In Reply to: HELP! 323i rear bumped into the Prelude front. posted by Don on November 27, 1999 at 13:14:11:
He will need to get body shop estimates if he wishes to proceed with this. (He should also get his insurance company involved and file a police report, if he is smart). Unless he is getting the body shop to fix things that you didn't do (pre-existing damage), you or your insurance company will probably be stuck paying for whatever the estimate is.
If his bumper is actually undamaged, he will be unable to produce any evidence (police report, repair estimates) and if he asks for any money, you should at least get a copy of his estimates.
Body and paint costs are extremely variable. It could cost $400 if his bumper needs to be replaced and repainted, but if it is just a situation where it needs to be buffed out, then it should cost next to nothing.
I hit a large dog once in another car (not BMW) at low speed with a plastic painted bumper. (The dog wasn't seriously injured). I initially thought there was no damage to my bumper, but upon closer inspection at a different location in the right light, the paint had lots of cracks in it caused by the impact. This was about $400 to fix correctly. So you can't always assume that there is zero damage after a quick inspection.