Look, I plan on buying this vr-4 from a guy & he "says" someone backed into him. Can I get away with just a new Bumper & head light? Guy says the panel & hood are fine, but why are they not lining up if the hood is fully closed? Do you guys think there is any frame damage? OPEN TO ALL OPINIONS ABOUT THE LEVEL OF DAMAGE HERE. PLEASE TELL ME WHATS UP!.
Worst case scenario if youre trying to make them line up, youre looking at headlight bucket, radiator support, headlight, hood and front bumper. If you lnow where to look (here) those shouldne run too much if you can find a nice parts car or part out. My car had damage in similar style to this but much more of it when i bought it and it wasnt too bad to repair.
Looking at the damage I can almost guarantee the headlight bucket is bend and that is probably what is pushing the hood up.
So you are looking at the following at a minimum.
front bumper cover
pass turn signal
pass snake eye
Depending on the price of the car, you could purchase it and just do a 99 conversion on the front end as that would replace pretty much all of the damaged parts on the car and probably be cheaper!! Depending on how well you shop around you could get the parts for the 99 conversion for about $1200 and then your looking at labor unless you can do it yourself "Involves Welding"
I agree you should look under the hood at the headlight bucket, and upper radiator core support, looking for damage. 1st gen Headlights are cheap enough, but the under-lieing damage is where the $$ is. Just did a simailar repair myself. Hood looks tweeked to me.
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