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So this happened yesterday... :(

Came out to find someone had hit me in a parking lot. I found a replacement tail light assembly on Amazon for $130, which I think is a pretty good deal and I will be able to install myself. Luckily, the damage is contained to the bumper only and missed the upper panel. Do you think this can be repaired by one of those scratch repair services, or do you think I need a full on body shop? Has anyone else had something like this done? If so, what was the cost? I'm trying to see if I should pay out of pocket or file an insurance claim.

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Re: So this happened yesterday... :(

honestly, out of pocket, no insurance. since its a nice newer ride, i would have someone do it right.
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Old 04-08-2016, 10:58 AM
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That plastic bumper will never be the same if it's not done correctly.
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Re: So this happened yesterday... :(

It's hard to tell how deep it is by the pictures. If it has to be replaced then the bumper just by its self without paint is pretty expensive. Regardless, the entire bumper will have to be resprayed for it to look 100% again. No touch up, scratch person no matter how good they are would be able to get it good enough for my picky standards.
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Old 04-08-2016, 11:11 AM
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Re: So this happened yesterday... :(

Ugh that is so frustrating. So the person hit you're Jeep and took off? Assholes. Any chance you can see if there is parking lot surveillance footage that could help get plates of the vehicle that hit you?

I would go through insurance as its not gonna be cheap to repair the bumper as it will need to be either replaced or repaired and fully painted. Don't buy the tail light on your own if you are going through insurance. If a little bit of battle wound doesn't bother you then take a clay bar and rub the area down and you could get most of the black stuff off of it and buy the new tail light (you could find one even cheaper on ebay). This would be the cheapest method, but then you're left with a newer vehicle with damage already.
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Re: So this happened yesterday... :(

obviously offender was not a WU-Tang fan. Check on the any surveillance footage, might require cops, such a pain in the a$$
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Re: So this happened yesterday... :(

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obviously offender was not a WU-Tang fan. Check on the any surveillance footage, might require cops, such a pain in the a$$

LOL! Yeah, no footage available unfortunately. I guess it could have been worse.
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Re: So this happened yesterday... :(

Having this happen to my GC is one of my bigger fears and one of the reasons I miss my Rubicon. Didn't care about scratches and dings as much. Then again I'm leasing so I don't really care since it will be gone in 2-3 years.


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Re: So this happened yesterday... :(

That sure bites ass,here's the rub,if you go through insurance,your Jeep will never be worth as much as an undamaged one and because there is no other insurance company involved,(as the piece of shit left after hitting your truck,IF they had insurance at all)you can't request DVT (you would be able to request the difference in $$$,say yours was worth $30,000 without damage,afterwards it's worth $27,000 you would be entitled to the $3,000 difference from the other persons insurance,but as there is no other insurer you have to eat the loss),or to avoid the damage being reported by your insurance company which will always affect trade in value,pay for it yourself.I know because I had the same years ago happen to me,that's why I feel pissed off for you or any other honest owner that suffers this type of "hit and run".Genuinely sorry for you as your in a catch 22 situation.Personally,IF you intend,like I do,keep your Jeep for many years,go through insurance,if you trade in every few years,then you may want to consider paying out of pocket.Depends on the insurance you carry as to whether your rates will go up.Dont know about anyone else,I have uninsured and car park damage coverage too.But still have to eat $500 out of pocket though.In any event,I feel bad for you because I know the feeling of being super annoyed someone would just do that and leave.
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Re: So this happened yesterday... :(

I used to own a WJ Grand Cherokee and I backed into a concrete pole in an underground car-park and messed up my rear bumper in similar fashion to yours. Except mine was much worse than yours. My plastic Bumper was actually dented as well as paint scraped off it, but the tail light was untouched.

Anyhow, I got one of those mobile Scratch & Dent guys to come over to my house and within 2 hours he fixed it beautifully. This is going back about 12 years ago and I think I paid the guy $125 (AUS). I did get Pics, but unfortunately they're on a Disk stored with all of my other old computer stuff in the Garage somewhere. Sorry.

If you don't want to ruin your Insurance No Claim Bonus, you might want to consider getting one of those Scratch & Dent guys to come over and quote the job for you. Not sure about "over the pond", but Down Here they will do free, no obligation, quotes. Plus you'll be able to get an idea from the guy just how easy or difficult the job will be.

These days those Scratch & Dent guys can do wonders.
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Re: So this happened yesterday... :(

Wow, nice to see another Ecodiesel owner in Boston! I see Grand Cherokees on the road all the time, but I've only seen two or three other diesels out there.

Sorry to hear about your accident. Mine is my first ever brand-new car and I also worry about something happening to it, especially while parked.

But, there is some good news in my opinion. Unlike sheetmetal damage that's hard to repair properly, and might never look right and/or could even rust again, all of the damage to your car is non-structural.

Tail light: As you said, you can buy the part, install it yourself, and it'll be as good as new. But before you buy, do you have any interest in LED? You can buy all four tail lights in LED on Amazon for just under $300, and the tailgate pieces will also light up when you step on the brakes. I bought a set but I haven't had time to install them yet.

Bumper: Again, the good news is that the bumper cover is not a part of the car's metal body, and it's completely removeable/replacable, so there's really no "wrong" way to go about fixing it, other than budget.

If you make an inexpensive fix and you don't like it.....well, it's no fun to pay twice, but at least you can always replace/repair/repaint as many times as you like. It's not like, say, a quarter panel repair where bad work would cause rust later on.

So the first thing is that since it won't rust or get worse, there's no hurry to fix it other than looks.

I've seen the guys who go to car dealers and make quick repairs out in the parking lot. They would sand/repair the gouges in the plastic, spray some paint over the repaired area, and try to "blend" it into the rest of the bumper. It's OK for a 10 year old economy car on a budget, but honestly most of the work I've seen doesn't look very good at all. I wouldn't do it this way on a nice brand new car.

Probably the right way would be for body shop to repair the gouges, and prep and paint the entire bumper cover as a unit. I'm not sure if they'd opt to mask around and do the repair on the car, of if they'd remove and reinstall the bumper cover. I get the impression that the going rate for decent body work is $250-350 per panel. (Panel meaning door, hood, bumper, whatever. You only have one panel that's damaged.)

One other idea if you're on a budget and just want to make it look halfway decent. Lightly sand down the gouges so they look a little smoother. Wash and dry the area. Clean the area of any kind of car wax or grease with a solvent like lacquer thinner. Buy some spray touch-up paint in your car's color. Take a lint-free rag and wet it with lacquer thinner. Spray some paint on the wet part of the rag. Using the rag, wipe the paint along in the same direction as the gouges. Again, it won't look perfect, but it should draw the eye away from the damage and make it look acceptable until you have the time/budget for body shop repair.
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