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Old 05-03-2013, 08:27 AM   #1
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Today I backed out of the garage and ran into the side of my mom's GMC Acadia. Yesterday we had set up her side of the garage for a garage sale, so she was parked outside for that reason. I wasn't looking, obviously, and hit her car at about 5-8 mph.

Her car has a huge dent on the rear passenger side door--probably quite expensive to fix. My 2008 OBS, on the other hand, has but a scratch! The bumper popped out of its socket behind the rear fender. I just popped it back in about 20 minutes ago (in class right now ). But I do have this nasty scrape right in the middle of the bumper.

My question is: does anyone have any method for fixing this (touch-up paint?) or do I need a new bumper? There's no damage besides this one spot that I can see. Thanks

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Old 05-03-2013, 09:34 AM   #2
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Looks bubbled and creased from hitting the bumper bar when it was pushed in. You will have to get rid of the bumped up material somehow, plane it down?, but not sure if the plastic is thick enough to support that. Is it possible to heat it up and reform it some? Repaint is probably inevitable.
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Old 05-03-2013, 01:29 PM   #3
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My question is: does anyone have any method for fixing this (touch-up paint?) or do I need a new bumper? There's no damage besides this one spot that I can see. Thanks
I wouldn't use touch up paint on that, it'll come out looking like ****. I wouldn't say that you need a new bumper either. Just take it to a few local body shops and get quotes, I'd probably get something like that fixed by a professional.
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:45 PM   #4
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don't fix it, you'll probably do it again anyway.

My Mother in Law hit my Father in laws car on at least 2 occasions (she parks in the garage, he parks outside) in a SINGLE LANE DRIVEWAY, where she WALKS PAST HIS CAR to get into the garage.
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:54 PM   #5
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My Mother in Law hit my Father in laws car on at least 2 occasions (she parks in the garage, he parks outside) in a SINGLE LANE DRIVEWAY, where she WALKS PAST HIS CAR to get into the garage.
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Old 05-04-2013, 05:53 PM   #6
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Looks bubbled and creased from hitting the bumper bar when it was pushed in. You will have to get rid of the bumped up material somehow, plane it down?, but not sure if the plastic is thick enough to support that. Is it possible to heat it up and reform it some? Repaint is probably inevitable.
It isn't bubbled up...the paint is just scrunched up together. Heating it is a good idea, but it could worsen everything by melting the surrounding paint. I'll probably do the best I can to glue down the paint and then polish out the scratches.
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:40 PM   #7
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I ended up brush painting the scrapes with Testors enamel silver chrome. Another one of my hobbies is scale modeling, so I had a few different compatible colors lying around: steel, aluminum, silver chrome, and grey (and within this one a few more shades!). Silver chrome looked the best in my opinion. You can see the scrapes still, but it is not near as bad as before. I think it's pretty ingenious :P, and I didn't have to spend a cent.

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Old 05-04-2013, 09:42 PM   #8
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I wouldn't use touch up paint on that, it'll come out looking like ****. I wouldn't say that you need a new bumper either. Just take it to a few local body shops and get quotes, I'd probably get something like that fixed by a professional.
I see your rationale, but it doesn't have to be perfect. My OBS is far from a show car. I'm also 17--so I don't have much money lying around for professional body work, especially after they quoted the damage that I did to my mom's Acadia at $3k...
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I see your rationale, but it doesn't have to be perfect. My OBS is far from a show car. I'm also 17--so I don't have much money lying around for professional body work, especially after they quoted the damage that I did to my mom's Acadia at $3k...
They quoted her $3k for a dented passenger door?
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They quoted her $3k for a dented passenger door?


They said that they have to replace the passenger side door and the plastic moldings, repair the Driver's side door, and repaint this side. Pretty ridiculous if you ask me. I recommend that she take it to collision repair (NOT the dealership) and get a different quote.
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They said that they have to replace the passenger side door and the plastic moldings, repair the Driver's side door, and repaint this side. Pretty ridiculous if you ask me. I recommend that she take it to collision repair (NOT the dealership) and get a different quote.
Wait you hit the pass side and I can understand replacing that door but wtf would they need to do anything to the driver side door?
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An Acadia isn't worth $3k new. All the suspension rattles, transmission breaks, engine throws rods, leaks everywhere. If anything that dent made it worth more
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An Acadia isn't worth $3k new. All the suspension rattles, transmission breaks, engine throws rods, leaks everywhere. If anything that dent made it worth more
sounds like your describing our cars!! lmao
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Wait you hit the pass side and I can understand replacing that door but wtf would they need to do anything to the driver side door?
yeah it's dented a bit; you just can't see it
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Old 05-05-2013, 10:58 PM   #15
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An Acadia isn't worth $3k new. All the suspension rattles, transmission breaks, engine throws rods, leaks everywhere. If anything that dent made it worth more
Haha! I told her it's an opportunity to get rid of it and let the dealership pay for it. That way they aren't making a huge profit margin on a repair. Take the trade in value and get a used fozzy or Tribeca I think...but she can't because the dealership's owner is a good friend of hers. She's been with GM for as long as I can remember.
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But this is a Subaru forum not a GMC forum so we can just stop here :P
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An Acadia isn't worth $3k new. All the suspension rattles, transmission breaks, engine throws rods, leaks everywhere. If anything that dent made it worth more
The thing leaks everywhere man!!! It's like a little toxic cesspool on her side of the garage.
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They said that they have to replace the passenger side door and the plastic moldings, repair the Driver's side door, and repaint this side. Pretty ridiculous if you ask me. I recommend that she take it to collision repair (NOT the dealership) and get a different quote.
The dealership is definately more expensive than the body shop. I know accidents happen, but if my kid did that to my car in the DRIVEWAY, they'd be taking the bus.

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that'd bother the heck out of me. good for you that you can tolerate it.
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5-8 miles an hour you hit that at? you sure it was 25-28?

I wouldn't call using the wrong color model paint "ingenious" when the bumper needs to go to a body shop to be fixed, if you actually want it looking right again.

duct tape is silver also. just saying.
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5-8 miles an hour you hit that at? you sure it was 25-28?

I wouldn't call using the wrong color model paint "ingenious" when the bumper needs to go to a body shop to be fixed, if you actually want it looking right again.

duct tape is silver also. just saying.
I know that the bumper would have to be replaced to make it look right again...but I had to deal with what I had. Sometimes the best repairs are the cheapest ones . Spending seven hours at a high school every day and making minimum wage on the weekend doesn't translate into much cash lol--especially when your parents think the damage is insignificant compared to the Acadia. I'll probably get it fixed one of these days.
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This is why I don't have kids. They ruin everything.
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If only your parents had thought that way...
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It isn't bubbled up...the paint is just scrunched up together. Heating it is a good idea, but it could worsen everything by melting the surrounding paint. I'll probably do the best I can to glue down the paint and then polish out the scratches.
Paint melts when it gets hot now?! ..

and you can glue it down?!

These are all new things to me. I guess I'm out of the loop.
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