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Old 03-04-2013, 12:17 PM   #1
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Would like to hear some opinions

So earlier this morning as i was waiting to make a left out of my school parking lot (CCM), some girl rear ended me. When it happened, it felt like a pretty nice bump, not tap, but bump so i pulled off to the side and she did the same. I was hesitant to get out of my car because i was assuming a nice crack to be there, but to my surprise there was none. She did cause quite a few new scratches to the bumper however my rear bumper already had a few scratches on it from the previous owner that i planned to get taken care of in the spring. Make a long story short after her apologizing i just told her not to worry about it and have a good day. My body guy already owes me work and the bumper is getting painted anyway so i figured it'd be my good karma for the week. Of course as soon as i pulled off, i began to second guess myself! So with that being said, do you guys think i shouldn't have let her off the hook? What would you have done?
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:42 PM   #2
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You should at least have got her number, insurance information and snapped some pictures of the event.
There is rear armature and bumper shocks behind the bumper cover, hopefully you dont have any damage. But her number would have been definitely helpful if there would have been any.

You just missed out on a nice Mtech 2 for good karma. lol. J/k.
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:45 PM   #3
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You should at least have got her number, insurance information and snapped some pictures of the event.
There is rear armature and bumper shocks behind the bumper cover, hopefully you dont have any damage. But her number would have been definitely helpful if there would have been any.

You just missed out on a nice Mtech 2 for good karma. lol. J/k.
Thats exactly what I was thinking before i saw the damage Oh well.
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Old 03-04-2013, 01:00 PM   #4
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Depends on how hot she was
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Old 03-04-2013, 01:03 PM   #5
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It's a safe bet to say she was definitely lacking in that category! ^^^
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Old 03-04-2013, 01:07 PM   #6
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Mango will be mad that your e46 is anything but looking 100% mint... Lol jk post pics? Not zoomed in shots but just general pics of how it looks.
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Old 03-04-2013, 02:51 PM   #7
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You let her off the hook - very nice of you. No going back now. Next time get her info etc and then let her off the hook after the mechanic says the car is OK.
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Old 03-04-2013, 03:08 PM   #8
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I had a guy put a dent in my driver's side quarter panel about six months after I bought the car. He said, "I'll give you $700 cash now if you don't report this." Sure, the damage seemed VERY minor, as in, "Let me just pop that dent out and call it a day" minor. Instead, I declined and told him, "I'm filing a claim with your insurance."

I'm glad I did.

A quote from the dealership's body shop was ~$1,400. And I ended up paying $1,200 (which included my ///M3 replica front bumper being painted, which was totally unrelated to the old guy tagging my car).

Moral of the story: Never let them off the hook. You might be setting yourself up for disaster.
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Old 03-04-2013, 03:12 PM   #9
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Yeah I should have taken her information. My kindness got the best of me i guess lol
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Old 03-04-2013, 03:13 PM   #10
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Yeah I should have taken her information. My hormones got the best of me i guess lol
I know how that goes. Once you get older, you learn to control those little demons.
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Old 03-04-2013, 03:17 PM   #11
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Since you already have damage and are getting the bumper painted, let it go. But in the future, think about getting a police report. They come in awfully handy sometimes.
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Old 03-04-2013, 03:23 PM   #12
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You let her off the hook - very nice of you. No going back now. Next time get her info etc and then let her off the hook after the mechanic says the car is OK.
I totally agree with you, get her information, took some pictures for just in case she sues you back, then if there was a light rear end and just a few small scratches on the bumper and you're already planned to get it painted or replaced anyway, so let her go is the best thing for you to do. Why try to make some money out of her or her insurance co. like that, knowing all to the end it will end up driving up the insurance cost to everybody, besides, her insurance rate will probably go up too.

So, I think you have a kind heart and know what's supposed to get and what's not, you are a good man and you absolutely did a right thing.
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Old 03-04-2013, 03:31 PM   #13
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I know how that goes. Once you get older, you learn to control those little demons.
I read the hormones part and I was like wait I never said that lol.
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Old 03-04-2013, 03:32 PM   #14
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I totally agree with you, get her information, took some pictures for just in case she sues you back, then if there was a light rear end and just a few small scratches on the bumper and you're already planned to get it painted or replaced anyway, so let her go is the best thing for you to do. Why try to make some money out of her or her insurance co. like that, knowing all to the end it will end up driving up the insurance cost to everybody, besides, her insurance rate will probably go up too.

So, I think you have a kind heart and know what's supposed to get and what's not, you are a good man and you absolutely did a right thing.
Thank you sir.
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Old 03-04-2013, 04:50 PM   #15
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Thank you sir.
Also think about this, if someday you or your relatives rear end someone in the same situation as you had today, and he/she lets you/them go, how would you or your relatives pray how lucky you guys are and how thankful to the kindness of the other party. So, don't even think and feel bad and stupid that you has missed a good chance to make some money or get a new nice bumper out of it, instead you should be proud of what you did.

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Old 03-04-2013, 05:16 PM   #16
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About a month ago just before I bought my E46 I was parked in my E36 and I felt a bump.......I a guy in a Hyundai forgot to set his E brake and it rolled right into me. It wouldn't have left a mark, but the 2 screws holding his front plate on did not have covers, and one of them left a mark. The mark was very small. Imagine taking the cap off of a sharpie and then tapping it against the bumper, that was about the size of the mark. But still, it was the principle of the matter. So I took a pic with my phone of his car and my car (they were about 8" apart) and a pic of his insurance card and license. The guy was worried about his rates so he said he would pay for it out of pocket.

I took the car to maaco to get an estimate, and honestly I felt kind of stupid doing it because the mark was so small that it took me about 30 seconds to find it. They wrote up an estimate for $250, and I called the guy and told him $200 would be fine. He said he could get the money in a couple days so I waited and when I called him back he said he called his insurance and they said it wouldn't raise his rates if he reported it, so he did just that. His insurance set up a an appt at a local boddy shop were there adjuster keeps a desk, and after checking it out he came up with estimate for $458, along with a rental car while it was being worked on. I said that I would rather just order a new bumper and take car of it myself. (I was thinking an M-tech bumper) So the guy wrote the check out to me. That ended up working out perfect because I traded my E36 a few days later for my new E46 that had some light front end damage....(The car was just taken out of a 2 year stay in the garage and the guy hadn't got it insured yet, so no accident report or salvage title) So that money paid for almost half of the repairs!

Anyways, If someone hits your car.....no matter how minor the damage the fact remains that someone hit your car. They need to learn that not paying attention is going to have consequences, so it's your moral obligation to have them fix it! And usually you can upgrade your car with the proceeds to help cover your "pain and suffering"
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Old 03-04-2013, 05:26 PM   #17
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Like I said, it was my "good karma" for the week. I do have to admit hearing other people's stories and how they made out on them does make me bite my tongue a little!
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Old 03-04-2013, 05:45 PM   #18
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Like I said, it was my "good karma" for the week. I do have to admit hearing other people's stories and how they made out on them does make me bite my tongue a little!
Karma may or may not exist, but I believe it.
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Old 03-04-2013, 05:48 PM   #19
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Believing in Karma at least prevent me from doing bad things.
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Old 03-04-2013, 06:09 PM   #20
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Believing in Karma at least prevent me from doing bad things.
Well as I've gotten older Karma has stopped me from doing the things me and my friends used to think was funny.. an example would be egging cars but that's another story.
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