Essential Car Insurance | Bumper Damage

Car Insurance Scenario

You’re slowly backing into a parking space at the gym but don’t realize that there is concrete surrounding the light post and this causes you to misjudge the space. Next thing you know, you hear a crunch. You get out to check and your rear bumper is scratched and dented. What should you do about the bumper damage?

How Much Does it Cost to Fix Bumper Damage?

If the damage is minimal, you may be able to repair the bumper yourself with a few everyday tools, but this likely isn’t the case. Bumper repair costs vary depending on the severity of the damage and the type of car. Bumpers these days have sensors that help collision avoidance systems and this can mean costly repairs.  Pricing to replace a bumper ranges from a few hundred dollars for an average car to thousands of dollars on a high-end car.

Your Insurance Coverage

Your collision coverage will take care of the bumper repair. Collision pays for damage to your own car that’s caused in a collision — not only accidents with other cars but also objects, such as a telephone pole, or fence.

Depending on your deductible, you may or may not want to submit a claim. A common deductible amount is $500. That means if you had $1,500 worth of damage to your car, your insurance company would cut a check for $1,000. You would need to pay the $500 balance. What if you also damaged the telephone pole? Your property damage liability coverage, which is required by law, would go toward the repair to the telephone pole. Normally, there is no deductible for property damage liability coverage.


Should You File a Claim?

There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to this question; it depends on your personal circumstances. However, if you decide to make a claim, your premium may increase at renewal time. It is always best to talk to your experienced, local independent insurance agent to see what is right for your situation.


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