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I JUST passed 2,000 miles on my new 2011 Equinox, and someone with poor depth perception decides to mate his front bumper with mine!!! Scratched the bejeezus out of it, and popped the screws that hold the wheel well guard to the bumper out. :(

I need a shoulder to cry on...

I'm assuming since these bumpers are plastic, the only remedy is replacing the bumper?

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Sorry to hear that, I know I would be devastated if that happen to me.
If it's just the paint then they can repaint it.
 

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I personally would want it replaced. They might make a paint repair look good today, but would it last on the plastic?
 

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I feel your pain! I had a deer run out in front of the Terrain when it was 5 weeks old and the damage amounted to about $4000. If it's any consolation, it looks brand new today again, like nothing ever happened :)
 

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I know how you feel. Sorry to hear about it.
That looks simple enough for them to repaint it. I would not want to go replacing parts if there is nothing else wrong with the bumper. It the screws that popped out can be replaced then just repaint it. If not, then I might consider getting a new bumper.
 

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GFab said:
I know how you feel. Sorry to hear about it.
That looks simple enough for them to repaint it. I would not want to go replacing parts if there is nothing else wrong with the bumper. It the screws that popped out can be replaced then just repaint it. If not, then I might consider getting a new bumper.
Isn't that part just a bumper cover? might be some hidden damage under it all but it doesn't look like it
Most body shops will do a fine job repairing it whatever it needs
 

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Around this time last year I was rear ended and the dude put a small hole in the back bumper and stuffed up the black plastic piece in the lower center of the bumper. The hole they patched up and repainted but the black plastic piece needed to be replaced. At that point there was no replacements for that piece so I would of had to wait 3-4 weeks for it so they offered to give me the cash value for that part. A year later the rear bumper still looks new cant ever tell it had a hole in it and that black plastic piece still has not been replaced since I cant even tell where the scuff is. Body work came a long ways it seems when it comes to plastic and flexible parts.

But keep in mind this was a year ago, parts will be easier to come by now so they may replace it.
 

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Thanks for all the kind words folks.

The only reason I think they might have to replace the bumper is because the screws that hold that wheel well cover were "pushed" out, and it stripped the holes out. One of them is even cracked/broken.

I don't know all the magic they can do with plastic nowa-days. I just want it looking brand new again (if not replaced), AND (more importantly) last as long as the rest of the vehicle. Worst fear is that the plastic fades faster or something than the rest of the car and starts looking weird, or the wheel well cover starts coming out and flapping around after time.

I'm taking it to the dealership where I bought it for their body shop to work their magic. They repaired my old Blazer many years ago and did a good job, plus I know they'll use only genuine parts.

I'll post some pics of the repair work when it happens. Waiting on the mean man's adjuster to come out and look at it for an estimate.
 

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I don't know all the magic they can do with plastic nowa-days.
In my case. the plastic was cracked in the corners around the grill area. They told me that they just heat and re-form it. To look at my Terrain today, you would be hard pressed to see that there was ever any damage on the front end.
 

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insane42 said:
Thanks for all the kind words folks.

The only reason I think they might have to replace the bumper is because the screws that hold that wheel well cover were "pushed" out, and it stripped the holes out. One of them is even cracked/broken.

I don't know all the magic they can do with plastic nowa-days. I just want it looking brand new again (if not replaced), AND (more importantly) last as long as the rest of the vehicle. Worst fear is that the plastic fades faster or something than the rest of the car and starts looking weird, or the wheel well cover starts coming out and flapping around after time.

I'm taking it to the dealership where I bought it for their body shop to work their magic. They repaired my old Blazer many years ago and did a good job, plus I know they'll use only genuine parts.

I'll post some pics of the repair work when it happens. Waiting on the mean man's adjuster to come out and look at it for an estimate.
Having a small section of the paint resprayed is always a concern, but the good news is that paint/painting techiques have come a long way and the finish on newer cars won't fade nearly as fast as it did back in the "good old days". Also, since your Nox is so new you shouldn't even be able to tell anything was done if the body shop knows what they are doing and uses oem paint/clearcoat.
 

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I had a buff mark on the rear spoiler (I think the dealer did it when they waxed the Nox for me before delivery) down to the primer. They took of and repainted the spoiler and the match is perfect. Even where vehicles are older the blend the paint with the fenders or other painted surfaces around so you can't tell.

If you need a bumper cover the part alone is over $400. MSRP is $556. Sound like you have the person who did the damage so you don't have to worry about paying for it. If you add labor and paint (painting is expensive) you have a pretty expensive repair.
 

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Well I said I'd post after pictures, but I don't think that's necessary. It looks like any other cyber gray metallic nox. :)

They did a fine job. They replaced the bumper cover, the gray plastic piece beneath the bumper cover, and one of the fog light filler plugs.

Total was just over $1,600!!!

They replaced the Chevy bowtie emblem too, because they said they broke it when removing the bumper cover. Not sure how they did that, but OK. hehe.
 

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Whenever you have to replace at part that has to be painted, blended and clear coated you are always talking a big repair.
 
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