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Well, first off, is it covered by insurance? If so, will they allow something other than stock? Find out what the difference is between stock and a mazdaspeed or some other after market front bumper. It looks like its just a simple bumper change. Unless there is structural damage. Have you crawled under the car to see if the supports were damaged?
I'd suggest starting there, and save yourself the trouble of going to a body shop, i've heard from others on the forum that removing the front bumper isn't that difficult. I'm going to here soon, and when I do, I'll post pix of the r + r, complete with step by step instructions.
I'll add my condolences.
Did you cry much?
I would have.
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Im sorry man but I know what you are going through.
Your damage could havebeen a lot worse look at my damage pics on this post Someone backed into my Rx-8 -- its gone for atleast another week Someone backed intomine in a parking lot and it took a month for the bodyshop to fix it up and get all the parts. Goodthing it looks like allyou need is a bumper and grille.
My front bumper was less than $400 butI see you have the European bumper with the headlightwashers so maybe its more expensive for you. Ifyou get a custom bumper I dont know if you will be able to use those headlight washers anymore. I dont like those anyway
Went to the shop today the part cost about 360 for the bumper cover and 50 for the black platic grill and 50 for the shock observer in Canadian dollar.
the cost to paint and install include labour is about 350 CAN
Just phone the other person i rear ended..
He told me he get headache and not feeling well and couldn't work today....
now i am felling extremely bad. the person's car should be a quick and easy fix. but i am worry now if he is gonna rip me off cliaming injury