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Old 11-11-2012, 04:30 PM   #1
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Minor accident, need advice (pics!)

Had a minor accident last night, it was my fault and no one was hurt.


As you can see from the pics the damage looks very minor. I have accident forgiveness so am going to get some estimates to get it fixed.

Now my question is, what do you guys all think needs to get fixed? Is it just a full repaint of the bumper, or a whole new bumper all together?


I've also ran the idea of just taking the money and putting it towards a ZL1 bumper... Is that possible on a 2011? and about how much is it going to cost for that?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:31 PM   #2
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Its very hard to see in the pics, but there are like spider cracks in the paint under the clear coat.
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:38 PM   #3
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From the pictures my guess is that it would just be repaint. I dont see any places where the bumper is actually bubbling or cracking just looks like chipped paint
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:38 PM   #4
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Had a minor accident last night, it was my fault and no one was hurt.


As you can see from the pics the damage looks very minor. I have accident forgiveness so am going to get some estimates to get it fixed.

Now my question is, what do you guys all think needs to get fixed? Is it just a full repaint of the bumper, or a whole new bumper all together?

Looks like the bumper can be fixed, but you might as well get a new bumper. In my experience, the repairs will probably cost about the same as a bumper replacement.

I've also ran the idea of just taking the money and putting it towards a ZL1 bumper... Is that possible on a 2011? and about how much is it going to cost for that?

Yes, you can add a ZL1 bumper to your car. I believe its about a $1,300 job.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:40 PM   #5
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Depending on what your collision deductible is, you might not want to make an insurance claim...even with accident forgiveness.
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:42 PM   #6
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Depending on what your collision deductible is, you might not want to make an insurance claim...even with accident forgiveness.

as it was my fault, I had to put it in due to the fact that the other person will be claiming it against my insurance. So its going to use up my accident forgiveness anyways they told me. So I might as well get it fixed and or take the money.
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:52 PM   #7
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as it was my fault, I had to put it in due to the fact that the other person will be claiming it against my insurance. So its going to use up my accident forgiveness anyways they told me. So I might as well get it fixed and or take the money.
You're not going to just "take the money." Your rates will go up if you do.
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:52 PM   #8
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Its gonna be a repaint, if you do go through insurance, you could take the money, buy the ZL1 front bumper then pay for the painting of it.. i would do it but thats me. prob 500-800 out of pocket
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Old 11-11-2012, 04:56 PM   #9
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You're not going to just "take the money." Your rates will go up if you do.
my insurance rates will not go up, they assured me of this over the phone. This is due to my accident forgiveness.
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:25 PM   #10
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Had a minor accident last night, it was my fault and no one was hurt.


As you can see from the pics the damage looks very minor. I have accident forgiveness so am going to get some estimates to get it fixed.

Now my question is, what do you guys all think needs to get fixed? Is it just a full repaint of the bumper, or a whole new bumper all together?


I've also ran the idea of just taking the money and putting it towards a ZL1 bumper... Is that possible on a 2011? and about how much is it going to cost for that?

Thanks in advance!
Sorry to hear what happened. I'm guessing it's a full repaint of the bumper, and not a whole new bumper all together. I'm not a body shop guy but it does not look that severe where a replacement bumper would be needed.

I would get your estimates first and then go from there. You can definitely do the ZL1 conversion on a 2011/V6 but it might cost you a bit more than the money you'll receive.
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Old 11-11-2012, 06:26 PM   #11
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Going to be new front bumper. You can see it is wrinkled from the bumper bending. When a lady backed into me and it looked like that the replaced the entire bumper.
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Old 11-11-2012, 06:37 PM   #12
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Your bumper is all warped up. They can't repair that and leave it smooth, trust me, I've been through it with these thin urethane bumper covers. If you are interested in a ZL1 conversion you should check these guys out:
http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=196947
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:28 PM   #13
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Unless I'm missing something...that bumper looks like it will need to be replaced.
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:51 PM   #14
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repaint and get t2 ports and BAM! done deal
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Gonna need a new bumper... No doubt... Probably a new front absorber also... Need to remove the nose and see.... GL!
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:25 PM   #16
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thanks everyone for all the feed back! I'm gonna take it in this week and get some estimates.
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:43 PM   #17
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I had a person hit me in the exact same place in a parking lot but my fiberglass was damaged more. It cost $1030 to be replaced and repainted just last week!
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:34 AM   #18
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Get it repaired, looks like it'll need a new front bumper. Keep it original and don't get the ZL-1 bumper. A new bumper replacement isn't all that expensive.
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:35 PM   #19
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Does anyone know where I can just order the bumper then install in my self?
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Somebody should be able to repair that for cheap.
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Does anyone know where I can just order the bumper then install in my self?
Check on e-bay. They always have stock used bumpers for sale. http://www.ebay.com/itm/CHEVROLET-CH...bd4b3d&vxp=mtr
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:44 PM   #22
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check on Craigslist for a bumper cover. I see them all the time, around here anyways.
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:48 PM   #23
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i got an estimate today at the chevy dealer for 850 for a repair. not a full replacement
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:49 PM   #24
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i have a v6 bumper for sale make me an offer its painter CFM now
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i got an estimate today at the chevy dealer for 850 for a repair. not a full replacement
That's is highway robbery. Get another bumper cover, have it painted, and install it yourself with the help from a YouTube video. Save your money.
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