Some Facts About Plastic Bumper Repair

Plastic bumpers are created with the intent to take most of the damage caused by minor accidents, flying road debris, and parking lot mishaps.

However, even though most people are familiar with the term and may consider plastic bumper repair for their own vehicle, it remains one of the most misunderstood problems a car or van can have.


Some Myths

 

1. Replacing an entire bumper plastic bumper is cheaper than getting an existing one fixed.

In some instances, this may be true. For example, if you have a bumper in fairly bad condition and you turn to a traditional auto body repair shop for getting the work done, you may find that their estimate for repairs is greater than your insurance excess for an entire bumper replacement. However, specialty plastic bumper repair shops focus solely on providing low-cost, quality solutions for the scrapes and nicks that plague cars going over today's roads. Their prices may drop by as much as 50 percent of what you can expect to pay elsewhere.

 

2. Plastic bumpers shouldn't need as many repairs as metal bumpers.

Most “plastic bumpers” are actually just plastic covers that go over the part of the car's structure known as the bumper. The plastic portion is meant to deflect small impacts, theoretically bouncing back into place and saving the driver from needing repairs at all. However, plastic – like any material – can only give so much. If an impact is strong enough, it will dent just as much as metal. Plastic bumpers are also more susceptible to scrapes and tears, which may need repairs.

 

3. It's cheaper and easier to do plastic bumper repair yourself.

The process of repairing a plastic bumper is actually fairly involved and complicated. It involves using fillers, repair adhesives, sanders, and paint (which must be matched exactly to the existing color). It requires a certain temperature, and quite a bit of skill, time, and patience. In most cases, those who attempt to repair a bumper on their own are required to get professional work done at a later date anyway, and these repairs can end up costing more than the original repair work would have.

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