Around a month ago I was rear ended at a stop light at low speed by someone who was texting and driving. The impact was at a low speed and the damage was pretty minimal, however I do have a very prominent H stamped into my bumper from his honda logo, along with some broken plastic parts. I've been working with his insurance and mine, as well as some body shops. The body shops I went to said that insurance would probably only pay to have the bumper repaired and not replaced. Talking to "reputable" shops, they said they can repair the bumper by "shaving it down and using filler" and that I'd be "like new."
I finally got the appraisal and the shops were correct. I've been given 4.5 hours (@$40 an hour) to recondition the bumper and lower plastic valance which has a small crack in it. My concern is that filler on a poly bumper isn't going to hold up and I'll be dealing with a halfassed repair down the line. I want a new oem bumper since I feel thats the only way to ensure my car has been returned to its exact state before the accident.
Am I overreacting? Is modern bumper filler amazing and I shouldn't worry? A quote for a new bumper is around $2,300, I was given $1,400 by the guy's insurance.
How much pepper do I need? $900 worth?