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    Angry It finally happened...

    I was on my way home from Downton D.C. today about a mile from home in stop and go traffic on Berry Road when all of a sudden I feel this big thud from behind and to my surprise a Toyota Camry rear-ended me. The lady was really very nice, she has insurance, now I just need to know where to go to get my bimmer repaired. Her Camry got the worse part of the exchange, her front-end including lights are destroyed. She basically destroyed my rear diffuser, and left a couple cracks and dings in my rear bumper. Any suggestions on where to get the best repair is welcome. I will need to replace the entire rear bumper including diffuser. I've had the car since 1999 and have 185,000 original miles and now an accident. I see this as an opportunity to get a Hamann rear bumper and diffuser. I'm told that how you see the problem is the problem, either you see it as a problem or as an opportunity. Happy Motoring...
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    Also, Barry Brown has a race sponsorship with a body shop in Springfield, VA -- he might be able to help you out. (Just a guess.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zchild
    I will need to replace the entire rear bumper including diffuser. I've had the car since 1999 and have 185,000 original miles and now an accident. I see this as an opportunity to get a Hamann rear bumper and diffuser. I'm told that how you see the problem is the problem, either you see it as a problem or as an opportunity. Happy Motoring...
    I'll put in a good word (a lot ofthem actually) for Springfield AB. They have been great working on my 540 that was hit twice (!) in the front. Talk to Jim Amery.

    David

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    Also, if you have some time, I'd recommend Autocrafters in Manassas. One man shop...PAINFULLY meticulous. Robert does the best work in the region, but can take a few weeks to finish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SharkD
    Also, Barry Brown has a race sponsorship with a body shop in Springfield, VA -- he might be able to help you out. (Just a guess.)

    Yes, Springfield Auto Body does sponsor my racecar in return for my referring people to them. As it happens tho, they're a first-class shop and they do very high quality work. More that a few members of this community will attest to that.

    Anyway, if you want to check them out, call Jim Scott (Owner) or Jim Amery (Shop Manager) on (703) 569-5055 and tell them I referred you.

    You won't be disappointed.
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    What do you guys think of Wagon Work? I have heard great things about them and am considering having them do a full body kit for my car... i am willing to pay the extra money to guarantee a high quality job.. anyone know who is the best of the best?

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    I will second the AutoCrafters recommendation. Rob is down right anal and does an excellent job. We took our 5er there and I wish the whole car looked as good as the parts he worked on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2000_328ci
    What do you guys think of Wagon Work? I have heard great things about them and am considering having them do a full body kit for my car... i am willing to pay the extra money to guarantee a high quality job.. anyone know who is the best of the best?
    I don't know who the "best of the best" is, but Springfield Auto Body has done show cars. For example, the Owner has a 1959 Chevy Nomad which his people restored and showed and it was very impressive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2000_328ci
    What do you guys think of Wagon Work? I have heard great things about them and am considering having them do a full body kit for my car... i am willing to pay the extra money to guarantee a high quality job.. anyone know who is the best of the best?
    Just got my car back from them at the beginning of the year after a sandwich job (rear ended and pushed into the car in front). While the damage was not visually significant, the total bill was near $5k. Wagonwork appears to have done a stellar job but time will tell.

    I can say stay FAR FAR away from Ashburn Collision Center even though Sterling BMW/Mini recommends them. Took my 02 MCS in to them after it was T-boned at the driver's side front wheel. The new bonet isn't color matched well and is chipping like an SOB. It looks like I've been following a gravel dump truck around 495 for the past 15k (which of course I have not). I'm toying with the idea of legal action since they are not taking accountability.

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    Master Crafters in Rockville does quality work. Very experienced with BMW.

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