Re: car accident
I have a bit of experience with this. When my car was 6 months old, June of 2007, my sister backed into my car in the driveway. It was minor damage similar to what you describe. The front bumper clip was jetted out from the rest of the body paneling. There was a visible 1/2" section of bumper sticking out and there were some scrapes near the fog light bay. A few months later during the winter, somebody tapped my rear bumper and created a small crack over the license plate area. I had it all repaired the next spring, the total, $800. The rear bumper is 99% fixed, thereís a visible difference in gap between the rear bumper and the rear side body panels; itís tighter at the bottom and wider at the top. The front region was never properly fixed, it looked great right after the repair, but the front bumper eventually ended up sticking back out half an inch. A few weeks ago, I noticed that the paint on the front bumper is peeling off, only on the sections that were repaired. I went back to the repair shop and talked to the manager, he said that the repair paint isnít as resilient as the OE paint, and it will cost another 200-300$ to get that re-repaired. I may post pics later. Based on my experience, Iíd say look for a Ďtotaledí car with a salvageable bumper (same color too). It will probably end up costing you less.