So, you got into a little accident, without much noticeable damage aside from a dent in your bumper. Do you really need to go to the trouble of getting it repaired? While a little fender bender doesn’t always warrant a trip to the body shop, there are some very clear signs that your bumper has sustained significant damage. Ignoring those signs could be dangerous, so it’s important to educate yourself.
You may not realize it, but the bumper is an important part of your vehicle. Bumpers are designed reduce the amount of damage your car suffers in a low-speed crash, protecting the hood, trunk, grill, fuel, exhaust, and cooling system. It also acts as a shield, absorbing shock from a crash. If your bumper is damaged, then, your car is left vulnerable to severe damage if an accident occurs.
There are a few different symptoms indicating that a damaged bumper needs attention:
- If the bumper is loose or dangling, the bumper hooks are probably broken. Your bumper is attached to your car with hooks, and if they are broken, it compromises the integrity of the bumper. It could just seem loose, but it could also suddenly fall off without warning. Unfortunately, once hooks are broken, they cannot be reattached. To make sure the bumper will stay on your vehicle, you have to replace it with an entirely new bumper, hooks already attached.
- Damaged paint may or may not necessitate replacement. If the damage is minor, a professional auto body repair shop can probably fix it without much trouble. On the other hand, a bumper full of deep scratches or with large spots bare of paint may need to be replaced. That’s because to repair and repaint the bumper and get it back to factory condition can require extensive labor and cost almost as much as a new bumper. Taking your car to the body shop for an inspection and estimate is the best way to determine which option is appropriate in your situation.
- A cracked bumper often needs to be replaced. Cracks in bumpers are similar to paint damage, in that the smaller cracks can be repaired without too much labor and expense. To repair a crack in a bumper, an auto body specialist must fill the crack with body filler, sand, prime, and paint it. For a small crack, this is often sufficient. On the other hand, when a crack is large or goes all the way through the bumper, repairing it can damage the bumper’s structural integrity and make it ineffective at protecting the vehicle and passengers. That’s why bumpers with significant cracks should be replaced.
No matter how minor your accident may seem, it’s wise to contact B&L Automotive Repairs. We’ll assess the damage, including damage to your bumper, and determine exactly what needs to be done. If your bumper needs to be replaced, we can do it in a way that’s unnoticeable, seamlessly matching it to your vehicle. A family owned business, we have over 30 years of experience handling every kind of body and mechanical repair, and we’ve even got a play area to entertain the kids while you wait. Our expert staff is continually trained and updated, and our state-of-the-art equipment allows them to serve you with the highest level of expertise. No matter what make and model you drive, or which insurance company you use, we will provide fast and reliable service to make sure your needs are met. Call us today at (773) 463-1622, or contact us through our website for more information.