 17, 2011 7:36 pm

if they total it wouldn't that make it a salvaged title?
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Postby anders20981 » Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:15 pm

I think ill buy it back from them, I've already tracked down a nose panel and an m3 bumper, the hood will be the tricky part, they are going to call me tomorrow about settling the claim hopefully they will give me 3 grand and sell the car back to me for cheap :) !!!, I'll find out about the title tomorrow but I think if its structurally sound it wont become a salvage.
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Postby Caligula » Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:16 pm

DEFKON99 wrote:if they total it wouldn't that make it a salvaged title?


It would if theres even a scratch on the frame rails or suspension, though the car is almost 20 years old, its not worth more then about 3-4000 anyway. From your insurance, i would press for 4-5000 dollars.

Funny when you read the estimate, $4 for a bolt, $5 for a A/C sticker. Sounds like they were counting on the insurance picking it up.
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Postby Caligula » Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:26 pm

Also theres about 2 hours of labor to replace the radiator support, which is what they were charging you for. Though from the pictures, theres no way that should have been damaged without damaging the auxiliary fan which isnt on there, though both headlights are, which appear to be ok.
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Postby anders20981 » Fri Nov 18, 2011 1:34 am

Yeah they definitely tried to squeeze every penny out of them I just wish they were a little bit lower, really press for 4,500? Yeah I drove it for 3 days after with no problems no leaks or overheating, the plastic frame around the headlights got a little chipped but definitely usable. When I go pick it up tomorrow I'll ask them where I can find those $5 bolts haha!
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Postby Vince30 » Fri Nov 18, 2011 1:39 am

4300 for that? They are crazy that should buff right out!
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Postby anders20981 » Fri Nov 18, 2011 2:23 am

Is there a difference between the aftermarket and OEM other then the price?
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Postby anders20981 » Fri Nov 18, 2011 2:25 am

Vince30 wrote:4300 for that? They are crazy that should buff right out!

Haha for real time to start trolling craigs list for parts :eatpop
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Postby WerewolfCustoms » Thu Dec 29, 2011 12:01 pm

Man! That's insane!

I took a quick look at my local BMW forum, and calculated how much I would pay if that was my car:

Nose panel (already in correct color): 30$ used
Grille L + R: 15$ used
Bumper (already in the right color): 40$ used
Hood (again, in the right color): 100$ used
Misc. bits, bolts, holders, etc... 40$ - my guess

So, that's 225$, and I would have all the needed parts in my garage in under 4 hours. The car would be back on the road on the same day.

Then again, I called my parts supplier, and asked for prices of new parts...
Nose panel: 45$ new
Grille L + R: 30$ new
Bumper - 75$ new
Hood - 310$ new
Misc - 40$
Painting - 150$

That's 650$ for new parts. Well, not original BMW parts. But, nevertheless. I would have my car fixed in two-three days max.

So, how the hell did you get a 4.3K estimate on that - I don't know.
Even if you add 100-150$ to the totals, for any unexpected parts that would require replacement.

P.S. The prices would be far lower if it would be a 4-door, not a coupe.
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Postby anders20981 » Tue Jan 03, 2012 11:48 am

Haha yeah with a new carbon fiber hood a an m3 bumper I fixed for around 1000, Well it is a BMW you pay for the splendor I guess.
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Postby kalib0y » Thu Jan 05, 2012 10:52 am

whoa. what a rip. Source out used parts...looks like a fix that would be in the 500-1000 range including the parts
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Postby euro2fast4u » Thu Jan 05, 2012 1:07 pm

idk why you would put a claim on that accident. your insurance will go up now and you will more then likely have a salvaged title e36. i dont think you were thinking.
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