Their seems to be two distinct factions. The Just Drive faction and the Fit It faction. I land in the middle, I will be getting a shop to look at it before winter but I don't think I will get it fixed before the winter.
I will definitely want to get it fixed because I don't like it. I don't have a lot of experience with this but my guess is that the cost will be around 3000$ dollars. I don't trust myself to do the installation so I will probably be scouting body shops for someone I like. My chief concern right now is determining the extent of the damage, I have never peaked under the bumper of a curbed car but I'll be devastated if the damage is much beyond the bumper.
Does anyone have experience looking at this kind of damage? Do like the fender/front bumper connection, head lights and crossbar in front of the engine tend to warp from stuff like this? The scratches on my bumper are pretty deep but no cracks or areas that are budging also because the press fastener in the wheel well popped up I know the bumper flexed forward at least 1/2 inch so basically the curb was pressing the front of my car up by the front bumper for a short time. The bumper didn't take hits straight on so my guess is the height difference of the curb and bumper wasn't too much. Probably pushed up my bumper like 1/2 - 3/4 inch. I'm hoping the accumulative forces weren't enough to bend some of the recessed aluminum parts.
Looking at it there doesn't seem to be any major misalignments, like the headlights seem to be at the same level, gaps between the body parts (bumper, fender, hood) all look relatively the same on both sides (I only ate bumper on one side) but the bumper on the scratched side is a little warped so you can see where the black grill (the one closest to the ground) in front of the engine connects into the bumper on one side. I guess I'm really hoping that I don't get bumper off only to find how really ****** up it got.