1. Attachments are working again! Check out this thread for more details and to report any other bugs.

Got in to an Accident. Any advice on how to fix my bumper?

Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Care, Maintenance and Troubleshooting' started by Dbswain91, Jan 7, 2016.

  1. Dbswain91

    Dbswain91 New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2015
    7
    0
    0
    Location:
    Somerville
    Vehicle:
    2004 Prius
    Model:
    N/A
    2004 Toyota Prius. There's no functional damage to the vehicle, but I'd like to find a way to repair the bumper/side panel myself (not worth bringing it to a shop/I'm too broke to afford it).

    Some options I've considered:

    - Purchase a heat gun and try and "push" the indent back out.
    - Go to a junk yard and look for a Prius bumper, try and just replace the old bumper. Problem with this is that the side panel is out of place so it might prevent me from being able to reattach the bumper. Thoughts?

    Thanks
     

    Attached Files:

  2. valde3

    valde3 Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2014
    2,002
    745
    0
    Location:
    Finland
    Vehicle:
    2004 Prius
  3. Mendel Leisk

    Mendel Leisk Senior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2010
    54,640
    38,200
    80
    Location:
    Greater Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    Touring
    Considering there's front fender damage, and possibly the wheel was hit too, I'd go to a good bodyshop. Do you have collision insurance?
     
  4. Name

    Name Junior Member

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2013
    7
    0
    0
    Vehicle:
    Other Hybrid
    Model:
    N/A
    There is a good chance you can reshape the bumper cover with your hands after you heat it up with a heat gun. It might look a lot better, but probably won't be perfect.
    Even if you can reshape the plastic bumper cover, you still have the dented metal fender to deal with.
    Good luck.
     
  5. KK6PD

    KK6PD _ . _ . / _ _ . _

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2008
    4,003
    944
    118
    Location:
    Los Angeles Foothills
    Vehicle:
    Other Hybrid
    Model:
    N/A
    You should have insurance, use it!
     
    Mendel Leisk likes this.
  6. Dbswain91

    Dbswain91 New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2015
    7
    0
    0
    Location:
    Somerville
    Vehicle:
    2004 Prius
    Model:
    N/A
    premium is too expensive /=
     
  7. frodoz737

    frodoz737 Top Wrench

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2010
    4,297
    2,347
    33
    Location:
    Texas
    Vehicle:
    2015 Prius
    Model:
    Four
    The fact that you asked how to fix it means you don't know how...and you're not going to learn here. It takes more than reading PriusChat to become a competent Body-Man. If you have insurance...well you already paid for it...use it. If by that statement you mean you don't have insurance...work some overtime, get a second job or live with it. Sorry.
     
  8. Dbswain91

    Dbswain91 New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2015
    7
    0
    0
    Location:
    Somerville
    Vehicle:
    2004 Prius
    Model:
    N/A
    Hey there. Was really pissed off by this comment so I wanted to make sure to send you the before and after picture once I completed the work. Cost me 35 bux. Took me a half an hour and I don't have to "get a second job". So yes, I did learn how to fix it here.
     

    Attached Files:

  9. Dbswain91

    Dbswain91 New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2015
    7
    0
    0
    Location:
    Somerville
    Vehicle:
    2004 Prius
    Model:
    N/A
    Thanks for the help! I did exactly as you mentioned and it worked really well. All in all cost me $35 and I think it looks great (relatively speaking)
     
  10. frodoz737

    frodoz737 Top Wrench

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2010
    4,297
    2,347
    33
    Location:
    Texas
    Vehicle:
    2015 Prius
    Model:
    Four
    My intent was not to piss you off or annoy you, but I thought you wanted it fixed right.
     
  11. Mendel Leisk

    Mendel Leisk Senior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2010
    54,640
    38,200
    80
    Location:
    Greater Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    Touring
    Is the fender a bolt-on piece? Maybe get a body shop on that, mainly to get the paint right.
     
  12. valde3

    valde3 Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2014
    2,002
    745
    0
    Location:
    Finland
    Vehicle:
    2004 Prius
    Yes fender is bolt on peace. That’s why I did tell on the first replay on this topic that it’s pretty easy to replace the bumper and fender. And did post links to instructions how to change them. Even getting same colored ones from junk yard would make that a lot better looking.
     
  13. stockdaddy

    stockdaddy Member

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2015
    208
    56
    0
    Location:
    Missouri
    Vehicle:
    2006 Prius
    Model:
    II
    Might try a PDR shop they might be able to get it pretty close to how it looked before the accident.

    I wouldn't do it yourself cause you can make more dents/damage in the process and it really takes a lot of skill to get it to look right.