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My breakfast at a local cafe this morning was disturbed by someone asking if anyone owns a Porsche... :mad: :helpme:

Long story short: someone (attempted) to parallel park in front of my 2007 Atlas Metallic Grey CS. They hit my front bumper hard a few times. They then attempted to abort mission, during which they scraped their rear-end along the side of my bumper, headlight assembly, and front quarter panel.

The damage is minor—scratches on the front and side of the bumper (deep , and a scuff on the quarter panel that may be able to be buffed out. The car was in near perfect condition and considering I've only owned it for a few weeks, I'd like to try to get it back to that condition. Any advice on taking it to a body shop? Things to look out for or make sure they do? I've got one estimate so far (attached). Forgive such a basic question but all the body work I had done in the past on cars that I didn't car about so I'm inexperienced.

I got other car owners information. She was a passenger being driven by someone else as she has a wrist injury. She will either pay out of pocket or report it to her insurance.

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Really sorry to hear about this. :( On the flip side though, it restores just a little faith in humanity knowing there are still people out there that will come in and own up to what they've done rather than just driving away.
 

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That's a pretty reasonable estimate. My local body shops would have charged $2000. No question about it.

I had a curb rash scrape on my front bumper that I had estimated at $1900. I had it fixed instead by a bumper repair specialist who did the work at my home in four hours for $275. You cannot tell the car was ever damaged.
 

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I agree, it's a very inexpensive estimate. I just paid $1,000 to have my front bumper repainted, it did have some scrapes on the bottom.
 

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The passenger is going to report it to her insurance company?
It is the driver's responsibility.
The estimate is very reasonable.
 

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The estimate sounds very reasonable....and it is refreshing that she reported the accident to you.
I had a 2008 CS that I bought used in 2012.....only 3000 miles...perfect condition. I witnessed a friend of mine back his pickup into the passenger's side quarter panel.....he got out and looked at the area he hit....then he got back in his truck and went about his business. He didn't know I saw him hit it.....I watched it from about 100 yards away. I did what I was doing for about 45 minutes then I walked over to see if there was any damage.....there was a scrape that was metal deep and the side marker was broken. He was still in the general area so I went over and asked him if he hit my car....."I don't know" was his reply. I politely told him I saw the damage......then he said he would cover the damage, and it all worked out in the end.....but if I hadn't seen him do it, I wonder if he would have said anything to me. If I had gotten home and discovered the damage at a later time.....and asked him later if he saw anybody around my car.....what would he have said?
Anyways.....they repainted the bumper and replaced the side marker and it cost $1250......
 

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The estimate sounds very reasonable....and it is refreshing that she reported the accident to you.
I had a 2008 CS that I bought used in 2012.....only 3000 miles...perfect condition. I witnessed a friend of mine back his pickup into the passenger's side quarter panel.....he got out and looked at the area he hit....then he got back in his truck and went about his business. He didn't know I saw him hit it.....I watched it from about 100 yards away. I did what I was doing for about 45 minutes then I walked over to see if there was any damage.....there was a scrape that was metal deep and the side marker was broken. He was still in the general area so I went over and asked him if he hit my car....."I don't know" was his reply. I politely told him I saw the damage......then he said he would cover the damage, and it all worked out in the end.....but if I hadn't seen him do it, I wonder if he would have said anything to me. If I had gotten home and discovered the damage at a later time.....and asked him later if he saw anybody around my car.....what would he have said?
Anyways.....they repainted the bumper and replaced the side marker and it cost $1250......
That's really too bad. It's one thing when it's a random person and another entirely when it's a friend...
 

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The estimate sounds very reasonable....and it is refreshing that she reported the accident to you.
I had a 2008 CS that I bought used in 2012.....only 3000 miles...perfect condition. I witnessed a friend of mine back his pickup into the passenger's side quarter panel.....he got out and looked at the area he hit....then he got back in his truck and went about his business. He didn't know I saw him hit it.....I watched it from about 100 yards away. I did what I was doing for about 45 minutes then I walked over to see if there was any damage.....there was a scrape that was metal deep and the side marker was broken. He was still in the general area so I went over and asked him if he hit my car....."I don't know" was his reply. I politely told him I saw the damage......then he said he would cover the damage, and it all worked out in the end.....but if I hadn't seen him do it, I wonder if he would have said anything to me. If I had gotten home and discovered the damage at a later time.....and asked him later if he saw anybody around my car.....what would he have said?
Anyways.....they repainted the bumper and replaced the side marker and it cost $1250......
Glad I have very few "friends"!
 

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I wouldn't be shopping on price for body work, surgery, legal advice, flying lessons or anything else where experience is the critical factor in getting good outcomes. $40 to $50 an hour seems pretty low to me...I'd want to see examples of repairs on other higher-end cars (preferably Porsches) before considering giving them the job. There are lots of exceptions at the high end, and some at the low end, but generally the adage "you get what you pay for" has proven to be true in my life.
 

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I wouldn't be shopping on price for body work, surgery, legal advice, flying lessons or anything else where experience is the critical factor in getting good outcomes. $40 to $50 an hour seems pretty low to me...I'd want to see examples of repairs on other higher-end cars (preferably Porsches) before considering giving them the job. There are lots of exceptions at the high end, and some at the low end, but generally the adage "you get what you pay for" has proven to be true in my life.
I agree. Im seeking the best quality work, not the best price :) I included the quote incase any experts might see something missing, or done in a substandard way, so I can ensure the best results.

Good advice on seeing other cars done at the shop. I found another body shop that seems to do more high end work, so I'm going to get another estimate from them (again to compare the completeness of work, not price!). I'll ask them to show me their work.
 

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A few months ago my wife's BMW was also hit in a parking lot. The person left a note offering to pay for the damage. The estimate was for $500 which also happens to be our deductible. If the individual didn't fess up we would be out the deductible so we decided to split the cost with them. We felt it was important to reward their honesty.
 

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A few months ago my wife's BMW was also hit in a parking lot. The person left a note offering to pay for the damage. The estimate was for $500 which also happens to be our deductible. If the individual didn't fess up we would be out the deductible so we decided to split the cost with them. We felt it was important to reward their honesty.
Crazy that integrity is so rare that it need be rewarded. Makes me want to reflect back to rethink when I haven't been so upstanding...
 

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I had someone hit me in my work parking lot, and didn't leave a note. I ended up turning it into my insurance. I called the local Porsche dealer and asked them where do they recomend. They sent me to a Porsche certified body shop that did great work. It was $1200 worth of damage.
 

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The passenger is going to report it to her insurance company?
It is the driver's responsibility.
No - insurance goes with the car, not the driver. Assuming the driver had permission from the owner to drive her car (which seems obvious in this case) the owner's insurance covers the damages.
 

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No - insurance goes with the car, not the driver. Assuming the driver had permission from the owner to drive her car (which seems obvious in this case) the owner's insurance covers the damages.
If the claim were handled in this manner, the owner's insurance will go after after the driver's insurance carrier for damages. The driver is ultimately responsible.
At least that's how it works in Jersey.
 

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Thanks everyone for your comments.

I took it to a body shop down the way that does work on a lot of high end cars. The owner looked over my bumper and suggested first trying to sand out the scratches. He said he didn't want to repaint if it was unnecessary. I figured that if I was not happy with the result I could have it repainted anyway, so I told to go for it.

One of his guys did the work on the spot in about 30 minutes. He told me it would be $25 but while he was working I noticed scratches on the other side too that I hadn't noticed before. I had him fix those too and paid $50 for everything.

The result looks great. I can't tell the difference with the paint on the rest of the car. Maybe I could tell if I had a gadget to measure paint thickness? Anyway I don't, so I'm satisfied, I didn't have to give up my car for 4 days while the bumper is repainted, and the lady saved a ton of $$.

Hope it works out in the long run!
 
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