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Was in a hurry this moring and backed into a concrete pillar in my work parking garage. Did pretty minor damage to the rear right side of the car. Since the rear bumper cover is one piece the cost to fix is $1,250 US. Don't want any points on my insurance and my deductible is $500, don't want to file a claim. I miss the old days when you could just pull out a dent :(. Will try to post a picture of the damage.
 

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Damn the bad luck! So sorry man, do you know anyone who works at a body shop that could help you out? Best of luck on repairs!
 

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Going to contact a car rebuilder (via a friend) to see if he can fix it without replacing the full rear bumper cover. I will find out tomorrow.
 

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many body shops or specialized people that do similar repairs for dealerships do plastic repairs. I had a similar damage on my previous vehicle when I hit a raccoon and got it fixed without removal and there was no way after that you could tell it was damaged. It was at least less than half the price of complete replacement. Good luck.
 

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yup, those concrete pillars are vicious. i'm lucky enough not to have hit one yet...gotta love these wide mirrors.

glad to see that the damage is minimal!

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Sorry to see that, reversing the Soul is guess work at the best of times.... wonder if reversing sensors would have spotted it and stopped you in time?. Hope its soon back perfect.
 

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Thanks, thats a good idea - I think it might be good to install some of those sensors - never have installed them before but it can't be that hard. I don't know if they would have caught the pillar but they would help backing up while parking.
 

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There would no need for sensors or cameras if people would adjust their mirrors correctly.

I have had no problems backing up, reverse parking, or avoiding crushing people behind me.

Your three mirrors are all that you need. There's a video that someone posted a while back that showed one how to properly adjust their mirrors. It's a good watch. Very helpful.

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and quite how would a mirror see into the dead spot low down behind the car? if a mirror could do that, they wouldnt offer a reversing camera.
 

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^^ Looking behind you and noticing stationary objects/obstacles is what you should do before actually backing up...

Just stating personal opinion and things that have worked for me, that's all.

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^^ Looking behind you and noticing stationary objects/obstacles is what you should do before actually backing up...

Just stating personal opinion and things that have worked for me, that's all.

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I remember someone posting who admitted nearly hitting pedestrians in car parks whilst going forwards.......lol
 

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LOL... hey... those A pillars are mighty thick, and no mirror or camera could help avoid that...

point taken though, lol

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Here's the video you speak of, EboniLM.
This is how to PROPERLY adjust your mirrors. Bet you that 3/4 of the people on these Forums have their mirrors adjusted incorrectly.
When I first saw this video, posted on these forums a while back by Retired Old Soul, i adjusted my mirrors the way they describe in this video.
I have to admit, it takes a while to get used to BUT I've never had a close call at all thereafter.

So, watch this video (and No, it will not clear up your blind spot directly behind ;) )

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwzUE6PHk4U&feature=youtu.be




There would no need for sensors or cameras if people would adjust their mirrors correctly.

I have had no problems backing up, reverse parking, or avoiding crushing people behind me.

Your three mirrors are all that you need. There's a video that someone posted a while back that showed one how to properly adjust their mirrors. It's a good watch. Very helpful.

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Talked to a car rebuilder / body specialist today - he will make it "like new" for $400.00 (cash only) next week. Much more reasonable :)
 

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Forgot to say thanks for all the feedback and link to the video - I will take a look and see if my mirrors and properly adjusted. However, I think it was more that I was in a hurry to get into work and parked in a diferent spot than usual.
 

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I did a similar thing ages ago with an almost new Saab 900 I had. I was in a big hurry and backed up fast in a parking lot where there was nothing visible out my back windows or to the side. Turned out there was a short pole - maybe 3 feet high that I SLAMMED into. It was right in the middle of the bumper and it was a hatchback so it screwed up everything. After the car was fixed it was never right again - with rattles, so I just sold it.
 
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