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Old 08-10-2015, 09:16 AM   #1
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I went into the Wawa Friday night with my wife. We came back out, got in the car and started it up. Then my wife tells me there is a guy standing next to my window. I roll it down and he says "I think I just hit your car."

I get out of the car, walk around back, and my bumper is cracked and a big scrape along it. **** me. He offers that his insurance will cover all of it, and gives me his insurance info. He also mentions that this is the third accident he's been in this month. I told him I appreciated that he stuck around. He offered to call the police for the police report while I made the insurance claim.

I wouldn't have seen this until I got to my destination, 2 hours away. And it was already 11:00 at night. I called my insurance company to put in a claim, and gave them his insurance info. While I was on the phone, he went into the Wawa to buy some stuff. After I got off the phone 10 minutes later, the police had not arrived. So I called them myself. A cop showed up within 2 minutes.

I explained to the officer what happened. He took my license, registration, and insurance info. He asked the other guy for his information. While the guy was fiddling through his paperwork, he dropped it all on the ground. Then he bent over to pick it up and was having trouble keeping his balance. He picked it all up and gave the cop a bunch of papers, none of which were his license or registration. At this point the cop called for more backup and started asking him questions about his sobriety.

He says he does not drink, but is on several prescriptions. I couldn't hear all of them, but I did hear Suboxone. He was just out of rehab for oxycontin. He was also on a few other things including some kind of mood stabilizers. The guy also changed his story a few times, from swerving to avoid another car to saying that I had backed out into him. The cops threatened to retrieve security camera footage, and he recanted and said he just drove into my car.

The specialist cop showed up to administer the field sobriety tests. He had the guy stand with one foot in front of the other. He couldn't do it. The cop asked him to walk 9 steps forward, turn around and walk 9 steps back. The guy asked about 100 questions during these instructions. He took 10 steps forward while wobbling all over the place. Then he asked the cop again how many steps to walk back. The cop told him nine. He took about 13 steps back, turned around again and took 5 more steps forward.

The cop then asked him to stand on one foot and count to 30. He stood on one foot and counted to 20, proud of himself for completing the task without wobbling or falling. The cop then arrested him for DUI. You see, these tests are more about following instructions than about balance. Just because a doctor prescribes you some drugs doesn't mean you can go driving around when you want.

This is it the next day:



I'm gonna need a new bumper. Liberty Mutual says I have to go get an estimate at one of their shops, but I can have it repaired anywhere I like. The estimate is being done at a Buick/GMC/Hyundai dealer.

Should I just have them replace the bumper on my Subaru? Or go to the Subaru dealer?

I wax the car pretty often, do they still have to blend the color, or just use the default? It's 3 years old.

Also, I had the car in 2nd gear while it was parked. Do I have to worry about any damage to my gearbox from the impact?
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Old 08-10-2015, 09:42 AM   #2
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Always subaru, you don't want some dumbass messing around with anything in your car that doesn't know anything about it. Transmission is almost certainly fine. ******* tow truck drivers will drag a car 20 feet out of a parking spot while it's in gear supposedly without ruining a transmission.
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Old 08-10-2015, 10:54 AM   #3
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While I agree that you should take it to Subaru, car bodies are car bodies.

Painting a Subaru cover is no different than painting a GM car or Hyundai. I work for Faulkner in the Philly area and I let their Buick/GMC body shop fix my fender (door blended too) and they did an amazing job.

Now would I let them touch my motor? No way.

Sorry about your accident, hope everything turns out okay.
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Old 08-10-2015, 11:01 AM   #4
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It doesn't look like you have a Pearl paint, so it shouldn't be that difficult for a competent shop to do.
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Old 08-10-2015, 11:09 AM   #5
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It doesn't look like you have a Pearl paint, so it shouldn't be that difficult for a competent shop to do.
The color code is Obsidian Black Pearl
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Old 08-10-2015, 11:35 AM   #6
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Had my bumper replaced on my Legacy. Same color. A non Subaru shop did it and was perfect. Just make sure it's an OEM bumper, not aftermarket.
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Old 08-10-2015, 12:38 PM   #7
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The color code is Obsidian Black Pearl
Ugh, then best of luck. Every video I watch on paint seems to indicate any Pearl is a PITA to get perfect.
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Old 08-10-2015, 12:58 PM   #8
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I had my rear bumper replaced a couple years ago by a subaru repair center, it has a pearl paint and it looks great to me.
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Old 08-10-2015, 02:14 PM   #9
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Ugh, then best of luck. Every video I watch on paint seems to indicate any Pearl is a PITA to get perfect.
Yeah, Pearl is tough. I'm waiting to see what my White Pearl Impreza looks like when it gets out of the repair shop after hitting a deer.
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Old 08-10-2015, 02:54 PM   #10
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Anyone know what "audatex two-stage refinish formula" is? Are they trying to give me a Maaco job on my car?

This place is reputable as far as people I've spoken to about it.
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Old 08-10-2015, 06:58 PM   #11
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Probably the same thing as ****ty walmart scratch remover. Sounds like crap to me.
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Old 08-11-2015, 09:38 AM   #12
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Other people I've talked to say its legit. It's base and clear. That's the code they use in the system to get the hours for estimate.
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Old 08-11-2015, 06:23 PM   #13
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It doesn't look like you have a Pearl paint, so it shouldn't be that difficult for a competent shop to do.
I also had a rear bumper problem and quickly learned how expensive pearl is. 3 stage paint bs. Grumble grumble.
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Old 08-11-2015, 07:51 PM   #14
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I know it's annoying to not have your car, but surely he's getting it done free since it was the other person's fault?
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Old 08-11-2015, 08:39 PM   #15
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Not if someone hit it then simply drove off...
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Old 08-11-2015, 09:53 PM   #16
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You didn't read his post at all, did you? 90% of it is him explaining how the police dealt with him, obviously he didn't drive off.
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Old 08-12-2015, 09:10 AM   #17
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Body shop said $735 for the bumper and paint. His insurance will be paying it all.
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Old 08-12-2015, 11:30 AM   #18
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ask for a loaner WRX, his insurance should have to pay for that too.
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Old 08-12-2015, 10:50 PM   #19
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No need to be an ass. I was following two threads that are very similar and got confused with which I was replying to.
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Old 08-20-2015, 09:15 AM   #20
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Body shop did not have the bumper. The thing is, I am moving pretty far away on Wednesday next week. I had told them this when I first brought the car in for the estimate. They made a big effort and are getting a brand new bumper shipped in overnight.

So far gonna recommend the body shop at Burns Buick GMC in Marlton, NJ, for their effort and customer service.
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