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Bumper Repair vs. Bumper Replacement

When should a bumper be repaired instead of replaced? How do I know if my bumper can be repaired? Should I go with bumper repair or replacement?


These are all very important questions to consider when looking to take your car to get body work done. The front and rear bumper on a car often experience the most wear and tear over time. In order to get your bumper looking like new again, a traditional body shop is going to tell you that the entire bumper needs to be replaced – costing you more time and money than expected. At Colors on Parade, we are able to fix those minor scratches, dents, cracks and tears in your bumper all in the same day.


So, should you go with bumper repair or replacement? There are a few different things that go into determining when a bumper should be repaired or completely replaced. Here are a few examples of the types of bumper damage that can be repaired versus the types of damage that would require your bumper to be replaced.


What types of bumper damage is repairable?

When it comes to bumper repair, damage like minor scratches, dents, holes and tears can be fixed to the point of being almost completely unnoticeable to the naked eye. Repairing these blemishes will save you time, money and has a reduced impact on the environment. 


Minor paint damage like scuffs, scratches and scrapes can be sanded down removing the clear coat and factory paint, and then refinished making your bumper look like new again. With the Colors on Parade exclusive paint repair system, our mobile technicians are able to duplicate any car’s original paint.








Small dents and dings can be cosmetically repaired as well. When possible, if the dent has not caused damage to the paint, our certified technicians use paintless dent repair (PDR). Our PDR technicians can get rid of minor dents on surfaces and reshape the metal back into its original condition without affecting the factory paint finish.



Small tears, cracks, and holes can be patched up and refinished using our patented processes. Repairing a bumper is the core to our business and we take pride in that.



When does a bumper need to be replaced?

When the damage on a vehicle’s bumper is too severe, it must be taken to a body shop to be replaced. Damage like large dents, cracks and holes, and broken hooks and fasteners will require you to replace your bumper. Typically, if a vehicle is involved in a collision, the damage will be too extreme to fix. These damages can cause even more problems for the rest of your car if they are attempted to be repaired or left as is. When a bumper is hit during an accident, it can sometimes break the hooks or fasteners holding the bumper in place. This instantly decreases the structural integrity and the bumper will need to be replaced. It’s important to assess the severity of the bumper damage and decide which will be best for your car. If you are not sure, you can always get in contact with one of our technicians and they will be able to give you an answer by looking at pictures of your damaged bumper.


Why should you repair your bumper when possible?

First and foremost, repairing your bumper will save you a ton of time and money. At Colors on Parade, our mobile paint repair technicians will travel to your home or office and repair your bumper within hours and more often than not, at a lower price than your insurance deductible. 

In addition to being more cost and time effective than a traditional body shop, repairing your bumper is actually way better for the environment. By fixing what you have, you are preventing another chunk of plastic from entering a landfill. Colors on Parade is committed to SMART business both economically and environmentally. The ecosmart System was established in order to provide high quality auto body repairs with a low environmental impact. Our repairs are focused on the smallest possible area which reduces waste and the amount of emission that is transmitted. In fact, on average the total amount of paint used in a single repair is less than 100 grams. Colors on Parade technicians are certified and meet all EPA compliance laws that keep our environment free of deadly toxins from paint. All of our technicians use paint products that contain no heavy metals which is required by the EPA. To learn more about our patented ecosmart System and to see all of the ways we are committed to saving the environment, visit



If your bumper has been damaged and you believe it meets the criteria to be repaired, Colors on Parade can help. We are an innovative auto reconditioning company known for our ability to service the industry with body shop quality repairs from a mobile unit. We use eco-friendly technologies to repair paint scratches, scrapes, dents and dings at any location including a customer’s home or work. To get in touch with your local technician about getting an estimate on a repair, visit