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      09-12-2011, 05:27 AM   #1
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I was bumped when I parked

I was bumped when I parked

My rear bumper have some scratches and seems like dented a little bit.

But, some kind man left a paper with Cell phone number.

This is my first time that I was bumped,., How am I supposed to do?

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      09-12-2011, 06:06 AM   #2
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Take him to the cleaners!

J/k. Actually, call him up and find out what happened.

Tell him you will get a quote and let him know the damage.

You should ask him if he wants you to file a claim with his insurance.


If he says yes, then no problem.

If he says no then you have to make a big decision.


If the damage is not small and there is even the slightest possibility of hidden damage then file a claim.

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I was bumped when I parked

My rear bumper have some scratches and seems like dented a little bit.

But, some kind man left a paper with Cell phone number.

This is my first time that I was bumped,., How am I supposed to do?
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      09-12-2011, 07:57 AM   #3
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Take him to the cleaners!

J/k. Actually, call him up and find out what happened.

Tell him you will get a quote and let him know the damage.

You should ask him if he wants you to file a claim with his insurance.


If he says yes, then no problem.

If he says no then you have to make a big decision.


If the damage is not small and there is even the slightest possibility of hidden damage then file a claim.

The OP also needs to take into consideration that the other driver left a note. That is worth a lot.

The OP should call the other driver, thank him for leaving a note and tell him that he'll get an estimate of the damage and get back him.

Get the estimate quickly, but make sure that the shop checks closely for hidden damage - there probably isn't any.

Call the other party back with the estimate. Offer to fax or email it to them and ask them how they would like to proceed.

I had someone back into my car a few years back - a few scratches on the bumper and a broken taillight. I got an estimate for about $600 from a bodyshop, but then bought a light from the dealer ($130,) put it in myself and spent a few hours fixing the slight scratches.

I met the other driver in Starbucks, showed him the estimate and the original pictures of the damage, then the invoice from the dealer for the taillight. I told him how much I appreciated him leaving a note and that I was quite happy to settle for $130 and the frappachino.

I then asked to see his damage. He had gotten a similar quote (but no broken bits) but was waiting to see if we were going to go through insurance. His bumper had minor scrapes as well but the bodyshop wanted to do a full respray.

I pointed him in the direction of a detailer I had used in the past and he got a full exterior detail and perfect scratch removal for $300. He called me afterwards and told me how happy he was that he left a note. He said the note saved him a few hundred dollars at the body shop.

Treat the guy fairly. Most would have just driven off leaving you holding the bag.
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Treat the guy fairly. Most would have just driven off leaving you holding the bag.

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+2. This happened to me in my E90.
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Call the guy, and first of all thank him for leaving the note.
Since he did that, you should have no issues getting this resolved.
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You are fortunate that the guy is honest....only few are drivers like that...
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it's really good to see that some people still do this. sounds like a good guy and like others said you should take that into consideration when you deal with him. Most people would've just driven away.
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The OP also needs to take into consideration that the other driver left a note. That is worth a lot.

Treat the guy fairly. Most would have just driven off leaving you holding the bag.
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there are some honest people left. good to hear about that but sorry for the damage!
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That happened to my mom. Too bad my brother handled it, he did take the man to the cleaners. I feel indifferent when it's a faceless entity like a corporation, but a little old man, that's different. Leaving a note is nice, but in 2011 kinda creates more trouble than it's worth. Accident is different. We all carry comp anyway, mine is only $100 because the agent told me it's $0.97 more per month savings to go to $250 (dag everything is per month, we have to "ask" if we can pay 6 mos. in advance). I was surprised, the new car costs less to insure than the 335i (the list was higher than the 335i), but the new car gets a new car discount, maybe that's why.
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