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      05-09-2011, 05:50 AM   #23
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I have a 2008 M3 - Fully Loaded
I got into a rather minor, yet structurally major accident a couple weeks back.
Long story short some idiot cut me off causing me to go off the road hitting the curb (4 inches high) at around 40 MPH. Needless to say the car has significant front end, suspension, axle, airbag, etc etc etc.
Got a call Friday that the car has, above what I have already mentioned a frame that is "off center" which will need to be put into place. No "damage" from what he continues to tell me (the insurance adjuster) but fixable nonetheless.
Oh and because of the frame "issues" the roof buckled, but that's also "fixable". Solution replace the roof. Yes, they are going to cut the rood off my car and REPLACE it!
Cost for repair: $31,770

I have various concerns:
1) Airbag deployments are documented on Carfax correct?
2) Any frame issues, regardless of it being bent or not are documented correct?
3) Should I push to get the vehicle inspected by BMW before signing off on repairs and taking possession of the car again? Since the car is still under all the warranties, I don't want to have an issue later and be told "well this car was in an accident so we're not going to cover it" type response.

Then a follow-up question, should I just sell it and call it a day, or keep it?
I have an idea. It may work, it may not, but you have nothing to lose. It seems like your damage cost isn't too far off from the value of the totalled car.

First, I would very politely plead your case with the insurance co. Make it a good sob story. If that doesn't work, then tell them, again very politely, that you don't feel they are doing the right thing here and that you will change to a different company after this claim is settled. Show them the math of how your annual premium payment after the accident surcharge will add up to the cost difference in several years. If you insure more than one car with them or other things like your home, life, etc. you will have even more pull using this method.

This actually worked for me a number of years back. I had an accident and the company wanted to fix it cheaply. Since we paid over $7000 in annual premiums to this company for all our insurances, combined, I simply told them that if they didn't fix it properly, at an added cost of of $1400 to them, I would cancel ALL my policies with them. Within 48 hours, they "re-evaluated" the claim.
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      05-09-2011, 09:29 AM   #24
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Go to a BMW verified collision center. Your 31k estimate will magically become 62k and declared total loss. BMW centers are known to charge double of a normal body shop. There will be an invoice of at least 2-3 grand worth of screws, nuts, and bolts. As the factory requires replacement of these items because they are deemed one time use only by BMW.

This is the best advice....
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      05-09-2011, 09:31 AM   #25
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Go to a BMW verified collision center. Your 31k estimate will magically become 62k and declared total loss. BMW centers are known to charge double of a normal body shop. There will be an invoice of at least 2-3 grand worth of screws, nuts, and bolts. As the factory requires replacement of these items because they are deemed one time use only by BMW.


Also, keep in mind that, all the estimates done by any collision center will go up once they start working on the car. They can't see many things until they take the body panels off etc..

ps: I don't think the roof needs to be cut to be replaced. It is basically glued to the roof frame of the chasis.
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      05-09-2011, 10:49 AM   #26
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Pics? That may help for further opinions. Good luck with the claim.
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Total it 100%. With that much damage I would never drive that car again.

Pics would really help. Obviously the body shop wants to fix the car because they will generate a profit.

As others have said, take it to a factory collision center and it will be so costly to fix that they will total it.

Not to mention there are often suppliments on top of the original estimates which would most likely cross the "totalled" threshold.
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      05-10-2011, 10:25 AM   #28
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Also, keep in mind that, all the estimates done by any collision center will go up once they start working on the car. They can't see many things until they take the body panels off etc..

ps: I don't think the roof needs to be cut to be replaced. It is basically glued to the roof frame of the chasis.
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      05-10-2011, 11:11 AM   #29
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Something similar happened to me when I had my 2006 Infiniti G35 Coupe. Within 3 months of buying it I had a horrible accident. The damage was quoted around $16k, but I needed $26k or so to total it. Ultimately, the body shop swelled the cost to $20k. They also took almost 3 months to repair it.

If I would have known how much it would change the drive of the car, I would have gladly paid the $6k difference out of pocket to total it (if they even allow that). I wish I had better news for you, but the car will never drive the same and there will always be little spots you can notice where things aren't lined up properly if you walk around the car.
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post some shots of the car.
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1) Insurance adjusters are some of the dumbest people to roam this planet. I've been dealing with them for quite some time. They are just awfully stupid people and have no clue about anything.

2) The repair estimate will go up probably to $40k.

3) Your car should 100% be declared a total loss, considering that it's a 2008 and $40k worth of damage - we're looking at 70-85% of the vehicle's market value for repair which in the state of California should be deemed a total loss. It's in the Vehicle Code.

4) They will never be able to repair it to factory spec, no matter what the insurance, the shop or some forum members tell you. I'm sorry, but a few guys in East L.A. can't fix a car back to M spec after severe chassis/suspension/frame/roof damage. It will always be off a few millimeters. To the insurance company this is fine, to us it is NOT.

5) Hire a lawyer, might also need to hire an independent investigator/forensics guy to prove your point to the insurance company if they don't comply/listen.

I just went through this headache, PM if you need help.
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Get BMW to inspect it thoroughly and get your insurance to take care of all the damages right now. Also, any auto insurance company worth its salt would total this car which is exactly what you should be pushing for, given how much this accident will decrease the car’s value.

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      05-18-2011, 07:48 AM   #33
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Hopefully you're talking about the other driver's insurance company. If so, sue their butts. If it's your insurance company get a lawyer (they'll usually yield once they get the letter) and, once resolved, change companies.

I don't know what the laws are like in California, but in Florida, if the insurance company is found to be holding back from appropriate resolution they are liable for up to an additional $1mil. They fear that law and will bend over backwards to please once a lawyer gets involved.
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      05-18-2011, 05:20 PM   #35
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go to the best, top of the line repair shop with the most expensive rates and get them to estimate repair. then call a lawyer to fight it.
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