In Reply to: Post-accident repair advice posted by Mr. ///M3 on June 14, 2000 at 12:49:21:
: Do I have the option of going to the dealer for the repairs? I don't trust third-parties when it comes to my car.
: The damage is probably around $3,000. This is a leased car. Should I notify BMW Financial services, etc.? I don't want to get jacked when I turn the car in. I can hear it now ... "you owe use $5K in damages because your car was not fixed right."
: Any other advice is greatly appreciated.
: Chris Gr÷os
: 98 M3/4
Just had a real similar experience with my car. Other Ins. (not Farmers) adjuster originally wanted to give me a check for $2300. Lucky for me, the shop I took it to (referred by my dealer) had several techs who were certified by BMW to do autobody repairs - actually took a course from BMW. They new how to properly analyze the repair, what and under what circumstances to repair vs. replace, etc. - very impressive and professional. THEIR estimate was over $5k and I doubt my car looked any worse than yours.
Farmers is a good company and I'm sure their shops are good general repair shops, but there's no substitute for factory training.