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Old 03-21-2015, 08:13 PM   #1
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Thumbs down Just got rear-ended

Hey guys, my coupe just got rear-ended... while it was parked.
Anyways, I'm at work right now, but before I go out and get some estimates and everything, I just wanted a general idea, from e46 owners, of how much this is going to cost.
Whoever hit me dipped right after, so I have no one to blame. I also have NO intentions of bringing my insurance company into the mix, I just want to work with and pay the body shops directly.
The trunk is dented, rear bumper is pushed in, and driver's side rear quarter panel is messed. Oddly enough, the tail light is fine...?
I have literally NO experience with body shops (first time any of my cars has been hit), so I have no idea what to expect and would have no clue as to whether or not I'm getting ripped-off or getting a good deal from contacted body shops.
Can any/all of these body panels be repaired, or will they have to be replaced?
Ballpark estimates of the cost?
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Old 03-21-2015, 08:30 PM   #2
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$800 - $1200 depending on the shop and the severity of the damage.
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Old 03-21-2015, 08:49 PM   #3
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Ouch. That's more than I was expecting it to be, haha. Oh well, now I have a good reason to get an M-Tech 2!
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Old 03-21-2015, 09:36 PM   #4
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Just had almost the same repair done at a BMW Dealer Body shop. $3500 bucks. (Only Factory cert shop I have near by)

Mine was not quite as bad, it broke the tail light and put a small ripple in the tin like yours they had to fix.
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Old 03-21-2015, 09:45 PM   #5
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Double ouch...
Do you happen to have pictures of your incident?
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Old 03-21-2015, 10:34 PM   #6
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If the rear cover, absorber, and reinforcement bar are bent, you're looking at an additonal $1000+.

If the quarter panel is bowed out on the left side above the wheel, it will be even higher. edit: Opened the pic in the laptop, and it looks much worse. Trunk lid, rear cover, bumper internals, quarter panel and rear body panel are all damaged. Taillight is most likely toast as well.

You are definitely looking at $3500 or more. My 330 vert was rear ended in a similar fashion, and the total bill was $5200.
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Old 03-21-2015, 10:50 PM   #7
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Why don't you want your insurance involved? What kind do you have? If you have uninsured motorist there's no reason why you wouldn't want to get your ins involved, get it to a good shop and have them pay for it. That's what it's for, relieves you of the worry of the cost and repairs. Oh also, your premium doesn't go up, you're not at fault. Again depending on your ins carrier and what coverage you have on your policy, I have State Farm and all I do is call them make my claim, problem solved, yes I know it's a hassle going thru the process, but needs to be done regardless. Good luck with it and hopefully you get your ride back on the road soon.
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Old 03-26-2015, 02:58 PM   #8
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Wow these people are getting ripped off that's minor damage . My uncle will do the work for $ 600 paint it back to original black . Oh but if you want a certified BMW shop well then your screwed lol
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Old 04-04-2015, 08:47 PM   #9
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UPDATE!

Ended up getting the car repaired for ~$900! She's back on the road!
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Old 04-06-2015, 09:22 PM   #10
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If the rear cover, absorber, and reinforcement bar are bent, you're looking at an additonal $1000+.

If the quarter panel is bowed out on the left side above the wheel, it will be even higher. edit: Opened the pic in the laptop, and it looks much worse. Trunk lid, rear cover, bumper internals, quarter panel and rear body panel are all damaged. Taillight is most likely toast as well.

You are definitely looking at $3500 or more. My 330 vert was rear ended in a similar fashion, and the total bill was $5200.

Whoever you took the car to ripped you off major. I legit laughed out loud when you said he's looking at $3,500+ in damages
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Old 04-06-2015, 10:40 PM   #11
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Whoever you took the car to ripped you off major. I legit laughed out loud when you said he's looking at $3,500+ in damages
Yeah?

I'm an insurance adjuster and used to be a collision estimator at the Porsche/BMW/Lexus/Audi/ Land Rover dealership body shop that repaired it. I've written thousands of estimates and handled thousands of claims.

State Farm picked up the tab because their insured was at fault. Nobody ripped me off. On the contrary - I got a new facelift rear bumper and a free proper repair & blend on some previous light quarter damage that had ben poorly repaired before I bought the car.
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Old 04-06-2015, 11:03 PM   #12
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Yeah?



I'm an insurance adjuster and used to be a collision estimator at the Porsche/BMW/Lexus/Audi/ Land Rover dealership body shop that repaired it. I've written thousands of estimates and handled thousands of claims.



State Farm picked up the tab because their insured was at fault. Nobody ripped me off. On the contrary - I got a new facelift rear bumper and a free proper repair & blend on some previous light quarter damage that had ben poorly repaired before I bought the car.

That's probably why you used to be a collision estimator. You don't really pay attention to the details. Not sure how your still an adjuster. Lol

Did you read my reply? If you have uninsured motorist ANY insurance will cover. Any good insurance that is, in my case I have State Farm, and they cover and are great to deal with. How would I be at fault if I have uninsured motorist and my car was parked when someone hit it, just like OP. And yes you did get ripped off, you said"a free proper....?" More like this shop fixed up your car the right way from the poor job that was done before you owned it and just happen to charge you appropriately for the work. But if saying free makes you feel better good for you.
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Old 04-06-2015, 11:19 PM   #13
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Whoa, whoa, salt levels need to decrease in this thread! lol
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Old 04-06-2015, 11:31 PM   #14
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Lol just had to clarify. Nothing personal. Good stuff though, you got yours fixed and in the road for under a k that's great.
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Old 04-06-2015, 11:46 PM   #15
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Yup! Good thing about LA is that there's a body shop on what seems like every other block, haha. Makes it super easy to shop around and find a fix within a budget.
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Old 04-06-2015, 11:51 PM   #16
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Hahaha I live near Pico and La Cienega, couldn't agree with you more. Between Fairfax and La Cienega, there's like 8 maybe more. No joke. It's like if you can't find a good price you're not looking hard enough.
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Old 04-07-2015, 12:18 AM   #17
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Nobody charged me anything. State Farm paid for a proper repair. This wasn't some backyard grind out of a gallon of bondo. It was a new rear body panel, trunk lid, and a complete rear bumper & third stop lamp with blended trunk lid and quarters.

But please continue to think you know something about me or the repair that the other guy's insurance paid for on my car.
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Old 04-08-2015, 01:33 PM   #18
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Nobody charged me anything. State Farm paid for a proper repair. This wasn't some backyard grind out of a gallon of bondo. It was a new rear body panel, trunk lid, and a complete rear bumper & third stop lamp with blended trunk lid and quarters.

But please continue to think you know something about me or the repair that the other guy's insurance paid for on my car.
How much was the quarter panel piece like?
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How much was the quarter panel piece like?
The quarters weren't damaged beyond a couple of paint chips from the trunk lid.
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