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Make sure the shop has certified tech's (more) (archive)

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Posted by Lawdawg on June 14, 2000 at 23:18:38:

In Reply to: Post-accident repair advice posted by Mr. ///M3 on June 14, 2000 at 12:49:21:

: Hi guys. My M3/4 got rear-ended a month ago and I need to take my car in for repairs. My insurance company, Farmer's Insurance, has given me a list of "reputable shops in the area" that they recommend me take my car to.

: 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.

: Thanks,

: Chris Gros
: 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.

Frank N.
'95 M3


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