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damage from being clipped while parked

Discussion in 'E36 (1992-1999)' started by lodes17, Feb 28, 2010.

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    lodes17

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    Another car coming from my rear, clipped my front bumber. The bumper has a nasty gouge and the
    grill sheet metal is bent out of shape. Of course the turn signal is about $50, what other damage should I look for and what is the cost of the repairs. I am bringing it into the AllState adjuster on Wednesday and I need to be prepared if I want my car fixed elsewhere.

    Thanks in advance.....Mike
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    az3579

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    I just looked on eBay and the first 10 I found were all under $20.
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    lodes17

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    az3579.................Thanks, that saves me $30, I entend on doing the repairs myself. Paint is going to be the hard part.

    Mike
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    MGarrison

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    Before showing it to Allstate or any claims adjuster, (if I were in your situation), I would get an estimate from a body shop that specializes in BMW's, or at least German cars, which would be the shop I would choose IF I were to have a shop do the repair. THEN I'd let Allstate see the car, and if the claims adjuster won't let you observe their appraisal, I would make sure the appraiser understands the fine points of the body shop's estimate by giving him/her a copy and discussing the things that weren't obvious at first glance. And if at all possible, compare & contrast as the appraiser goes through the process, or try to insist on meeting afterwards to immediately compare and discuss the estimates and differences.

    It might be a big assumption, but I would tend to think that to a claims adjuster whose job it is all day, every day, day-in-&-day-out to estimate collision damage, the level of interest specifically in your car is about as deep as the average H.R. manager's in the 5-foot tall stack of resumés that piles up on their desk every day after they post an ad for a job position... at least lately.
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    It's only an "upgrade" if it's better. This is merely 'different'.

    FWIW, I think clear corner lamp lenses on a red car constitutes major suckage.
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    lodes17

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    damage management

    Thanks for the replies and help.
    I do agree the grill panel can be straightened.
    The bumper gouge is probably fillable also.
    Paint is a problem that I can hire out and leave the parts at a shop.

    I pull my car behind my motorhome using a tow dolly and a bumper upgrade
    probably would make clearance a disaster. I do like the clear turn signal lights.

    And another estimate is a suggestion that I will get done today. Thinking the shops are as
    described, not to interested in my prize.

    Mike
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    lodes17

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    nearing endzone

    ALLSTATE did their estimate and cut a check for $808. I tried two other shops and couldn't get a quote, both just wanted the check and could do the repairs for the amount. A third will do painting for $300 if I bring in the bumper and grill sheet metal.
    This afternoon in the warmth of our sun, I removed the bumper and straightened the grill and bumper supports. So, I have looked at the door jamb for paint code and can't find it. MFG in Germany. I think its Calypso Red? What code should I see? I am going to spray the bumper and clear coat it myself.
    Also, the turn signal replacement will be origional color...red.

    Thanks in advance.
    Mike
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    az3579

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    Look for the paint code on a sticker on the driver's side shock tower in the engine bay.
    I can tell you though that is definitely not Calypso Red.
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    tiFreak

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    yeah, Calypso is slightly orange and metallic, looks like Hellrot to me
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    lodes17

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    Hellrot it is

    Right in my face and I was looking for a set of numbers.

    Mike
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    az3579

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    Well, the "numbers" you are looking for are under the name:
    Paint code 314.

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