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Title: Police Officer accidentally smashed into my parked 1980 300SD :-(
Post by: avantbenz on 26 August 2020, 01:05 AM
I was laying in bed around 9:00p and I received a knock on the door. It was a police officer who came to apologize for accidentally hitting my 1980 300SD which was parked out front.

When I went outside to look at the damage I saw she had hit the wheel well area of the front drivers side.

How bad does it look? I’ll start getting estimates tomorrow but wanted to know if anyone had any thoughts.

The city is self-insured so I hope they’ll just pay without trying to total the car out but who knows? Never had to deal with a self-insured police department before.
Title: Re: Police Officer accidentally smashed into my parked 1980 300SD :-(
Post by: ptashek on 26 August 2020, 01:26 AM
Hard to say at a distance, but nevertheless it doesn't look too bad. The upper line where the wing mounts doesn't appear distorted, which is a good sign. My worry would be that if she hit the wheel, the suspension components and lower subframe may have been affected the worst. And that would turn it into a much bigger job.
Title: Re: Police Officer accidentally smashed into my parked 1980 300SD :-(
Post by: floyd111 on 26 August 2020, 02:18 AM
Right. can you drive to the nearest wheel alignment station, and check whether all is still straight as before? Knowing that could ease worries.
Title: Re: Police Officer accidentally smashed into my parked 1980 300SD :-(
Post by: Diesel 617 on 26 August 2020, 06:54 AM
You won't know until you remove that fender, then you'll have a clear view of it all.  There is tar on the underside between the chassis and fender to seal the seam and bolts. Get multiple estimates too.
Title: Re: Police Officer accidentally smashed into my parked 1980 300SD :-(
Post by: daantjie on 26 August 2020, 07:48 AM
Hard to say at a distance, but nevertheless it doesn't look too bad up too. The upper line where the wing mounts doesn't appear distorted, which is a good sign. My worry would be that if she hit the wheel, the suspension components and lower subframe may have been affected the worst. And that would turn it into a much bigger job.

Yup any suspension damage will rack up the $$$$
Title: Re: Police Officer accidentally smashed into my parked 1980 300SD :-(
Post by: Harv on 26 August 2020, 07:44 PM
Remember, that fender is glued on as well. They'll need to heat it to pull it off.
Title: Re: Police Officer accidentally smashed into my parked 1980 300SD :-(
Post by: ptashek on 27 August 2020, 03:19 AM
On a side note... What's the back story to this? :)
How the heck does one drive a police cruiser into a parked car? Was it during a pursuit or something?
Title: Re: Police Officer accidentally smashed into my parked 1980 300SD :-(
Post by: avantbenz on 28 August 2020, 02:48 PM
Got my first estimate today. Surprise, surprise - it’s difficult to find a good body shop willing and able to work on a 40 year old car!

I took it to Vaco Mercedes in Los Angeles and the initial estimate (including fender, paint, headlight assembly, suspension components, alignment and two new tires to prevent uneven tread wear) is $3560 USD. He thinks it’ll take about a week and half to complete and he was clear that it was only an initial estimate and subject to change after he got in there which makes sense.

As for the police officers story: according to the police report she hit it during a three point turn due to “unsafe backing up.” She was driving a beefed up 2019 Ford Explorer. I think she was trying to get to the scene of a hit and run. When she came by to apologize and take down my information for the report I had to explain my wallet was stolen last week and my replacement license was in the mail. Yup, been having a string of bad luck recently. 2020 is kicking while I’m down!

I’ll let you know when I get another estimate (hopefully Monday). As for the municipality self-insurance - the guy I need to talk to is out of the office until Monday so I still have no idea how their procedure works. Hope they just pay for it with no balking. I’m not going through my insurance company because I’m sure they’d total it for the broken headlight alone and I’m sure the check to total it out wouldn’t even cover the entire estimate to get her fixed.

Wish me luck, fellow 116ers! I’ll need it.
Title: Re: Police Officer accidentally smashed into my parked 1980 300SD :-(
Post by: ckamila on 17 September 2020, 11:19 AM
I think that estimate is too low. What type of replacement fender will be used? After market fenders use a thinner gauge metal. Alignment, new tire, other front end damage?  I had lesser damage and the estimate was $4K but at a high end shop in Seattle.


Chris
Title: Re: Police Officer accidentally smashed into my parked 1980 300SD :-(
Post by: gregor77 on 29 April 2021, 05:40 PM
What was the outcome? 

Easy with the high estimates, I am not sure how it works in your country, but that would be an instant write off.