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Auto body question. 2002 BMW 325XI, rear bumper cover is a

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Auto body question. 2002 BMW 325XI, rear bumper cover is a mess, not worth trying to repair and repaint. Since is is an older car with a less than perfect body I am looking at an aftermarket product, CAPA certified if you think that helps. Prefer to buy from a domestic manufacturer but maybe I am kidding myself. Recommendation for a good source that makes decent quality, fair price, and hopefully US made?
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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
unless BMW suddenly dropped their prices by about 80%.

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you are unlikely to find a US made one... unless it is a one off.

there are options that are reasonably priced, but you will probably get what you pay for. There are no big brand names for simple oem replacement rear bumpers, body kits yes, but just a bumper cover, no. As I said there are options but I would be sure to get one made out of ABS as opposed to fiberglass or anything else ridged. You could also potentially look for a used one from a car with a junked front end

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
I am hoping to be able to order on line but don't trust an unknown source, which is why I asked about CAPA. So you cannot recommend a specific source that you would go to if you were looking to buy? Used BMW original is a possibility but I'd want to be very critical, no need to buy problems. I already have that.

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I frankly wouldn't buy a non-OEM bumper, I know they are usually junk - poor fittment and chip/break/etc very easily. And again, there is no big name in this game.

If I was cost constrained I would buy a used one that I was able to inspect before purchase. If you buy online, you have no way to know if you are buying problems are not - if you're spending $180 on it, chances are you will be.

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
Ok, fair answer. I will have to look around. Thanks.
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