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Re: Dealer Ripoffs!
>My 1990 200tq was hit the other day. Nothing serious, basically someone hit
>me in a mall parking lot and drove off without leaving a note. Must have
>known about Audi repair costs. The damage was 2 small cracks to the rubber
>part of the front bumper cover and damage to the right corner chrome trim on
>top of it. I took it to the Audi dealer (I have full coverage insurance
>with a $100 deductible), and they quoted me a price of $796.00. They
>basicall told me the only way to repair the black rubber part of the bumper
>was to replace the entire bumper cover. Can this be true or is this another
>case of an Audi Dealer f------ you over. [...]
The same sort of thing happened to me in my 93 90CS. Someone with a
"brush guard" bumped me _very_ lightly, resulting in a pitifully small
puncture in the bumper; the dealer insisted that because of that they
would have to replace the whole rear bumper assembly, plus some other
hardware. Total estimate neared $1000. Then I took it to an
independant body shop, and they charged about $300 or $400 to take the
bumper off, strip it, patch it, and repaint it. They did a *perfect*
job of matching the paint, and guaranteed the patch and the paint color
for 3 years.
They also noted (and I agree) that no insurance company will pay $850+
for such piddly damage. Shop around and get a better deal.