You Should Fix that Bent Bumper
A Bent Bumper isn’t Just a Bent Bumper
The bumper on your car serves an important role. Too often, however, people see it as just that: a bumper. It’s considered a “disposable” piece of the vehicle that can be dented, dinged, and bumped into without worry and without affecting the overall performance of the vehicle. This, however, is only half true.
The part of the bumper that you see actually is just a cosmetic piece. The part you’re concerned about is actually behind that plastic that covers modern vehicles; and it helps to provide protection and rigidity to the rest of the vehicle. Depending on the crash, you should fix that bumper. Here at Big Sky Collision Center we want you to have the safest vehicle possible; to do that we provide the best service in the auto repair industry for the Billings community.
Your Car’s Bumper
The bumper is your vehicle’s first line of defense in the event of a crash. It provides a buffer, and starts the “crumple zone.” This crumple reduces the force put on you if the crash is major.
A small ding into the bumper may not look like much on the surface; and the cosmetic damage may be minor. But what you really need to look out for is the damage behind the bumper.
Behind that piece of plastic there is Styrofoam that provides a little structure, but the important part is the metal (take a look at how much goes into a bumper). This gives the bumper its strength, and provides strength to the rest of the vehicle. Any little ding, crack, or bend weakens the overall structure, and could lead to further problems.
Replacing vs. Repairing a Damaged Bumper
Older vehicles are actually a lot easier to repair and replace damaged bumpers than newer vehicles. In the new vehicle you have to disconnect or remove a whole host of lights, warning systems, trim, sometimes cameras, and airbag sensors. After all of these aspects are taken care of, then the damage behind the plastic needs addressed. It can be a time consuming process that ends up costing quite a bit.
Here’s the thing: it could be as cheap as a few hundred dollars, or it could be as expensive as a couple thousand.
If you have collision coverage, you certainly can file a claim. But let’s suppose that the bumper repair would cost $900; and you have a $1000 deductible, you’re still paying the entire cost out-of-pocket. But suppose it’s $1,100, and you think you can come out $100 ahead with a claim. But now you lose your “no claims” discount on your insurance, and your rates increase $100 per year for three years. Much of the time minor repairs like that are better paid without insurance’s help.
Bring it to Big Sky Collision Center
What may look like minor damage could end up being a lot more serious. For your safety, we recommend having it looked at by one of our professional technicians. They can see what exactly is wrong, and see if it is affecting the overall safety of your vehicle. With our standard of uncompromising integrity, we will tell you how much the repair will cost, and determine if it’s best to file a claim, repair, replace, or ignore it.
Have what you think is minor damage? Call us at 406-259-6328 to schedule at time to have us look it over.