Collision Repair

Discussion in 'Gen II Prius Care, Maintenance and Troubleshooting' started by jackowens, Dec 14, 2010.

  1. jackowens

    jackowens New Member

    Jan 19, 2006
    Dear Friends,

    I smashed up the bumper area and hood of my blue 2005 Toyota Prius --although it is still drivable-- and am now looking into replacing those parts.

    I find that I apparently cannot order those parts from Toyota in the standard blue of my Prius and that the parts ordered will come unpainted. That means that the shop that does the repair will paint the parts to be installed.

    I had a 1986 Chevrolet Nova that a friend borrowed and damaged pretty much the same way. The shop where I had it repaired painted the parts replaced. The problem that arose in that instance was that, with the passage of time, the paint job gradually deteriorated and contrasted unpleasantly with the original paint job of the car:eek:hwell:.
    I would like to avoid that this time around.

    Any of you folks have a similar experience and possible advice?

    Regards to all from

    Jack Owens
  2. Rokeby

    Rokeby Member

    Jan 21, 2008
    Ballamer, Merlin
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2008 Prius

    Check with these folks:

    04 and newer Prius Parts Cars

    They are a Prius-specific salvage and rebuild company in Indiana. :rockon:
    With luck, they may have the parts you need in the color you want.

    Shipping $$ :noidea:
  3. okiebutnotfrommuskogee

    okiebutnotfrommuskogee Senior Member

    Mar 2, 2007
    Tulsa, OK
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2011 Prius
    Back in the late 80s I had to replace a fender on my 86 Hyundai. I painted it myself using all the proper techniques. It was a good color match. A few years later when I sold the car my painted fender still looked brand new, but the rest of the car had faded a bunch.
  4. born2pdl

    born2pdl New Member

    Oct 26, 2010
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2005 Prius
    Your location would help. Search There are also a couple of prius specific operations in cal, saw them doing a craigslist search.
  5. edthefox5

    edthefox5 Senior Member

    Jul 25, 2007
    Clearwater, Florida
    Your Vehicle Year:
    2007 Prius
    You may have the reverse problem. It will be hard to match your 5 year old paint as it has faded quite a bit. You will be amazed at how faded your paint has become when you see the new paint next to it. And the new paint will not deteriate at the same speed as the rest of the car.

    I just had my front and rear bumper replaced and its near impossible to match the new paint on the bumper to a 2 or 3 year old paint job. My car has been garaged and the paint has still faded alot in 3 years. The bumper and hood may match pretty good but the fenders will be way off.
    The plastic bumper ages paint differently.

    I was thinking maybe paint the fenders too but you'll really see a difference then between the fender and door. It will be night and day.