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I currently had an incident where I had to quickly swerve my car out of the way to avoid getting hit from a cadillac escalade. Unfortunately the one place I could turn my car was to the side, and ended up hitting an iron gate. My front bumper was disconnected and hanging off, but returned to it's natural shape once I pushed it in. As you can see its scratched and the bumper is not connected. Does anyone know what is generally done in instances such as this (bumper replaced, reconnected?) and how much it usually costs?

Not happy because I love my forte :(



 

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I'm selling my bumper: ) pm me
 

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Id hit the caddy
 

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to be honest with you, it doesnt look too bad. I doubt you will need a whole new front bumper. Its just minor scratches which can be touched up, as with the clips I have no idea, you'd have to ask someone, if you can fabricated the clips again.
 

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tossing this out---
are there clips busted- or perhaps is it just plastic screws (like what holds the trunk liner in place) that are missing?
or perhaps a combo of the two-missing clips and plastic screws?

and as far as touching up the plastic body part- have a friend that had a honda that got rearended a few times--- not big whacks- just enought to eff up the plastic moulding- each time- she got the rearender to pay to get the plastic treated at a body shop(a good one of course)- might cost you a lil more up front to get it fixed like that than going thru your insurance-cuz we all know that the insurance company is gonna stick that minor charge back to you a zillion times over......
 

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It's hard to tell from your pics since they are out of focus but it does look like you have some deep scratches that go beyond the paint especially on your fender. If you decide to go through insurance you might have to pay a deductible if you have it on your policy so in the end it may not be worthwhile plus the scenario that there might be a good chance your insurance company would rate you at-fault since you hit a stationary object. The best way to go about it is to bring your car into a reputable body shop and get an estimate. You can call your dealer and ask them which body shop they use. The body shop would probably repaint those sections and your bumper and fender will look like new again and a good body shop should guarantee their work for as long as you own the car. You can try to do the repair yourself but I would only recommend this if you know what you're doing or know someone that does. A lot of times, if you're not experienced or knowledgeable you can actually make the car look worse by trying to fix it yourself. You can probably get the bumper clips from your dealer or order them from the internet.
 

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The best way to go about it is to bring your car into a reputable body shop and get an estimate.

You can try to do the repair yourself but I would only recommend this if you know what you're doing or know someone that does.
Get the quote from a body shop, send it in to your insurance company for reimbursement, then fix it yourself. Here's instructions (see chap 6):

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Get the quote from a body shop, send it in to your insurance company for reimbursement, then fix it yourself. Here's instructions (see chap 6):

Burton's Customs
Not sure how things are done in the USA but in Ontario, Canada if you want your insurance company to reimburse you, they need to receive an actual invoice of repair from the body shop. A lot of times they will contact the shop to make sure that you actually got work done there. They would laugh at you if you sent them just an estimate. Insurance companies don't exactly like handing out free money and they've seen all types of schemes. The only way to get an actual invoice if you still want to do the repair yourself is to have a body shop that is willing to write you a fake invoice. Not only is this insurance fraud but would be real difficult to find a body shop willing to take this risk. I seriously doubt a body shop will charge that much from the damage I can see in your photos. Get it done right and legit, your car will look like new again and you won't ever have to think about it again.
 
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