Student or Learner
1) "I've hit the bumper of your car"
2) "Sorry. I've rubbed/scratched my bumper on the side of your car. I think the painting is pretty damaged but don't worry because my insurance will cover all the expenses."
Are the sentences above natural English? How would a native say that, please?
Thanks a lot!
Note that in Am Eng it would often (if not always?) be 'fender' rather than 'bumper'.
"I've hit the bumper of your car"
Does the verb "hit" suggest a medium or strong collision, please?
Which would be the verb if the collision was extremely light, like a bumper just "touching" the other one?
I would probably say "I've hit your car's bumper" or "I'm afraid I've hit your car's bumper" to soften the blow and apologise.
Then, bumpers are not made of a material that can scratch of rub. They bump!
You would say that "the paint is damaged" rather than the painting.
And on a real life note, you would offer to give your insurance details but you are not meant to admit liability! You may find that your insurance won't pay either, depending on the excess.
Hope that helps.