So speaking of BMW repair costs...
I noted a few weeks ago a minor accident I was in - woman backed into me in a parking lot. Damaged the front passenger bumper, quarter panel and rim. Estimate for repair was about $1300 and about a week's worth of time. Was supposed to have it back last Friday but it failed alignment, needs a new strut, potentially a new knuckle (IDK what that is) and some other suspension component (which alone is in the $2200 range). the other driver's insurance has accepted 100% liability, but damn if it isn't nuts how that stuff was hidden. It even seemed to be driving all right.
The worst part is that they rented me a stripped ford focus.
just picked it up - repaired well. total was about $4500