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Old 06-06-2014, 07:44 PM
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Lessons learned

A valuable lesson was reinforced for me twice today. My Chevy Silverado was rear ended in a parking lot and the person who did the deed was nice enough to fess up. I got a check for the repair (not enough to really get a shop to do it, but a nice check.

So, I do some research on Ebay and find a recommended aftermarket bumper with good feedback. I buy it only to find out after getting it that it's actually a cheap piece of junk where the pad has a 1/2" gap between it and the bumper instead of sitting flush like it does on the OEM bumper.

The same day that I ordered the bumper, I ordered an aftermarket gloss black grill from EBay. Item listed as "in United States". When it ships, it ships from New Taipei, Taiwan but gets here in four days. Good enough. Unfortunately, it's a chintzy piece of junk that rattles around loosely rather than fitting snugly in the car.

So, I learned twice in one day that I'm better off paying extra to get the genuine part instead of some cheap a$$ knockoff that I have to send back because I don't want to taint my vehicles with them.
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Old 06-06-2014, 09:47 PM
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I like the WSU Coug plate pic.

Too bad about the ebay sellers.
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Old 06-07-2014, 12:53 AM
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Thats all people do is get rear ended up there well, beside the 9 months of fog and rain... Thats why I moved back to So Cal. Great bright sunny days and wrecks that typically total one or both vehicles!
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