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Bumper Repair – Your Questions Answered

As the name implies, bumpers are usually the first area of a vehicle which tends to be hit first in a crash.  This is because they are designed to take most of the impact in order to protect the structure of the vehicle.  This is why, following an accident, it’s important to get damaged bumpers repaired or replaced.  This isn’t just for aesthetic reasons; bumpers can house various sensors, lights and warning systems, all of which can have hidden damage after a collision. All of these need to be functioning properly keep you safe when driving.

Bumper Repair Versus Replacement

In many instances, bumpers can simply be repaired if the damage is minor. Depending on the size of any dents and the material of the bumper, a paint less dent repair may be an option. In this type of repair, dents are slowly worked out without damaging the paint job, saving time and money. Minor scratches or punctures can also sometimes be repaired rather than replacing the whole bumper, though this may require a paint job on top of the repair.

For more intense damage, such as cracks, holes or a bumper that is falling off, the bumper may need to be replaced. If this is the case, you will need to buy a new bumper through an auto body repair shop, and they will remove the old bumper and attach a new one, including connecting it to any systems or sensors embedded in the car. The paint will also be matched to the rest of the car.

When repairing or replacing a bumper, body shop technicians may also carry out a scan of the car to make sure all of the sensors and lights are properly aligned and functioning. This way, you can be sure that any hidden damage has been taken care of.

Cost of Bumper Repairs

The cost for bumper repairs or replacements can vary widely depending on a number of factors. For example, SUVs or luxury vehicles are likely to incur more expensive bumper repair costs than a standard hatchback for example. The material of the bumper will also matter (ie plastic can be less expensive to replace than metal). And, the more sensors embedded in a bumper, the more expensive a repair can be.

It’s always best to get a few quotes from your local auto body repair shops and gain an understanding of what is involved in your bumper repair or replacement before getting the work done.

How to Find a Reputable Auto Body Shop

While it may be tempting to leave your bumper with a small dent, it’s important to check that any sensors or safety features are working properly after an accident.

One way to determine whether your bumper needs to be repaired or replaced is to pop along to your local auto body shop and get a technician to assess the damage.

The team at IPS Paint Supplies can advise on local body shops who are our customers but you shouldn’t just take our recommendations.  It’s always worth checking if these auto body shops have online reviews which will attest to the quality of their work and, as mentioned previously, you should always get several comparable quotes before getting that bumper repair or replacement done!