Minor dings and dents are the result of common abuse the vehicle’s bumpers endure. Fixing minor damage to your bumper immediately can keep your vehicle safer in the long run while you may want to wait on fixing them to save money or time. Also, you decide to sell or trade-in, these repairs contribute to keeping vehicle looking good and maintain the value. Today, we at Top Notch Body Shop & Mechanic would like to elaborate the importance if inspecting and repairing the minor damage that develops on the bumper immediately.
Car Bumper & Vehicle Safety
To absorb the force of an impact of a collision, the bumpers of a vehicle are essential. The safety of the bumper can be compromised from a dent, tear or small scratch that can weaken the structural integrity. In the event of a collision that follows, the initial bumper damage that corrupted the bar or inner foam can result in the bumper likely to fail to protect you when the force of the vehicle collides. Small dents can be fixed by a collision repair specialist or if the damage is too deep, the bumper will need to be replaced.
Dents Reduce Trade in Value of Car
Even small dents in your bumper can be a red flag and lower the value of your vehicle should you plan to sell or trade-in your vehicle in the future. As it may result in getting less than your asking price, a visible dent could tell potential buyers that your vehicle has been in an accident or that the vehicle wasn’t well taken care. Also, dents can lower the trade-in value towards your newer vehicle when trading in your vehicle at a dealership.
Should I File an Insurance Claim for Bumper Damage?
For minor damage to your bumper to save money, it may seem like a good idea to hold off on filing an insurance claim, however, your insurance company may inspect and find the old bumper damage. The insurance company can then charge more for unnecessary repairs or even deny the claim altogether should they determines that the previous damage structurally compromised the bumper’s integrity. You may be able to file a claim and have your bumper damage covered by your policy if the insurance covers collision insurance. In the event you were to make a damaged bumper claim, be sure to check with your insurance agent and ask what would happen to your policy. Without increased insurance rates they may cover minor damage.
Bumper Repair or Replacement
A probable cause of concern is the smallest dent to a front or rear bumper. These small tears or dents worsen and become a much larger problem when the initial minor damage is ignored. Having the bumper damage inspected can better determine if the bumper needs to be repaired or replaced.
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Call Top Notch Body Shop & Mechanic today to schedule your bumper inspection and we will help you decide of the bumper requires a replacement or if repairs are sufficient.