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Old 07-31-2019, 07:37 PM   #1251 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by redpoint5 View Post
I've got wire holding my undertray in place on the Prius. It's a low ground clearance vehicle, and the first thing to scrape is the plastic mounts that hold the undertray in place.

It does surprise me that we live in a society where to most people, it's worth a couple grand to not be seen as a person who owns something with a scratch in it.
A few years ago I hit a raccoon in rural Indiana that tore my front bumper cover. A few zip ties and it was functionally just fine, and then this last winter when I had some free time I patched it up with a few bucks' worth of fiberglass cloth. It's ridiculous that most people would have opened an insurance claim, gotten a new bumper cover and front spoiler (the frontmost part of the plastic undertray), paint, and labor, paying out several thousand dollars, for what amounts to purely cosmetic damage. Not to mention the abject waste of discarding several large, perfectly functional plastic pieces and replacing with new.

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