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BMW 7 Repair

What do you think about that repair?

What you think? About what?

What do I think?
I think that I wouldn’t want to be the poor schmuck who winds up buying it after that repair.

Hmmm, measure twice cut once. Would have been nice to have it in English but we would call that a total in the US and it would be a reconstructed title. Gotta have low labor rates to do something like that in the US I would think.

Body shops do this kind of thing all the time.

If the vehicle is worth 40-50K, and the repair only costs 10K, the insurance company is going to say, “fix it.”


A few comments . . .

While the car was possibly/probably not fixed in a BMW-approved method, the guy doing the work is clearly very talented

A nice, high-line car like that is going to be saved, even if it takes a herculean effort, as per the video

Were that car here, it would quite possibly/probably be totaled . . . however that would not be the end of the car

Even with a salvage/reconstructed title, the car will have substantial value to somebody. Enough, so that many body shops would see dollar signs and proceed to do essentially the same repair these Russian guys did

Perhaps a body shop would even work out a deal with the insurance company, purchase the vehicle, repair it, and sell it themselves. There are plenty of people and used car lots who not scared of a vehicle with a salavage/reconstructed title

I wouldn’t buy the car, but there are enough people who would

I do wonder what would happen if that car were to be rearended . . . ?! :fearful:

Hence my comment about not wanting to be the poor (unsuspecting) schmuck who buys it.

If you’re a member of I-CAR, you get detailed instructions from the OEM as to how to do the proper collision repair so the vehicle is brought back as if no damage occurred.


What he did is called a “clip” and it’s a standard accepted method of repair, even to a unibody. Done properly, it should be fine.

I confess, I didn’t watch the entire video. I spent much of the time watching what I did watch trying to figure out where (what country) the repair was taking place. Anybody know?

This is just speculation, but I think that it was probably done in Russia, home of the world’s highest concentration of drunk drivers and…weird…traffic accidents.
But, if you can’t trust the Russians…Who can you trust?
(Just ask Vladimir Putin if you don’t believe me…)

The language was Russian…

In my post, I referred to “these Russian guys”


A few steps above Red Green, that’s for sure. No duct tape in sight!

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Kind of reminds me of one that an ex-boss of mine took in trade once, sold it quickly, and bought it back a few weeks later when it started separating itself…

I realize this kind of thing is done all the time but I’m not a fan of major league splicing which could lead to one part of the car traveling in a different direction than the other part.

See it now on a dealer lot. “ONE OWNER! LIKE NEW!”

A neighbor of mine well known for getting “super” deals that actually turn out not to be bought a used station wagon about ten years ago for a “fantastic deal”. It seemed to creak every time he went over certain terrain. He took it to a body shop who put it on a lift. Basically, it had been in a serious accident and part of the unibody’s rear end was riveted back together. The vehicle was deemed by the shop to be unsafe.

Some food for thought.