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Old 05-26-2006, 09:45 AM
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Angry Bumper price

Hello, all,

Once again the never-great city of New Orleans has struck my car. Or some denizen of it has, anyway.

Two years ago, about the time I joined this forum, my battleship-grey 420SEL was struck and scraped all along the driver's side while parked. The insurance company and I worked out a fair deal and totalled the car, and I was able to step right into my excellent gold C230.

Yesterday evening, probably while the car was parked at my apartment complex, some son-of-a-moron banged into the rear bumper at the driver's side corner. It's more than scuffing; there's an actual hole in the plastic, as well as scraping. However, it's only the bumper -- the fender is untouched, the chrome lip is fine, and the bronze strip that separates the chrome and the main part of the bumper is just scuffed and may be buffable.

My questions: Any idea how much a new bumper would be? Does it come in parts, or do I have to replace all three regions (chrome, bronze, and plastic bumper)? Can I order it in the body color, or does it come in black and need to be painted to match?

I know a couple of body shops, and I'll be collecting estimates, but I have a $500 deductible. How much more than that is this likely to cost me?

(Damn, I hate this town.)
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Old 05-26-2006, 10:47 AM
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. . . if anybody in the New Orleans area knows a good body shop, I'd appreciate a tip. The guys I plan to use are booked up, can't even do an estimate, until June 19!

Yeah, I know, the bumper is plastic, it won't rust . . . but I'm the type who likes to get things moving.

Thanks in advance!
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