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Old 31st July 2007, 15:03   #11
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I'm glad your all ok, that looks like quite an impact, especially looking at the car that hit you...

Your bumper may be hiding a fair amount of damage to your car.

I once witnessed someone rear ending a car, I stopped to tell them I'll be a witness if needed etc, they thought it was not that bad till they opened the boot. The floor was all deformed...

I hope you get it back soon and make sure you get a nice replacement car in the meantime.
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Echoing the above comments, It's good to know that everyone is OK! I really do not think that drivetrain/Engine is bad. The rear wheel looks in tact and shows no sign of misalignment. The E60 is a very strong piece of machine, that other car really took a hit. Anyway Good Luck on the fix!!!
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Definitely find the best body shop in your area for BMWs/M5s

I recently had to replace the door on my car (my wife ran into it in our driveway, of all the ridiculous things that could happen). Went to the place I knew that had the best reputation in this area even though it is known to be more expensive than other places. I figured I didn't want to look at an imperfect repair for the next few years trying to think of the $500-1000 I saved.

But what surprised me was that because of the shop's expertise, they were able to convince the insurance company to pay almost the entire amount, which was close to $2000 over the initial estimate. Because they knew exactly what they were talking about and what the options were for a high performance car, what replacement methods would and would not work, there was little the insurance company could do to object. There was very little I had to do.

So definitely find the best shop you can that's recommended in your area and that has experience with these cars. There doesn't seem to be any question that the other guy was liable, and assuming he has insurance, the insurance company is probably not going to be looking to fight a guy with a pristine M5 that just got rear-ended by one of their customers. I obviously can't guarantee that, but it's my best guess.

Good luck. By the way, my door was replaced and came back as good as new. Took about 3 weeks and was a traumatic event, but several months later, it's largely forgotten as I get into my baby each day and go to work, etc.
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Old 31st July 2007, 18:45   #14
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Sorry to see... where in Cali are you located?
I'm in Marin county, but don't mind taking the car elsewhere if I know the repair work will be good.
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sorry to hear and see !! glad everyone was ok !!

any reputable body shop will be able to assess and fix all internal and external damage..

+1 on asking members to reccomend some of the highg end shops in your area !!
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Ask them EXACTLY how they are gonna fix it ( which parts will be replaced, mainly care about for instance quarter panel ) and let me know .


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