I was hoping maybe someone could offer some insight into this. A long story short, I was rear ended at about 15-20mph by a 2015 Ford Focus at a stop light and that caused me to rear end a brand new Subaru (ugh). I got the ugly end of the stick as I was caught in the middle of it and had damage to the rear bumper, my hood as well as the front bumper. The weld on the frame where the impact absorber is mounted caved in, but luckily that was repairable and there is absolutely no damage to the frame or any other part of the car. The driver of the Ford Focus was found to be at fault (duh :P) by the insurance company, and the repairs for the Subaru and my Cobalt were free of charge at the expense of his deductible going up and having an SR-1 filed with the CA DMV.
After the repairs, the headlamps haven't been flush with the front bumper. There are gaps between the bumper and both headlamps, which look really awkward and is an annoyance to me. I will be contacting the body shop who did the work.
But, in the meantime... is there a way to correct this by chance without going through the hassle of being without a car for a day or two? I don't mind doing repairs on my own. What caught me off guard is when I removed the mounting bolts to the headlamps, they wouldn't come out. They'd wiggle a bit, but other than that I couldn't remove them.
Here are some pictures...
Notice the bottom of the headlamps. The bumper is actually going over the bottom of the headlamps.
How big the gap is between the drivers side headlamp.
The (visual) amount of distance between the hood and the top of the bumper. Is this too much? The gap seems bigger to me than it was before the repairs.
Any replies are greatly appreciated. Thank you everyone