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05-20-2018 03:34 PM
MARTINSR
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Originally Posted by st3gamefarm View Post
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!

Brian
05-19-2018 04:19 PM
st3gamefarm
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Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post
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!

Brian
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.
05-03-2018 12:06 AM
tech69
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Originally Posted by fat tire View Post
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.
04-16-2018 09:37 AM
MARTINSR
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Originally Posted by fat tire View Post
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!

Brian
04-16-2018 08:35 AM
fat tire the shop manager told me not to worry about the AM bumper. he deals with a company that sells GM that would price match
04-16-2018 08:29 AM
MARTINSR 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.

Brian
04-16-2018 06:22 AM
fat tire I don't know how to scan to the computer LOL so here is a picture
the estimate is plus my $250 deductible

04-15-2018 02:53 PM
MARTINSR 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.

Brian
04-15-2018 02:48 PM
fat tire the cost is $1738.00
04-15-2018 12:35 PM
tech69 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.
04-14-2018 10:53 PM
bullheimer my Matrix is way worse, i got $800 from the ins co and bids from $800 to $1200 from three different places. i live in a place with about 30,000 people tho. if i went to seattle it might be different. but i did get a bid of 1200 from maaco in bellingham. much worse than that, i need a new bumper. dont think you do.
04-08-2018 05:03 PM
MARTINSR
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Originally Posted by Too Many Projects View Post
I don't know, seems a new fender, paint and install is usually less expensive than the labor to straighten and then paint around here...If the deductible is over $500 I would be getting a price on new part and paint to match, then put it on myself.
You are right, until the blends are factored in, that often puts it over fixing it.

Brian
04-08-2018 02:21 PM
Too Many Projects
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Originally Posted by idrivejunk View Post
I would be on car-part.com looking for a fender the right color.
Exactly, that color is quite prevalent and may be easy to come up with used. I thought of that, but didn't post it...
04-08-2018 02:14 PM
idrivejunk I would be on car-part.com looking for a fender the right color.
04-08-2018 01:25 PM
Too Many Projects After market replacement fender is less than $100 with free shipping...OE is $150 plus stupid high shipping, total around $300.
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