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Reversed into. What damage done?

Me and my daughter were in her clio tonight parked in Tesco's car park stuffing our face with goodies before going home. While sitting there we were suddenly shaken and realised we had been hit from behind. I jumped out the car to see a large van had reversed into us.

He got out and apologised and said he couldnt see due to the weather. It was absolutely pouring down and windy really bad. Fair enough but why reverse park in a space behind us when almost the whole car park was empty So i wiped over the bumper with my hand to see if i could see any damage but i couldnt see any. Now considering the terrible weather and that it was in the dark i wasnt totally confident that all was ok and explained to him that i would like his details if when we checked tomorrow there was any damage. He was fine with that and i took his registration and he gave me the letter headed paper from the company (works van).

What i would like to know is other than any visible damage on the bumper is there anything else we should look for? Is there any other parts it cold have affected? Not really sure like what but i was wondering due to being parked and having the handbrake on could that have got any damage or fittings of the bumper? Any comments would be appreciated. Will have a look tomorrow in the daylight and hopefully dry weather.

I dont want to take it further if not neccesary but my daughter passed her test December and this is her first car which she is working hard for to pay back the money and dont want it messed up for her.
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I would check the lights are not cracked, the body work is not rippled, look around the sides at the back as well.
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Just look over the rear of the car carefully in daylight, and (if you haven't already tried it) make sure the boot still opens and closes properly, and that the gaps on each side (shut lines) look sensible.

Other than that, any damage will be cosmetic, so if you can't see any, then there isn't a problem. Generally speaking, it takes a fairly solid hit to actually distort any of the car's components. I've had the driver behind roll into the back of my car before now, and definitely felt the impact from the driver's seat, but there's been absolutely no damage.

If you really want to be sure, then get a good bright torch, lie on the floor (I hope it's not raining where you are) and get your head right under the bumper. If it's like our 04 Clio, then the bumper is held on mainly by two large white plastic mouldings. Check those for signs of stress, distortion or damage. Also check the bodywork under there for signs of distortion. I don't think the Clio suffers from the problem, but some cars (e.g. early Mondeos) will happily break the bumper mounts without showing any signs of cosmetic damage to the bumper. Apparently that's why you used to see so many Mondeos flying down the motorway with their back bumpers wobbling like demented jellies.
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Hi, I'd also have a check in the hatch, lift the carpet and check for cracked paint and/or ripples in the floorpan esp. where the floor and body meet and the edge of the spare wheel well.

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Damage to rear

Is the car still under waranty - any minor cracks or breaks in the sealing material between joints may have got cracked or damaged and if the car is still under anti-rust warranty - it will now be null and void. Take it to a professional and if charged send the bill to the offending party - why take the chance.
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