If you've been in a smash and damaged your rear bumper, you should get it fixed right away. Since bumpers work by softening impacts and protecting your car from more serious damage, most accidents will involve some kind of bumper damage.
Why repair a rear bumper?
Australian law dictates that it is illegal to drive without a front or rear bumper. While there is no specific penalty for driving without a bumper - or with a badly damaged one - it could earn you a hefty fine in Victoria for driving an unroadworthy vehicle.
According to VicRoads, approximately 48,000 defect notices or 'canaries' for unroadworthy vehicles are processed each year throughout Victoria. That's a lot of people failing to act on their car's damaged bumper or dented rear end.
Car bumpers are designed to protect you and other road users, so it's in your interests to get a broken bumper repaired and replaced as soon as possible.
Here's everything you need to know about rear bumper panel beating: the costs, how it impacts your insurance, and why it's so important to get your rear bumper fixed after even the smallest sign of damage.
It pays to keep your bumpers up to standard
If you've been in a minor car accident or collision and you have a few unwanted cracks on your bumper, you may think there's no need to visit a smash repair or panel beating service.
However, when it comes to bumpers, it's always best to err on the side of caution and get the damage examined and repaired. If you're driving around with a visibly damaged bumper, you may be pulled over by the police and fined, or your vehicle may even experience internal issues.
Bumpers are designed to protect you, other road users, and your vehicle in the event of an accident, so it makes sense to keep them in top condition.
While bumper guards can help protect your car's bumpers from scratches, dings, pitting, and other minor incidents, they can't protect you in the event of an accident. Every little dent to your car should be taken seriously, or it could cost you further down the road.
A damaged bumper can affect your insurance
One of the biggest issues with driving around with a broken bumper is that it impacts your insurance. No matter what type of car insurance you have, a smashed or cracked rear bumper can potentially void your cover next time you have an accident, regardless of who's at fault.
Alternatively, your insurance provider 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 insurer.
No matter how well you drive or how comprehensive your car insurance policy is, things still go wrong on the road. Insurance companies know this, and that's why in situations where a driver has been negligent, they may deny a claim.
Bumpers are the first form of contact between your car and everything else. It's always better to cop the small cost of bumper repair to ensure your vehicle's roadworthy than risk more substantial costs later on.
Techniques for repairing rear bumpers vary
The rear bumper of your vehicle is usually the first thing to go in a collision. Damage to a bumper tends to get worse through wear and tear, so it's important to get it looked immediately at by a specialist in rear bumper repair.
Bumper repair is relatively inexpensive and can take as little as two days. Bumpers are generally made from plastic and require the use of special plastic fillers for repair. Always ask your smash repairer or panel beater if their parts are the real deal and how they determine the process of repairing your bumper.
What you should be looking for is a set process that involves examining your car from top to tail and assessing everything about it that needs to be repaired. It is crucial that bumpers are removed and repaired in a way that ensures your car's structural integrity is fully restored.
Seeing is believing, so ask for pre and post repair comparison shots. A reputable panel beater will be happy to explain their process and techniques, as well as offer a lifetime guarantee on repairs and accident replacement vehicle.
Why choose Sheen?
At Sheen Panel Service, we return vehicles to pre-accident condition - no matter what sort of accident they've been in. Whether you need minor repairs to a bumper or more significant fixes, we can help you ensure your car is roadworthy again at a competitive, affordable price.
Choosing our panel beating service is a risk-free and stress-free choice. We offer a lifetime guarantee on all our repairs, we set you up with a free accident replacement vehicle. We will also happily liaise with your insurer on your behalf to settle any accident-related claims.
Our Upload Your Smash feature enables us to come back to you with a quote within the hour, and we choose our method of repair based on the manufacturer's approved repair method. We understand that no two cars are exactly alike, which is why we only offer tailored quotes for smash repairs.