Bumper Repair at Airpark Collision Center
Repairing damage to front and rear bumpers are common repairs. Cracks, scratches, and dents are unsightly and could devalue your vehicle at trade-in. Luckily Airpark Collision Center can help with these issues.
Bumper repair can include a traditional repair where the plastic is heated and the dent is massaged out. In the case of a scuff, the bumper may only need a light repair and paint work. Airpark Collision Center also has the capability of repairing broken tabs, rips and even small holes through the use of our state-of-the-art plastic welder. With the proper equipment and skilled technicians, we have the ability to fix bumpers that other Scottsdale auto body shops cannot repair.
Do not assume your vehicle needs a bumper replaced. You have options:
Upon evaluation of your vehicle’s bumper damage and through the use of our professional estimating software we can provide you with the right information to make an informed choice.
Frequently, customers who drive a luxury brand vehicle such as Lexus, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, etc choose bumper repair because the cost of replacement is very high. However, customers that drive a Chevrolet or Hyundai often choose replacement because a new bumper may start around $250. Other times a bumper will need extensive repair, in this case it may be less expensive to replace with an aftermarket or OEM bumper. Each situation is different.
Why would you choose to repair a bumper rather than buy a replacement?
- If you are paying out of pocket this could save you a considerable amount of money.
- You can retain your vehicle’s original OEM bumper.
If your vehicle’s bumper cover damage cannot be repaired, it will require replacement. Generally, there are three options:
- OEM – Original equipment manufacturer. This is a new factory bumper.
- Used – This is an OEM bumper but recycled. As long as it is in good condition, it will look and perform the same as a new OEM bumper cover but cost less.
- Aftermarket – Aftermarket bumpers are produced by companies other than the vehicle manufacturer. This option is also less expensive than OEM. Airpark Collision Center carefully inspects aftermarket parts for proper fit. If the fit is not right, a return may be required and ordering an OEM or recycled OEM bumper cover is revisited with the customer or insurance company.
Bumper Inspection – Is it more than bumper cover damage?
When your vehicle is brought into Airpark Collision Center for a quote, one of our estimators will inspect the exterior damage. Sometimes the absorber or reinforcement bar is also compromised but it is not noticeably visible.
The absorber’s purpose is to absorb shock in a collision and looks like a large piece of styrofoam. The absorber directs the force of impact in various directions to minimize damage.
The reinforcement bar strengthens the entire bumper and is made of metal. Any damage to a reinforcement bar no matter how small justifies replacement. A damaged reinforcement bar will affect the transfer of energy in a future collision and may compromise airbag timing.
The bumper cover is the exterior part and conceals the absorber and reinforcement bar.
Remember a bumper’s primary objective is to keep you and your passengers safe. If these interior components are also compromised they will not protect you in another collision. Keep in mind, bumpers are also intended to protect the fuel, exhaust, cooling system, headlamps, and tail lights.
Choosing not to Repair
Choosing not to repair your vehicle’s bumper may affect future insurance claims. If your vehicle is in another accident and there is existing bumper damage the insurance company may decrease or even deny your claim. They may conclude the prior bumper damage contributed to the extent of the new damage.
Inexpensive Bumper Repair
Inexpensive repairs often equate to incorrect repairs. The repair is not inexpensive if the paint peels in 6 months or if other damaged components are ignored causing your safety or vehicle to be compromised.
There is only one way to repair collision damage and that is the right way! Airpark Collision Center’s auto body technicians always remove the bumper from the vehicle for repair. Detaching the bumper is an industry-standard and allows for the best repair and ensures paint adherence (especially at the edges). Our lifetime labor warranty guarantees a job done right which is why we don’t spot in paint and only use premium refinishing products.
Airpark Collision Center is an Industry certified auto body shop with several OEM certifications. Our team is focused on proper and safe repairs. Our only business is collision repair. Unlike an auto dealer, we are not motivated to sell parts. If we can repair a bumper cover for less than buying a replacement we will give you the option. Please click for an online estimate or stop in for a quote. No appointment necessary!