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Old 08-17-2007, 07:56 PM   #1
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Unhappy hit and run

Folks - someone backed into my wife's E36 while it was parked in a lot downtown - and drove off. The attendant saw the collision and the driver, but not the plate. He kindly gave me all the plates of the people who had paid that morning. I then walked around the lot and crossed off all plates of cars that were still there. That left 8 plates.

So at the collision reporting centre i wrote down the 8 plates and provided the description of the vehicle and the driver. Basically they need to find which of those 8 are a white minivan. The cop taking the report says he'll pass it all to the "hit'n'run" guy but he doesn't know if he'll check all 8 of those plates. What am I supposed to make of that?

They implied that I should just pass this to my insurance and forget about it. But what if I don't want to involve my insurance?

Is there no way I can make sure they check all those 8 plates? One of them is responsible and should be charged with failing to stay at the scene.

Sorry folks - i'm just bitchin out loud here.. way to end a friday afternoon in the sun...
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Old 08-18-2007, 12:23 AM   #2
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wow that sucks for a friday night how bad is the damage??
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Old 08-18-2007, 02:22 AM   #3
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Fortunately it looks pretty light. The left front wing is well-dented between the wheel arch and the door. Luckily the door was left untouched - so it's just one body panel. I'm guessing the body shop will pop it out and maybe repaint it. It could be 600 to a grand i guess.

It could be the Grolsch talkin but I think I'm over my earlier blues now
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Old 08-18-2007, 02:23 AM   #4
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Question - do you guys think I should put it through the insurance - given it was not my fault?
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Old 08-18-2007, 02:42 AM   #5
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You're call. Since you are not at fault and have a police report, it will be filed under Collision Coverage and you will pay your collision deductible. HOWEVER, the downside to this is that your car will report as having accident history when running a Carfax, etc. Your premiums shouldn't increase because you are not at fault. That's how it works for most companies.

How expensive is the damage to fix? if its only several hundred $ you're better off paying out of your pocket incase you want to sell the car in the near future. If you plan on keeping it and running it into the ground, then just go through insurance if the damage is in the 4 figures.
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Old 08-18-2007, 03:32 AM   #6
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get some estimates and see how much itll run you. if its close to your deductible ur better off just payin out of your pocket and saving your vehicles record
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Old 08-18-2007, 12:04 PM   #7
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Thanks for the tips folks. I'll get some quotes and report back. It's a single body panel so I'm hoping it could be close to my deductible.. (better go look up my deductible)
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Old 08-18-2007, 12:59 PM   #8
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by the way how is your car???
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Old 08-18-2007, 02:18 PM   #9
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you missed my reply above huh?
"Fortunately [the damage] looks pretty light. The left front wing is well-dented between the wheel arch and the door. Luckily the door was left untouched - so it's just one body panel. I'm guessing the body shop will pop it out and maybe repaint it. It could be 600 to a grand i guess."
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Old 08-18-2007, 03:12 PM   #10
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no no your E30
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Old 08-18-2007, 06:23 PM   #11
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lol - oh MY car? Sorry. It's getting close! I ordered an M20 bored and stroked to 3.2litres from Metric Mechanic. They should be shipping it this week. So the car could be ready before the next long weekend! I'm so excited I can hardly sit still!
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Old 08-18-2007, 07:34 PM   #12
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nice how is the shipping from there??
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Old 08-18-2007, 11:00 PM   #14
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lol - oh MY car? Sorry. It's getting close! I ordered an M20 bored and stroked to 3.2litres from Metric Mechanic. They should be shipping it this week. So the car could be ready before the next long weekend! I'm so excited I can hardly sit still!
jst wondering how much does a kit like that cost?
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Old 08-19-2007, 11:49 AM   #15
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nice how is the shipping from there??
Shipping was quoted as US$824 plus broker fee of 155 for helping it thru customs. Package is coming from Missouri.
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