Dented bumper from tow hitch, advice?

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Hi guys, so a neigbor backed into my car coming out of our parking.

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The tow-hook on his truck went straight for the area just above the fake vent on the driver side and dented the bumper pretty good. Part of the fake vent is popped out along the top.

Everything else seems fine luckily. Haven't tried but should the fake vent just pop back in? What are you guys thoughts on the dent? Might I just be able to pop it out?

I ask mainly as I already started an insurance claim. This is the first time I've ever been in such a situation. Google suggests premiums could go up for this even though I'm not at fault. Also suggests I should be able to cancel the claim at any point. They are trustworthy and would be covering any repair costs of course.

Any thoughts and advice anyone can provide would be greatly appreciated!





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Look up paint less dent repair and find a good reputable one in your area. That should be no problem.
 
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Look up paint less dent repair and find a good reputable one in your area. That should be no problem.
Thanks man 🙂 I've never heard of paintless dent repair. Looks like there is a spot nearby I can get quoted from!

I was able to push the fake vent back in. Unfortunately the upper right clip was barely hanging on and just popped off. So i'll need to get the fake vent replaced. The area of the bumper where the clip goes in was dented inward as well. So it looks like even with the clip there will be a noticeable gap 😔 Hopefully the dent repair place can fix that too though.

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Thanks man 🙂 I've never heard of paintless dent repair. Looks like there is a spot nearby I can get quoted from!

I was able to push the fake vent back in. Unfortunately the upper right clip was barely hanging on and just popped off. So i'll need to get the fake vent replaced. The area of the bumper where the clip goes in was dented inward as well. So it looks like even with the clip there will be a noticeable gap 😔 Hopefully the dent repair place can fix that too though.

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Damn that sucks! But they do amazing work, magical work, the good ones at least LOL. Good luck!
 

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If you know who did it, your insurance carrier should contact theirs’. And if repaired through their insurance, you shouldn’t get dinged on your premiums.

For a DIY repair, my first course of action would be to carefully heat up the area with a hair dryer on high heat. IMO, heat guns are a no-go for DIY unless you really know what you’re doing. Pull the garnish, heat the area and see if you can pop it back out from the inside. If that’s the only damage, the clips should line up after that dent is popped back out.
 

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