There are a number of ways a bumper can get dented or damaged. You may hit a pole or someone may rear end you. Regardless, if there is damage to your bumper, it needs to be fixed. In some cases, a dent can be pulled out and your existing bumper can still be used. In other cases, the entire bumper should be replaced. So how do you know when a bumper should be repaired or replaced? Here are a few of the signs that your bumper needs to be replaced not repaired.


The Bumper is Cracked

If the bumper on the car is cracked, it typically needs to be replaced, rather than repaired. There are a few exceptions to this, as epoxy and a fiberglass repair kit can be used to repair a bumper. But, for the most part, you want to have it replaced. Repairing the damage is extensive and the bumper loses structural integrity when it is cracked, which means you won't have as much protection in a car crash. Unless you have a classic car with a bumper that is hard to replace, you likely want to replace yours when there are cracks on it.


There is Major Paint Damage

If your bumper has a lot of scratches or chipped paint, you may want to replace the bumper, rather than repair it. If your bumper is scratched or scraped up, the bumper has to be sanded down to make it level. If the scratches are deep, they may need to be filled with a compound to even the surface. Then the bumper needs to be repainted so that it matches the exact color of your car. This can be a lot of work. Depending on the number of scratches and their depth, it may be easier just to paint a new bumper, rather than work on evening out and resurfacing a damaged one.


The Hooks on the Bumper are Damaged or Broken

The last reason why a bumper needs to be replaced rather than repaired is because the hooks on the bumper are damaged or broken. Bumpers have hooks on them that help them adhere to the valance panel, grill and splash guard. If the hooks are damaged or broken, the bumper may fall down or come off completely. Unfortunately, replacing or repairing the hooks is not an option. Once those hooks go, it is time for a new bumper to ensure the bumper stays in place in the future.


If your bumper has been damaged, Suburban Auto Body Shop in St. Paul, MN can help. We can determine whether it needs to be repaired or replaced and then make it happen, getting your car back to pre-accident condition. We are an auto body and collision repair shop who can help with accident repair, auto body repair, auto paint and glass repairs. We will work with you or your insurance company to get the job done. Visit our website to learn more about us or call us to schedule an appointment and obtain a written estimate today.