So some of you might recall the little encounter I had in April with my garage door. Somehow, the entrance to the garage moved just a half-inch or so on me right as I was trying to pull in and I scraped my front bumper some. I got a few quotes from the local dealer and other body shops to fix the issue and came away knowing a full-blown repaint of the bumper would cost me about $1,500 out of pocket. I was not ready to spend that time of money, since I could pull out of the parking lot at the body shop and be in an accident seconds later.
I looked for a more cost effective repair and had the bumper repainted by a mobile repair body shop that the local BMW CCA chapter forum recommended. I was satisfied with the repair, which fixed a few other smaller paint issues on the car as well for about 1/3rd of the cost.
That repair didn't last terribly long, unfortunately. :bawling:
On the way into work today, I was driving in the left lane on a 3-lane highway. I spotted some wood in the middle lane that looked like fencing boards. A car a few lengths in front of me was about to run over it, so I braced myself for the other car potentially veering over into my lane, which it had plenty of room to do so. It decided against that and ran over the wood, which prompted part of the boards to flip up and come flying towards my lane. It all happened somewhat slowly but I had no place to go safely at 75 mph and had to make contact with it. Thankfully by the time I came across it the wood had settled on the roadway and I ran over it.
It didn't sound too bad, mostly just like my tires ran over it. I was most concerned for the tires and paid attention if they might be losing air, since I'm running go flats. No issues there and I arrived safely at work and started walking around the car. Inspecting all four tires I saw no immediate damage and the fencing wood was pretty soft, so I did not expect it to bend a wheel.
Unfortunately, the bumper ended up taking some damage. On the driver side right at the bottom of the lip there is a pretty sizable indention into the soft plastic and some small scratching. The scratching seems like it might improve with a bit of polishing. The indention would take some filler and sanding, so I will probably just leave it be for now. Because the damage is so low, it is not really visible unless you look for it, but I'm still bummed out.
The passenger side fared better with all damage under the lip, which is mostly scratching which I should be able to polish, if I care.
For the most part I will leave this damage alone. This is a daily driver with 45,000 miles on it and the bumper is the most prominent part to take damage. I'm not looking to repaint or repair this, if anything, I might look to replace the front bumper with an M-sport one and call it a mod or upgrade. :thumbup:
Be safe out there, friends! (Or like the paint guy told me when I picked up the car "They're all crazy out there, man, watch out!")