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Geico would repair that fender Would be an easy fix as long as you mock up the bumper. Can pogo stick pull a lot of stuff off a wiggle wire.

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the cost is $1738.00
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Just for fun, can you scan the est and post it here? You can cover all you and the shop info if you like, ust the time and costs, it would be interesting to see.

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I don't know how to scan to the computer LOL so here is a picture
the estimate is plus my $250 deductible

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It's amazing how different labor rates are around the country, we haven't seen rates that low since about 35 years ago! That estimate actually looks real good, and real close to what we would write. But ours would be about $2400 with our rates.

The bumper is After Market, I would go with remanning that one before I put an AM on there. But they aren't bad, a quality AM is ok. They have it listed as CAPA, which is a "Certification" company who inspect and certify Aftermarket parts as fitting well. They are "ok" and better than non-certified but still not as good as OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) The fender shows as OEM as well as the Liner, with the blending of the hood and trunk, this really looks like a fine estimate to repair it properly.

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the shop manager told me not to worry about the AM bumper. he deals with a company that sells GM that would price match
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the shop manager told me not to worry about the AM bumper. he deals with a company that sells GM that would price match
Right on, that is actually a standard in the industry now. All the manufacturers got smart about two years ago and began matching (when they can) and it is amazing how our reman, used and aftermarket parts usage dropped dramatically!

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the shop manager told me not to worry about the AM bumper. he deals with a company that sells GM that would price match
you got saved. AM bumpers are a common part to go AM. The problem I often see is that the tabs will be thicker or thinner than OEM and they don't engage really well with the tabs on the bumper stays. The edges along the wheel well will always have that mold release lip that needs to be sanded down, they don't fit well to the corner of head lights, and often times there's fitment issues to fenders when there's a curve on the mating surface of the fender like with a Camry. They work good on bumpers with bolts THRU the fender and into the bumper, not screws into plastic clips. The bolts will hold it tight and it will stay. The plastic clip and screw don't hold as tight and you need that with AM bumpers. Estimate looks legit and as Martin said, those labor rates are really low. We're at $70-$90 out here and more in SF.
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Right on, that is actually a standard in the industry now. All the manufacturers got smart about two years ago and began matching (when they can) and it is amazing how our reman, used and aftermarket parts usage dropped dramatically!

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Yeah, the "price match" works out to the GM part shop cost is matched to the AM list price. So, when the insurance company pays for an AM part, there is no cost savings to go with a GM part. But State Farm will never figure an AM part anymore. progressive, Geico, and others, will figure AM parts on a 2018 Mercedes, if there are any available.
But OTOH, there are some parts that cost more AM, than OEM.
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Yeah, the "price match" works out to the GM part shop cost is matched to the AM list price. So, when the insurance company pays for an AM part, there is no cost savings to go with a GM part. But State Farm will never figure an AM part anymore. progressive, Geico, and others, will figure AM parts on a 2018 Mercedes, if there are any available.
But OTOH, there are some parts that cost more AM, than OEM.
I am a student of marketing, I just have a large interest in the subject, have for years. It's so damn interesting to see what companies do with stuff like this, how a price can come down dramatically to not lose the sale.

One thing I learned long ago, the price of manufacturing has nothing what so ever to do with retail price. This hit me 30+ years ago when I looked at a Chevy moulding and a Cadillac moulding that I had in the shop and how the much more expensive to produce Chevy one was a quarter the price of the Cad one!

I have seen funny things like the "tupperware lid" like license bracket that are commonly found on late model cars. It's literally more simple to manufacture than a tupperware lid. We had a Toyota one, OEM was $9.00. AM was $6.00. And we had a Mercedes the OEM was $130 and the AM was $70. LOLOLOLOL They were IDENTICAL other than the shape where it bolted to the bumper.

Funny stuff!

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