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I have 1,400 miles on my GC and got rear ended sitting at a damn stop light today. Young kid smashed right into me guessing he was texting. Luckily it was just the lower part of the bumper that was damaged no visible damage to the painted portion. Wondering if just that black portion can be replaced? Hoping there is no other damage underneath or to the frame that I can't see.

From the impact I was certainly expecting much worse to the Jeep. His piece of crap Mitsubishi certainly saw better days. I'm so pissed can't ever have anything nice these days.
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Old 05-23-2016, 10:38 PM
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New part replacement paid for by his insurance. Your Jeep will be new again. Any other damage can be replaced or fixed if it's found, but hopefully it's just the lower rear fascia that needs replaced.


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Old 05-23-2016, 11:23 PM
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Sorry to hear. While on this topic, any thoughts on those super bumpers that attaches to the hitch to protect the rear? Too tacky?


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Old 05-23-2016, 11:31 PM
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Re: Rear Ended Brand New WK2

Take it to a body shop for an opinion. The outside plastic is just an appearance item. The real bumper is hidden behind that cosmetic piece. There is a steel bumper reinforcement that could be damaged as well as impact absorber material. Failure to replace those pieces if they are damaged could result in a much worse out come if you are ever rear ended again with those damaged pieces still in place, if in fact they are damaged. The insurance co. of the person who hit you is required by law to restore your vehicle to pre-accident condition. Best of luck. I'm glad it wasn't serious.
From the photos of his front end, it is possible your rear frame rails were pushed up some. If so you will need a four wheel alignment after a frame pull.
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Re: Rear Ended Brand New WK2

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Take it to a body shop for an opinion. The outside plastic is just an appearance item. The real bumper is hidden behind that cosmetic piece. There is a steel bumper reinforcement that could be damaged as well as impact absorber material. Failure to replace those pieces if they are damaged could result in a much worse out come if you are ever rear ended again with those damaged pieces still in place, if in fact they are damaged. The insurance co. of the person who hit you is required by law to restore your vehicle to pre-accident condition. Best of luck. I'm glad it wasn't serious.
From the photos of his front end, it is possible your rear frame rails were pushed up some. If so you will need a four wheel alignment after a frame pull.
I'm assuming the body shop can determine if the frame has been compromised. That's what I'm most worried about the stuff I can't see. And dealing with insurance companies that don't cover OEM parts. They only will pay for aftermarket pieces which is BS. Hopefully I can fight that seeing it's a brand new car. I'll be calling the kids insurance company tomorrow to get the ball rolling.
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I'm assuming the body shop can determine if the frame has been compromised. That's what I'm most worried about the stuff I can't see. And dealing with insurance companies that don't cover OEM parts. They only will pay for aftermarket pieces which is BS. Hopefully I can fight that seeing it's a brand new car. I'll be calling the kids insurance company tomorrow to get the ball rolling.
You have a much better chance of getting approval for OEM parts from his insurance co. than you would from yours. You never signed a contract with his insurance company, he did. Keep that in mind, it's a very important bargaining chip. If you have to mention a lawyer that usually turns them to jelly.
Don't worry about the first estimate you get. They are required to only write what they can visually see. Once the outer parts are taken off any damage that was missed on initial inspection will be covered and paid for with a supplemental check. It's routine.
If there is still a battle over aftermarket parts tell them you would accept used parts over aftermarket. They are OEM after all and will just need to be painted to match.
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You have a much better chance of getting approval for OEM parts from his insurance co. than you would from yours. You never signed a contract with his insurance company, he did. Keep that in mind, it's a very important bargaining chip. If you have to mention a lawyer that usually turns them to jelly.
Don't worry about the first estimate you get. They are required to only write what they can visually see. Once the outer parts are taken off any damage that was missed on initial inspection will be covered and paid for with a supplemental check. It's routine.
If there is still a battle over aftermarket parts tell them you would accept used parts over aftermarket. They are OEM after all and will just need to be painted to match.
Thanks. You think used parts are better to go with over new aftermarket ones?
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In some cases, yes they are!
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I hope the perp had insurance on that Mitsubishi p.o.s. If he did, then don't worry you will be like new. When that happened to our other car, I had our insurance company duke it out with perp's carrier. It worked out fine and we even got our deductible back in only a month. (Results may vary by state.)
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Visible damage is sometimes far less than what you can't see - when my 2001 was rear ended like that and the lady went under me, what I could see was some scratches in the paint. The actual damage wound up requiring the bumper, cover, mounts and absorber to be replaced. Not cheap.

I've always fought to have OEM parts installed - insurance companies hate it, but I've never had a problem in the end. My 2012 was rear-ended after a year, but I had the trailer hitch and a cover installed - not even a scuff in the dirt on my bumper, banged up the ladys car pretty bad. I had the dealer look it over when I took it in for an oil change since they have a decent body shop on site too.

When my 2014 was sideswiped, it scuffed up the paint on side of the front bumper and knocked the trim loose - insurance paid for parts straight from the dealer and refinished the bumper. Knocked her rear bumper right off her Lexus though. I've been debating whether to leave my hitch step on my 2016. Hit that and it's a bad day for the other guy, doesn't stick out too far. Right now I've just got a billet hitch cover installed, keeps anyone from love tapping the paint.
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Re: Rear Ended Brand New WK2

I've been rear ended twice in my F150, both times the trailer hitch saved me, once punched a hole in a bumper cover, another time a radiator. In both cases they were at stop lights, once guy was texting, second time guy was on phone, never stopped talking till I "tapped" on his window.
Both times truck OK.
When I got my JGC, I bought this:
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The review by the guy that got hit while parked sold me!

The fact that it doubles as a tow strap connection point is just that much better.
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Re: Rear Ended Brand New WK2

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And dealing with insurance companies that don't cover OEM parts. They only will pay for aftermarket pieces which is BS. Hopefully I can fight that seeing it's a brand new car.
I recently found out that my insurance will cover OEM parts up to 20,000 miles (and then it's that whole 'reserve the right to use aftermarket' BS). Hopefully your/this kid's company does something similar. Good luck!
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