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Old 07-13-2014, 03:04 AM   #1
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Unhappy Hit and run this morning, what's the prognosis?

Hi everyone,

In case you haven't been following my new member introduction thread, I have a sweet little 323i.

However, around 3 am this morning, a (very likely drunk) @$$hole plowed into it as well as several other cars as it was parked in San Francisco. And then drove away.

Now, I'm left to wonder what the chances of repair being worth it are, so I can decide where to have it towed. If it's definitely a total loss, then I would probably leave it close to where the crime occurred and... uh... do... something... with it? If not, I'd want to have it towed back down to Palo Alto where I usually have it serviced.

My main concern is the rear left wheel, which took the worst of the impact.

Here are some pictures:







I tried taking some under the car, quite unsuccessfully:





As you can see, the tire would rub if I were to try and drive it, which is out of the question, right?

So I'm kind of stuck with a non-functional vehicle at the moment, and no idea what to do with it. Any advice would be very appreciated!
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Old 07-13-2014, 03:37 AM   #2
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I assume you don't have uninsured motorist coverage then? Just liability and nothing else?

If you are mechanically inclined, then this should be a DIY repair, save painting which I would leave to the pros. If you are not mechanically inclined its a total loss.

Either way, you need to call your insurance company and get uninsured motorist coverage. I think it costs $18 extra PER YEAR with USAA. I am sure it is similar with whomever you have.
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Old 07-13-2014, 04:02 AM   #3
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^^ I dont think it matter if he have uninsured motorist coverage in this situation. Insurance companies won't payout unless he has some kind of info who the other vehicle was.

OP, I hope you have full coverage. Because the repair will probably cost as much as the car if not more.
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Old 07-13-2014, 09:15 AM   #4
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Wow. I got hit and run with USAA 3 years ago. My 4 week out G25 was nailed, and USAA paid out, and even waived my deductible.
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Old 07-13-2014, 10:28 AM   #5
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Insurance should cover it if you have the proper coverage. Most will require payment of the deductible. I had a hot and run with my e46. Brand new freakin bumper. Damage was small Andy deductible was more than the repair. So insurance wasn't involved. Still hasn't gotten fixed though :/


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Old 07-13-2014, 10:49 AM   #6
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Dang that sucks. That is one of my big fears when I park my car on the street in SF. Do you live in SF proper? The BMW dealer uses a shop called German Motor Collision Center in soma. Might give them a call and see if they can be of any assistance.
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Old 07-13-2014, 10:56 AM   #7
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IMO The insurance company will total that car. Its repairable but your looking at at least $5000 from a decent body shop. If you have the space,time and know how you could DIY for less

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Old 07-13-2014, 11:06 AM   #8
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Total loss. Needs the quarter replaced, this is definitely not a diy.
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Old 07-13-2014, 05:17 PM   #9
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IMO The insurance company will total that car. Its repairable but your looking at at least $5000 from a decent body shop. If you have the space,time and know how you could DIY for less

I agree. There is likely more damage there than you can see by just looking at the pictures. Between the rear quarter, which is a huge repair, and the suspension components that are damaged I would think the repair price will exceed the value of the car. Unfortunately the values of these cars are next to nothing now so it doesn't take much to total them. To be honest I would hope for a total because cars are never the same after they get hit and need bodywork. The paint is never as nice as the factory paint and they just never seem to drive as well. Push the insurance company for a total OP.


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Old 07-13-2014, 05:36 PM   #10
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I actually do have uninsured motorist protection, but like AW ZHP said, they will only cover if I give them the information of the person that did it, *and* that person's insurance won't cover. Why did I even bother with this coverage?

Now, we already knew it was a '99-'00 Ford Windstar because they left half the front of their car behind (plowed into the back of the van that was parked right in front of me, launched it like 4 ft into two other cars), but there is also video of the incident, from several angles, so I am optimistic about finding the culprit.

My current plan is to have it towed to German Motors Collision Center (thanks for the tip NorCalZman!), even though they have some awful Yelp reviews. They should give me some ridiculous estimate, which I shall give my insurer. Then have the car towed to some random yard for cheap keeping until everything gets sorted, fingers crossed the whole time...

NorCalZman, would you happen to know a place that might be interested in buying the car, whether for parts or taking on the repair?
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Old 07-13-2014, 05:48 PM   #11
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I highly recommend elians auto repair in redwood city. Ask for john, he does quality work and his parts pricing is on point, and he can refer you to a body shop as well. My car has been serviced there the past few times, they are excellent

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Old 07-13-2014, 05:56 PM   #12
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Yeah, so I usually go to Palo Alto Bimmer, but the main reason I'm going with the other place is so the tow is a lot cheaper, and I figure at this point I'll be looking more at unloading the car than fixing it. I'm still gonna call PA Bimmer and Elians (great tip!) first thing in the morning and see how much they charge for just holding the car.
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Old 07-13-2014, 06:32 PM   #13
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My current plan is to have it towed to German Motors Collision Center (thanks for the tip NorCalZman!), even though they have some awful Yelp reviews. They should give me some ridiculous estimate, which I shall give my insurer. Then have the car towed to some random yard for cheap keeping until everything gets sorted, fingers crossed the whole time...

NorCalZman, would you happen to know a place that might be interested in buying the car, whether for parts or taking on the repair?
Yeah I noticed they have a few bad yelp reviews, but they repair cars up to BMW factory standards (including sourcing parts from BMW). I took a tour of the place a few months ago with the BMWCCA and was pretty impressed with the operation. Granted, I am not a body expert. I am sure they will be happy to walk you around if you wanted.

I have no idea who would want/take the car. I thought with insurance pay outs for totaled cars they gave you a check and then handled the rest from there.

Again, I feel for you. It would break my heart to come out to my car and see that. This is why I do not drive my car in the city. Only on trips OUT of the city. the rest is (ugh) public transit or a ride sharing app.
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Old 07-14-2014, 12:23 AM   #14
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Sorry to see your clean looking 323i ZSP with this kind of damage OP.
It would be a shame to send it to a recycling yard if it also has a manual transmission.
Unfortunately, the market value of these cars is next to nothing, so it's up to you to decide if you want to fix it properly. You will likely have to spend some of your cash even if the driver at fault is identified.
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Old 07-14-2014, 02:10 AM   #15
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dont listen to these fuQ faces... just go to a junk yard and get a used complete left rear end. i cracked my left rear control arm on the highway because i was driving w/o shocks... lol! ***Was too busy caking on these bitches instead of taking care my car!*** Anyway, i ended up driving it off the highway so i can call a friend to come tow it but ended up fuQing it up more! Anyway i bought the rear end at hunts point in the Bronx for less than $200 and paid a "local/backyard" mechanic that specializes in old mercedes and BMWs $220 to put it on. The body work is not important rt now! Just research... dont cry or take people word for ish!


P.S. You are going to have to put it on a machine to straighten it out!

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Old 07-14-2014, 02:56 AM   #16
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My dad had his truck crashed into when he left it parked in the street a few years ago. I don't know how or what plan he had but they fixed it for him, and I distinctly remember it being a hit and run in the middle of the night as well.

The rear wheel does look a bit shoved in to the car, hopefully no frame damage. Insurance doesn't give you KBB value, they give you the actual market value of the car, so I would do some research and see what similar cars to yours are worth, in case they do try to declare it a total loss.
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I'm sorry.

This is DIY work, at least mechanically, and the bodywork is just sheetmetal.

You could fix this if you want to. While the paint will never be as good as it once was, if you can pocket a few thousand off of this I figure thats ok.
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Old 07-14-2014, 07:55 AM   #18
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dont listen to these fuQ faces... just go to a junk yard and get a used complete left rear end. i cracked my left rear control arm on the highway because i was driving w/o shocks... lol! ***Was too busy caking on these bitches instead of taking care my car!*** Anyway, i ended up driving it off the highway so i can call a friend to come tow it but ended up fuQing it up more! Anyway i bought the rear end at hunts point in the Bronx for less than $200 and paid a "local/backyard" mechanic that specializes in old mercedes and BMWs $220 to put it on. The body work is not important rt now! Just research... dont cry or take people word for ish!


P.S. You are going to have to put it on a machine to straighten it out!

You should really just stick with "caking on the bitches" or whatever the hell you said and leave the car advice to someone else.

Christ almighty just get me thru a few more years so these people move on to another chassis.


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Old 07-14-2014, 08:07 AM   #19
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Insurance will total that. But it is fixable if your willing to DIY or pay OTA. Sad to see another E46 potentially scrap...
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You should really just stick with "caking on the bitches" or whatever the hell you said and leave the car advice to someone else.

Christ almighty just get me thru a few more years so these people move on to another chassis.


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Couldn't agree more. e90 boards are starting to take hits as well as you can pick up high mileage 06 325is for about $6k on CL now.
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