You get into what you think is a minor collision. After giving your ride a once-over, you find your bumper is a little “dinged.” You might think, “ah, just cosmetic damage, no biggie.” You may be right…But, you may be wrong. A bent bumper can be a serious deal believe it or not and here’s why.
The bumpers on your vehicle serve an important role. Considered too often by drivers as a “insignificant” part of a car, the bumper is just something that was created to be dented, dinged, and bumped into without worry. It’s also thought of not having any effect (unless it gets folded into the front or rear tires) on the overall performance of the vehicle. This belief, however, is only HALF true.
Your bumper is the “first line of defense” in the event of a crash. It provides a buffer for impact and is the beginning of your vehicle’s “crumple zone.” This feature reduces the force put on you if the crash is a major one.
So, okay, 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 molding is Styrofoam that provides a little structure, but the important part is the metal framing. This gives the bumper strength to itself and the rest of the vehicle. Any little ding, crack, or bend weakens the overall structure, and could lead to further problems. Therefore, get your bumper checked out and possibly replaced!
If you have ever wondered, older vehicles are actually a lot easier to repair and replace damaged bumpers than newer vehicles. The reason simply being that in new vehicles, you have to disconnect or remove a whole host of lights, warning systems, trim, sometimes cameras, and airbag sensors first…Then the damage behind the plastic bumper can be addressed. Again, waiting on repairs or not doing them at all can both cost you more in the end AND cost you your safety! Come see us at Pete Solis Collision Center and get your bumper looked at by our professional technicians. They can see what is exactly wrong and see if it is affecting the overall safety of your vehicle. With our “Pete Solis 100% Satisfaction Guarantee”, we will tell you how much the bumper repair will cost and determine if it’s best to file an insurance claim, repair your bumper, replace it, or ignore it.
At Pete Solis Collision Center, we are El Paso’s Auto Body Shop! With over 47 years of experience behind us, we are the top choice for bodywork, paint, and more. We are the home to ICAR certified professional body shop technicians, as well as quality Sherwin Williams Automotive Finishes. Pete Solis Collision Center is located at 1434 Lomaland Dr. in El Paso, Texas. Give us a call today at (915) 599-8666. We are open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.