Bumper damage is something that can happen to your car at any time. This damage often happens when someone rear-ends you, but it can often happen for several other reasons as well. No matter how the damage happened you may be wondering whether you should repair it or replace the bumper.

You will need to decide which option is most cost-effective for you. Here's a closer look at some of the signs that your car bumper needs a bumper replacement and not a repair.

Bumper Cracks

When you have bumper cracks it's a clear sign that your bumper needs to be replaced. You could try to get the cracks removed but since car bumpers are made from either plastic or fiberglass in most cases it is often difficult to repair cracks. The best thing to do in a case like this is simply to replace the bumper. There is no guarantee that a repair will be successful.

Broken Bumper Hooks

Bumpers are held in place by a set of hooks. Bumper hooks often break or bend when there has been some kind of impact on the bumper. Once these become damaged, it is often better to have the entire bumper replaced rather than repairing the hooks. 

Repair of hooks is often tedious and difficult, once there are bends and cracks in them. To ensure that you have a bumper that will stay in place when you get out on the road, it is always a better option to replace the bumper.

Deep Scratches and Dents

If your bumper has been rear-ended in an accident and there are a lot of dense and very deep scratches in it, it is often more cost-effective for you to replace it rather than repair it. When there are deep scratches a lot of work will need to go into removing them. 

The dents and scratches will have to be filled in and then sanded down in the auto body shop. After that, the fixed area will need to be painted. All of this will take a lot of time to complete and your labor cost can add up. It is often more cost-effective for you to simply replace the bumper.

Deciding whether you need to repair or replace your bumper is a big decision. You always want to make sure that you are choosing the option that will cost less in the long run.

To have your car repaired or its bumper replaced, contact an auto body repair shop in your area.