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Hello fellaz,
As posted i had an accident where i rear ended some german tourist not knowing where he was going......or how to drive in the US
Now, i got a f*up headlight and bumper. I found a headlight assembly for $170, by far the cheapest found. I now, have a question. My bumper is hanging down like 2 1/2, 3 inches from my fender, which is bent a tad. How can i go about connecting it back on. Also, where can i find a new bumper, and how much should i expect to pay. Lastly, where can i find the scuff guard trim on the bumper. its all shot to hell, like the chrome pieces. I dont know how to find out the part numbers for a 95 seville bumper divers side scuff guard, or the bumper itsself. Lastly, how much can i expect to pay for a repaint for my entire seville, the original gold color. Or, i might go with a pearl white with cream interior. Thanks alot for reading
 

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Jonny5 said:
Hello fellaz,
As posted i had an accident where i rear ended some german tourist not knowing where he was going......or how to drive in the US
Now, i got a f*up headlight and bumper. I found a headlight assembly for $170, by far the cheapest found. I now, have a question. My bumper is hanging down like 2 1/2, 3 inches from my fender, which is bent a tad. How can i go about connecting it back on. Also, where can i find a new bumper, and how much should i expect to pay. Lastly, where can i find the scuff guard trim on the bumper. its all shot to hell, like the chrome pieces. I dont know how to find out the part numbers for a 95 seville bumper divers side scuff guard, or the bumper itsself. Lastly, how much can i expect to pay for a repaint for my entire seville, the original gold color. Or, i might go with a pearl white with cream interior. Thanks alot for reading
You probably don't want to hear this, but most salvage yards will not separate the trim from the bumper cover, it is sold as a unit. There are a few like Pick-A-Part that don't really care.

In the interim you can get some self tapping screws and fasten the bumper cover back into place from the bottom (inside) to any bent surface such as the fender. Both will likely need to be replaced anyway. Most volume body shops don't bother with panel repair anymore, they just replace with new/reconditioned parts.

As far as paint goes, don't switch to a pearl. Pearl is expensive and difficult to match. If the paint was a pearl to begin with, then I would go back with the pearl but not otherwise. Cost is arbitrary. The aesthetics are what you must try to append for the time being. Save your money, get the job(s) done correctly.

If you round up the new parts, and I do mean secure all the necessary parts, your repair estimate will be much lower.

On another note, if you got turned around lost in my area, and I ran into you, how would you feel if I posted that you did not know how to drive in my city?
They were lost/confused and you were not. I will assume you have never driven an automobile in Europe.
 

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My 99 SLS was hit by a delivery truck when it was at my mechanics one day. the bumber was scratched, the fender was bent and paint was messed up. I brought the car to a friend of mine who owns a body shop. I asked how much it would be for a new bumper cover, he looked it up and it was $500. That's the answer to that question. Go to www.GMpartsdirect.com and look it up and see if you can get it for cheaper. They have everything broken down for you to make it easy.
I have a pearl white car. I asked my friend, mind you, how much it would cost, to have the whole car repainted, he said since he does more body work than just doing repaints, since the pearl is a tri color, it would cost about 5K. My suggestion, if you have it, do what you want, if not and it's not neccessary, don't worry about it. They should be able to match paint colors pretty close now. Also, make sure they blend/fade the paint into other panels around anything you get repainted. It may cost a little more money, but it'll be worth it. One more thing is that paint doesn't dry the same on the plastic (bumber) as it does to metal, so you would want them the blend the color from the bumper cover to the fenders a little. Good luck, let us know how it comes out.
 

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My 99 SLS was hit by a delivery truck when it was at my mechanics one day. the bumber was scratched, the fender was bent and paint was messed up. I brought the car to a friend of mine who owns a body shop. I asked how much it would be for a new bumper cover, he looked it up and it was $500. That's the answer to that question. Go to www.GMpartsdirect.com and look it up and see if you can get it for cheaper. They have everything broken down for you to make it easy.
I have a pearl white car. I asked my friend, mind you, how much it would cost, to have the whole car repainted, he said since he does more body work than just doing repaints, since the pearl is a tri color, it would cost about 5K. My suggestion, if you have it, do what you want, if not and it's not neccessary, don't worry about it. They should be able to match paint colors pretty close now. Also, make sure they blend/fade the paint into other panels around anything you get repainted. It may cost a little more money, but it'll be worth it. One more thing is that paint doesn't dry the same on the plastic (bumber) as it does to metal, so you would want them the blend the color from the bumper cover to the fenders a little. Good luck, let us know how it comes out.
The problem with matching a pearl job is not with matching the paint color, it is matching the existing pearl base. Most auto body paint supply houses use a digital image to read the existing paint, that is a no brainer. Applying the match is the task which takes talent. It is a tri-coat process, not tri-color. So no ,it will not be easy to match. Of course it will need to be blended into the existing paint work, that is the difficulty I wrote about. And by the way, who wants a paint job that is a "pretty close" match? Forget it! Good body shops don't get paid for almost. Only the second rate low budget shops get away with that.

GM parts direct is a good source, but not necessarily for a new bumper cover, especially if the warehouse is located in California and the part is needed in Orlando, Florida. Shipping could get excessive, and you have no way of knowing for sure until you jump through all the ordering hoops to get to the shipping cost estimate. Salvage yards are a good source, especially for a 1995 model year car. That way you get all the trim included as opposed to buying each item individually. The $500 dollar quote for the bumper cover is just for the bumper cover, nothing else. So no again, that is NOT the answer to that.

The $5K dollar quote you were given was for an existing pearl over pearl. That means no door jambs, no under hood, no under trunk paint. So that quote is not valid for a color change either.
 

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It is a tri-coat process, not tri-color.

And by the way, who wants a paint job that is a "pretty close" match? Forget it! Good body shops don't get paid for almost. Only the second rate low budget shops get away with that.

The $500 dollar quote for the bumper cover is just for the bumper cover, nothing else. So no again, that is NOT the answer to that.

The $5K dollar quote you were given was for an existing pearl over pearl. That means no door jambs, no under hood, no under trunk paint. So that quote is not valid for a color change either.

Boy, I guess you wanted to pick me apart, all I gave was bs apparently since nothing I said other than the difficulty of blending was correct.

First, I've heard alot of people call it tri color, not tri process due to the fact that it can look several differant colors in different lights and times of day.

Second, "pretty close" was only a figure of speech. I don't care how good a person or machine is, I don't beieve that the paints will be 100% exact. In my friends defense, he does not own and run a second rate shop.

Third, if you reread the original post, he asked where he can get the bumper and how much it would be. I told him where and how much the bumper was. That IS the answer to his question about the bumper, nothing was asked about shipping and handling, tax...

Lastly, the quote that was given to me by my friend. I don't know if it included EVERYTHING or not. So, you can't tell me that it was valid or not. By the way, maybe it would be a little cheaper since we're friends, we tend to help eachother out like that... price wise for things.

My response to you is like this since it seemed like you were coming off as a know it all and I should dhut the hell up. If it wasn't meant like that then I'll forget about it.
 

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Hello fellaz,
....where can i find a new bumper, and how much should i expect to pay. ...
I recently replaced the bumper cover for my Pearl 1989 Seville with a reconditioned one I located on Ebay. The cover sold for $129, the shipping fee was a flat $40 (UPS classifies it as a oversize item).

The transaction did have a couple hic-cups -first the bumper had not been wraped too securely and arrived damaged. Second, it was the wrong one (for a Eldorado which has the parking lights in the bumper instead of the fender).

I was getting prepared for a drawn out PIA battle but Brad, the owner, was top notch. He not only assured me that he would get the right bumper out to me, but when I asked about the painting service I noticed on their site that they also offered he knocked 50% off the price of that as well because of their error. The replacement bumper arrived promptly, in great shape, the pearl paint looks like a dead on match and it came with a shipping label to return the first one.

You can order from their web site as well, the company sells bumbers and does chrome plating - which is the next thing I am going to talk to them about.

http://www.netbumper.com/

Brad Blake, President
Toll Free: 1-800-692-4529

Email: [email protected]

Plains Electro-Plating
714 Avenue E
Lubbock, Texas 79401
Phone: (806) 763-9308
Fax: (806) 765-9828


FWIW,

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heres what i did
I did the body work myself.
Cost me 35 bucks and looks PERFECT. got the body line in and everything. The bumper is reattached, but the chrome piece and scuff guard is still shitty, i might just buy a new bumper.
As for the paint, im not painting it until after winter. Im going to repaint the WHOLE car with the Gold, but add a pearl into the gold paint, making it dance even more.Thanks for all the help
 
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