31st July 2007, 15:15
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Join Date: May 2006
Location: Alexandria, VA
2002 TiSilver BMW M5
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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.
The smile appears to be permanent!
'02 TiSilver M5/Black/Wood