The bumper, as well as the components right behind it, usually takes the brunt of head-on collisions, even minor ones. So most of the time, when you need to replace the bumper after being involved in a road mishap, you have to replace the bumper filler, too. This component rests between the grille and the bumper to fill the gap between these two parts and enhance the looks of the vehicle's façe.
When purchasing a new filler for your vehicle's bumper, here are the factors to consider for you to get the best value for your money:
The vehicle is outfitted with the filler to eliminate the unsightly gap between the bumper and the grille. It's important to get a replacement that matches the bumper's finish so it will complement and not detract from the vehicle's frontal appeal.
Though it's installed solely for aesthetic purposes, it's still important to get a replacement bumper filler that's durable enough in such a way that it can stay intact even if the bumper gets dented from a minor crash. It should also be able to withstand all sorts of abuse that the front of the vehicle has to take on a daily basis. Before shelling out bucks, find out first what material the filler is made of and take time to know if it's able to last long despite the beatings it could get. Besides durability, it's also important that the filler is lightweight so as not to add weight to the vehicle.
A bumper filler that doesn't fit in place properly will move and eventually fall off as the vehicle runs, especially on rough roads. To ensure proper fit, it's wise to get a unit that's of the same specs as the one you're going to replace. Consult your manual to know the specs of your existing bumper's filler before purchasing online. If you're getting it from a brick and mortar store, it would be a good idea to just bring the old one and find the unit that looks exactly like it.
While a product that ensures exact fit is generally easy to install, it is still wise to check how the bumper filler you're thinking of purchasing will be mounted. To save time and effort, particularly if you will be installing the part by yourself, see to it that the replacement filler you will get won't require cutting or modification during installation.
The warranty is a kind of assurance from the manufacturer or merchant as to how confident they are in the quality of their products. The warranty coverage can range from the industry-standard 90-day warranty to as long as 1-year unlimited-mileage warranty; the longer the coverage, the better.
But, this doesn't mean you should pay a hefty price for good warranty coverage. Remember that it's a sign that the manufacturer is confident that the bumper filler it offers will last longer, so why would you spend a fortune just to get good warranty coverage? If the manufacturer can't offer it for free or for a reasonable cost, then just look for other units that have the same coverage yet cost less.