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Minor Bumper Damage w/ pictures - see for yourself

Discussion in 'Gen II Prius Care, Maintenance and Troubleshooting' started by macmaster05, Aug 14, 2010.

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  1. macmaster05

    macmaster05 Senor Member

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    I got hit while parked some time ago and it left localized scratches/gouges and a vertical dent down the middle of my bumper. Not too concerned about the gouges, I think I can buy touch up paint and buff out the scratches, but it's the dent in the plastic bumper that I'm more concerned about. Its very subtle but distorting.

    I called some dent removal places and they all seem to say the entire bumper needs to be sanded and repainted, costing between $300-500 (though they never actually saw it). Their solution seems excessive since it's such a small, localized area. The rest of the bumper is fine. Are there any home remedies or DIY suggestions?

    See for yourself and let me know. Maybe you dont even think it's a big deal, which is why I've put off getting this fixed. But I can bet that people behind me most definitely notice, and knowing that my (relatively) new car is not 100% is annoying. After all we're Prius Chatters.

    Thanks!


    P.S. In the first picture, below the circle you can see its still distorted all the way at the bottom. Yup, the dent runs from top to bottom. I realize these pictures aren't the greatest. It's noticeable from quite a distance if I'm walking up to my car, but it's very hard to capture on camera.

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  2. The Electric Me

    The Electric Me Go Speed Go!

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    My plastic bumper portion on my Honda Fit was similarly damaged. Unfortunately in less than 8 weeks from purchase a woman decided to rear end me at a stop light. I had the faintest outline of her front license plate frame, indented onto my back bumper. A lot of people just in passing wouldn't even see it.

    All I can tell you is I think your estimate and what you are hearing is correct. To REALLY fix it, it requires removal, refinishing and repainting blending. My initial estimates were in the $500-$650 range for what appeared to be very minor superficial damage to the bumper. In my case, once started I was told there was additional damage to the bumper support, final bill to the person who hit me's Insurance Company was near to $1000.

    Your damage seems more superficial, but a mark is a mark is a dent....my guess is it would still result in the same steps being taken to remedy, whether it's a huge gouge, dent or mark, or a subtle one.

    If subtle enough? The cheapest route might be ignoring it if possible and using a great quality wax/polish to make it look as good as possible.
  3. macmaster05

    macmaster05 Senor Member

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    Thanks. You basically confirmed what I've been thinking. Is there at least some inexpensive way to push down the dent on that top corner lip. It really throws off the symmetry of the car.
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    Patrick Wong DIY Enthusiast

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    I think that the repair estimate is reasonable. Based upon the photos the damage seems very minor and any DIY effort is likely to make the damage worse. I suggest that you either resign yourself to the $500 cost required to repaint the entire bumper cover; or else live with it as-is.

    If you need to park on the street frequently (which is how I assume this damage occurred) then you'll probably experience more of this, so it may be reasonable to leave it alone.
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    If you fix it, you will get another dent in it. If you don't, you won't get anymore. Spend your money on something more useful, it is minor damage, and looks a lot better then my bumpers.
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    When my car was new (before I had made the second payment), I was hit at low speed from behind and had indentations in the bumper cover from the fasteners on the license plate of the car that hit me. Total cost to remove, fix the indentations, repaint and replace the protective decal (the clear "Prius" one on the top of the bumper) was just over $600 (the initial estimate was $550).
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    Actually it happened in my parking lot at work. I was pissed but what could I do. Turns out I don't park there anymore though cause there was pollen everywhere so it made my car a mess anyway.

    Truth is I Wouldnt even want to spend $100 to fix it. I don't like the idea of throwing money at a car when anything even bigger, God forbid, could happen next. It's an endless chase.


    Thank you for the help so far. I love all the input, suggestions, and opinions, that's why I'm here.
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    Didn't you post a few months ago about something else happening to your car while at work? :confused:
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    Haha yup! Glad you remembered! Haven't gotten around to it until now, been so busy.

    Edit - that thread wasn't able to help much in the end - I couldn't find the guy nor could my work do anything. At this stage the question is fix it or not.
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