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Old 08-23-2011, 09:50 AM   #1
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Minor fenderbender with a stone wall / my bumper is broken

The other day as I was pulling out of a friends driveway, I went to swing my car to turn without realizing there was a ~1 foot stone wall a few inches to my right.

The bumper on passenger side has separated along the side leaving almost an inch gap. It is no longer connected inside the wheel well where the plastic grommets used to be and the splash guard is cracked. The bumper must have been pulled by the wall a bit, it's badly scratched underneath.

Where can I start if I want to fix this myself? Or an idea of how much it would cost at a garage?


EDIT: Here are some photos, I had to take them with my phone sorry for the crappy quality...











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Old 08-23-2011, 10:05 AM   #2
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If you can post some pictures up I can gladly help!
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Old 08-23-2011, 10:06 AM   #3
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Thanks!

I'll come back later tonight and add pictures when I get home from work.
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Old 08-23-2011, 08:25 PM   #4
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Old 08-23-2011, 08:51 PM   #5
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Unless you want to spend a grand or so, OR if you have a low deductible & don't care about your rates going up.... THIS is a case where a "quick fix" in the driveway will probably make you happier....

To "fix it" as well as is reasonable, you need to unscrew everything connected to let it go back where it belongs, repair what's necessary to keep it in place, THEN smooth out with sandpaper & repaint with a "rattle can" to make it look decent.

Honestly, Unless you've got "Bucks" to spare, spending a couple grand for an "oops" isn't in MOST of our budgets....
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most of the scuffs look white means in the clear so you can probably get most out with a good compound.

i would un mount the bumper, buff/polish the area at the bottom to see how it looks, if you can live with it put it back on, the cracked fender liner i would just scuff the back and put some epoxy on it.
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All you need to do is pull the bumper out then slide it back into its grooves. This happened to my 08, not quite the same circumstances but hey. As for the scratches, just get some compound and go to work. I bet you can make it look pretty good again.
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Yup - It's better than spending for "all new" just for some scrapes...
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