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    Unfortunatly recently someone has driven into the rear 3/4 panel of my car. The insurance assesor has looked at it and requested the bodyshop try and repair the damage before attempting to fit a new panel. How successful will this be, what do you suggest?

    A new panel will be a lot of work and could get close to a write off, he thought. Will a repair be good enough? It's all being done through the local BMW dealers. I'll upload some pics later.
    Last edited by caneswell; 06-09-2008, 10:30 AM.
    If everything seems under control, then you're just not going fast enough...

  • #2
    It depends how qualified the body shop is.
    It also depends on the damage sustained in the accident. Pictures would help define the level/time/complexity of repair...

    Good luck! I'm sure more will chime in once the photos are posted.

    -Chris
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    • #3
      Think of it like surgery, you want it to be the least invasive as possible. We need the photos, but I personally would much rather have a good repair than a replacement on the 1/4 panel. That being said, if it needs to be replaced, it needs to be replaced. Make sure they look at the inner structure good to make sure ALL damage is repaired.
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        If everything seems under control, then you're just not going fast enough...

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        • #5
          I was quoted circa 2,5K iirc for a new 3/4 at a main BMW dealer. (and 4,5 by an indy that specialises in Ferraris and Porsches and Lambos and Astons) The actual 3/4 panel only goes up to the bottom of the rear aero screen part (i dont know the real name lol) so although involved, isnt "too" bad. Problem is when thats off they may see rust that needs doing.
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          • #6
            Looks like the metal isn't creased or crumpled. I would bet a competent shop could "beat" that out and apply a very thin coat of filler (<1/16") and it will look good as new. they will probably have to work on the wheel well area as I bet that is a bit out of shape. Not too bad but frusterating as hell!! Morons need to learn to drive!

            -Kelly

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            • #7
              Definately repair, there is a special tool that fits right into the wheel well and will pull it right out. Blend within that 1/4 so you don't have to worry about color match with the bumper, blend the door, small repair on that rocker, with a blend on that as well.
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              • #8
                I bet Dent Wizard here in the US could fix that for about a hundred bucks, then you just need to fix the paint - that doesn;t look that bad actually especially if the metal's not creased.
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