It's only three weeks old and now it has got a mark on it. :bawling:
These images show the damage caused by a bird strike at about 50mph. It happened at the weekend during a short drive up to the Gaydon motor centre. We were driving along an A-road when a hawk of some kind swooped down in front of us. R.I.P.
We heard the thump but didn't feel anything. As you can see, the headlight washer has gone and the paint has hairline cracks in it. The bodyshop tells me that the bumper has deformed and then sprung back causing the paint to crack.
I have been told that this requires a new bumper because the paint damage will recur if the bumper is simply repainted.
I was susprised and had originally thought that it would be a much smaller repair. I've not had damage like this before, so I've got no experience in these matters. Now it looks like a 4-figure repair bill and the insurance company is now involved. They have authorised the repair but I'm waiting to hear when it can be done.