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Old 20-11-2018   #1
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Bumper discolouration.

Hi folks,

I recently bought my first Fiat, a 2009 GP 1.4 8v Active 5dr in red with FSH, a full years MOT and only 18500 miles on the clock. Itís in almost immaculate condition inside and out and I think I got a fairly good deal at £2990.

However, both front and rear bumpers are a slightly darker shade of red. I was concerned that the car had maybe been in a bump and had these replaced but the dealer assured me it hadnít. I checked the MOT history, service history and on the car where the bumpers are connected to the metal bodywork both front and back, under the bonnet and underneath even lifting the carpets to make sure but there are no signs of compression, buckling or crumpling of the paint anywhere. There wasnít so Iím fairly satisfied that it hasnít been in a collision and the bumpers are original but why are they darker?

I understand that paint on plastic has a tendency to fade but this seems to be the opposite. Other than a respray is there anything I can do to restore them to match the metal bodywork colour?

Also I was thinking about a few simple cosmetic mods to make it my own like chrome door handle and wing-mirror covers and windscreen wind deflectors.
Would these be notable for insurance purposes?

Any comments and recommendations welcomed, thanks.
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