$600 for re-spray of the entire right panel. The bumper will only need to be buffed at the point of impact--they did not propose to respray the entire bumper.I'm confused. $600 for what?
$600 to repaint the bumper sounds right. $600 to repair the damage on the arch seems low.
$600 is absolutely not too high.$600 for re-spray of the entire right panel. The bumper will only need to be buffed at the point of impact--they did not propose to respray the entire bumper.
Or, as I was thinking, the insurance companies would have let it go 'knock for knock' and each party would just pay for their own repairs. The way insurance works here absolutely stinks. I had a van change lanes into the side of me in Sheffield, once the ex-wife had managed to pin me down and not tear him apart, he admitted liability, he looked shattered and was too tired to concentrate. He said he would contact his insurance and tell them. I had no reason to doubt him really, he looked really shook up. Next thing, his insurance came back and said they wouldn't pay as I was undertaking (simply not the case) and if I wanted to take it further, they would press for prosecuting me for driving without 'due care and attention', a common blanket means of doing someone for a sort of unspecified driving offence. So they came back with a lie, and threatened me if I pursued it.Sounds like a good result - the damage doesn't look too extensive and the other drivers insurer is paying for a proper repair. In the photos, it looks like there is a small dint in the front bumper - I take it that this is a trick of the light. Or my eyes. Could have been a lot worse & we'll let you off with the dirty wheels.
As feeblebob says, in this country the other driver would have probably found a "witness" that would swear you had veered straight into him, no doubt causing some very painful whiplash that would certainly need compensation....
I would urge you to get at least two other "high-end" body shops to have a look. The shop manager's "story" of@ard, the shop manager was very thorough in his explanation of what they will do. It'll be just over
9 hours in labor for the body work and painting. Everything that you mentioned, they will do.
Thx. It's a BMW Certified Collision Center (one of two in Pa.). I'm going to post up the estimate when I get a chance. The collision center is BMW-specific, but the retail complex (owned by the same corporation) has separate dealerships that sell BMW, Porsche, Audi and Mercedes). It is easily the largest purveyor of German luxury cars (new and used) in the area. So, off the top of my head, I cannot think of any alternatives...I will check, though.I would urge you to get at least two other "high-end" body shops to have a look. The shop manager's "story" of
9 hours labor for $600 is nonsense. If 9 hours is a valid quote, the true cost would be $1000-1200. Based on this
fact alone, I would go elsewhere. You can find a high quality shop by going around to some of the really expensive
car-make dealers (BMW, Porsche, Audi, Mercedes, Bentley, Aston-Martin) and ask them who does their body/paint
repair. You will find there is a short list, especially for those that are rated as "Factory Authorized".
Good luck with getting it sorted,