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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-16-2010, 09:17 AM Thread Starter
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just today i got into a minor accident, hit a van. no damage to her. No initial damage to mine. However, i just got to work and noticed that my right side of the bumper isnt flushed with everything else. Minor deal. Noticed so paint had been chipped away under the headlights. Is there anything else i should worry about? I could get pictures after i get off work. in 12 hours lol.
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Re: car accident

It's pretty much impossible to hit someone and have "no damage". At the very least you probably need the bumper cover repainted, and possibly replaced.



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kinda my first accident, all she got was my name and number phone. what can i do about it?
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You can go through your insurance or just buy the new bumper or whatever you need, yourself. Depends on your deductible and if you want your insurance to go up.

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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.
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