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Old 06-05-2009, 06:34 PM   #1
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Camry Bumper hit with pics---replace or fix?

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My 08 Camry got hit by a backing car while it was parked. When I arrived, I found the lady waiting for me and she is kind of a friend! I attached some pics of the hit. I inspected the doors, lights, under the hood and things look ok. She does not have insurance but she promised she would pay the repairs, I don't want to use my insurance unless it is necessary. Now, I took the car to a collision center for an estimate and they wouldn't give an estimate on the spot, they wanted to check if there is any damage when they take the bumper off. I visually inspected under the hood and managed to reach there and I don't see any problems but you never know.

Now, my concern is that I heard that replaced (painted) bumpers usually peel off; happened to a friend. Do you think this bumper can be fixed? and if so will it be completely the same as before the hit?

It is a relatively new car (only 11,000 miles) and I don't want to compromise too much on the look.

Any suugestions or ideas will be greatly appreciated, by the way how much that should cost? The guy was talking about $400-$800 to replace & paint.

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Old 06-06-2009, 04:18 PM   #2
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Re: Camry Bumper with pics---replace or fix?

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I looked at your pictures. To be honest with you if you can get the bumper replaced and painted for $400 id take it if i was you. The reason why the paint peels off on a used bumper is because the bumper is plasitc and before you shoot it you have put in what is called a flex agent in the paint When you take it to a shop the painter will do this anyway. If you have any questions ill be glad to answer.
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I looked at your pictures. To be honest with you if you can get the bumper replaced and painted for $400 id take it if i was you. The reason why the paint peels off on a used bumper is because the bumper is plasitc and before you shoot it you have put in what is called a flex agent in the paint When you take it to a shop the painter will do this anyway. If you have any questions ill be glad to answer.
Thank you very much for your reply. I checked the OEM bumper and it is $270, so $400 won't be possible. For a job like that (replacing and painting), can you give an estimate?
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Your very welcome, im glad that i can help you. You said that the guy quoted you bwteen $400 - $800? To be honest with you id give the guy the job Its $270 for the bumper. Now you have to add in the materials which is the paint, etc. Then his labor. When he removes the bumper he has to check for hidden damage. If you have more questions ill be happy to help you.
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Thanks, I ended up quoted for $640 and gave him the job.
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Keystone will recondition your origan bumper the # is 909-986-4586. They may already have a reconditioned core in stock!
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Old 06-29-2009, 06:11 PM   #7
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Never known anyone to have good luck with the reconditioned bumpers from Keystone...or anything from Keystone for that matter. That bumper should be an easy fix. No need to replace it.
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