In Reply to: My Beloved black '92 535i was hit.. AAAHH posted by Mike G on July 30, 2001 at 21:55:30:
Go to the best possible shop. You'll want all factory parts despite the insurance company saying they will guarantee against rust-through, blah, blah, etc. as long as you own it. In the San Jose area, Bee-line is one of the best BMW specialists. There are good shops throughout the country. Just need to do a little research.
My insurance broker, Wm W Kelly & Co. really went to bat for me a little over 2 years ago for the factory parts, etc. BMW was co-marketing with a very good insurance company that insured me via my broker but it was then sold to another firm which didn't understand the marque & the customers. So they didn't understand color-sanding, factory parts, etc. Bee-line got tired of hassling them for about 2 hours of work on the color sanding and just threw it in. They have a lot of pride in their work.