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  # 936852 18-Nov-2013 18:59
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plod: If the person who hit your car is paying, I would go halves with him, as you are getting prior damage fixed.

Why? The same amount would be paid if the bumper was in perfect nick. The fact that there was other damage is irrelevant.
betterment? My partner backed into a car and left a ring where the exhaust hit. She waited for the owner( outside our house) she got a quote of around $600 to have entire bumper resprayed. Which is perfectly fine if the mark we made was the only one, but the bumper was covered in marks. As my excess was $300, I offered them $150 or their could try their luck in court. We did not go too court

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  # 936853 18-Nov-2013 19:00
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Yes - $200 is certainly a good price.
We have an old beater (late '90s Pulsar) which avoids most of these issues - every panel in it is pre-dented pre-scratched, or both, even the inside has been partially eaten by our (late) dog. We have other cars which I cherish, but never use as "daily drivers".


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  # 936854 18-Nov-2013 19:08
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plod: If the person who hit your car is paying, I would go halves with him, as you are getting prior damage fixed.

I agree

$200 is cheap, but the bumper need not come off, so a panel beater filling the gaps, sand, spray two coats is a quick and easy job I expect

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  # 937199 19-Nov-2013 10:54
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I had some rust removed and the roof panel repainted (involved removal & refitting of the windscreen, it hadn't been sealed properly when it was replaced previously, Grr!) and a big scratch from the rear drivers-side door removed & repainted. Was $1200 all up on a gloss black car. Proportionally, $200 just for a bumper doesn't seem unreasonable.

Depending on the model of the car, it may be more practical (easier) to remove the bumper. Saves having to mask anything off if nothing else.

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