Evolution of the Bumper
For decades, bumpers were primarily decorative accessories on cars. First, they were steel bars or strips. Later, they were more visible and flashy, usually made of chrome. Although a rubber bumper was designed to absorb shocks in 1901, the concept of such impact-absorbing safeguards didn't catch on with manufacturers until the late 1960s and early 1970s. Now, however, the primary function of bumpers is to absorb low impact collisions so that other major components such as the cooling system, lights, exhaust, and fuel tank are protected from damage in minor accidents. Designed to withstand impacts when vehicles are moving at less than 5 miles per hour, modern bumpers are usually made of molded plastic. Some of these are rigid plastics, while others are more malleable or semi-rigid. Impact-absorbing foam/styrofoam is concealed within the plastic to help absorb impact and protect people.
Importance of Proper Repair
As you can see, your car's bumper is more than a decoration. If it sustains damage, it not only impacts appearance, but it can also decrease value, expose other components to a greater risk of damage, and pose a safety hazard. Therefore, proper bumper repair is crucial to your car's integrity and your safety. Flash's Auto Body & Paint in Spokane, Washington, uses only OEM parts, ensuring that your new bumper and related components fit properly and protect as well as before an accident. At Flash's Auto Body & Paint, we put customers first, and we strongly believe in your right to choose who works on your car as well as the quality of replacement parts used in your repair job. We also take the time to match your paint professionally and detail your vehicle, ensuring that the new or repaired bumper doesn't stand out as a mismatch. If you've had a minor accident that turned out to be major for your bumper, give us a call at (509) 483-6843.