SOURCE: Maaco Franchising, Inc

September 09, 2010 11:56 ET

Bumper Refinishing Protects Investment in Your Car

Maaco Encourages Drivers to Take Advantage of September Bumper Special

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA--(Marketwire - September 9, 2010) -  You probably don't spend a lot of time thinking about the bumpers on your car. But there is a very good reason to pay attention to this sometimes overlooked piece of equipment.

"Many bumpers show the dents, scuffs and tears that are common results of even minor parking lot run-ins," points out David Lapps, president of Maaco Collision Repair & Auto Painting. "While it's easy to dismiss these battle scars as normal wear and tear, even minor bumper damage can affect your vehicle's trade-in value or result in a large damage assessment if you turn in a leased vehicle."

"In today's economy, it just makes sense to protect the investment you have made in your car," Lapps adds.

Modern-day bumpers are designed more for aerodynamics, fuel economy and appearance than for collision protection. Bumper design has slipped over time as manufacturers focused more on aesthetics and occupant safety in high-speed crashes than on preventing cosmetic damage.

Since 1983, federal standards have required bumpers to protect "safety-related components" such as headlamps and fuel systems against a 2.5 mph impact, down from the 5 mph standard prior to that year. 

If your bumpers need some TLC, the collision repair experts at Maaco will use state-of-the-art materials and standardized quality assurance procedures to repair and paint them quickly. Their September bumper refinish offer starts at only $129. "It's a small investment can really pay off at trade-in time," Lapps said.

For more information, please contact your local Maaco body shop or visit