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Bottom of front bumper caught by a nail -- can it be fixed under warranty?

Rando2010-08-18 13:54:51 +0000 #1
There was a nail in one of those little cement blocks that go under the front of the car when you park... so when backing out, it ripped open part of the connection between the front bumper and the undercarriage protector.

Will BMW repair that under warranty?

If not, do you guys have any recommendations on how best to cheaply repair it?

The damage isn't noticeable, but it's getting caught all the time on those types of cement blocks, and I don't like that there is a hole in a key area that needs to be protected.

Thanks!
Wires2010-08-18 14:00:31 +0000 #2
Highly doubtful that they will cover that.

There are plastic repair kits that can patch that. (made for plastic bumpers).
MteK2010-08-18 14:08:33 +0000 #3
warranty covers manufacturers defects, not driver error. That's what insurance is for.
cb11112010-08-18 14:10:41 +0000 #4
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Originally Posted by Rando

There was a nail in one of those little cement blocks that go under the front of the car when you park... so when backing out, it ripped open part of the connection between the front bumper and the undercarriage protector.

Will BMW repair that under warranty?

If not, do you guys have any recommendations on how best to cheaply repair it?

The damage isn't noticeable, but it's getting caught all the time on those types of cement blocks, and I don't like that there is a hole in a key area that needs to be protected.

Thanks!

Is it a manufacturer's defect? While Audi had some issues with front clips on A6's getting caught on parking blocks, this is not a common issue with BMWs.

In addition, you stated that the damage was done by one of the pieces of rebar that extended above the parking block - clearly not BMW's fault.

Perhaps you should just fix it and park a bit more carefully in the future.
Rando2010-08-18 15:34:15 +0000 #5
Yup, makes sense. (Wow, harsh crowd... it's not like you would always see some random thing sticking out a little bit (just a few centimeters is enough to cause a problem) if you're in a rush when parking... Never had it happen in about 100,000 miles of driving, but there's always a first time.

I guess a body shop might be able to close the gap in a reasonable way?
cb11112010-08-18 15:42:33 +0000 #6
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Originally Posted by Rando

I guess a body shop might be able to close the gap in a reasonable way?

Pictures would help us guide you in the right direction.

The Audi A6 thing was pretty brutal. The belly pan sat above the bumper and reversing off a parking block ripped many bumper covers clean off - sometimes damaging things like headlights and fenders along the way.

Although I never had that issue with my S6, I made it a habit to stop before I got to those parking blocks. BTW, the only reason for those blocks is to keep you from damaging what is in front of the block. It is not intended as a "pull up until you bump into this" marking.
Rando2010-08-18 14:30:58 +0000 #7
Yup, I agree. The only reason I would normally pull up more into the blocks is that in cramped spaces, it reduces the chance of people bumping into you as they enter/leave their spots.

Normally there is about another few cm of clearance between the block and the bottom of the car. But if there's a nail sticking out that you didn't see, you can get damage, as I have.

So... I guess I can show it at a body shop and ask for an estimate. Seems to be the best bet, huh?

I'll try to take a photo... it's a little bit of a tricky spot, so it'll be hard to get a useful photo, unfortunately (for me!)
chumley2010-08-18 16:46:53 +0000 #8
I did the exact same thing on mine!

Front end cleared the block but not the rebar sticking up.

You can't tell unless you bend down but when you look under the car, it's so screwed up I'm not even sure how it's supposed to look! I have to get it up on ramps and take it apart to see what's torn and how it's supposed to fit back together.
cb11112010-08-18 15:07:21 +0000 #9
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Originally Posted by Rando

Yup, I agree. The only reason I would normally pull up more into the blocks is that in cramped spaces, it reduces the chance of people bumping into you as they enter/leave their spots.

Normally there is about another few cm of clearance between the block and the bottom of the car. But if there's a nail sticking out that you didn't see, you can get damage, as I have.

So... I guess I can show it at a body shop and ask for an estimate. Seems to be the best bet, huh?

I'll try to take a photo... it's a little bit of a tricky spot, so it'll be hard to get a useful photo, unfortunately (for me!)

I'd try to get a picture first. Depending on the damage you might just need to swap out some parts - it is a bit difficult to tell from your description what was damaged.

I hate those pieces of rebar too - it is only a matter of time before we all get stuck on one of those.

You could file a claim with the insurance company of the people that own that parking block - having the spike sit high is not normal and they should have fixed it.
Rando2010-08-18 16:51:22 +0000 #10
cb1111: great point... I'll check with the Safeway folks. I can easily take a photo of that!

As for the underside, there is a gap now, which is bad. I can see that some screws were popped off, because there are holes for them, haha.

But at least summer is here, so it's a little less worrying. But also something could fly in there from the road, etc... so probably good to get this fixed sooner rather than later.

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