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    Hello fellow forumers :-)

    For my newb post in this forum, I will ask for your expert advice and recommendation on what to do with the damage I managed to inflict on my 120d Sport..

    The crack on the bonnet is caused by someone probably reversing into me..never found out..The second one, the dent spanning the two door panels, i caused by turning into someone's bumper...

    I'd like your opinion and recommendation therefore, on what is the best way to proceed with either repair..Do I/Can I go for a smart repair or is this a full bodywork situation? If so, how much can I expect to pay?

    Here is the url with the piccies

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/3968693...7622939054379/

    Thank you everyone,

    Yiannis.
     
     

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    Smart repair is not going to fix those. Best to visit a body shop...can't really say how much it will cost as they usually price per panel.
     
     

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    you could do a smart repair to the bonnet but a good body shop wouldn't as they'll never get the paint match right (looks like a metalic paint aswell). Looks like your gonna have to get nearly the full side sprayed to get a good colour match or at the least most of the quarter panel blown in along with the front wing. Door will push out and can be fillered.

    Claim on the insurance if you don't want to foot the bill? Remember it'll make the car hard to sell down the line if you don't have a good repair job done, or a paint job that deteriates over time
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by shamM3 View Post
    you could do a smart repair to the bonnet but a good body shop wouldn't as they'll never get the paint match right (looks like a metalic paint aswell). Looks like your gonna have to get nearly the full side sprayed to get a good colour match or at the least most of the quarter panel blown in along with the front wing. Door will push out and can be fillered.

    Claim on the insurance if you don't want to foot the bill? Remember it'll make the car hard to sell down the line if you don't have a good repair job done, or a paint job that deteriates over time
    I was going to but insurance will slay me on the renewals and I'm already paying £1200 a year (new driver) and although I spoke to the insurance reps about it, in the end I decided against it so not sure I can change my mind.

    I took it to a Stephen James shop and they said it would cost me the best part of £1000 to get the side doors fixed, does that sound correct?
    If anyone has any recommendations for a body shop in London I would be grateful.

    Thanks for your replies everyone.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by NealP View Post
    Smart repair is not going to fix those. Best to visit a body shop...can't really say how much it will cost as they usually price per panel.
    Thanks feared that would be the case..Assuming the worst (the entire side of the car?) what would I be looking at?
     
     

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    BMW approved body shop will charge you best part of £1000 as you said
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by NealP View Post
    BMW approved body shop will charge you best part of £1000 as you said
    Exactly..thats why I'm counting on someone knowledgable in the forum to steer me to a non BMW affiliated body shop, that will still do a good job but not charge a premium because of the fact they have a piece of paper from momma BMW :-)
     
     

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    Pfff that will T-Cut out

    That looks like being a bodyshop job.
     
     

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    What you can do is find out what body shop your local dealer uses and approach them . Won't be Bimmer quotes then
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by NealP View Post
    What you can do is find out what body shop your local dealer uses and approach them . Won't be Bimmer quotes then
    Even easier, contact your insurance company and ask them who they use locally.
     
     

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