Even at very low speeds, a collision can cause damage to your bumper. If the shock is absorbed and you stay safe, the damage to a bumper is a small price to pay for your life or more costly damages to the car's body. Damage to your bumper can also occur if you scrape it on a tree, wall, or other abrasive surface. Since most bumpers today are made of plastic, they scratch easily. The resulting scratches on your bumper can be unsightly and can lower the resale value of your car. While you can't completely avoid damages to a bumper over the life of a car, you can take steps to protect your car's bumper from possible harm:
Be aware of how close you are to solid objects that could dent or scrape the front or back bumper.
Drive defensively and be on the lookout for vehicles that may collide into yours.
When parallel parking, maintain enough space between you and the cars in front of and behind yours.
Look in all directions before backing up.
Drive slowly and cautiously.
What To Do If You Need Bumper Repair
Despite your best efforts, you may one day need bumper repair, so it's important you know your options. While a collision center may charge an arm and a leg for repairing a bumper, a plastic bumper repair shop will do the same job for a fraction of the cost.
Many bumper repair technicians offer mobile services, so you can keep working or stay at home while you take advantage of the convenience of a professional who will come to you to repair your bumper. Mobile services take far less time than a collision center does, so you get your car looking new again quickly.
Shop around for the best price, too. Bumper repairs cost far less when done by a bumper repair shop than if a collision center performs them. Ask for a free consultation so you can know how much it will cost to repair your bumper before it's done. You may or may not need paint touch-up services to accompany your bumper repair, so be sure to ask about paint at your consultation, as well.