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Rear ended at low speed; bent frame?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by BPowersTaco, Dec 29, 2018.

  1. Dec 29, 2018 at 9:10 AM
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    BPowersTaco

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    So I got rear ended yesterday, damage doesn't seem to be substantial as the tow hitch took the whole hit. But in doing so it bent my bumper downwards. I know I can't be the only to have this so what is everyone seeing for repairs? Will a new steal bumper fix the issue or do I have an underlying issue like a bent frame?

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  2. Dec 29, 2018 at 9:12 AM
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    Highly doubt that bent the frame, I’m sure you bent the bumper mounts but I’d be suprised if it was anything more.
     
  3. Dec 29, 2018 at 9:12 AM
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    Hard to tell from the angle but most likely bent bumper brackets. Pics from underneath would help
     
  4. Dec 29, 2018 at 9:15 AM
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    I seriously doubt it bent the frame. Probably bent the bumper mount brackets. Take the insurance $ and get a steel bumper.
     
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  5. Dec 29, 2018 at 9:16 AM
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    Doesn't the tow hitch attach directly to the frame? Underneath it doesn't look bent, but it could be subtle. So you guys think a new bumper would fix the issue?
     
  6. Dec 29, 2018 at 9:17 AM
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    The bumper on the third Gen is best described as a “simulated” bumper. There is no structure there, just a plastic cover on a plastic substrate. The Tow-hitch is the only structure. The damage you have looks to be all to the plastic.

    Unfortunately, the cost of those plastic parts is often equal to a new steel bumper.

    :spending:
     
  7. Dec 29, 2018 at 9:17 AM
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    It's very possible if the hitch took a direct hit.
     
  8. Dec 29, 2018 at 9:20 AM
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    Frame can be straightened on a frame machine not a big deal. Half the vehicles involved in collision need some kind of frame repair
     
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    Pictures from underneath

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  10. Dec 29, 2018 at 9:37 AM
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    The tow hitch took the hit, I don't see how the plastic parts are the issue. I may be wrong but the logic of it just isn't making any sense to me.
     
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    Has that bracket moved? Looks like you could loosen that bolt, pull the bracket back into position, retighten and be good.

     
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    Use a top flite body shop and let them tell you what's up. Likely they'll be willing to show you.

    Work with your insurance carrier for repairs, let them wrangle with the offending party's carrier. That's part of what you pay them for. You shouldn't even chat with them, unless it's the same carrier AND the same agent.
     
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    That's what I plan on doing, but I was wondering if I could take the money and buy a new steal bumper and install myself to fix the issue, or if the frame is likely bent then I'd have to have a shop do it and repair it back to stock
     
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    Maybe. Not to be rude, but if you can't tell what's bent or not, you shouldn't attempt it. It shouldn't be that hard to determine.

    You can work with the shop, have them repair the bent frame (if it is) apply the balance of insurance payment to new bumper, and let them install it. No reason to go back to stock if you don't want to.

    The vehicle will have to be inspected before an insurance payment is made anyway. You'll know about the frame then. If they say 'bumper only', then have the check cut to you, not the shop.
     
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    I was commenting before you posted the other pictures. Your first picture shows the corner pushed in.

    :notsure:

    Good luck with your repairs.
     
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    Blasphemy!


    There's a piece of stamped steel hiding under the plastic.:D
     
  17. Dec 29, 2018 at 10:19 AM
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    That's what I did. Got rear ended and the hitch took the brunt of the hit. Upon closer inspection, most of the plastic parts of the bumper were damaged in some way. Insurance gave me $1800 for all the bumper parts and the hitch. Now I have a Mobtown plate bumper.
     
  18. Dec 29, 2018 at 10:25 AM
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    Oh yeah, I forgot about the piece of foil they put in there to ground the license plate lamps.
     
  19. Dec 29, 2018 at 10:29 AM
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    Time to go RCI. Mine just arrived and I’ll be installing next week if I can. Can’t wait. Here’s a pic from the interwebz to inspire you:

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  20. Dec 29, 2018 at 10:31 AM
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    I had a similar hit, but also had rear panel damage. Got a Mobtown bumper, and I'm very happy with it. Definitely worth the wait.
     

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