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Old 02-12-2020, 10:02 PM   #15
El Valluco
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Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Brooklyn
Posts: 92
My Ride: E46
Year: 2000
Model: 323ci
So, took a look inside the trunk and yeah, all that metal that holds the tail light got pushed in (at least the lower part), you can tell by how that plastic liner got pushed away compared to the unaffected pass side. Put both sides next to each other and flipped the driver's side for easier comparison. Also did an overlay image.

Went to a body shop for an estimate before the appraiser comes and one guy told me $650 (which sounded too cheap to me) and another said $850 with no cutting, he said. Still lower than I was expecting.

Not sure how much it'll help but I cleaned the car up (it needed it, anyway) and just going to see how it goes, maņana....

Also, for this particular situation where my car might get totaled out, in determining the KBB value of my car, should I be looking at private sale value or retail?
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