In Reply to: I rear-ended someone - here's the cost to repair posted by RS on October 28, 2000 at 15:31:39:
- 1 bent & 1 broken motor mount
- radiator cracked by high -G's inertial force of coming to a sudden stop (not directly impacted)
- the power steering line loosened by the -G's inducing a torque on the banjo nut
- brake fluid reservoir came loose from the rubber plug-in sockets
Your high insurance estimate probably includes a fair amount of padding for yet-to-be discovered hidden damage.
I was cut-off on the highway by a 22 year old woman on the cell phone and on the way to a party. As soon as she got in front of me, she rear-ended someone, then I hit her.
Since my car is lowered, my grill and hood got it..her car? scratches o nthe bumper (hyundai, accent (I think))
Nothing too serious on my car though...no fender damage. I have 270K Km's (I think that's about 145K miles) and numerous stone chips on the hood-front, fender-fronts, and front grill parts - otherwise in very good condition. Insurance estimate is $6,700!!
Example of parts (all are BMW parts new):
Hood $817.00 CDN
Headlight assembly each (inluding bracket and cover, etc) $690.00 CDN (x2)
Then the grills, kidneys, etc..another few hundred.
I was planning on getting the car painted for about $2,500 CDN But I'd rather pay my $500 deductable and get what I'm getting. I guess at this point, I'm happy I hit someone at just the right impact (not too serious and not not little damage that I'd have to pay out-of-pocket)
My insurance increases $25/mnth for 6 years - that's $1,800 for a lot of work (complete paint job) + my deductable (which I will try to negotiate with the shop owner)
Thanks for listening
I can't wait to get it back (rental? Daimler-Chrysler, Cirrus)