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      08-01-2020, 02:20 PM   #1
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Well crap - tore my bumper

The one time I go out to run an errand during covid and I snag my bumper/fender on the protruding bumper of a box truck parked next to me. This feels like its going to be expensive.

So:

1. Repair it at BMW or an Auto Body shop?
2. What do you think this is gonna run me? Trying to decide if I should claim it on insurance since its my fault...

Ugh, what a day.
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      08-01-2020, 02:22 PM   #2
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      08-01-2020, 02:36 PM   #3
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What's your deductible? Don't take it to BMW, find a specialty collision shop that can match a bmw paint like your EB. Get the quote and go from there, if you can go out of pocket that's probably what I would do. Looks like you ripped the brackets where the bolts are held in, popped out your front reflector which is a quick fix and dented your fender. I'd imagine repairs like this would be close to 2k.
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      08-01-2020, 06:01 PM   #4
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Why don’t you ask your insurance if it would raise your rates? They would know that better than anyone on here. Unless your agent sees this post.
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      08-01-2020, 06:43 PM   #5
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Hi Dreadpyrat,

That is probably going to be at best 3.5k. Most likely 4k repair.
Best to use your insurance and pay deductible.
I used to work at the largest Porsche dealer in the bay area.
We used Superior Body Shop in San Carlos. 956 Bransten Road, 650-593-1093.
Never had to take back any of the repairs or paint work they did for us. Always done right the first time.
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      08-01-2020, 07:12 PM   #6
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Unfortunately it looks like you might need a new bumper.
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      08-01-2020, 07:41 PM   #7
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The fender-hood gap looks pretty off too.
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      08-02-2020, 12:25 AM   #8
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If you are willing to go as far as Burlingame, this guy does good work for a fair price.

www.hansonsautobodyburlingame.com

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      08-02-2020, 12:31 AM   #9
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Mine was less damaged and it was still about 3k, so yeah, might as well go thru insurance.
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Nasty but purely cosmetic, once done by a skilled painter/fitter it will look as good as new.
Here in the UK I would guess about 3K to supply fit and paint new bumper and fender plus blend drivers door.
I would do it for you if you were here lol
Even worse when self inflicted too.
Hope you get a good deal and a great job done
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      08-02-2020, 10:00 AM   #12
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      08-02-2020, 10:52 AM   #13
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The one time I go out to run an errand during covid and I snag my bumper/fender on the protruding bumper of a box truck parked next to me. This feels like its going to be expensive.

So:

1. Repair it at BMW or an Auto Body shop?
2. What do you think this is gonna run me? Trying to decide if I should claim it on insurance since its my fault...

Ugh, what a day.
Take it to a reputable body shop. There's 0 reason a BMW dealer has to do this--their body shop is no different than any other reputable body shop.
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      08-02-2020, 12:40 PM   #14
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Ouch. I’d guess at least 4k. New bumper + possibly repair that front quarter panel, but it’s a complex shape right over the wheel well so the body shop might recommend just replacing the panel. 2-3k for parts/repair depending, another 2k for painting.

Not many dealers own BMW-only body shops. They may own body shops that work on multiple makes, though. What you want you to consider is a BMW CCRC - certified collision repair center.
https://bmwusaservice.com/ccrc

That said, my daughter got her 230i repaired at a non-BMW CCRC that the insurance company recommended at way less than the CCRC and it was just fine. It was a lease though, so we weren’t all that picky. I also had my E46 bumper repainted at a non-CCRC (some doofus scraped it up in a parking lot) and it was also just fine for a good 6-8 years after.
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      08-02-2020, 01:50 PM   #15
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Good point. Here Bmw doesn’t have a body shop, they use the ford dealership. So that’s where I took mine.
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This is precisely why I think it’s silly to ask people on a forum what a body repair is going to cost. You have a range of 2 to 5k. Go to your insurance,then get a couple of estimates.
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For reference, my old F30 had the entire bumper replaced and repainted at a CCRC. Was able to reuse the headlights and grills, much like OP should. The price billed to insurance was $3379. OP will need a new fender so expect a price far North of what I paid.
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OP.... so where is our update!?
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      08-03-2020, 01:21 PM   #20
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At least your headlight isn't damaged. I would go to a body shop to let them find out how bad it is first.
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At least your headlight isn't damaged. I would go to a body shop to let them find out how bad it is first.
That's not necessarily true, due to front pedestrian-impact laws, BMW headlight brackets are soft as butter, to snap, upon impact.

I busted both sides of my lights, on many of our renown NYC potholes and they just look just as the OP's but the mounting points are all broken..

I bet you a coke his headlight is wobbling..
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That's not necessarily true, due to front pedestrian-impact laws, BMW headlight brackets are soft as butter, to snap, upon impact.

I busted both sides of my lights, on many of our renown NYC potholes and they just look just as the OP's but the mounting points are all broken..

I bet you a coke his headlight is wobbling..
It's just my guess by looking at OP's photos. But if that's the case, going through insurance to replace both headlights and bumper would be a better choice.

I don't drink coke. So no thank you, I won't take your bet.
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