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    So today I got into my first accident. Fortunately it was very minor and no one got hurt. Unfortunately it happened.

    Anyway as a result, I will need to have my rear bumper replaced. As this is my first time, I don't really know how I should go about it. The other driver will be paying it through their insurance (if they don't pull a shifty on me).

    I've been told by my parents that I will need to get quotes from three different sources. I'm thinking of going to the Toyota dealer tomorrow to get a quote for a replacement bumper and if things goes my way I'd like to have it fixed by Toyota. I will need two more quotes.

    Do you guys have any recommendation of which panel beater I should go to? I live in Hampton Park so if its close by that would be even better.

    Also I would appreciate any general advice regarding the issue. Is it always best to just replace the bumper?

    -K

  • #2
    I've thankfully never been through the process, but I'd imagine the panel beater will have to access whether it needs a new bumper and other parts.
    I don't think I'd ever be inclined to take my Toyota to a Toyota dealer for panel work. If they do that sort of work, they'll probably just pass it on to some dodgy low cost trades. They're all about making money.
    I'd visit a few panel shops and ask to see cars they've just finished. You'll be able to tell a lot from that.
    Good luck with it.

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    • #3
      Toyota will most likely direct you to one of their approved repairers.

      Go here and select your state to see a list of repairers

      http://www3.toyota.com.au/owners/ser...ccident-repair

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      • #4
        Our car fell foul of a low-rise pole in a car park. Rear bumper repair and respray was done at Mr Gloss in Moorabbin. Matched Renault metallic flame red really well. Try having a chat with Graeme.
        http://www.ecb.com.au/mrgloss/contact.html

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Kean Lao View Post
          So today I got into my first accident. Fortunately it was very minor and no one got hurt. Unfortunately it happened.

          Anyway as a result, I will need to have my rear bumper replaced. As this is my first time, I don't really know how I should go about it. The other driver will be paying it through their insurance (if they don't pull a shifty on me).

          I've been told by my parents that I will need to get quotes from three different sources. I'm thinking of going to the Toyota dealer tomorrow to get a quote for a replacement bumper and if things goes my way I'd like to have it fixed by Toyota. I will need two more quotes.

          Do you guys have any recommendation of which panel beater I should go to? I live in Hampton Park so if its close by that would be even better.

          Also I would appreciate any general advice regarding the issue. Is it always best to just replace the bumper?

          -K
          Before wasting time with panel beaters id push the other party to lodge a claim and then make sure to speak with their insurance company.
          Kenan

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          • #6
            Originally posted by S513bT View Post
            Before wasting time with panel beaters id push the other party to lodge a claim and then make sure to speak with their insurance company.
            They told me just this morning that they have spoken with their insurance company and that I will be contacted by the insurance company.

            @gvally321 You're right, I called Toyota this morning. They don't actually do the repair themselves however they do sell the part unpainted.

            @mmh I will have a look at Mr Gloss, thanks for the recommendation

            Have anyone in the south-east Melbourne area ever heard of PJS Panel? They seem to have quite good reviews online. I called them up this morning and they have a specialise service for insurance claim where I just have to fill out a form and they will deal with the insurance and the party at fault on their own. It almost sounds too good to be true, maybe that's a common practice since I've never really looked into this before.

            Thank you for all the replies. I suppose now I just have to wait for their insurance to contact me, they're with Coles Insurance by the way if that matters.

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            • #7
              Try DT panels in springy. They can do up many insurance friendly quotes and you might be able to get a few extras thrown in if you Vu is in a generous mood. Look them up on Facebook.

              I am insured with Shannons. I had license plate and a photo of the drivers license. They told me to send through a quote of my preferred repairer. Had the car repaired and back within a work week.

              Your insurance might approve of work ahead of their insurance and either chase their insurance or driver directly for costs.

              The Shannons legal team seemed particular keen to settle this quick. Even on a Saturday afternoon.

              In the interim there are heaps of panel shops they do free quotes. Collect a few and it will save you time.


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              • #8
                I've gone to Brighton Panel Works and to my surprise, their service and quality is really good. They were able to fix up my car perfectly with no delay! I'd recommend for you to check them out
                Brighton Panel Works are prestige cars smash repair and panel beaters of choice. Lifetime warranty on service & parts. Courtesy car available.

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