I rear ended a guy with a new 2006 Dodge Ram 1500. It had a black
bumper (not the chrome one) It was about a 5km/hr bump, that left one
slight indentation in the right corner, about two inches round, and not
deep at all.
He said he went to the dealership and said the cost to fix would be
$2000. I asked if it caused other damage to the truck, and he said no,
just the bumper.
Now, I have a 2005 Dodge 1500 - and was rearended this winter - it
caused 3 large dents as well as scratches all along. It only cost $350
Why the descrepancy?
Also, how much would just a new black rear bumper cost?
I would have called the police at the time of the accident to get an
official police report. I'm not sure if you did or not, and if you didn't, I
realize you're probably trying to save a possible insurance premium hike,
but from the looks of it, the guy is trying to railroad you with the extra
$$ and would have probably been worth going thru your insurance in the long
Just last month, I was in Philly (center city - and I hate going into Philly
with my Ram), some girl cut my arc while I was making a left on a tight side
street from a one way street with two lanes onto another one way street with
two lanes. Originally as I pulled up to the light in the right lane with my
right turn signal on, I notice a small car parked on the corner with some
girl in the driver seat talking to a passenger. I made a mental note to take
it wide. Light changed and I proceeded and did take it wide. I then heard
this awful scrape on the right side. I looked over and there she was trying
to make the turn. I made sure to get a cop so to make an official police
report and glad I did. She was driving with an expired tag and she got fined
The passenger was her boyfriend. They were a young couple, early 20's. He
was trying to say it was my fault. I said I wasn't the one that was parked
on the corner,and you need to signal to show your intention to enter a
traffic lane out of a parking spot and not just dart out and try to make a
turn, whether on the corner or not. He tried to argue with me, and I said
there's no need to argue about it and we'll just let the cops sort it out.
Then he asked me to keep the cops out of it and I said NO, now way. I want a
police report because I knew it was her fault. As we exchanged paper work
waiting for the cops, she didn't have the owener/reg card and said she
forgot it at home. I said we'll let the cops sort that out as well. Glad I
did call them...
I heard it is common practice for insurance companies to request three
written estimates and let the company decide, so that is what I would do
if I were you, and while you are at it, call the dealer -- you can't get
more expensive than that...
or, if yours is really nice, and it is a match, you could do a swap, and
fix yours at your convenience
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