Truck bumpers today are not as tough as they used to be.
Back in the day, steel bumpers used to protect almost every type of truck.
These days, plastic bumpers are the norm with bumpers generally composed of a plastic cover over a reinforcement bar made of aluminum, steel, and fiberglass composite or plastic.
Bumper systems usually include a crash absorbing mechanism made of plastic honeycomb or foam material that is more commonly known as "egg crates."
Modern Bumpers Only Protect in Low-Speed Collisions
Bumpers are every motorist's first line of defense during low speed collisions.
Experts agree that most truck bumpers can effectively protect a truck from serious damage during crashes up to mph, which often involve parking lot crashes.
With the kind of materials truck bumpers these days are made of, it doesn't take a lot to damage them.
Thousands of low speed collisions happen every day in parking lots and heavy traffic areas accounting for up to 14 percent of truck bumper damage insurance claims in major metropolitan areas.
Need to Repair A Damaged Truck Bumper
Damaged truck bumpers are not just unsightly; they can also significantly reduce a truck's resale value.
In addition, as long as a damaged truck bumper is not repaired or replaced, the front or rear end is no longer safely protected from almost every type of collisions.
Repairs can be done; however, you are still left with that plastic truck bumpers that didn't protect very well in the first place.
Replacement of Damaged Truck Bumper
A more logical choice rather than repairing a plastic bumper is to spend a bit more money and look at the cost of replacing that plastic bumper with a top quality steel bumper.
Take the money paid by insurance companies to repair a bumper and put it towards the cost of a replacement bumper that will actually protect both truck occupants and the important parts of a truck with a steel bumper.
Then if another accident should happen, you and the occupants of your truck will often be spared serious injury or even death.
The wise choice then is to replace your damaged truck bumper with a quality steel replacement bumper!