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Old 08-11-2017   #1
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Pheasant damage

I was unfortunate enough to hit a pheasant at 60mph the other, slap bang on the front of the car (Fiat 500X 2015.)

Given the speed to impact, the damage is fair superficial. There is a small dent in the bonnet that is tricky to see with the naked eye, though it does raise up around the left headlight.

The worst part of it is that the front clip of the left side headlight snapped off, meaning the light wobbles a bit when the going gets bumpy - I imagine this is very annoying for anyone I'm following and probably not very safe.

I took it to a couple of local bodyshops for a quote and one has come back to me with a price over 1000, due to purchase of a new headlamp (which is pretty extortionate).

I'm now considering just getting the bonnet damage repaired and seeking an alternative solution to the headlight as that's just crazy money.

I attach a photo of where the clip used to be (the red is where I assume the rest of the clip was).

Basically I'm looking for some advice on how this might be stabilised without replacing the entire headlight, which has no other damage other than this.

Any suggestions?
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Old 09-11-2017   #2
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Re: Pheasant damage

My default go to would be a battery drill, wood bits and cable ties....can usually find or make sufficiently well placed features or holes to at least stabilise if not long term repair :-). Stitched the bumper and wheel trim back to the front of a Corolla in a pub car park after my wife hit a muntjac a few years ago.....
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Re: Pheasant damage

You could just get a piece of thin alluminium bolted from the torx screw and a self tapping screw into one of the holes on the housing. Think yourself lucky, a friend of mine recently hit a deer at 60 mph in his bmw. Now that did make a mess.
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