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post #6241 of 14196
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Originally Posted by RFX45 View Post

Yah they lost the plates in the mail, I never received it so I had to ask for new ones and that has been 2 months already. baldy[1].gif

^damn sorry about the accident.

In new york you have the plates installed before you go out the dealer. its convenient, but lame if you get a shitty number with 666 in it, because you don't have a choice its all sequential and is given out that way. plus ny used to have the tolerable blue and white plates, now they have the lame yellow/orange plates that make cars look like unmarked taxi cabs.

speaking of license plates.... i miss my old rhode island plates... the design was awesome.



the newer NY plates are horrible. ffffuuuu.gif

post #6242 of 14196
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Originally Posted by GreenFrog View Post

Man, that's the thing I hate about body damage to your car. Even if it's fixed to a satisfactory state, you'll still lose value on the car if (when) it's reported to Carfax and you try to sell it. Insurance should cover that diminished value.. although it'd be hard to calculate.
That's a nasty dent, but should be easy to fix. Sorry about that RFX, I've been there and know how awful it feels.

As for recovering diminished value, some states do not allow for it, unfortunately. My state is an example. When I was hit, the only way I could have been compensated for it was by suing the low-life because he was uninsured, but the low-life declared bankruptcy.

Good luck with the repair, and with getting your plates, RFX.
post #6243 of 14196
I actually like the NY plates that are orangish-yellow and black. I also really like those really simple plates from Delaware.
post #6244 of 14196
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Originally Posted by RFX45 View Post

Yah I was in a Z4 forum that has mainly Euro members and I noticed that their new cars already has plates as drive off the dealership and I was surprised that buying a car in Euro is so different in the US. Apparently you can't really go to the dealership, buy the car and drive home in a new one. At least that is the cases with BMW dealerships where you pretty much have to order the car and wait for it to be built and delivered for you to be picked up.
Here in the US, you go to the dealership and within a few hours you could be driving home with a brand new car. And they mail the plates to you and could take 30-60 days, in the meantime they put a registration sticker on the windshield so we get to drive the car w/o plates for a little while.
As for my car, looks like the body panels alone is $1k and with body work/paint and work hours with a new wheel, I am looking at at least $3k. My biggest concern is body damage, rear axle and if the mechanical roof will be affected (apparently this is very sensitive and the slightest hit could cause it to malfunction).


Pretty much, dealers have demo cars that you can buy after they are done with them and some of the big dealerships have cars ready for delivery, but those are often poorly spec'd.
post #6245 of 14196
Thanks for all the best wished everyone.

I drove around for a bit yesterday and good news is there aren't any swaying or any distinct/noticeable damage to the rear axle. The roof also worked well so I really do hope it is just body damage.
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post #6246 of 14196

I posted this before, you can take a deduction for the drop in value due to an accident.  Not sure if it works with a lease, however.  I'm sorry you had to deal with the idiot.  The hassle is the worst part, no compensation for the mental anguish...

post #6247 of 14196
I think as long as it's repaired properly and OEM parts are used for those that needs replacing, there should be no problem when returning it after the lease.

The hassle is definitely the most annoying thing outside of seeing the car damage every single morning. Looking for competent shops that will do a good job is the biggest hurdle, maybe I will just take it to the dealership since the insurance will cover everything anyways and maybe I can get an M3 or M5 as a loaner.
post #6248 of 14196
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Originally Posted by RFX45 View Post

I think as long as it's repaired properly and OEM parts are used for those that needs replacing, there should be no problem when returning it after the lease.
The hassle is definitely the most annoying thing outside of seeing the car damage every single morning. Looking for competent shops that will do a good job is the biggest hurdle, maybe I will just take it to the dealership since the insurance will cover everything anyways and maybe I can get an M3 or M5 as a loaner.

^i hate the embarrassment i feel that everyone that sees the damage thinks its the result of my bad driving - when it was the opposite. its like walking around with a toddler with her arm in a cast from a freak accident, you can feel the judging eyes.

i'm glad they're bringing the Dodge Viper back. I personally would never buy one but I love the for what it is.



actually if I lived int he suburbs and had space for three or more cars maybe I'd get one just to know that I could easily die just by merely driving it.
post #6249 of 14196
Roadsters are easier to fix at least - those back fenders just bolt off like a normal front fender and have shut lines instead of being welded to a greenhouse.
post #6250 of 14196
obligatory post about how i really want an e92 m3.
post #6251 of 14196
That cadillac ATS they are showing ads for looks pretty cool. The new CUE system for cadillacs is pretty neat.
post #6252 of 14196
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Originally Posted by LawrenceMD View Post

^damn sorry about the accident.
In new york you have the plates installed before you go out the dealer. its convenient, but lame if you get a shitty number with 666 in it, because you don't have a choice its all sequential and is given out that way.

I actually want to get a black 430 or 458 someday with a personalized Japanese plate of '6.66' devil.gif
post #6253 of 14196
It's absolutely RIDICULOUS how much e60 M5s have depreciated.. holy shit. This baby is only 36.5K and I'm sure the guy would sell it for even less!

http://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/cars-sale-wanted/205401-beautiful-tastefully-modified-e60-m5-fs.html

The blue-ish tint on the angel eyes make it look cheap, though. Regardless, amazing deal.

Edit: after more surfing, I've seen even newer M5s with less mileage going for less..
post #6254 of 14196
haha, the guy in the thread with the CLK55BS is also a Styleforum member. redface.gif The E60 M5 guys hurt their own resale though, they couldn't stop logging into the internet and picking at all the problems and openly exposing all the costs of ownership related to owning the E60. It's also not that bad, depreciation-wise - most larger BMW's depreciate like rocks in general, and the E60 M5 sounds great, but is generally a turd. The internet messageboarding and overblown bad reputations created have killed the resale of a lot of great cars, even the Ferraris and Porsches aren't immune anymore.
post #6255 of 14196
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Originally Posted by RFX45 View Post

I think as long as it's repaired properly and OEM parts are used for those that needs replacing, there should be no problem when returning it after the lease.
The hassle is definitely the most annoying thing outside of seeing the car damage every single morning. Looking for competent shops that will do a good job is the biggest hurdle, maybe I will just take it to the dealership since the insurance will cover everything anyways and maybe I can get an M3 or M5 as a loaner.

My business partner went to trade in his (financed) 135i last week, which was hit by a large piece of ice falling off a truck a couple of years back.
Front bumper and fender were replaced via the dealer, using genuine BMW parts.
He paid cash, in order to keep the damage off Carfax (dumb move)
Long story short, he got absolutely murdered in trade-in, because apparently BMW can't certify a car they know has been in an "accident".

I'm sure it won't have any impact on your lease return, but something to consider for BMW owners.
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