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Old 21st April 2011, 22:00   #1
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Great Start to the Long Weekend!



On the way back from work, a dozey woman on a cycle caused a catalogue of incidents leading to the above damage!

I had just left a traffic island onto a twisty country lane, coming the other lane is a woman on a bicycle who clearly a) has never rode one before or b) just can't ride the F'in thing! wobbling all over the road, so I as the other 2 cars in front and one behind me I am keeping an eye on her, so as to not hit her.

Unaware another driver coming the other way has tried to overtake her, forcing the car 2 in front of me off the road. He obviously hits his brakes, car behind him sees him at last minute and stops, I see the car in front has stopped at the last second, hit my brakes. ABS etc goes mad, but nearside wheels on gravel, I stop with millimeters to spare! God that was close goes through my head.....

...Look in my rear view mirror, the car behind hasn't seen me stopped. I look back infront and car is moving off, I hit the gas hard, but was too little too late, Bang!

Only a slow speed accident of 10-15mph max, looks fairly cosmetic, but seem to have a hairline crack on bumper, the diffuser has popped out, the top of bumper looks fine, but feels a bit loose, as opposed to the sides, and the offside plastic trim housing the parking sensor is also a little loose.

Genuine accident and genuine guy that hit me, very appolgetic. Want's to settle outside insurance if possible, but I fear it may well cost a little more that he is expecting!

Things can only get better - can't they??

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Old 21st April 2011, 22:55   #2
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Ugghhh! Sorry to hear about the grief. Hope the other guy gets it properly sorted out for you.

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That is pretty upsetting but I am sure you will get it all sorted out in proper fashion.
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Man, I'm sorry that happened to you. I hope this guy is genuine.
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Bummer! At least it as just an unfortunate chain of events like you said and not some idiot on his cell phone. Just the thought of being rear-ended gives me anxiety

Looks like a few hundred dollars in repairs, at least. Hard to assess the bumper damage but it looks like a new diffuser is likely.

Maybe an opportunity get a new slimmbones custom diffuser?? Hope it all works out...
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They're letting women rides cycles now?? What's next, voting?
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Enquire about getting the bumper skin repaired but space might be tight between the bumper and carrier. Also, repairs tend to give up after a while and the crack might return. The mounting tabs inside may have been broken, you won't know until it's removed.
It might be better to get a new bumper skin.

You also need to ensure there's no other damage to the chassis. I'd imagine that the bumper shockabsorbers would have taken most of the impact, but get it checked to be sure.

It was a genuine accident but still it wasn't your fault, guy behind was too close. You don't owe him anything and if it gets expensive, he should have insurance (even though he doesn't want to involve them, understandably). Don't go out of your way to involve them but don't feel bad if insurance involvement is necessary.
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Thanks guys. My bodyshop man looked the bumpers scrap and BMW want 450+VAT just for the bumper! For cash it would be 820. So gone down insurance route. Bodyshop has appointed an accident management company so I will get like for like courtesy car etc. Plus may get some other work done at the same time, possibly get alloys returned by the company everyone is talking about in west bromwhich (just a few miles from me!).

Will keep you posted.

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