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How bad does the damage look?

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I have a clear bra on the car and it appears to have mitigated some of the damage but I'm curious whether the hood/fender (the dents that look like ripples) can be repaired or if they have to replace the whole piece? Assume they have the replace the side mirror as the carbon fiber is scratched.

The guy who did it didn't leave a note but, fortunately, the police were able to identify him based on security footage in the parking lot. He claims to have not even realized he hit my car (which is an entirely separate issue), but seems to be cooperating so far.

I'm not sure what sort of repair bill I am looking at, but I am curious if anyone has any feedback on whether a diminished value claim is possible in this instance. I've done some reading on the forum and am generally familiar with the process, but just wanted thoughts on whether it would make sense in this situation.

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If there are ripples in the aluminum fender then it requires either a real specialist aluminum body guy to do the repair or total replacement. Your best friend now is the Audi dealer.
Once a ripple occurs in metal it is stretched so must be shrunk back to be able to take its original shape. With steel this is done by hammering the repair back and creating a "hump" in the metal. The body guy will hit the hump with a sharp pointed hammer to use up the hump and shrink it back then heat those impact spots red hot and hammer them flat. Difficult to do the same with alloy. How do I know this? My brother in New Zealand used to be a first class panel beater and actually hand made a door for a rare car once from straight metal. Dying tradition for bondo shops.

In Canada a hit and run requires a wait for the police then insurance repair it with the deductible but no increase in insurance premiums.
 

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His fault, fix it the right way and replace, not repair, any damage. Make him pay for the new clear bra as well, and if it's going to hit the Carfax absolutely file a diminished value claim.
 

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Sorry this happened to your car. I got hit in the same location in my condo parking lot a few days after I bought my V8 and it was a hit and run too. The security cam identified the driver too.

There's no way the guy didn't realise he hit your car. The impact would have been significant to cause this much damage.

The rippling looks pretty bad. Even though the damage is on the side but it's part of the clamshell hood so the entire hood needs replacing. The CF side mirror needs replacing as well.

Don't let the guy's insurance get away with just knock and paint over to smooth the ripples. I had a specialist that does dent repair try that and it was near impossible to get the aluminium smooth again.

Claim hood replacement, side mirror, wrap, and diminished value as well. If the insurance company resist, get a lawyer involved.

Please keep us posted Good luck.
 

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Truly a bummer.... he knew.

In any case; insurance with “all” new; no repaired pieces I see $15K once all said and done plus; the CarFax accident report hit.
 

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A reported accident on the car’s carfax is the “kiss of death”. This is what an R8 salesman told me. Most certainly get a diminished value claim!
 

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Every insurance company will initially deny diminished value. Get a lawyer immediately.
 

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What a B**ch.

Make sure to keep the pictures for your records for when you come if ever to sell the car. Also take more from different angles the more the better. Before and after pictures + invoices.
This will give a buyer a clear picture as to what happened to your car

Good Luck.
 

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Every insurance company will initially deny diminished value. Get a lawyer immediately.
Disagree. Rather then wasting money on a lawyer I would suggest first step is to contact a diminished value claims specialist. They know the game, how to favorably calculate, present and provide proofs of your DV loss. They do it all for a flat fee of $250-500.
 

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If he was driving a lifted truck or large vehicle, it actually is possible that he didn't know there was an impact. Regardless, your car is still ****ed up and luckily there is footage so your insurance company will go after his insurance after they provide the funds up front to fix your vehicle.

Sorry for the headache... get rid of the car because it's a POS after it gets fixed IMO. It will never be the same again.
 

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If he was driving a lifted truck or large vehicle, it actually is possible that he didn't know there was an impact. Regardless, your car is still ****ed up and luckily there is footage so your insurance company will go after his insurance after they provide the funds up front to fix your vehicle.

Sorry for the headache... get rid of the car because it's a POS after it gets fixed IMO. It will never be the same again.
Seriously? A POS? it will never be the same again? It needs a hood and bumper and is completely cosmetic. Get it fixed, get the diminished value and enjoy the car.
 

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Disagree. Rather then wasting money on a lawyer I would suggest first step is to contact a diminished value claims specialist. They know the game, how to favorably calculate, present and provide proofs of your DV loss. They do it all for a flat fee of $250-500.

I have never heard of a diminished value claims specialist. Where do you find such a person?
 

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Sorry dude, I feel your pain, like guys already have said just fix the thing and enjoy it life is short to dwell on things that are already done. Get the other guy to take responsibility.
Also if the other guy has no money and his insurance is crap you are going to pour money into a LAWYER. :)
 

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Disagree. Rather then wasting money on a lawyer I would suggest first step is to contact a diminished value claims specialist. They know the game, how to favorably calculate, present and provide proofs of your DV loss. They do it all for a flat fee of $250-500.

I have never heard of a diminished value claims specialist. Where do you find such a person?
google it - I have used and would recommend: iCan= Insurance Consumer Advocate Network, LLC Springfield , MO. contact is J.D. Howard 417/831-6133
another thing...if insurance company fails to fully satisfy your DV claim do not hesitate to contact your state's insurance commissioner; that threat is valuable and useful
skip the lawyer and save the money- buy me a beer sometime
 

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Come to Minnesota and I will buy you a beer. ?
 

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google it - I have used and would recommend: iCan= Insurance Consumer Advocate Network, LLC Springfield , MO. contact is J.D. Howard 417/831-6133
another thing...if insurance company fails to fully satisfy your DV claim do not hesitate to contact your state's insurance commissioner; that threat is valuable and useful
skip the lawyer and save the money- buy me a beer sometime
Come to Florida and I will buy you anything you want. :D
 

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You're lucky the state you are in allows diminished claims. This doesn't exist in California.

After the repairs, if the vehicle doesn't have new noises, creaks, wind chatter or transmission noises/ whining, I'd be very surprised. Your axle on the impact side could easily have been damaged and no shop will be able to test or know it was damaged until after the repairs are done and the car is taken up to speed.
 

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You're lucky the state you are in allows diminished claims. This doesn't exist in California.

After the repairs, if the vehicle doesn't have new noises, creaks, wind chatter or transmission noises/ whining, I'd be very surprised. Your axle on the impact side could easily have been damaged and no shop will be able to test or know it was damaged until after the repairs are done and the car is taken up to speed.

Diminished Value claims exist in California, however usually only through the defendants insurance company, not your own. The statute I believe is 3 years to file.
 

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try to resolve it on your own with the other insurance. i've never hired a lawyer and i've always gotten what i want. the white paint will be easy to match. make them give you a high end loaner from hertz, etc..
 
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