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Dubbedown2010-08-17 15:58:51 +0000 #1
So my folks' lease car was involved in an accident. Luckily everyone's fine and they were not at fault. The other drive hit them from the rear. However being that the car is leased, I'm not sure where to get it repaired. My concern is that when we return the car to the dealer, they might hit us with some kind of $ penalty b/c they might "claim" the car wasn't repaired to original specs.

I know at the very least to not go to the insurance company's "preferred" shop. So should I go to a shop I know/trust or just take it to the dealer and let them outsource the repair, regardless of how good the shop is (as long as we don't pay anything at the end of the lease)? Btw the car is not a BMW but a new Sonata.
alex23642010-08-17 16:05:28 +0000 #2
It shouldn't matter if it's fixed right. I would be more worried about if it's fixed right than what they're going to do when you return the car.
Dubbedown2010-08-17 16:03:51 +0000 #3
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Originally Posted by alex2364

It shouldn't matter if it's fixed right. I would be more worried about if it's fixed right than what they're going to do when you return the car.

Even if it's fixed "right", upon tech inspection... a tech would be able to notice if there was body work done correct? I just wonder if that red flag would be any issue... whereas full disclosure + go to dealer for repair = avoid any headaches down the road.
ERIC212NYC2010-08-17 16:26:01 +0000 #4
Which insurance company do you have? Most have a qualified body shop that they recommend. You don't have to sign off on it till you are satisfied with the work. That happened to me with my last car. I had an Acura and someone t-boned me. Geico brought it to a shop that was closest to me. At the end of the lease I passed inspection with no fines.
Dubbedown2010-08-17 16:30:42 +0000 #5
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Originally Posted by ERIC212NYC

Which insurance company do you have? Most have a qualified body shop that they recommend. You don't have to sign off on it till you are satisfied with the work. That happened to me with my last car. I had an Acura and someone t-boned me. Geico brought it to a shop that was closest to me. At the end of the lease I passed inspection with no fines.

thanks very helpful... reason i'm so concerned about the dealer is b/c although i bought out my lease, it still went through a safety inspection which i imagine something like this would come up. also in the past when i was coming in as a potential buyer, bmw would do some kind of paint test to assess the value of my trade-in and that little device could tell which areas of paint were not "original".

i believe my folks have all statefarm.
alex23642010-08-17 16:57:03 +0000 #6
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Originally Posted by Dubbedown

thanks very helpful... reason i'm so concerned about the dealer is b/c although i bought out my lease, it still went through a safety inspection which i imagine something like this would come up. also in the past when i was coming in as a potential buyer, bmw would do some kind of paint test to assess the value of my trade-in and that little device could tell which areas of paint were not "original".

i believe my folks have all statefarm.

There's a difference between trading in and returning your lease. They'll low ball you on a trade in, but generally won't say anything on a lease return.

www.e90post.com/foru...wthread.php?t=376175

www.e90post.com/foru...wthread.php?t=355795

www.e90post.com/foru...wthread.php?t=342507

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