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Thread: Bumper Damage

  1. #1
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    Bumper Damage

    Basically, the right corner of my car's rear bumper got swiped by the side of my friend's car at about a 45 degree angle to the bumper. Luckily, the damage is only about 4 inches or so of stripped clear coat and white paint. I called a shop that we've used before to fix a BMW rear bumper and they did a good job. They told me they would take off the bumper and completely redo it (paint strip and repaint). As my friend is a high school student, he can't really afford the $700 they quoted me. Because of this, he went to his dad (who isn't my biggest fan) and they are going through insurance. His dad was furious and demanded that their insurance valuate it. I told my friend that it would be fixed at my shop of choice, no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Anyway, is repainting the whole bumper necessary? It's an 08 with 97k miles on the clock if it matters. I want the car to look as good as before, no way will I accept a subpar repair.


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    Last edited by B00STED; 05-28-2017 at 02:41 PM.

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    The "proper" way to do the repair is to remove the bumper and refinish the entire thing. One can do other methods with varying levels of success but to ensure a consistent finish removal/refinish is best.

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    What would those other methods include? My friend's family doesn't give a damn about their cars and I just know that their insurance is going to lowball me. If I need to go to the family directly, I also know they would tell me to get some spray paint from Home Depot and get to work. I just want to have some expectation of what their cheap resolution will be. Also, does $700 sound about right from the shop? The estimate I got was what the guy told me over the phone after I described the damage to him. They haven't seen the car (they don't do estimates with pictures) and I haven't taken it to the shop because it is about 70-80 minutes each way. I'm not sure if I will take it to them for an IRL estimate before the repair gets done because I don't think I would really accomplish anything as the $650-700 quote was based on taking the bumper off and completely redoing it, something I don't think would change if they saw it in person.

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    The proper way to do this is to pull the bumper, blend the color in-panel (it's a small mark, it's easily blendable) so you don't have to worry about color matching the panels that the whole bumper meets to. The rub is that you MUST re-clear the entire panel. There's really no way around this, unless the clear system used specifically allows clear blending - not many do, and the ones that do are high end, not OE level finishes (and the clear on the car should be the same paint). You really don't want to do the clear on the car, because the masking will probably take more time than just pulling the bumper, so you're going to pay for the prep no matter what you do. Plus, if the bumper tucks under other body work in any area, you don't want that masked off and shot - you'll get a tape line and the clear could lift.

    Unfortunately paint is quite expensive these days and the labor time for something like this will be at least a few hours, plus R&R. $700 sounds about par for the course, depending on your area.
    Last edited by lithium726; 05-31-2017 at 09:07 PM.
    His: '17 GTI, '99 ///M3, '86 190E 2.3-16
    Hers: '06 530xiT

    Gone: '98 323is (RIP), '06 M3, '97 328i M-Sport

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    If he insisted on filing an insurance claim, what's the problem?
    Take it to shop of your choice, the adjuster for your friends insurance will approve the estimate if reasonable.
    $700 seems normal for that repair.
    "Choosing the correct shop is as important as the correct diagnosis

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    Remove, repair and reinstall, should not be more that about $400....You need to get more estimates.
    Go to the local dealer, ask around where they get their work done...
    look for shops that do high end cars....but $700.....wow
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    My 7 took a parking lot rub hit. They removed bumper, repaired the crease in the cover . About 1.5 hrs labor. blended paint and clear coated .$1100.00 If it will look the same $700.00 is fair to me.

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    I had a similar scratch on a z3 rear quarter-panel,
    $600 repair according to Allstate adjuster, I took the check!
    Keep in mind that this was 10yrs ago.
    "Choosing the correct shop is as important as the correct diagnosis

    Former owner of a Red RL411 wannabe owner of pictured vehicle

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    "MY" body shop charges about $500 to remove, repair and install a bumper...small damage is usually repairable, sometimes they can get a used bumper, once repaired and painted, on a newer car if it's a good body shop they can match it 100%, on a older car they can usually match the color very close.....(I'm very fussy)
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