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      08-31-2011, 11:50 AM   #1
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repair or replace

any input appreciated. i have a small dent with a lateral 3 inch cut in my rear bumper cover (brother in law backed it into a boat trailer) should i replace the whole cover or have it repaired? roughly double to replace but i never want to see it again...currently have one of those goofy obx oval stickers covering it up
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      08-31-2011, 12:11 PM   #2
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repair... cheaper it will look the same once its repaired.
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What Sean said...you will never know.

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Trouble is that the rear bumper is very flexible and repairs are very difficult to do and are unlikely to last long term. Got a couple of small dings in mine and its going in for a new bumper monday (paid by the insurance Co. of the smuck who drove into me).
My Bodyshop guy and the third parties assessor both said this kind of bumper is not worth repairing.
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Trouble is that the rear bumper is very flexible and repairs are very difficult to do and are unlikely to last long term. Got a couple of small dings in mine and its going in for a new bumper monday (paid by the insurance Co. of the smuck who drove into me).
My Bodyshop guy and the third parties assessor both said this kind of bumper is not worth repairing.
if you bring it to the right body shop trust me they can do it all...

I use to work at a bodyshop and weve done it all... holes, scratches, swirls whatever it is we are able to make it look new without any issues or pay more money...

at this point your body shop is just lazy to do the work less sanding painting. thats the reason why they said its not worth repairing.
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i have a pretty high rate of confidence in the body man, has done good work for me in the past. he has done 335s before and knew how easy it was to breaker the bumper tabs to remove the bumper so he seems to know what he's talking about...thanks for the replies
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Price them out. Unless repairing costs you close to what replacing costs (I doubt it) then just repair.
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do not repair because it because if it has a tear, than you have to use a filler and the filler is not as flexible as the plastic bumper, so over time it will crack, repair will look good, but not for a long time, I have a body shop so I see these kinds of accidents all the time, and we always advise the owners to replace.
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tongue of the boat trailer had a 1/2 flange which cut it...not the kinda car to pull a boat with for sure...thanks for the input, guess i'll be buying a rear bumper cover. any input as to where i should purchase?
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Trouble is that the rear bumper is very flexible and repairs are very difficult to do and are unlikely to last long term. Got a couple of small dings in mine and its going in for a new bumper monday (paid by the insurance Co. of the smuck who drove into me).
My Bodyshop guy and the third parties assessor both said this kind of bumper is not worth repairing.



Please tell me what so special about a BMW bumper that makes it "not worth repairing"?


Only if it the cost to repair it exceeds the price to buy a new one, only than should it be replaced. (And in this case, sounds like op can repair)


There is so much misconception about what a body shop can and cannot do.


If anyone wants advice on repairs, please pm me. I might actually bump my body shop thread back up... jeez..
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