BMW vs. Mac Air! The result...

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Stef4n, Sep 5, 2013.

  1. Stef4n macrumors regular

    Feb 14, 2011
    I unintentionally made a small "test" last week.

    The actors:

    Macbook Air (2012), 8gb Ram, 128gb acting as the Notebook and a BMW 3er Gran Turismo acting as the car.

    The story:

    I parked my car, took out my bag where my macbook air was in from the back of my car and during I did that I got a call on my phone. I left the bag next to the car and had a 15 minute talk in the car. During the conversation I saw someone parking out on a nice shadow spot. So I decided to park there. I parked, went out of my car, went to the back of the car and didn't find my bag. I quite quickly released that I left it next to the car and went back with already a little "bad" feeling. Finally at my old parking spot I saw my bagpack. The 4 apples (fruits) I took were fine, the two glass bottles of water were fine, but my macbook air looked like (see attached).

    What got damage:

    Well the Macbook Air is still working fine. Just the screen and the whole case is broken. The "right" click on the trackpad is not really working. Still I can load it, turn it on an off, even games are running.

    My problem:

    What should I do? Tomorrow I have an appointment in an official apple store, but I guess changing the case and the screen is at least 700€ + I have the risk that something else might be twisted or broken. I already asked an employer without having an appointment and he just said, "no change" but he was just a normal seller.

    Looking forward your advices, what else could be broken? For how much could I sell the broken one? Would you repair it?

    Assumption: 1$ = 1€ (Apple's exchange rate...)

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  2. Nukemkb macrumors 6502a


    Mar 12, 2006
    Columbia, SC
    Looks like 'modern art' now! Let us know what the store says...
  3. TheSponge macrumors member

    Sep 5, 2013
    By the time this thing looks like new again it's going to be the price of a brand new laptop currently from the Apple Store..

    You might be at a loss here and just have to part that thing out..
  4. Hustler1337 macrumors 68000


    Dec 23, 2010
    London, UK
    How did the damage happen? Did you run over your MBA or did it drop from you car or something else?
  5. Stef4n thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 14, 2011
  6. AXs macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2009
    People are so inattentive these days. Too many distractions and can't keep focus. No wonder rates of ADD diagnosis have shot up majorly.

    Just today another guy posted that he tried to walk to the fridge or something and didn't realize that his earphones were plugged into his macbook and ended up dropping it while walking away.

    Stop being so absent minded. Focus!
  7. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    Surprised it works at all. Good luck tomorrow.
  8. nateo200 macrumors 68030


    Feb 4, 2009
    Northern District NY
    Lol I saw that thread as well...before I get up I make sure everything on my rMBP is unplugged and if it isn't I carefully assess how to move my legs up and slowly and carefully move my laptop. Still I wouldn't be in such a hurry to judge. We all screw up sometimes I just hope that with $2000 on your lap you treat the damn thing better than a new born baby!
  9. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
    Well, don't you guys across the pond have some kind of consumer protection for instances like these? God knows you have it for everything else. :D
  10. Stef4n thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 14, 2011
    I am sure, that this won't happen again in my life. Cause of all the NSA revelations I cancelled all my US/GB based cloud services. So my last backup was three weeks old. Luckily the SSD survived.


    Haha, yes kind of :D. I have to admit that I and most Western Europeans are "over"insured. Unfortunatly it happend while I was using a car and the compulsury car insurance is only paying damages I did to other people.
  11. butch10x macrumors regular

    Jul 30, 2010
    It sux that this happened. But srsly, why people post how careless and inattentive they are is beyond me.
  12. Stef4n thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 14, 2011
    For me it's about making an informed decision and thus reducing financial loss. Giving technological advanced people more information leads to better estimations of them and helps me consequently more.
  13. AXs macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2009
    What? You made an informed decision regarding what exactly? Whether you should fix it? or how much it should cost?

    Good for you if you can find someone on these forums who's willing to quote you on fixing your machine, but it's really going to come down to what the Apple mech team says, and what they quote you.

    But here's a note for you to make future informed decision - please don't be so absent minded and drive over your $2,000 laptop... and financial losses will be reduced immediately :p

    Jokes aside, in order to make an informed decision you must first evaluate your situation. No one on the internet looking at pictures is going to be able to tell you the full extent of what's wrong.

    You say "it works fine" but from the pictures, it looks like you may need a new logic board... which means new CPU, new RAM... Your screen is broken = new screen, your shell is cracked, so new aluminum shell.... if trackpad isn't working then new trackpad.

    if your logic board can be saved, you might as well go through with the repairs. But if it's bent, or cracked... you're gonna want to sell it for scraps and get a new machine as fixing it would cost more.

    Again, only Team Apple will be able to tell you accurately. Be patient. Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.
  14. Stef4n thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 14, 2011
    Ok thanks, so I can just hope that the logic board is not bent. Except of the case, the screen, the keyboard and the trackpad, everything else is fine I guess. In 9 hours I will know more.
  15. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    While true, it's still potentially valuable to ask around if others had a similar situation. We can ridicule the OP, but he's not the first and certainly won't be the last person to accidentally run over his expensive laptop with a car. These things happen. And if perhaps someone else on this forum had a similar experience prior, that person might be able to share whether Apple was even remotely able to repair the damage. If so, perhaps it's worth a shot to take it in. If not, he may want to cut his losses now.

    And in any case, it's both curiosity-satisfying (so THIS is what a run-over MacBook Air looks like!) and informative (apparently, an SSD-equipped laptop can still function after some physical mangling).


    Please keep us posted. It'll be interesting to see what they say about this.

    Photos of the Apple Genius' face when s/he first sees it might also prove interesting. :)
  16. Jesla macrumors 6502a


    Jan 7, 2013
    Tennessee USA
    You drove over a bag of fruit, water and a laptop without notice?…..:eek:
  17. bkribbs macrumors 65816

    Jan 15, 2012
    Geez everyone. Take it easy on the guy. Please tell me you haven't ever made a mistake. His, unfortunately was a rather expensive one, but still. Just a mistake. And I can almost promise it won't happen to him again!

    Unfortunately man, that thing is probably a goner.

    Case needs replaced, display needs replaced, and if the logic board needs replaced, you're literally just about having them replace everything.

    I'm not sure if its built like the rMBP or not where the keyboard and mouse are built into the case, but if so, the only part that doesn't need replaced is the SSD.

    Very unfortunate day, but that's pretty much my guess.
  18. siberiansun macrumors newbie

    Sep 5, 2013
    Hallo Stefan

    You can sell it if you want, or maybe I can fix it, I have some spare parts here, if your logic board is fine it's worth a try to combine it with a water damaged MacBook Air ;)

    You are from Germany, right?
  19. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    Apparently no one in this thread has had some screaming kids to deal with while loading up the car. ;)

    Accidents happen. That's why they're called accidents.

    I purchased a used PB'15 in 2011 and backed over it, and my wife's 13" MBP with the car about 2 weeks later. The PB was pretty mashed up, cracked the LCD and bent the superdrive, but still worked. The glass on the Pro cracked, but I was able to get a replacement.
  20. siberiansun macrumors newbie

    Sep 5, 2013
    Somehow reminds me of the German comedian who's wife ran over his MBA and afterwards telling him that its not faulty because its still turning on...
  21. mizaco macrumors member

    Sep 4, 2013
  22. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

    Jan 5, 2011
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    Stef4n thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 14, 2011
    Just came back from the apple store. Well I didn't take a photo but his face expression spoke for itself :), also the second guy's expression plus a "ohh, that doesn't look good" wasn't that good either. Both were even more surprised when they made some small tests and everything was working perfectly. (no delays etc.) Still he said to remove several parts like the frontcover, backcover, screen, keyboard (little bent) and he suggested also to change the logic board since it "could" be a little bent, too. However he couldn't finally say it. All in all 903€ + VAT (19% in Germany) Consequently it's not an option. Still I was surprised by the quality of service.

    I asked him how high the probability of success is if I would insert the parts in a water damaged Air. And he said that it should work, but it is in 95% of the cases the keyboard which is broken first. Of course depending where the water entered.

    I was also asking about their opinion when they expect the new rMBP to be released and they both said very confident I should wait to the 10th of September for a possible announcement since they are "overdue". Still "they don't know more than me".


    Yes I am, where are you from? I from Munich, so if you live close, why not.


    I am from Munich. That's like saying to a guy in Cupertino, now what you need is a windows vista copy! :)


    Since everthing else is fine, I guess I "touched" it. And you don't feel (or at least I didn't feel) an additional 3cm (squeezed together) on a stone parking slot from the 16-18th century.


    No New Yorkers here who want to buy it for 500$ or more? I have to play out "the Art" option now :D
  24. tuna9720 macrumors regular

    Jan 17, 2008
    Let me tell you this. Back up all of your data from your cracked machine while you can. And then, find a friend who can buy you an MBA from US for $1100+tax and forget about all the headaches of what to dos and how to dos..

    I don't know what exchange rates you're talking about but €1 is NOT = $1. Roughly it will cost you a €900 for a brand new, shiny, latest, all day battery MBA..

    Use your efforts for that..
  25. Stef4n thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 14, 2011
    Unfortunatly this is the Apple pricing translation.
    You guys pay 1499$, we have to pay 1499€, which is 1968,33$, which is more than 30% more for the same product!

    Still I won't be in the States within the next 6 month and if someone would send it to me the chance is over 90% that I would have to pay VAT + customs, cause they check it. 19% VAT + 10-15% customs on top > 30%. Then I have to get an adapter for my charger + have a US keyboard.

    It's not so easy, there are enough obstacles :)

    I btw. support a FTA between the EU and US!

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