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Baby got bumped today while stopped at a red light. Okay, so it was a minor bump, but with my new car less than two weeks old, I am annoyed to say the least. There are a couple of small marks left on my bumper: license plate mounting screw marks (visible from few feet), and faint scratch lines (visible under close inspection). Since I was a few blocks away from a Subaru dealer, I stopped by to ask about paint cover up. A service specialist informed me paint touch up would likely make the small marks more noticeable, and the alternative option would be to repaint/resurface the lower bumper (likely $500 or more), should I opt for full repair.

Here is my question (poll?): since the marks are small, I could opt to live with it. The individual that hit me asked that we leave insurance out. Should I request small compensation for the damage, and how much? Anyone else with similar experiences?

BTW, this wouldn't have happened to the other driver if they were driving a Subaru with Eyesight :) or some other car with automatic stop.
 

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Have it checked the pastic bumper cover hides bent parts or crushed foam easily. Or look your self. No damage and minor bumper rash maybe ask for them to cover the paint touch up.
 

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pics?

California is weird with its insurance suing crap laws. (vs. a no fault state).

sadly it is a new car.

vs. something that is 17 years old with dents already. (like mine,...where I would just tell the person "rubbing is racing" and wish them well)..
 

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Yikes.

Good neighbor?

Or

Insurance.

Me, I let sh*t like this go all the time. I am closing in on 50, my Karma meter needs to stay balanced.
 

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Ca is no different. Not a big deal. I had a dad at school ram the back of his 535 bmw into my parked Sequoia. He paid out of pocket $700 to fix my ride I told him which local shop was doing it he ended up there to fix his crushed car. He simply paid over the phone lol.
 

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A service specialist informed me paint touch up would likely make the small marks more noticeable, and the alternative option would be to repaint/resurface the lower bumper (likely $500 or more), should I opt for full repair.
The bumper cover repaint quote of about $500 seems about right. We replaced a bumper cover on another vehicle a few years ago, it came out to about $700 fo the part, paint, and labor. A good body shop might be able to touch up better than what the paint guy at the dealer can do, so you might check around for some other options.

Your call - you could ask for some cash, live with a couple scratches that you'll soon forget about, and have some spending money in your pocket.
 

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Not sure what that 2018 has, but aren't some of the reverse warning system sensors in the bumper? Might want to be sure all those high-tech functions are working properly now, rather than finding out later when it could be rather expensive to fix.

And, as others have mentioned, inspect the parts underneath. The bumper cover is designed to bend, so there could some damage underneath that might compromise crush effectiveness in the next collision.
 

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Me, I let sh*t like this go all the time. I am closing in on 50, my Karma meter needs to stay balanced.
I can't let it go, because I have no tolerance for distracted and/or bad drivers. If our reaction was based on the magnitude of the consequences rather than actual poor behavior, we would let all sorts of things go. A careless driver once hit me while I was biking. My bruises and road scrapes healed without a trace because I was able to react in a way to minimize impact, but it could have ended tragically for someone else.

Put another way, would you let it go if you were driving a brand new Ferrari, and a rear end incident left some minor scratches? One man's Ferrari is another man's Subaru :smile2: Not just any Subaru... a 3.6R Outback :surprise:
 

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No way would I let that slide. I'm very fussy about my cars and even a small blemish on my 3 year old Outback would annoy me.
 

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Sorry to hear, my wife's back bumper looks like an acned teen due to this kind of crap, mostly parallel parking. Perfect round circles front lic plate frame bolt impressions in the rear bumper.

Right after I bought my OB I had Tork lift Central install a rear 2" receiver, and bought a weather tech BumpStep to guard again rear impacts. I have WeatherTech BumpFrames on the front of both cars. I should 'upgrade' this rear 'BumpStep' for someone who is texting behind me! 2" hitch Step GH-035 Hitch Step, 500 lb. serrated no slip step up https://www.amazon.com/dp/B016FJ68C8/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_ahpIAb9Y4SKT2
 

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Sorry to hear, my wife's back bumper looks like an acned teen due to this kind of crap, mostly parallel parking. Perfect round circles front lic plate frame bolt impressions in the rear bumper.

Right after I bought my OB I had Tork lift Central install a rear 2" receiver, and bought a weather tech BumpStep to guard again rear impacts. I have WeatherTech BumpFrames on the front of both cars. I should 'upgrade' this rear 'BumpStep' for someone who is texting behind me! 2" hitch Step GH-035 Hitch Step, 500 lb. serrated no slip step up https://www.amazon.com/dp/B016FJ68C8/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_ahpIAb9Y4SKT2


And oh yeah, a month ago the entire driver side of my car was sideswiped while I was in a movie theater. Hit and run.
 

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In New Jersey, you have the right for your car to look and perform the way it did before the collision. There are so many sensors in the bumper area related to EyeSight, I would absolutely have this checked out.
 
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