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So I'm leasing this car. Got it in February. I must have hit a curve or something. It happened yesterday or the day before. Am I going to need a new front bumper or is this fixable? Don 't know much about these things but I have friends that do. I'm just not sure if Toyota is going to charge me an arm and a leg for this. Figured I'd come here for help before I do anything. Any advice is welcome.
 

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Hey everyone,

So I'm leasing this car. Got it in February. I must have hit a curve or something. It happened yesterday or the day before. Am I going to need a new front bumper or is this fixable? Don 't know much about these things but I have friends that do. I'm just not sure if Toyota is going to charge me an arm and a leg for this. Figured I'd come here for help before I do anything. Any advice is welcome.
Fixable. Do not pay Toyota. They probably farm it out and mark it up.
Check couple of body shops. Make SURE to tell them it is NOT insurance. Else they Mark it up.

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I would fix it before you return your lease. You may never know how many more times you will scuff the bottom area again. I have a similar scuff and I just left it alone because it might happen again.
 

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Probably not but it's all different from dealership to dealership.
 

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Not optimal for a larger scuff but try to sand it lightly and touch up with touch up paint. If you take your time it will look pretty decent from a few feet away. Chances are the underside will get additional scratches on the underside.

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Thanks for the reply guys. I've never leased before. Will Toyota make any not of it or something like that when I get it serviced?
They won't pay attention to it being leased or owned during servicing.

Most dealerships have a guy that comes around and spot paints the bumpers of their used cars prior to them being put out for sale. Find out who your dealer uses and have him fix it. About 25% of having the whole thing painted and most of those guys are pretty good! Every dealer I deal with does this... and currently that is about 50.
 

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They won't pay attention to it being leased or owned during servicing.

Most dealerships have a guy that comes around and spot paints the bumpers of their used cars prior to them being put out for sale. Find out who your dealer uses and have him fix it. About 25% of having the whole thing painted and most of those guys are pretty good! Every dealer I deal with does this... and currently that is about 50.
He must have done MY background bumper. It sucks. LMBO.

Whoever didn't mine didn't understand clear coat.

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I wish in my small town I had those options. I have a very small scuff on the rear bumper cover on my camry. I can get a new one primed and ready to paint for something like $38 from Certifit. All the shops want at least $500 just to spray it cash and carry. One nut wanted $1200 turn key for the job. I left it.
 

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Hey everyone,

So I'm leasing this car. Got it in February. I must have hit a curve or something. It happened yesterday or the day before. Am I going to need a new front bumper or is this fixable? Don 't know much about these things but I have friends that do. I'm just not sure if Toyota is going to charge me an arm and a leg for this. Figured I'd come here for help before I do anything. Any advice is welcome.
Wow what timing to post this, took mines in for service long story short some jack*** scraped my car while it was parked. I was furious when I saw this but the service rep that I know had their paint guy take a look and wow I couldn't even tell anything had happened after he fixed it, only took a day also. Mines have a paint guy that works for Toyota not a 3rd party guy he fixes all their used car before they resell it, he did excellent job, ill post pic tomorrow of the after job.
 

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Napa mixes it in-house or "can get it"?
NAPA "paint stores" can do it. Call around. I don't know the cost. I tried one the dealer parts guy sent me to, but that was two years ago.

Another option, what I did, fund an auto paint store or Carquest that does paint. The place I use is a mom-and-pop (literally) that will mix 1/2 pint. That and qt of reducer is $35. About the same amount for a setup of CC.
Then a Preval or airbrush with wide needle.
The advantage is properly stored you can get a couple years out of it.
I use Metallux paint and Montana CC. Dupont clones.

Longer answer than what you asked , but let me add something else that may be cheaper. When getting a paint code for friends car, after the code it said WATER. That was a 2006 Chevrolet made in Mexico. There may be water based available for Camry. I suspect that is why they chip so badly.

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