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So I guess I'm the lucky one today! Getting a new rear bumper for the abby! My wonderful boss at work decided to back out of his parking spot and remove mine for me free of charge! New body panels before my first oil change...I'm SO excited. :(
 

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So that's how you remove the rear bumper!
 

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Perhaps it's the perfect time to ask the boss for a raise, while they're feeling guilty.

Hopefully the body shop can make it look new again.
 

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I had some damage on another new car I had. Was just as devastated thinking "Well, it's not new anymore." but I found a really good body shop who did a great job including replacing some parts that would have been concealed. Don't even think of it anymore because where ever I look it is perfect and I know what I can't see is as well! Wishing you the same results.
 

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Wow, we'll I hope none of the mounting areas have been damaged since that might result in a longer turn around time for you. Always hate when this sort of thing happens to a new vehicle, kills its clean title.
 

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So heard back from the body shop; Even more good news. Fiat has not yet released an ETA on when new body panels will be available! Awesome right? Wondering, if he handles this through his credit card and we d not use insurance, does this still get reported as a wreck on my vehicle?
 

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So heard back from the body shop; Even more good news. Fiat has not yet released an ETA on when new body panels will be available! Awesome right? Wondering, if he handles this through his credit card and we d not use insurance, does this still get reported as a wreck on my vehicle?
No, I doubt it. I went through something similar last year. It was handled privately between me and another party and nothing was ever reported. Still, I'd double check to make sure that the outfit doing the body work isn't mandated to report.
 

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So heard back from the body shop; Even more good news. Fiat has not yet released an ETA on when new body panels will be available! Awesome right? Wondering, if he handles this through his credit card and we d not use insurance, does this still get reported as a wreck on my vehicle?
Well we know at least 1 spider is in the junk yard. That was a T-bone accident so maybe the parts you need are available.
 

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well that sucks, and for sure good advice, good timing to ask for a raise.

yep one lusso but the only usable exterior panel on that vehicle was the driver's door. when i got hit the car was pushed/thrown and ran over several street signs and well as spun around a bit, decklid hood, all side panels except driver's door were damaged in some manner. but his is an abby so wouldn't have been able use that bumper.
 
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[Wondering, if he handles this through his credit card and we d not use insurance, does this still get reported as a wreck on my vehicle?]

No. it is only when you make a claim through an insurance company (yours or the other driver's) that the insurance company reports the incident to Carfax. The body shop has no legal obligation to inform Carfax of repairs. Feel free to confirm this with the body shop. (That is not to suggest that you do not have an obligation to disclose the paint work to a prospective future buyer who asks if the car has ever been in an accident. If asked and you say "no" you might be committing "misrepresentation" - a civil wrong that could expose you to liability.)

You may want to take some photos of the damage for future use if you need to explain the repair work you had done to a purchaser. You may be able to honestly take the position that the body work was cosmetic only, resulted in no damage to the undercarriage and does not effect the market value of the car.

Depending upon the extent of the damage (e.g. scuff, gash, rip, etc), the body shop should be required to remove the bumper (to eliminate the possibility of overspray) and replace it if the damage is truly significant. It will likely repair the bumper and paint it using primer & base coat followed by a clearcoat finish. It will in all likelihood look like new and arguably the paint (e.g. PPG auto paint) will be thicker and a better quality than the 5 micron paint applied at the factory. Wait 30 days after the repair for the paint to cure before polishing or waxing. Chances are there was no structural damage to the transmission, exhaust, frame or suspension since it sounds like it was a 1-2 mph bumper kiss.

As a logistical matter, it is better to have your boss pre-pay the body shop in advance of the work. Have the body shop contact your boss directly and arrange his credit car payment over the phone before you leave the car with the shop. Bring your boss a copy of the estimate first and direct the body shop to call your boss. Don't allow him to even suggest that he will reimburse you once the work is completed. If you agree to that you are only giving him the opportunity to dispute the reasonableness of the repair cost or delay payment. After all, he is the one who does not want you to make a claim on his insurance (which you are more than willing to do if he wants to play games).
You may need a rental car for a few days too -- another expense your boss should pay.

Use a reputable shop and don't let your boss determine who will will perform the repair. That is your decision! Call some high-end car dealerships and find out who they use for body work on their used cars. This may help you to locate reputable local shops. Good luck.
 
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