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Old 11-13-2008, 08:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Cost to Repair Minor Front Bumper/Clam Damage

I hit a critter this evening which put a crack in the bottom part of the left little vent of the bumper (see picture). I think this bottom part of the bumper/clam is plastic unlike the rest of the clam which is fiberglass. Do you know how much of an ordeal it is to fix and what it would cost? It isn't very noticeable but it will bug the heck out of me knowing it is there. Anyone know of a good body shop to fix it in the West Palm Beach, FL area?
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Old 11-13-2008, 08:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sorry, Bob. It's all injection-molded fiberglass. The best repair will require removing the front clam and reinforcing it from behind as well as repairing the surface.

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Old 11-13-2008, 08:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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As Tom says.

The good part is that they should only have to respray up to the join line rather than having to respray the complete front of your car (note this is a feature of clam construction and it cannot be disassembled there). Factoring in clam removal and replacement (3hrs each way), repair and respray couple more hours.
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THIS............is a "Bumper".
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I have went to a place called Brinks auto body twice and they have been great. They are located in Boca, right next to mizner park.I got hit by some pipe on 95 which hit my lower left lip and put a nice cracked hole and about 3 other spots were cracked up like yours, much worse and it was $2,000. They also replaced the front, with what I believe was called autobond and it looks great.
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There are two answers.

If you're just wanting to polish it up, less than a thousand bucks, but it won't be blended that great. Of course if you have starshield (or similar) and are going to put starshield back on, it might not be visible.

To "do it right" according to Lotus, you'll replace the entire clam - about $10k

To "do it right" according to jlj3394 & turbophil, you'll put an exige clam on there and add some CF goodies.

If it was me, I'd either drive with it as is (then the next one won't hurt so much) or just do the quick fix.

To me, if you're gonna drive these cars, this will eventually happen. Gotta look at the clam like tires, unfortunately, at some point it will need replaced.
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Old 11-14-2008, 07:19 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks all. I was thinking it would be at least $1000 bucks or so to have the existing clam repaired. It's just a bummer b/c I'm so anal with my cars (like parking them a mile out in a parking lot) and have had this one for a few years without a single ding or scratch (I guess I was due). And just a couple of weeks ago I had to have my wife's S-5 repaired from flying road debris denting/scratch her hood after owning the car less than a month. I just hope these things don't come in threes. I'm probably going to suck it up for a while and drive it as it and then if it continues to bug me after a few months I'll put a claim into the insurance co.
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I have went to a place called Brinks auto body twice and they have been great. They are located in Boca, right next to mizner park.I got hit by some pipe on 95 which hit my lower left lip and put a nice cracked hole and about 3 other spots were cracked up like yours, much worse and it was $2,000. They also replaced the front, with what I believe was called autobond and it looks great.
KeepItClear - Thanks for the post. If I decide to have it fixed I'll take it there.
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KeepItClear - Thanks for the post. If I decide to have it fixed I'll take it there.
If you dont have it fixed right away make sure you drill a small hole at the very end of the crack. This will keep the crack from getting any longer.
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Thanks all. I was thinking it would be at least $1000 bucks or so to have the existing clam repaired. It's just a bummer b/c I'm so anal with my cars (like parking them a mile out in a parking lot) and have had this one for a few years without a single ding or scratch (I guess I was due). And just a couple of weeks ago I had to have my wife's S-5 repaired from flying road debris denting/scratch her hood after owning the car less than a month. I just hope these things don't come in threes. I'm probably going to suck it up for a while and drive it as it and then if it continues to bug me after a few months I'll put a claim into the insurance co.
I would be the same way and want to get it fixed, but $1,000 - $2,000 is a bit of an unwelcome hit, especially since it is just as likely that something else may occur down the road. So, what about a good repair and in fill and then instead of the paint matching cost just have a vinyl piece cut (black or silver or CF - SDD?) to cover the repair, both sides (for now)? It looks like it might be a good spot for it, but hard to tell from the pic.
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Not structural, but I had a crack smaller than that....and if you want to go through insurance.....you can get the front clam replaced, turn signals shaved, front seams filled in, and Exige mesh! FTW!!
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Not structural, but I had a crack smaller than that....and if you want to go through insurance.....you can get the front clam replaced, turn signals shaved, front seams filled in, and Exige mesh! FTW!!
Eddie - post a pic of the front end of your car. It looks perfect. This guy is the seam doctor!
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John they don't necessarily have to remove the clam.

But it runs about $500-$700.

Is Starsheild damaged? Have to replace that too in that area...

Good luck...sorry your Lotus got hurt.
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