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DOT - R panels (archive)

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Posted by Brandonb on February 02, 2001 at 14:22:49:

In Reply to: I disagree.... posted by Luxo M3 on February 02, 2001 at 13:59:22:

I do partially agree with you, but also, when you're looking at a BMW, it is always nice to not have any DOT-R stickers. Because as you said(so did a dealer when I was looking at an M3 with a DOT-R fender) that it could have been something as a simple fender bender or a shopping cart accident...or it could be from a head on collision accident at 40mph. You never know. I just don't like that there is so much of a grey area with DOT-R panels.

A DOT-R panel is a BMW factory replacement panel.

This could be considered bad IF you have these panels ALL OVER your car. (Unlikely as the car would be written off as a "total") from the insurance agency.

But it's a good thing, if say it's like one panel or two, from the standpoint that, rather than bondo up a panel and repaint it to only later have it fall apart, I'd rather use a factory steel stamped unit.

What's more important is that structural integrity is retained. A DOT-R Panel will tell you where to look for structural damage.

If the structure is intact, the car tracts straight, and the car drives great. Then the DOT-R panel might be from something as minor as some guy backed into your car and you had the panel repaired.

My 2 cents and yes, I got a DOT-R passenger side panel.

-Luxo M3

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