Posted by Stan and Dee Bringer on September 4, 2005, 12:13 am
I just rented a Prius for two days from Dublin Toyota in Dublin, California.
It has almost 9000 miles on it and looks amazingly clean for a car with 9000
miles on it.
I've noticed that the rear bumper already has several scars on it as a
result of being bumped by other cars. Is the Rear Bumper Appliqué Kit at
$5 a good investment to keep your rear bumper from showing these mishaps?
Posted by Michelle Steiner on September 4, 2005, 12:20 am
The applique is on top of the bumper, and prevents damage from cargo
scraping the top of the bumper; it does nothing for the rear of the
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Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on September 18, 2005, 4:36 pm
The rear bumper applique is just a clear plastic with dimples on it
that spells out "Prius." It sits on top of the rear bumper, to prevent
cargo that you slide into/out of the rear hatch from scratching the top
of the rear bumper. It would not prevent scratches from other cars.
(Several people prefer getting the black knobby rubber rear bumper
protector that's for the Matrix, compared to the cheap-looking plastic
rear bumper applique.)
To prevent the scratches that you suggest:
1: don't get a rental car
2: drive and park carefully
3: look at installing the 3M paint protection film (such as by Xpel,
Clearbra, Ultrashield, etc.). It's more expensive, but it'll cover a
far greater area of the car
4: look at installing some door ding bars/side rubber molding