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    Reversed into someone a few days ago.When I say "reversed", I actually mean "rolled" .Sidetracked by my Son asking me one too many questions and hit a Mazda.Not a mark on the Mazda at all, but I have a slight crease at the top of my rear bumper (looks more like a scratch) and where the reg plate is has cracked at the side. It is hardly noticeable, but I KNOW its there!!. I actually noticed (after washing my car the first time after buying it) that there looked as if there had previously been some sort of marking around the same area at the reg plate, so it may have already been "weak" and took the brunt of the impact.More fool me for not noticing it at the time of purchase.

    Can damage like this be repaired or does it mean a new bumper?.To be honest,I will probably only bother when it comes round to selling as I think it is only a matter of time before someone does the same to me. I had a few scuffs on it already due to people in car parks and not being able to catch the offenders!! Might get lucky !!

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    some pictures would help.

    maybe someone like can chipsaway can repair it.

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    Sorry,I'll get pics up later.Wasn't thinking

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    Try applying some gentle heat, may 'pop' back into shape?

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    Most minor creases and cracks on bumpers can be repaired...
    After all, that's what bumpers are designed for!

    If it is the other drivers fault, or the bumper is non-repairable, then I process it as a claim on my insurance

    I've only damaged my own car once, and I obtained two quotes for the work; for the bumper and the bodywork
    My local VX dealership quoted £130 for the bumper and £700 for the bodywork (remove and replace panel)
    My local repair agent repaired the bumper for just £80, and quoted a further £300 for the bodywork (repair panel) which I didn't go ahead with

    Personally, if the repair is under £500 then pay for it yourself, otherwise throw it on the insurance (even better if you have protected NCB!)

    Equally, the bumper may be damaged again in the near future, so a repair would be more prudent...
    In which case in effect the repair would be FREE!

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    Try any of the usual Vx breakers - or putting a shout out on here... you may end up with a whole rear bumper in the colour of your choice for not-a-lot of money.

    Photos would help... also year, model & paint colour name / code.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnmac View Post
    I had a few scuffs on it already due to people in car parks and not being able to catch the offenders!! Might get lucky !!
    I got a "free" repair a few years from that
    Returned to my car to find quite heavy damage on the front bumper
    I phoned the insurance right there and then, and a claim was processed for that
    The only thing I had to do was go to a local Police station and report an unknown vehicle leaving the scene of an accident!
    Didn't even affect my protected NCB or renewal

    I hear regular reports of peoples cars being damaged in car parks...
    Personally, think about where you are parking, and look for obvious causes of damage; rogue trolleys, etc
    I'll even avoid some spaces!

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    My mates say that even soldiered crack won't last long, so I'd say replace bumper.

    I had exactly the same problem some time ago. Reversing -> crack
    Got rear bumper from eBay (spent around 2 weeks hunting). £10 for the bumper itself (yeah, £20 shipment) plus one hour to replace it. Pretty cheap, innit?

    I guess it depends on what colour your veccy is. I mean, there is just one shade of black, so I was lucky. Having blue vectra, for instance, would be a nightmare (3 or 4 different shades).

    Cheers.

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    Exactly the same thing has happened to me...Parked in Sainsburys last Thursday and came back to a nice crease in the rear bumper next to the Number plate...the biggest problem is that the bumper has cracked just below and now the inside material (If that makes sense) is exposed..So theres a nice flash of white now...Any ideas.....??

    Someone with a Lighting silver rear bumber 4 sale would be really good

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    the biggest problem is that the bumper has cracked just below and now the inside material (If that makes sense)
    Yep.That's what I have.My car is black and I just touched it up for now.To be honest,it's hardly noticeable, but it's one of those things that annoys you.It's definitely NOT perfect.Probably keep watching Ebay and see if I get lucky in the short term.

    I'll post pics when I get them

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