Your car's front bumper has several enemies:
- Parking blocks
- Rolled curbs
- Large speed bumps
- Road debris
A lot of vehicles have a lower portion of the front bumper that’s called a valance, a spoiler, or just a lower bumper. This part is susceptible to cracks when dragged across a parking block, rolled curb, or another obstacle.
If you’ve got a cracked front bumper, there are a couple of tricks you can use to repair your lower front bumper without breaking the bank. Also, there are a couple of things you can do to prevent damage in the future. Let’s talk about reducing the expense of a repair first.
Inexpensive Ways To Repair Your Lower Front Bumper
You don't have to spend a lot of money to either repair or replace your lower front bumper. You can consider the following affordable solutions:
1. Find A Used Replacement Part
If you have a popular model, there's a pretty good chance you can find a used replacement part on eBay or Craigslist. You may even find one that's already painted to match your vehicle. This solution may cost less than half the cost of buying and painting a new part. It's also possible that someone is parting out a vehicle like yours in your area. If they are, they'll probably put an ad up on Craigslist.
2. Use 3M’s 5200 Marine Adhesive/Sealant
While 3M's 5200 Marine Adhesive/Sealant is designed for boat repairs, you can use it on your front bumper. It's a waterproof adhesive that’s easy to work with. It's available in a few colors. As long as the crack isn't too visible, it will look OK.
Preventing Future Damage
If your lower front bumper has cracks, chances are it’ll get cracked again in the future. Luckily, there are some preventative measures you can take to ensure that this doesn’t happen again.
Do You Have A Rolled Curb At The End Of Your Driveway?
If the problem is the rolled curb at the bottom of your driveway, you may want to get a BRIDJIT curb ramp. Our ramps are sturdy curb ramps that are made of recycled rubber. They fit most of the rolled curbs found in the US. Most people find that our ramps help prevent the driveway, sidewalk, or street from scraping against a front bumper.
Are Parking Blocks Or Speed Bumps Scraping Your Lower Front Bumper?
If the problem is parking blocks or speed bumps, you might check out All-Fit's Universal Bumper Lip. They sell a really strong heavy-duty lip that's only 1.5" tall. While the Universal Bumper Lip is 1.5" tall, it doesn't actually stick down 1.5". Rather, it kind of sticks out at an angle, so it's almost like a feeler. It's a heavy-duty product that allows you to "feel" the curb before you hit it with your lower front bumper. Other companies offer similar products, but the All-Fit lip is the only one worth buying.
We hope that this guide has helped you address the damage on your lower front bumper. You're welcome to contact us with any questions you may have.
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