I recently bought a 2011 Subaru Outback. Either my wife or I (not going to assign blame) scraped a wall while backing out of a parking space. Damage isn’t that bad. The bumper is still structurally sound, but it’s more than just a repaint fix.
My guy at the shop says he couldn’t match the texture of the nonpainted black plastic surfaces and he’d have to replace the bumper to fix all of the damage. I’m not going through insurance on this one, and so he suggested a non-OEM bumper to save me some money.
I’m inclined to believe him about the fix, but I have some reservations on replacing the bumper with a non-OEM part, especially since the car is still under factory warranty. I’m also worried about how it will affect the value of the car.
Should I go with the aftermarket bumper, bumper from Subaru, or just repaint the original bumper and keep the scratches (as a reminder to take more time with picking a parking spot)?
Note: I don’t have a picture of the damage, but the picture below shows the black plastic area that was damaged.