Should You Repair Minor Bumper Damage?
Pros and Cons of Minor Body Repairs
The bumpers on your vehicle are aptly named. They’re designed to “bump” into things without causing major damage to the rest of the vehicle. Of course nobody would go around bumping into things on purpose, especially with most modern vehicles having a bumper that is stylistically integrated with the rest of the car.
Since their purpose is to take the initial impact, and deflect damage that could otherwise cause some serious issues, do you need to worry about having a bumper repaired when it has been cracked, dinged, dented, or otherwise damaged? The answer: most likely. As the best auto body repair shop in Bozeman, we want to make sure that you’re driving a safe vehicle. Here are some key factors to consider.
As with every aspect of our vehicles, we want to make sure they are entirely safe to drive. Here’s where things get a little tricky, especially with bumpers. Some damage is merely superficial and not a big deal, but a lot of it goes deeper than what we can see.
The bumper is composed of the shell (the part that you see), an underlying absorber (often made of stryrofoam), and a piece of metal. Each plays an important part to protect your vehicle.
If the absorber is damaged, subsequent “bumps” could cause significant damage to the rest of the vehicle.
If the metal, the part that provides significant impact resistance, is damaged, you may not be able to see it. Without its full integrity, your vehicle may not be able to withstand an impact like it should.
Of course, it’s impossible to really tell if these parts need fixed or replaced! Unless you’re able to take the vehicle apart, and inspect them, it’s risky to drive with a damaged bumper.
Have you ever filed an insurance claim and had it denied? Maybe you had water damage in your home, but water backup wasn’t covered. Maybe you went to the doctor because you were sick, but your insurance only covers preventative checkups. Maybe you were in an accident, but there was previous damage to your vehicle and the majority of the claim was denied.
We see it more often than you would like to believe.
If you have a damaged bumper, and you’re in another wreck, an eagle eyed appraiser could spot that damaged bumper. They could conclude that your second wreck caused much more damage because you hadn’t repaired the bumper. The result: you are on the hook for the additional damage caused by failing to repair the bumper, or you’re on the hook for the entire bill; they can legally deny the entire claim.
You worked hard to earn the money to buy your vehicle. And you probably spend money to keep it well maintained with regular oil changes, tune ups, auto detailing, and more. Why? Because you love your vehicle, and you take care of what you own!
After washing and waxing, that bumper is going to look a bit unsightly. Having it repaired will restore that pride you have in your rig. Not only that, but when it comes time to sell it, you will get a higher resale value if repairs have been done instead of neglected.
A & D Auto Body Fixes Vehicles
Here at A & D, we are in the business of fixing cars. Every one of our employees have been trained in leadership, and they take ownership of their job. The result is that you have the highest caliber of technician working on your vehicle restoring it to full factory safety settings.
Give us a call at 406-586-7791 to learn more or to schedule a time to bring your busted bumper in for repairs.