Rear bumper pierced by low-speed rear-ending

Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Care, Maintenance and Troubleshooting' started by JaniceC, Jan 24, 2009.

  1. JaniceC

    JaniceC Junior Member

    Jul 21, 2008
    Morton Grove, IL
    2008 Prius
    Argh!!!!!!: our 6-month-old Prius suffered its first injury today. We were tapped on the rear end by a Volvo wagon. When I jumped out to look for damage, I didn't see anything, so let the other driver go on her way. But then I pulled over later for a closer look, I discovered a tiny circular hole, probably made by screw holding on her license plate. The hole is maybe 1/4" in diameter. There are no other dents that I can detect.

    My questions:
    Can this hole be patched or otherwise filled in?
    Or does the whole bumper need to be replaced?
    If this is the case, should I file a claim with our insurance company?

    And, until I can get the hole repaired, can water/moisture/snow/ice getting inside damage the bumper? (We're in Chicago--plenty more bad winter weather, ice and salt lie ahead.)

    While I know this is a relatively minor thing, it's still the first damage suffered by our Eva, and I feel awful about it. Deep thanks in advance to anyone who can help me out with answers.
  2. KTPhil

    KTPhil Active Member

    Jan 14, 2005
    If it were mine, I'd find a circular sticker or plug, and paint it body color with touch up paint.