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Fender: bent

In case anybody is curious what a low-speed parking lot bump will do to a 1993 Mercedes in terms of damage, the answer is next to nothing:

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For reference, the 1” paint scratch on the corner of the bumper is the actual point of impact. The taillight cover is secondary.

I have worse news for you if you drive a more recent Subaru.

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I mean, sucks for me because in the circumstances I’m guessing I’m buying this bumper via my insurance, and I understand why crumple zones are good, but this sub-5-mph shit seems excessive.

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