How to Shop for the Perfect Bumper Insert
Part of car maintenance is ensuring that your bumper and bumper inserts look good and polished. The inserts, especially, greatly add to the overall, decorative appearance of the
face of your car. They also protect the car from scratches caused by oncoming debris. Although they are only installed basically for aesthetics, they can spell a difference when distinction from other cars of the same model is desired. If you want to change the look of your bumper for some time, then you might be wondering what to look for and where to find the best kind of bumper inserts.
Where to shop for bumper inserts?
Bumper inserts belong to the car-accessory category. A lot of online stores stock up on this type of component for drivers who want to redecorate their cars. Online auto parts stores are the best sites to visit because they have huge selections and provide different kinds for various makes and models.
What to look for in bumper inserts?
Bumper inserts may be made from molded plastic, chrome, or stainless steel. They can also be insulated with foam. Molded plastic is a highly durable material and can last for years, plus the fact that inserts made from it are less expensive. Chrome inserts, however, look good and shiny, but the finish chips after some time, which is not visually appealing. If you have money to spare, go for stainless steel inserts for combined durability and looks. These inserts are guaranteed to last longer than others because they are more resistant to corrosion and will not peel or chip.
What are other points to keep in mind?
Always narrow down your search to the specific make and model of your car. Make sure that the look and design of the bumper insert match that of your front bumper; in short, they must jive. Do not buy bumper inserts with vertical grilles if your car's bumper has horizontal grilles. Patented technologies for corrosion resistance (such as NeveRust) are good to try, but they can make the price steeper. Also, go for inserts with bolt-on installation so that you do not have to cut or drill anything. A free-replacement policy is also something to consider in case the ones you bought did not look good or fit well with your car's bumper spaces.
How to Install Your Bumper Insert
An intact front bumper greatly adds to the overall look of your car. It does not only serve as the face of your vehicle, but it also gives your car a complete, distinctive appearance. The front bumper must be supported with bumper inserts in order to create a full, secure look, even though these inserts are hidden behind and covered by the grilles. It is more for aesthetics that you have to install the proper bumper inserts, and in order that your car's grilles will not fall apart during bumpy rides.
Here are the tools that you need and the steps you have to follow when installing new bumper inserts.
Difficulty level: Easy
- New bumper inserts (ones appropriate for your car's model)
- Clips or fasteners
Step 1: Remove the grille by unbolting the outside fasteners. There may be several bolts and screws to remove; make sure to save them for reassembly. If your bumper has separated grilles, work on one side first.
Step 2: Slide the grille out. Put the new bumper insert onto the mounting bracket. Make sure that the insert fits with the bracket. Fasten the insert with the clips; the flat side of the clips must touch the painted side of the bracket. If you are replacing bumper inserts, you may use the old clips to refasten the new inserts. You may also use the new clips supplied with the bumper inserts.
Step 3: Insert the grille into the bumper opening once the inserts are installed. Fasten the grille with the screws. Depending on your car's model, the screws may go through the front part of the grille, through the grille mesh, and into the brackets. Secure the grille and make sure that no part is loose.
Step 4: Take a step back and admire the newly installed bumper inserts. You may not see them because of the grille, but you will be able to notice if any part you should not see from the outside is showing.