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Hit a pot hole and front bumper is detached

Today, I hit a pothole in my 2011 Kia Optima. I ended up having to get a new tire. Firestone could not repair my bumper. There is no scrapes or Dents. It looks like the bumper needs to somehow be snapped back in. It looks like one of the hooks may need to be replaced. Does anyone know the cost on repairing this? I've seen some post saying anywhere between 600-1000. I just don't see that in my case. The bumper looks fine. It would not need to be painted .

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Looks to me like a simple lift and pop back into place. I don't see any broken clips and surely no need for a new bumper.
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The second picture shows a "tear" in the plastic bumper cover that may keep you from re attaching by that means... You are not dead yet though... Drilling one or two holes (where you won't see them) and adding a stainless steel bolt, washer, and nut WILL hold the cover in place... I repaired my 2006 KIA Spectra bumper cover that was badly damaged that way using repair fasteners for wood "T" - "L" - "I" and these bolts... 4 years later they are still holding damage MUCH worse than what you have and you CAN'T tell it was repaired... My car was a "salvage" title car rebuilt by me... It passed inspection with flying colors...

Find a body man or a mechanic that can do the job for much less than what you were quoted..
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The tear can be fix by a simple plastic weld. After repairing the tear its a simple pop in installation just double check the alignment after wards.
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