Automobile manufacturers put bumpers at vehicles’ front and back (rear). If a collision occurs from behind or in front, the bumper is intended to be the first thing that gets hit.
Bumpers minimize the extent of damage to a vehicle in a collision, reducing the cost of repairs. Because bumpers always take several hits, it is the part of a car’s hardware that is prone to several issues.
Some of the common issues that can occur with a car’s bumper include:
Scratches and dents
The bumper is often the first point of contact in a collision, which can cause scratches, dents, or cracks. Even minor accidents like tapping a curb or hitting a small object can cause cosmetic damage to the bumper.
Fading and discoloration
Over time, the sun’s UV rays can cause the paint on the bumper to fade or discolor, making the car look older and less attractive.
Loose or missing bumper
A loose or missing bumper can be dangerous, as it provides less protection in a collision. This can be caused by a broken or worn-out mounting bracket or clip, or damage to the bumper itself.
Warping or misalignment
Extreme temperatures or collisions can cause the bumper to warp or become misaligned. This can affect the car’s aerodynamics, cause rattling or vibration, and make it harder to open the trunk or hood.
Cracks and splits
Like any plastic or composite material, the bumper can crack or split under extreme stress or impact. This can lead to structural damage that compromises the bumper’s ability to absorb impact and protect the car’s occupants.
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