Bumper Replacement Cost

Updated October, 2020
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A bumper replacement can cost anywhere between $800-$1,300. This depends on various factors, including the model/rarity of your car, labor costs, and structural/electric considerations. While it's possible to replace your bumper yourself, it requires at least an intermediate knowledge of vehicles. Still, it's recommended you leave bumper replacements to the professionals.

Are the bumper and bumper cover the same thing?

No. A bumper is generally the safety mechanism you most think about when you hear the word "bumper." However, a bumper cover is an additional layer added for extra support, aesthetics, or performance. Bumper covers are usually made of plastic or fiberglass. They're painted for a sleek, seamless look to the front and tail end of your vehicle.

What kinds of bumper damage require a replacement?

Only the most severe type of bumper damage require a full replacement. Otherwise, a body shop can generally repair minor damages for a lesser cost and a much quicker turnaround.

Some of the damage severe enough to warrant a full replacement of your bumper includes:

  • Large dents
  • Deep scratches
  • Your bumper is dragging or falling off the vehicle
  • Major paint damage
  • Broken hooks and fasteners

What's the cost to replace my bumper?

It's hard to nail down exactly how much your replacement bumper will cost. This is because this depends widely on your car's year and model. Other factors that can increase the cost of your bumper replacement include:

  • Labor costs, which depends on the body shop you use. (A good general estimate is around $100 per hour of labor.)
  • Structural/electrical considerations. Does your vehicle have any speciality lighting or wiring that's being protected by the bumper or cover? Working around these can increase the overall cost of the job.
  • Availability of parts. This is of particular concern for older and rare vehicles. The rarer your car, the more expensive the replacement.

That said, the general replacement cost for a bumper tends to be between $800-$1,300, give or take a few hundred, depending on the job. It's important to call around and get estimates from as many body shops as possible to ensure you get the best deal.

How long does a bumper replacement take?

On average, you can expect the job to take between 1-3 days. It's a multi-step process that causes you to at least leave your car at the shop overnight.

Can I replace it myself?

Yes. But replacing a bumper is one of the most challenging repairs you can make, so if you don't already have at least a basic understanding of cars, you should leave it to professionals.

If you're considering doing it yourself, here are some pros and cons.

Pros:

  • You'll save some money (maybe a lot!)
  • You'll be able to perform the work on your own time, saving potentially 3 days at the body shop

Cons:

  • It's more complicated than other repairs
  • You could end up further depreciating the value of your car
  • Painting the new bumper is considered extraordinarily tedious and time-consuming

Does my insurance pay for a bumper replacement?

If your bumper was damaged during a traffic accident, your collision insurance should cover the cost of repair or replacement if you were the at-fault driver. If you're not the at-fault driver, their liability insurance, which is mandated by law, should cover the cost of replacement.

However, suppose your bumper was damaged through other means, such as theft, vandalism, or weather. In that case, your comprehensive coverage should assist in the cost of your replacement. This is a prime example of a situation where it's exceptionally beneficial—or even necessary—to have supplemental insurance policies that extend beyond what's legally mandated.

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