2007 Subaru Forester 2.5
The bumpers with the spare tire mounts do look pretty good on a boxy little beast.wrecking yard ... or online to find a new bumper cover... then paint to match.
OR you could just remove the cover and get one of those custom fabricated metal tube bumper things...
Confirm your trim level.If I strike a deal for 300$ am I spending too much?
Your repair options are really up to you.
As a retired ins adjuster go to a site I used when I was writing. www.car-part.com enter your year, car, part, location if in the USA, (if not then ignore this post) price, zip code and go from there. The listings will generally say how much if any damage. They will say color and this is where you save. You can order in factory color, unbolt yours and install the new one. Bumper covers do not match from factory. Look at mid 2000's Audis in silver for worst offenders. If a bumper color matches, it's usually an indication the front or rear was repainted. Not 100% true but mostly. It's a nationwide site and you can call them. Your paint code will be any number of places, either front door frame bottom if I remember, could be B pillar tag, I forget anymore. As for the damage, if I had to write something for the claim rep, my guess would be a higher bumpered veh backing sideways dragging the rips and tears laterally. Due to body line deformations, this is a tough repair although I've seen Keystone do them. Bodyshops refuse as those rips etc are tough to guarantee.
Am a retired ins adj and if I had to make the call as to collision or comp, I'd have to go with coll due to streaks of white being similar to white paint or clear paint transfer and the puncture in the plastic. I worked the Philadelphia market mostly and got such situations quite alot and most common was "I hit a deer." Never did it but was tempted more often than not to ask if the owner thought Bambi had painted her hooves that morning with whatever color paint I saw. Also due to my observations I would clearly note the file that it appeared to be a sideswipe while parked most likely and then the owner would not be found at fault and no surcharge is applied.Your repair options are really up to you.
People who own motor vehicles either treat them right or, not. They either have "feelings" for the vehicle or treat the vehicle with no more regard than the toaster in the kitchen.
IMHO, if you like your '07 Foz and it's been serving you well then fix it right; you probably couldn't buy a "new" car, that's equal to or better than what you have, for the cost of the repair ...even if the most expensive shop in town does the work.
Me? If the rest of the car were in overall great shape I'd get a few quotes from some local body shops. If you remove the "stigma" of a body shop dealing with an insurance company, they can usually give you a better price. Many insurance companies mandate the shop warranty the repairs for as long as you own the vehicle. They may also mandate the use of OEM body parts instead of aftermarket or salvage. All of which drives up the cost of the repair. Whatever, just make sure to tell the shop you'll be paying for this on your own.
On the other hand, this "dink" would probably fall under the "Comprehensive" rider of your insurance policy ...if you have it, which most folks do. So all you'd be on the hook for is the deductible. Is your Foz worth the deductible of your Comprehensive rider?
Sure, you can scavenge parts, buy some rattle can spray paint you hope color matches your car and do the job yourself. And probably end up with it looking like garbage. Which, if that's fine by you, then go for it. But if you care about the car and its appearance, then do it right.
See my previous post for www.car-part.com and see if you can find one in colorI have some similar damage to my front bumper. There’s a through hole in the bumper about 2” diameter. I’m going to replace the bumper and have it paint matched. Repair never looks perfect.
Bumper is relatively cheap, it’s the paint work that is expensive. $500 deductible makes it more expensive.
I’ll look for an independent body shop person and buy the oem bumper myself.
The oem bumpers do not come primed either.
Pull a part places are hit or miss.
That‘s interesting.If a bumper color matches, it's usually an indication the front or rear was repainted.
Are you referring to the bumper cover, or somewhere in the metal? Would’ve thought it was easier to replace the bumper cover.Due to body line deformations, this is a tough repair although I've seen Keystone do them. Bodyshops refuse as those rips etc are tough to guarantee.
Bumper cover. This particular impact did not get into rear body panel, sill, 1/4 panel, tailgate. Foam absorber, bumper reinf, bumper cover, that's all. Those lines in the cover can't properly be rebuilt in a timely manner. Replace the bumper cover and move on to the next job unless more damage is found.That‘s interesting.
Are you referring to the bumper cover, or somewhere in the metal? Would’ve thought it was easier to replace the bumper cover.
Ah, that would make sense.Generally the bumper covers are painted in one factory, the rest elsewhere.
I assumed it was because of the underlying material difference like metal vs plastic, different texture etc.Next time you're out & about, keep an eye out as you drive along.