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    tampaite Junior Member

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    How much would it cost to replace the front bumper along with the engine hood(see pics)

    Appreciate if you can recommend any repair shops in the Tampa bay area!

    I don't have collision/comprehensive so will have to pay out of pocket.

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    ShinerBTX New Member

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    From your pics, looks very similar to my accident I had with a 08 Prius. There was some damage to parts for the A/C which had to be replaced. My estimate from Service King here in Plano TX was $2,907. You don't know the true damage till the shop starts the tear down. But this should give you a idea.
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    My front bumper was $1500 plus your absorber behind the bumper is destroyed also. Not sure how much hood is but my guesstimate is $3700-$4 out the door.
    Clearwater Collision on Drew did a very good job. Btw, very hard to match bumper paint to car.

    Not sure how handy you are but you could get bumper-hood-absorber from bone yard and then you can bring them to shop and get them painted and then re-install them yourself. That would cut the bill in half.
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    tampaite Junior Member

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    Thanks everyone.

    I took the Prius to a local body work shop and received a quick estimate(verbal) for ~ $4000.00 :unsure:

    Am requesting detailed estimates which will show the breakdown of the parts etc. The detailed estimates will take atleast a day.

    The $4K quote is for after-market parts and for OEM am told it will be another $1K additional.

    Good thing is my paycheck is coming up on Friday(tomorrow), otherwise this would have put me in deep hole:( and funny part is I have to wait for another paycheck to cover the repairs..:LOL: I couldn't help but wonder about how expensive it is for repairs!!
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    sfv41901 Blizzard Brigade #164

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    Don't be Suprised if there is slight frame damage. The impact was right in the middle of the bumper which might of pulled both of the frame rails toward the center of the car.

    Good luck with the repairs
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    tampaite Junior Member

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    You are right
    You are right, when I view from the corner the thick frame(metal or aluminum not sure) is slightly bend towards inside.

    I will post an update whenever I receive the detail estimates.
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    No theres a really big absorber behind there. That is the frame.
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    If the choice is between aftermarket & OEM parts I'd go with the OEM as they most like will fit better. Since cost is an issue price used parts. New or used the parts are going to be painted anyway. Used OEM should be cheaper than new aftermarket.
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    I agree.......OEM will always fit better & since the parts will be painted, it would benefit u more to go with used OEM if the cost is a factor. Besides.......once they get painted who will know the difference
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    Thanks.

    Got an estimate over the phone for $3900 - they will need to replace bumper, engine hood, headlight(even though they did work), radiator, bar, condensor etc) . have asked for written estimate.

    Also, I called the body shop(Bed Rock Auto) and asked if they would find used OEM than brand new after-market.

    They will re-price the estimates and send an updated one later this afternoon.

    They did say NOT having to paint the parts on the inside will save $100 or more. Should I go for it?
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    Patrick Wong DIY Enthusiast

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    I don't think you will like the result if the inside of the hood is not body color.
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    Got the detailed estimate - 2 page long but I'll condense it...

    The following needs to be replaced or repaired -

    • Front Bumper
    • Grille
    • Front Lamps
    • Radiator Support
    • Cooling
    • Condensor
    • Engine Hood
    • Fender
    Total for Parts(after market) = ~ $1600
    Total for Body Labour and Paint Labour = ~ $1800

    Looking at a total with taxes and stuff at about ~ $3600.00

    It will take about a week to fix the car. I'll post an update once the car is done.
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    After 2 weeks, the car was fixed and it looks brand new.

    All the parts were OEM except for the bumper and am happy so far..time will tell if I'll have any issues with the work done...
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    WHERE ARE THE PICS?????
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    tampaite Junior Member

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    Pics are attached. :)

    The car drives well except for one issue. When I make a sharp left turn, right around while making the turn, I hear a "ummph", "ummph" noise 4 or 5 times and then as soon as the car wheels are straight, I don't hear it and I have consistently heard this noise.

    I checked around the left wheel and I don't see it touching or anything in its way. Any thoughts?

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    Patrick Wong DIY Enthusiast

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    Your car is missing the large black plastic cover that fits over the radiator.

    Regarding the suspension noise you are hearing, I suggest you have it checked out. Perhaps that is caused by a loose component.
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    They did forget to put the cover for the radiator back on......unless it wasn't there to being with.

    As for the noise, it sounds like a suspension issue. Might be from the possible frame damage if it wasn't fixed right.
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    Am not sure about the radioator cover but i'll ask. :) thanks for pointing it out.

    I took the car back and the gentleman who assisted me thought that the Canister near the left wheel could have issues with the 'air' intake and could actually be making a noise similar to blurping(which seems plausible) - am told it'll take a day to fix it!
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    Yeah we dont like Pic teases around here :ROFLMAO:

    Looks good!! Just out of curiosity, with a car like the Prius that can be so expensive to repair in a collision, explain to me why do you not have collision coverage?!
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    tampaite Junior Member

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    Am responding but I hope you or other's don't Critique my choice.

    Basically, my thought is if you buy a used car AND have an equivalent $ amount in your reserves AND anything you buy to shield yourself against a depreciating asset is a waste of money in the long run.( keyword: used, equivalent $, depreciating)

    Example: If you bought Prius for $10K and you have additional $10K in reserves, buying Collision may help in short-term but in the long term, the additional monthly premium that you pay can be used elsewhere.
    Also, once you do make a claim, you'll be paying an additional monthly increase in premium for making the claim and those add up.

    I have GEICO, adding $1000 deductible for collision adds another ~$250 into my total yearly premium.

    Let's say you had a damage of $3K in Year 1 - you'll come out ahead since you paid $1000(deductible) and Insurance would pay $2000 but you really paid $1250(including the additional $250 in yearly premium)

    However, if you had the same damage in Year 6 - you would have paid $1000(deductible) and Insurance would pay $2000 but you really paid $2500($1000 + $250*6)

    Year 1 = $1000 + $250
    Year 2 = $1000 + $250+$250
    Year 3 = $1000 + $250+$250 +$250 and so on

    so every year that you have collision in your policy, you are paying more for coverage and it's value begins to decline/diminsh over a long period of time.

    Again, these are calculations based on you being a responsible and careful driver etc, please don't ask me what if the car gets totalled yada yada for those people - I say, get full coverage and pay top dollar!
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