The car is finished. The SUV attack was Dec 14 and repair took a long time, but I used the same local shop that worked on one of John M's Spiders and will paint his Ferrari. I drove it home yesterday just in time to miss the freezing rain and snow last night. The check from MetLife auto insurance to me was $4742, and the body shop told me they were paid $3000 direct for additional cost over the insurance adjuster's estimate. That's an expensive fender bender...
Edit: I checked the repair invoice, and the total bill was $7482. After viewing the car, the adjuster used his corporate software to establish an "official" repair cost of $4740. I already had an estimate of $6500 and, after seeing this, the adjuster agreed that they would pay anything over his estimate. Giving due credit, MetLife auto insurance made the unfortunate process as good as possible. They also gave me $120 in return for not using their offer of a rental car for 10 days.
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1976 Spider (Dedicated Autocrosser, "SPICA, No Carbs")
1991 Spider Veloce (Retirement cruiser)
Scuderia Non Originale
Last edited by conedriver; 02-12-2012 at 06:08 AM.