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Old 10-18-2010, 06:30 PM   #1
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I was rear ended today...

I was on lunch at work waiting at a parking lot exit to turn into traffic fully stopped when suddenly the GTI lurched forward, I thought I had slipped off the break petal but it turns out some chick that worked at the place bumped into me from behind somehow with her old japanese what ever it was. The impact pushed me what seemed like a good foot or so forward but props to the GTI bumper! Not even so much as a scratch! There was a small scuff from her paint near the bend at the license plate but it rubbed right off with my finger. After a few minutes of looking all around I could not find any more marks, crumples, skuffs in the clear coat, cracks or anything. So I decided to be the nice guy and just told her she could just go on her way. I know it was kind of a low speed impact but with the force she hit me I was expecting the bumper to be split or cracked. Very pleased with its resistance, saved me a huge headache.
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Old 10-18-2010, 07:25 PM   #2
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Seems like you still might want to get it looked at

I don't know much about this, but have heard that internal collision handling material (such as Styrofoam or plastic) can get damaged with no visible external damage.
In this case, it would mean a future bump might not work out as well.

Just an uninformed thought!
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Old 10-18-2010, 07:28 PM   #3
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Old 10-18-2010, 07:55 PM   #4
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Sucks to hear you got hit, but also good to know you don't have to go without your GTI while it is getting fixed.
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Old 10-18-2010, 08:43 PM   #5
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I would've given her her shit just to scare her into being more careful next time lol
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Old 10-18-2010, 08:52 PM   #6
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that will only happen with the flexability of oem paint. once you repaint.. forget about that.
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Old 10-18-2010, 09:34 PM   #7
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that will only happen with the flexability of oem paint. once you repaint.. forget about that.
Do u know what u r talking about?
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Old 10-18-2010, 09:35 PM   #8
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Do u know what u r talking about?
yes, i do. been thru all that w my beamer. no aftermarket paint fix will ever equal oem factory application and quality.
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Old 10-18-2010, 09:39 PM   #9
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Just so U know in some case even the bumper might not show crack or damage.Your absorber can get damage sometime but is not too expensive to replace if it need.
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Old 10-19-2010, 12:04 PM   #10
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Old 10-19-2010, 12:14 PM   #11
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shizer!!yeah i always have to look in my rear view mirror every time i slam on the brakes to catch a red light to see if the car behind me can stop in time. i had one close call a while ago.

take it easy dude.
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Old 10-19-2010, 12:16 PM   #12
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You definitely should still get the car inspected for the padding behind the plastic covering. That's where the true "bumper" is. Once it collapses from the absorbed energy of impact, it is no longer as effective.

And plac, I've never had any issues with repainted bumpers. They have great flex additives that are added at the body shop to achieve the same paint flex as original.
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Old 10-19-2010, 12:19 PM   #13
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I would be shocked if there was not structural damage to the bumper - go get her insurance info and go get it checked out.
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Old 10-19-2010, 02:22 PM   #14
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I was on lunch at work waiting at a parking lot exit to turn into traffic fully stopped when suddenly the GTI lurched forward, I thought I had slipped off the break petal but it turns out some chick that worked at the place bumped into me from behind somehow with her old japanese what ever it was. The impact pushed me what seemed like a good foot or so forward but props to the GTI bumper! Not even so much as a scratch! There was a small scuff from her paint near the bend at the license plate but it rubbed right off with my finger. After a few minutes of looking all around I could not find any more marks, crumples, skuffs in the clear coat, cracks or anything. So I decided to be the nice guy and just told her she could just go on her way. I know it was kind of a low speed impact but with the force she hit me I was expecting the bumper to be split or cracked. Very pleased with its resistance, saved me a huge headache.
I'm surprised your airbag didnt pop and scare the taint out of you. You should have got her number, and milk that for all its worth...
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