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Old 06-30-2004, 02:19 PM
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Thanks for all the info here and offline! Based on several recommendations, I've called Crayford and made arrangements with them to bring the carcass up to their shop this afternoon.
My house is about 150 yards from Crayford. If were home this afternoon, I'd invite you over for a condolence beer. Just tell them the guy with the 525 TiaG Touring from around the corner says hi.

By the way, I should add they were great with dealing with difficult insurance reps and adjusters...
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Old 06-30-2004, 03:27 PM
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Good luck with the repairs and I hope you find nothing else is wrong after the doctor's visit.
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Old 06-30-2004, 06:01 PM
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My house is about 150 yards from Crayford. If were home this afternoon, I'd invite you over for a condolence beer.
Since this might turn out to be a long process to get the car repaired, you might still get the chance. Though for now I'm staying away from anything except the meds I'm already on and an occaisional aspirin... don't want to mask any symptoms of physical injury that might show up over the next few days.

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Just tell them the guy with the 525 TiaG Touring from around the corner says hi.
Have they repaired your car often or do you like to hang around at their shop and car talk with them;-)? They already recognized by name the other guy that also recommended them.

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By the way, I should add they were great with dealing with difficult insurance reps and adjusters...
Good to hear. I don't know how difficult the insurance company is gonna be since this will be my first claim with them since switching to them more than 10 years ago.
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I guess I am late to the party, but Brown Bros. on Robertson south of Pico is an outstanding shop. Not cheap, but I only take my cars there. Their work is first rate
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Old 06-30-2004, 06:12 PM
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While driving the car up to the shop I noticed a few more things... The whole dash seems to have been pushed a bit to the left, the portion of the center console under the shifter and window controls has been pushed to the left, there is something in the roof that rattles when I open/close the moon-roof cover. Worst of all, the car does not drive straight. I had to keep the steering wheel about 10 degrees to the left to keep the car going straight.

When I asked for a quick number just to get an idea of how bad it is, the off-the-cuff number was 10-15K, but of course they have to start tearing in to the car to look for hidden damage. There is even a not-to-remote chance that it will ultimately be totalled.
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Old 06-30-2004, 06:15 PM
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Hmmmm. The thought just struck.... Wouldn't it be oh so serendipitous to be one of the O'fest M3 Raffle winners this year? I'm crossing all of my crossable appendages.
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Old 06-30-2004, 06:16 PM
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Thanks RKT and all the others I haven't yet individually recognized!
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Old 06-30-2004, 06:26 PM
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Hmmmm. The thought just struck.... Wouldn't it be oh so serendipitous to be one of the O'fest M3 Raffle winners this year? I'm crossing all of my crossable appendages.
If so, then this would sort of be a blessing in disguise in a way I guess? sorta?

Good luck with the raffle too.
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Old 06-30-2004, 06:51 PM
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By the way, I should add they were great with dealing with difficult insurance reps and adjusters...

That's the sticking point of any good repair shop since all insurance companies will lowball any repair job and try to skimp on the repair costs.
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Old 06-30-2004, 07:05 PM
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Have they repaired your car often or do you like to hang around at their shop and car talk with them;-)? They already recognized by name the other guy that also recommended them.
Well...

(1) Accident 1: Idiot Albertson's protester (during strike) runs red at hits me in front of Albertson's/Cosco on Washington Blvd. Crayford fixes car perfectly

(2) Accident 2: Hit my own garage door slightly (just scratched bumper where dog had already scratched jumping in back of Touring) and they repaint and put invisible bra over bumper skin to protect from further dog scratching.
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Old 06-30-2004, 08:09 PM
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Well...

(1) Accident 1:...

(2) Accident 2: ...
Ahhhhh. A repeat customer . If I'm over there just chewing the fat with them perhaps I'll mention your car and see what their reaction is .
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Old 06-30-2004, 08:13 PM
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If so, then this would sort of be a blessing in disguise in a way I guess? sorta?

Good luck with the raffle too.
I'm not sure you could call this a blessing, in disguise or otherwise. Maybe an omen or something else a bit more macabre. But winning one of the M3s would certainly go a long way to cheering me up. I'd still have to deal with the aftermath of the current situation which is certainly not on my list of really fun things to do.
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Old 06-30-2004, 08:53 PM
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That's the sticking point of any good repair shop since all insurance companies will lowball any repair job and try to skimp on the repair costs.
Oh yeah, my insurance company (AMEX) wanted to repair by front bumper which was gouged. There was no way and the bodyshop fought to get me a new OEM bumper.
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Old 06-30-2004, 11:23 PM
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I'm not sure you could call this a blessing, in disguise or otherwise. Maybe an omen or something else a bit more macabre. But winning one of the M3s would certainly go a long way to cheering me up. I'd still have to deal with the aftermath of the current situation which is certainly not on my list of really fun things to do.
Yeah I guess so.... bad choice of words I guess. I was trying to find a silver lining in a dark cloud. Nothing can really be good about this... but yes... winning the M3 certainly would help. Good luck to you.
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Old 06-30-2004, 11:28 PM
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I've put up a web page with pictures of the damage. The URL is http://web.newsguy.com/operknockity/.../crunched.html.
(Note... This web page should be considered temporary. If I do move the page to another server, I'll post a new URL at that time).
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Old 06-30-2004, 11:42 PM
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I've put up a web page with pictures of the damage. The URL is http://web.newsguy.com/operknockity/.../crunched.html.
(Note... This web page should be considered temporary. If I do move the page to another server, I'll post a new URL at that time).
Ouch.
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Old 06-30-2004, 11:59 PM
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Ouch.
Indeed!

The one on the lower left corner shows the crease in the headliner from the pillar pulling in the section of roof it was attached to. Unfortunately I didn't realize how out of focus that picture was until I downloaded the pics from the digicam late this evening, but you can still see the crease line.
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Well I'm really sorry to see that you crunched. I am glad that you aren't too injured.
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Old 07-01-2004, 12:35 AM
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Ouch.
Holy [email protected], I didn't think it was this bad... again. Let me know if you need my skills - hopefully you don't and all goes smoothly!
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Old 07-01-2004, 01:13 AM
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Holy [email protected], I didn't think it was this bad... again. Let me know if you need my skills - hopefully you don't and all goes smoothly!
Thanks Raffi. Hopefully I won't need your skills this time around, but the big stuff is yet to come and anything can still happen.
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Old 07-01-2004, 07:39 AM
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Old 07-01-2004, 08:29 AM
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Old 07-01-2004, 08:42 AM
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I feel your pain.
Thanks Sergio!

How bad was your 'incident' relative to what you see in the pics of my car?
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Old 07-01-2004, 09:20 AM
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How bad was your 'incident' relative to what you see in the pics of my car?
It looks about the same, but you don't have any suspension damage, do you?
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Old 07-01-2004, 10:27 AM
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It looks about the same, but you don't have any suspension damage, do you?
I didn't see anything wrong, but then I'm not an expert in the matter. When I drove up to the shop, I didn't hear any strange noises coming from the suspension, but the car did not drive straight either and it didn't react as nicely as it used to when going over some bumps (it bottomed out more often). That could be either alignment is messed up, frame damage, suspension damage, or a little of everything. I'll know more once the shop does a full inspection.
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