CR-V bumper "safe" after hit pole?

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Old 11-10-04, 06:39 AM
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CR-V bumper "safe" after hit pole?

Couldn't find any info on this so here goes... This is a 2003 CR-V that was backed into a cement pole such that it scraped and dented the rear passenger side "bumper only". The body appears not harmed at all. Question is : Do bumpers loose the ability to protect passengers when scraped or bumped. It is indented about 1/4 in (at the worst point) and does not appear to be dangerous. There is nothing hanging off. I realize that any autobody place may/will argue that these things cannot be left in "disrepair" but I wish another opinion. It is hardly noticable to me and I would rather not loose the vehicle for a week is not needed.

Lastly : Must I surrender all insurance paperwork to autobody shops in the case of bumper repair "estimate"? Honda place did not require any paperwork for estimate but other places say that they require the ins paperwork. Please comment.

Thanks much... R7
 
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Old 11-10-04, 07:18 AM
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"Must I surrender all insurance paperwork to autobody shops in the case of bumper repair "estimate"? Honda place did not require any paperwork for estimate but other places say that they require the ins paperwork. Please comment."

No, its not necessary to get a *true* estimate. If they can't appraise your vehicle by looking at the damage, then they are not doing their job. Sometimes they try to work the system for you. Sometimes against you. Depends on their motives. I've even seen a few places advertise they will give you a $xxx rebate (intended to cover the deductible) Thats insurance fraud in my opinion.

It also may be a body shop that just wants to get paid and wants to see if the insurance will be paying them, or the customer. You can probably ask them for their motives. If the insurance is directly paying them they will "fix it right" meaning they will replace as much as possible according to the limits of the insurance. If you are payed by the insurance place, and pay the body shop directly. they give you a higher estimate, and then tell you how you can cut some corners when they do the actual repairs.

If you really need a true estimate just tell them the damage wasn't insured.
 
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Old 11-10-04, 09:11 AM
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if it's an...

...energy absorbing bumper system, then it may be bent (the bumper) or the device that absorbs the energy (bolts onto the end of the frame horn) is partially collapsed. in that case, if you want to maintain the original design safety features, then have it repaired.

sounds to me that you want someone to tell you it's ok not to fix it because it doesn't look to bad to you cosmetically...the questions are...how is it designed? and do you want to maintain the original integrity?

get it looked at and have someone show you why they say parts should be replaced...
 
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