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Bumpers Today Can Be Repaired

Repair or replace?

Since the early 1990’s there has been ways to repair bumpers instead of replacing them. Not all people are aware of this and there are business’s that will of course not tell you. Most if not all cars and trucks have the same type of bumpers today that will dent very easily and or scratch easily. Most repair shops want to replace them right away. You have some choices today; they can be repaired without being replaced, which means for you a savings on your car and truck bill to bring your vehicle back to its excellent condition.

Here is some information we gathered from a variety of places with an assortment of statistics concerning the replacing or the repairing of bumpers:

Replacing a typical passenger car bumper can cost $400-$1,000 or more for just the bumper, depending on the year, make and model of vehicle; the material the bumper is made of; and whether the bumper was produced by the vehicle's original manufacturer (OEM) or is an aftermarket bumper made by other companies.

Installing and painting the new bumper can cost approximitly $600 or more, bringing average total costs to $400-$1,600 or more.

Bumpers for SUVs, pickup trucks and luxury vehicles can cost more, again depending on materials and source. Auto Parts Warehouse estimates that a basic steel chrome-plated bumper can cost $120-$1,000 or more, while a carbon fiber bumper might be $650-$5,000 or more. On one auto chat, owners reports charges of $600-$1,100 to replace a bumper.

Aftermarket car bumpers can be priced at some lower prices, however, Consumer Reports warns that car parts produced in overseas factories can be of significantly poor quality, and may be a safety risk in a collision.

Replacing a bumper may be covered by auto insurance, depending on how the damage was done and the terms of the policy, but often costs less than the average deductible amount.


The two most frequent vehicle accidents are getting hit while parked and rear end collision. For the rear end collision, approximately 75% of them are less than 10 miles per hour, 94% occur on straight roads and most are direct hits. The average claim is less than $1,500.

Just from the 5 mile per hour "rear into pole" crash tests done by the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety, the best rear bumper on a pickup truck sustained over $600 damage in 2004 (the last time the IIHS tested pickup trucks) and the worst sustained over $2,000 damage. SUV bumpers had even more damage in this walking speed accident with the worst sustaining over $4,000 damage.

You can see why bumper manufacturing companies and auto repair facilities are smiling. The average number of plastic bumpers being replaced each year is over 8 million with the average cost to repair a plastic bumper $450 and the average cost to replace one is $900. And what are they made of - thin metal, plastic, fiberglass and even foam - very flimsy stuff. Today, if you hit the bumper, you hit the car. And there are thousands of tailgaters, inattentive, distracted, drivers, drivers with poor judgment and lousy-stinking parallel parkers out there just ready to wreck your vehicle.


Headlight Restoration

As people keep their cars longer, oxidation of commonly used plastic headlight lenses is an increasing problem for drivers. Oxidation creates a haze that can significantly reduce headlight illumination, creating a safety hazard. And because hazing occurs over time, you might not notice the creeping danger.


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