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What would you expect this to cost?

I'm new here, so I'm unsure if this is the right forum.

I have a beautiful 1997 SL500. All original, spotless maintenance record done by dealerships only, panoramic top, etc.


But I was driving down the highway and they were doing road-work, so it was compressed to one lane. I was behind a large truck/tractor and a loose tire/spare tire(?) flew off the back. It hit the front then bounced up and got stuck between my right front fender and the jersey barrier.

I have good insurance, so I'm not worried about the cost of it.

What I am worried about is getting ripped off.

I dropped the car off at a Benz dealer and he said the following:

Its going to need a diagnostic(Stuff like the convertible top stopped working and lights stayed on after the hit)

It needs a new passenger side front fender+Paint for it

It needs a bumper paint job


How much should this cost at the "stealership"? I paid for good insurance just in case of something like this and I don't want the claims adjustor to say "it will be $500" and I get my check and the bill comes back at $6000


Anyone have a ballpark range for this?


Thanks!
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Anyone have a ballpark range for this?


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Since you choose not to disclosure your location, I'd say
between $300 in Ukraine and $30,000 at reputable shop in San Francisco.

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Since you choose not to disclosure your location, I'd say
between $300 in Ukraine and $30,000 at reputable shop in San Francisco.

Haha, sorry about that. I'm from New Jersey, car is in a philly dealership.
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If the body shop is approved by your insurance company (most dealer shops are) then the adjuster is going to work with the shop.
My fear is that if it really comes out to $6000-$7000 the insurance company will write it off.
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$6-7K would be ballpark.

What noodles said is a concern though.
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Is the car drivable? I would get it out of a dealership body shop and into someplace local, preferably the one that local Porsche, Audi, Bentley, Ferrari dealerships use to fix their "Scratch and Dents."

I too suspect a '97 is going to be a total with that much damage. Your best bet it to have someone at the dealership where it was serviced go to bat for you with the adjuster and explain to him that yours isn't a run of the mill '97 ML because all the adjuster will do is look at the NADA and offer you low book value.
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Get a few quotes from various reputable body shops. There are few dealerships that have body work done on site. Closest dealer to me sends his stuff out to other specialist shops. Dealer will handle the electronic/computer screw up side, the body shop will do the rest. Make sure they use factory parts.

Sit on the offers they make. InsCo wants a quick out and will rip you off if given a chance. The offending party should pay, but if you are getting your policy to cover, then you are at their mercy. When your adjuster shows up, you should be there, as the dealership really has no interest in your car getting put back on the road. They would much prefer to sell you another car.

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