Should I get this fixed v. slightbumperdamage

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  1. FunkyMunniez

    FunkyMunniez Active Member

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    cliffs on damage: few days ago i got rear ended because someone wasn't paying attention to whats going on. my rear bumper on the drivers side is now pushed in a little bit because of the damage. pics are below.

    Damaged side pic 1:
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    damaged side pic 2:
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    unaffected side...how the damaged side should look:
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    the bracket that holds the bumper to the car:
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    What do you guys think? I'm leaning towards not getting it done because the bumper is secure to the car, there's no visible damage to note on the exterior and I've fixed all the minor things that were affected from the hit (ie trunk was knocked off center and wouldnt close properly).

    Should I go through the hassle of getting a garage to fix it and dealing with insurance forms, etc or is this something I can easily do myself?
     
  2. BlazinBlazer Guy

    BlazinBlazer Guy Witness to The De-Evolution of Mankind.

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    I'd say you should go to some body shops and get a few quotes, just see what they say. Decide from there if you care enough about your car to make it right.
     
  3. hsmith

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    was the person not insured or do you live in a no fault state :greddy:
     
  4. FunkyMunniez

    FunkyMunniez Active Member

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    yea theyre insured but it was just some stupid 18 year old that probably started driving last week. id hate to bring insurance in and get him paying a shitload for the next 3-5 years for something like this but i definately will if its necessary.

    This was my next course of action. I just wanted to see what you guys might have to say about it to see if I could save some time. I gotta leave for school on Saturday and I'm busy packing all my shit and am strapped for time on going out to a garage or two for quotes.

    I was wondering if I could get a rubber mallet or something and pound it back into shape?
     
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    well, i'd get an estimate - if the kid feels like giving you cash to fix it, fine. it not, go to insurance :o
     
  6. XPX

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    Get the estimates...if you let all the details pass in a couple years your car's value will go down the hill...even more....make the kid pay for it.
     
  7. BlazinBlazer Guy

    BlazinBlazer Guy Witness to The De-Evolution of Mankind.

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    Unless you know what you're doing, I wouldn't go taking any kind of mallet or hammer to it... you could end up making things worse.
     
  8. FunkyMunniez

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    My dad worked on cars for years in the army, if I were to do any repair like that I would do it with him. I'm just wondering if it's possible.
     
  9. Scottwax

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    Screw that, he should have been driving better. Teach him a lesson.

    I'd just pocket the insurance money for now if the damage doesn't bother you.
     
  10. BlazinBlazer Guy

    BlazinBlazer Guy Witness to The De-Evolution of Mankind.

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    Mechanic != body man. You might be able to fix that, but again you need to know what you're doing.
     
  11. mtnbike4522

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    i drove my truck into a rut, bending the front bumper bracket years ago. took it off the truck, and straightened it back out with a sledge hammer
     
  12. jjski78

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    Exactly. Teach him a lesson now, maybe if it hurts his wallet bad enough he might pay more attention when he's behind the wheel.
     

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