If you’ve recently been in a collision, your car bumper may have been damaged, and you’re debating whether to repair it or replace it with a new one. Consider the following reasons for replacing your bumper rather than repairing it.
1. Cracks and Dents Affect the Structural Integrity of the Bumper
If your bumper was cracked or dented in a collision, the damage may appear to be minor. Small cracks and dents, on the other hand, can compromise the bumper’s structural integrity.
When a bumper is damaged, it is no longer a solid piece capable of absorbing impact. Even if you repair the bumper, it will no longer be as strong as it once was.
If a second collision occurs, the bumper will not be able to absorb the impact. This inability to absorb the impact may cause further damage to the body of your vehicle.
2. The Bumper Is Unstable Due to Damaged Hooks
Another reason to replace your damaged bumper is that the bumper’s hooks may be damaged. Even if you can’t see it, the hooks may have developed tiny cracks or chips.
These damaged hooks may break if they are exposed to road vibrations while driving after the accident. Your bumper will fall off your car if the hooks break, and it may collide with another vehicle on the road.
When your bumper is replaced, the repair shop will also replace the hooks. This complete bumper and hook replacement eliminates the risk of your bumper falling off in the middle of a drive.
3. The Bumper Can Hide Damage That Isn’t Visible
When your bumper is damaged in an accident, there’s a good chance that there’s also damage underneath. If you only repair the bumper, you might not notice any other damage.
A foam layer beneath the bumper helps absorb vibrations from the road and impacts from objects. If your bumper is damaged in a collision, the foam layer often pushes into the car or breaks into several pieces.
The condition of this foam is checked by the mechanic when you replace your bumper. If the foam layer is damaged, the mechanic replaces it.
4. Previous Damage Could Lead to Insurance Claim Issues in the Future
You may jeopardize your ability to file future insurance claims if you only repair the damage to your bumper. When you only repair the damage, the bumper’s structural integrity is compromised, as previously mentioned.
Insurance adjusters are well aware of how flimsy repaired bumpers can be. Your car may sustain more extensive body damage if you are involved in another collision. However, because of the weakened bumper, the adjuster may try to blame the current damage on the previous accident.
5. Bumpers that have been repaired can have a negative impact on the value of the vehicle
Your car insurance adjusters aren’t the only ones who are aware of a repaired bumper’s compromised integrity. If you try to sell your car after simply repairing the damage, the buyer is likely to be aware of the safety risks that come with a vehicle that has been damaged in the past.
Because of the previous damage, your car’s value will decrease due to safety concerns. However, if you replace the damaged bumper with a new one, the value of your car will not be affected.