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Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2005 03:30:26 GMT
Subject: Re: 9-3 Repair

On 4/22/2005 1:45 PM, Bob wrote: > On 21 Apr 2005 17:10:20 GMT, Dave Hinz <> wrote: > > > >>>I am probably going to pay out of pocket due to my insurance situation. >>> Hood, left fender, left xenon headlight assembly, and front bumper >>>need to be replaced. Dave, I think you are from the Milw area. If I >>>take it to the dealer it would be Concours. Can you recommend a good >>>independent in Milw so I can get a competitive quote? >> >>Larry Gesch is the guy to go to for independant wrench work, but I don't >>think he does body work. He may know someone though, and if you call >>him please tell him I sent you. Country Motors, 920-625-2298. He's >>a good guy and won't steer you wrong. >> >>Dave Hinz > > > Personally I would find an independent to do it. My long experience > with body men tells me that you have to shop around though. Some guys > are very good, some are just OK. On a car that new, you want it > perfect. Be sure to talk to them about paint matching. Some colors > are very tough to match. Find out what 3 different guys say about the > paint matching. There is more to it sometimes than just a "computer" > match and manual skill is important. Independents are also more > likely to cut you a deal if they know you are paying out of your own > pocket. If there is no insurance company involved let them know that. > > > I checked out a few places in Milw and decided to go with PAW Prestige Autoworks. Its a very friendly, professional outfit that guarantees its work for the life of the car. They have worked on a lot of SAABs. OEM parts, paint blending and flex additive for the bumper. All in all it is going to cost about $4300 (ouch). New cars sure are expensive to repair (nothing happened to the other early 80's car which I hit from behind; big steel bumper on that sucker). Decided to submit a claim and get ready for the premium hike.

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