Bumper and Paint Repair FAQ's
What is a spot paint repair?
The “spot paint” process is the technique used to repair minor scratches on a bumper or metal panel. For "spot paint" to work those minor scrapes, stone chips, minor dings or plastic bumper scratches must to be in certain areas only. Repainting a bumper with a spot paint repair is not suggested over a complete bumper repaint, but it will save you money. Many of our clients use this bumper repair solution for their lease returns or to save money. This unique paint process allows technicians to spot blend an isolated damaged area rather than painting an entire panel. Spot paint bumper repair is suggested for damages in corners, at a bottom or next to the wheel well. We don't suggest spot paint for damages in middle of a bumper or with pearl 3 stage tri-coat paints.
Will Certified Automotive Care match the color?
Yes indeed your plastic bumper repair or panel paint repair will match like new. Every car has a factory color code. This code is used for factory color matching. Basically it works like this: # 1 - Technician takes the paint code from your vehicle and enters it into the computer (We don't ask for your paint code before we arrive - All Performed On Site!). There is special paint software which gives us a factory formula for matching your paint. However, we realize that factory color codes many times provide a color that is anywhere from a couple shades to several shades different from the original color. And the "art of color matching starts here." #2 - Our paint experts then use sample cards to ensure the best color matching possible. These very specific tinting methods are used to match new paint with older paint. We compare those color code cards to your paint. They are compared in the shade, in the sun, from different angels while using the best paint to repaint your vehicle. You can rest assure we always get your bumper back to factory color with a written lifetime warranty.
How much does bumper repair cost?
Do you guarantee your work?
Yes we do! We stand behind our work and guarantee your repair. Key scratches, minor fender benders and complete bumper repairs have written lifetime warranties. You are the most important part of our business, and so is your satisfaction. If there is any misunderstanding with your repair, we will correct it and make sure you are happy and a satisfied client. Here at Certified Automotive Care, you are important to us and we would like to service all of your auto cosmetic needs for years to come.
How long does it take to repair my bumper or scratched panel?
Depending on the damaged bumper or panel; hole, scratch, dent, scuffs or cracks, repair time generally is between 1 1/2 - 4 hours. All performed at your home or office.
Can I wash my car after the repair?
We suggest waiting 2-3 days to wash, do not wax for 2 weeks. This is recommended so that the paint and clear coat fully cures. A friendly reminder note is given after our repair to ensure you follow these simple guidelines.
Do I need to replace my bumper?
Many times we can save you money by fixing your bumper instead of buying a new one. The cost for a new bumper varies typically from $250-$1100. Automakers like Honda, Toyota and Ford are less expensive. BMW, Audi, Porsche, Mercedes, Jaguar, Range Rover are more expensive. Often bumpers have molding, spoilers or other attachments which are purchased separately and increase price significantly. We always try to fix your bumper so we can save you money. However, if the repair will affect quality we will suggest to replace your bumper. If you need to replace your bumper, it does not come pre-painted. We will guide you to find the best option for your budget. If we can save you money by fixing your bumper we will. So you pay only for paint and refinishing.
Can it be fixed?
Damaged that can not be repaired: A few examples are - bumper is broken in a place where it is attached to the body and the clips can not hold a bumper, the panel is too stretched or severe, bumper is textured or vehicles with unpainted bumpers. You can see some of those on Jeep Wrangler, Honda Element and then some other SUVs. Those types can be fixed but there is only a limited warranty and we suggest to replace them.