Common abuse of the vehicle’s bumpers come from minor dings and dents. While you may want to wait on fixing them to save money or time, fixing minor damage to your bumper immediately can keep your vehicle safer in the long run. These repairs contribute to keeping vehicle looking good and maintaining the value, should you decide to sell or trade-in as well. Inspecting and repairing the minor damage that develops on the bumper immediately is essential and today, we at Top Notch Body Shop & Mechanic would like to discuss why.
How Much Impact Can a Car Bumper Take?
The bumpers of the vehicle are critical to absorb the force of an impact of a collision. The amount of impact a bumper can take varies by make and model. However, they are usually designed to withstand an impact of about 5MPH without breaking. The structural integrity can be weakened from the safety of the bumper that is compromised from a dent, tear or small scratch. The bumper is likely to fail to protect you when the force of the vehicle collides in the event of a collision that follows the initial bumper damage that corrupted the bar or inner foam. By a collision repair specialist, your bumper may need to be replaced with small dents can be fixed or if the damage is too deep to be replaced.
Do Bumper Dents Decrease a Vehicle’s Value?
Should you plan to sell or trade-in your vehicle in the future, even small dents in your bumper can be a red flag and lower the value of your vehicle. A visible dent could tell potential buyers that your vehicle has been in an accident or that the vehicle wasn’t well taken care since it may result in getting less than your asking price. When trading in your vehicle at a dealership, dents can lower the trade-in value towards your newer vehicle as well.
Can I Claim Insurance on Bumper Damage?
Your insurance company may inspect and find the old bumper damage, though it may seem like a good idea to hold off on filing an insurance claim for minor damage to your bumper to save money. Should they determine that the previous damage structurally compromised the bumper’s integrity, the insurance company can then charge more for unnecessary repairs or even deny the claim altogether. If the insurance covers collision insurance, you may be able to file a claim and have your bumper damage covered by your policy. Make certain to check with your insurance agent and ask what would happen to your policy in the event you were to make a damaged bumper claim. They may cover minor damage, without increased insurance rates.
Repair or Replace a Bumper?
To a front or rear bumper, a probable cause of concern is the smallest dent. When the initial minor damage is ignored, these small tears or dents worsen and become a much larger problem. To determine if the bumper needs to be repaired or replaced, having the bumper damage inspected can be best.