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I had some damages on the left rear quarter that was recent repaired, and as a result of that the "bumper" area was resprayed/blended. I had my car covered this week due to rain storms and after removing the cover today I see this.

Two questions: Does this look like it could be the body shop's fault? It doesn't look like anything actually hit it and rather it was pressure or heat that caused it to crack. I'm going to reach out to them tomorrow and also get a 2nd opinion since I'm sure they're going to try to deny fault. But I also don't want to blame them if it's not their fault.

Is this even repairable or will I need a new clam?
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Looks reparable to me.

Without knowing exactly what was repaired or how, tough to say it's the body shop's fault. Was that part simply resprayed/blended as you say, or was that area actually repaired.

If that part was only painted, I don't know how that would account for a crack like that.

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It was the area that was blended. My other Lotus buddy said the same thing. What could have possibly caused this? I know it wasn't another car or person because of where it's parked. It's cracked through, you can see through.

Here's a photo during the repair.

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Looks reparable to me.

Without knowing exactly what was repaired or how, tough to say it's the body shop's fault. Was that part simply resprayed/blended as you say, or was that area actually repaired.

If that part was only painted, I don't know how that would account for a crack like that.
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That's new damage, Someone bumped you while it was parked.

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That's new damage, Someone bumped you while it was parked.
I would agree, looks to be right about bumper height for the average sedan.
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It was the area that was blended. My other Lotus buddy said the same thing. What could have possibly caused this? I know it wasn't another car or person because of where it's parked. It's cracked through, you can see through.
"Once you eliminate the impossible (that blended paint would cause a crack), whatever is left, no matter how improbable (your notion that it was safe where parked), must be the solution."

~Sherlock Holmes

As others have said, that is blunt force trauma. Not the body shop's fault unless that crack was there when you drove it off their lot.

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My mom once backed out of our driveway, across the street, and into the neighbour's driveway. That cracked a tail light.

So a car or maybe a bicycle hit your car?
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Thanks for all the input guys. I know it wasn't my wife because she always parks next to it and I park behind it with my Honda Pilot. And I know it wasn't my Pilot because the contact point is much higher.

At this point I'm just hoping it's repairable.

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NOTICE TO ALL POSTERS - With regards to the question “Is this fiberglass damage repairable?”, please note the following:

1) Fiberglass damage is always repairable. ALWAYS.

2) If you want a reasonable evaluation of the damage, your likelihood of being satisfied with the repair and an estimate of how much it will cost, you MUST have your vehicle evaluated by a competent fiberglass repair specialist IN PERSON. No number of photos or verbose descriptions can be substituted for an in-person evaluation. EVER.

Carry on.

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