If you've been in a car accident and smashed your front bumper, you may be wondering how essential it is to get it repaired. It could be that your bumper is still holding together, with just a few cracks on one side.
We're sorry to break the bad news, but a broken front bumper is not something you want to take chances on. It's unsafe, and it can adversely affect your car insurance and the resale value of your vehicle. It's also illegal to drive without a proper front or rear bumper in Australia, so failing to get your bumper damage repaired could earn you a hefty fine for operating an unroadworthy vehicle.
The good news is that it's probably far less of a hassle to get your front bumper repaired than you might think - depending, of course, on where you take it and how professional the service is. Here's everything you need to know about front bumper smash repairs.
Damaged your front bumper? At Sheen Panel Service, we're experts at repairing front bumpers for all kinds of vehicles. Any make, any model: call us on 1300 REPAIR or Upload Your Smash to receive a competitive quote within the hour.
A damaged bumper can cause internal issues
A broken or damaged front bumper may not seem like a big deal at a glance, but it can cause your vehicle to experience internal issues. A dented or dinged bumper can send your car's alignment off, making driving less safe for you, your passengers and other road users.
Sometimes what looks like minor or cosmetic damage on a bumper is hiding deeper inner damage. When the bumper cover is taken off, smash repairers may find that the reinforcement can no longer absorb energy. This is extremely dangerous and a major reason to consult your local panel beater if you experience any sort of bumper collision.
An experienced panel beater will be able to identify any internal issues that may not be visible to the naked eye and inspect the mechanical elements that you cannot see.
A damaged bumper can affect your insurance
Front bumpers are often the first thing to get damaged in a car accident because of their location and purpose. Whether dented, dinged, or cracked, they can cop a beating.
As the first point of contact between you and other road users, bumpers are there to absorb shock and protect you in the event of an accident. If you have a bumper that isn't doing its job properly, your insurance provider may not provide cover if you have an accident, regardless of who's at fault.
Alternatively, they may only pay out part of your claim, covering new damage and nothing more. Never make the mistake of not disclosing your vehicle's pre-existing damage to your insurance company.
No matter what type of car insurance you have, if you have failed to get front bumper smash repairs, they can deny a claim. The average cost to repair a front bumper bar shouldn't set you back too much, depending on what type of car you drive, how bad the damage is, and stock availability. It's always better to pay this relatively small cost than risk more substantial costs later on.
A front bumper can be repaired - but method matters
If your front bumper needs repairs after a road incident, it's important to go with a qualified and experienced panel beater. Saving money by using a cheap panel beating service may be appealing, but it will almost always cost you more further down the road.
Cheap panel beaters are known for using non-genuine parts and cheap paints. These aren't subject to the same quality standards as genuine parts and paints, and are therefore cheaper upfront. However, they can end up costing you significantly more in the long run as they may wear more quickly, break more easily, or simply don't function as required.
Here's some things to consider when getting your front bumper repaired:
- Look for a smash repairer who has a dedicated Before and After gallery and can confidently explain their process and techniques.
- They should be happy to offer a lifetime guarantee on their repair work, deal with your insurance company for you, and provide an accident replacement vehicle.
- They should also expect you to ask a few questions - after all, you're enlisting them to fix and restore your pride and joy. Good panel beaters have nothing to hide and take pride in their work.
Why choose Sheen?
At Sheen Panel Service, our Upload Your Smash online quote system allows you to get a cost estimate within an hour. Whether your car is driveable or not, there's no need to leave the comfort of your home or pick up the phone. Just snap, upload, and send - we will do the rest.
We have years of experience in repairing all kinds of vehicles. Any make, any model: we've got all the right tools and techniques to get you back on the road. From the latest prestige BMWs to the Toyota Yaris, we give every car that comes our way an unbeatable level of dedication and attention to detail.
There are currently 26 Sheen locations across Melbourne and greater Victoria. We can almost guarantee that there is a Sheen store near your home or workplace. Our online location finder makes it easy to locate your local Sheen store by entering your suburb or postcode.
We don’t just do quality smash repairs. We do quality customer service.