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Fender bender in a parking lot today (2009 Limited). Bumper took the most of it, license plate mounting and some scratches on the spare tire cover.
Think I'll order a new bumper from ebay. They say they'll paint it to match...total about $380.00. Not sure where to get a color matched license plate mount.

 

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Any suggestions on where to get quality painted parts other than ebay or is a body shop the only way to go? Does anyone have any experience with the ebay replacement body parts...are they decent (the reviews seem pretty good)? I'm also after the license plate mount in addition to the bumper. Thanks.
 

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Try Car-Part.com--Used Auto Parts Market, this is a web-site many people use including some insurance companies when they need to get OEM parts. Most of what is offered are "take-off" parts from other cars. So while the part may not be new, it most likely will be the right OEM part. Ask lots of questions, many of those that post offer links to their web-pages and list phone numbers. I have used them in the past and found the few that I dealt with willing to help you get the right part and understand what it is you need besides the obvious. For example, in your case you might need different support members or hardware that are not visible or you may not be aware of. Get an estimate from a body shop, it's usually free, and you'll get a good feel for what parts you need for a complete repair. Good luck!

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Thanks for the advise! I think I've decided against the ebay part(s). I'm considering getting the bumper from ToyotaPartsEStore (about $200.00 + shipping) and then I'll take it to a local body shop to be properly painted.
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I ended up getting the bumper directly from Toyota and they got it for me overnight. It really wasn't much more than any of the "internet suppliers" and the fit was perfect. I'll pull it back off eventually and have it painted at a body shop but for now, it doesn't look bad black.
 

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It is fortunate that there apparently was no damage apart from the bumper itself. It would be interesting to have a pic of your RAV with the black bumper.:wink
 

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As requested, a picture of the new, black bumper. As I mentioned, I will eventually remove it and have it painted to match. I also bought the license plate garnish (which also took at hit) and that part came painted to match. I haven't installed it yet. I think it requires removal of the spare tire and the spare tire mount to get it off as part of it runs up under that area.
We did get lucky, the guy hit us in the "best" spot. There was no damage under the bumper cover...

 
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