Earlier today my Focus suffered a damaged bumper in a car park.
Mrs Pitmonster was using the car today and was preparing to leave work, when a colleague manouvered their car and scraped ours (Mrs PM was sat in my car but was stationary at the time).
The driver of the other car was a colleague of Mrs PM's, and she was driving her father's company car.
It was completely their fault, and they have admitted full liability.
I've spoken to the father on the phone, and he was very nice about everything. He wants to pay for the damage himself (to both vehicles) rather than go through insurance.
This actually works out better for me, because even though the repair wouldn't cost me anything either way (and my no claims is protected), when shopping for insurance in the future I would have to declare that I'd made a claim and my insurance would go up, regardless of fault..
(I checked this on a comparison site. Filled in the forms as normal and then went back and did it again, when it got to the box saying "have you made a claim in the last 5 years" I said yes and the price went up by £140, even though I specified "not at fault". Over the 5 years that I'd have to keep saying yes to this question that's £700)
The damage itself is on the left-rear corner, just behind the rear wheel. No metal was damaged and the wheel is fine.
The bumper is dented (see pic 1), and the gelcoat is cracked (see pic 2). Because the bumper is plastic I figure it can't be filled (when the plastic flexes the filler would pop out) so a replacement is needed.
I'm going to ring around a few body shops and get some estimates, but I've no idea how much they'll charge. Anybody got any ideas?
I know I shouldn't really care as it's not me who's paying, but I was wondering if this is something I could do myself?
How easy is it to remove & refit a bumper? My main reason for possibly doing this is that I wouldn't be without the car while it's in the shop, as I doubt I'd get a courtesy car.
I've found a supplier of a brand new bumper, for £120 including painting & shipping (see [url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/150635397648?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649#ht_2304wt_1032"]here[/url])
What do you reckon? Or should I just leave all it up to him to do?
The car is a 2006/56 Mk2 Focus 5-dr hatch (non facelift) in the light blue metallic.