Yesterday, a BMW minivan stopped short in front of my Chevy here in Red
Sox Nation and due to some snow/ice on the road I slid a little and
couldn't quite stop in time so my car tapped the BMW's rear bumper,
leaving a very slight mark which looks like it could just be buffed out.
I exchanged data with the other driver and when we were ready to depart
his BMW wouldn't start. He had it towed to the dealer he purchased it from.
Later in the day the other fellow called me and said that my car hitting
the BMW's bumper damaged some electronic system and that the repairs
would require installing a new electronic module (costing about $900)
plus labor for a total cost of about $1,900.00.
The owner didn't know the specific name of what component had been
damaged and I told him to try and get me more data. He offered the
suggestion that perhaps I'd want to consider paying him directly to
avoid injuring my record with my insurer and asked how much I'd be
willing to pay.
I've reported the incident to my auto insurer, but I'm suspicious about
whether or not such a slight tap to the BMW's rear bumper could cause
that much damage to some electronic system in the car. Does it sound
plausible and reasonable to folks on this newsgroup?
(W1BSV + Brass Rat '57 EE)
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