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Re: Megane mk3, bent impact bar after a rear end impact.

I can fully understand the OP not wishing to g down the route of claiming through his own insurance.

I hope that it can be claimed via the offending driver's insurance though, that way the repair can be done, without cutting corners.

Having looked at the picture (which is a bit limiting), I would say that the bar did it's job, and doesn't look to have buckled excessively. Based on that, I would say it's less likely that the damage has buckled the floorpan/chassis, and that the bumper being misaligned, is more likely due to plastic retaining clips either bursting, or popping apart.

The simplest way to check is to take measurements from the left/middle/right of a part (rear axle) to the corresponding part within the wheelbase (i.e. within the passenger safety cell).

If all is well, then a secondhand crash bar and either a repaired or secondhand bumper in the correct colour, can be fitted.

If you were speaking of a difficulty in opening/closing the tailgate, that would be a red-flag of some serious distortion, but since you haven't, I would presume that there isn't.

Also, if the car has a spare wheel-well, that would also be an area to check for distortion.

I've been rear-ended before (in a month-old car), and have on another occasion been left to self-repair my car, when given false details, so I wish you well, whichever route this repair proceeds.

If you need any tips, or advice, please don't hesitate to ask.

Keep us updated.


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