It’s amazing how the tiny nicks, dings, and dents on your front and rear bumpers tend to add up! No matter how good of a driver you are, it’s nearly impossible to completely avoid tiny bumps or scrapes. The damage may be minor, but if you’re a perfectionist, you may be well fed up with those unsightly dents and dings on your bumpers!

What can you do about them?

Get them repaired — Want to get your car looking as good as new? Take it to the best auto collision repair shop in Los Angeles, and have them give the bumpers a once-over. It’s a fairly inexpensive repair, but it will make the car look beautiful and pristine once more.

Buy a car bra — What a hilarious name, but what an amazing product! A car bra is a covering made of vinyl that is stretched across the front bumper of your car. It not only protects your bumpers, but it will even help to reduce damage to your hood and the sides of your fender. If you do a lot of highway driving, it can stop rocks, bugs, gravel, and road debris from damaging the front of your car.

Note: Some experts claim that car bras can actually damage the vehicle by catching air, scratching the paint, or retaining moisture. Rennlist has a discussion on the pros and cons of car bras.

Apply Clearshield film — Have you ever wrapped food in saran wrap to protect it from bugs, mold, and decay? Clearshield film is just like saran wrap, except it’s for vehicles instead of food. It will add a thin, invisible layer of protection to reduce the risk of damage to your paint job. Made of polyurethane, it’s fairly inexpensive and easy to apply (though it’s best to have your auto collision repair shop in Los Angeles do it for you).

Use cooking oil — If you’re going to be doing a lot of driving, especially on the highway, it’s wise to apply a coat of cooking oil to your bumper and hood. This will stop bugs from sticking to the paint, and will make it easy to just wipe them off without having to scrub the car.

Note: Make sure to wash the oil off after your trip, or it could stain the vehicle. You’ll need a good car wash soap to get it off!

Wash the car regularly — If you allow bug splatter, dust, and bird droppings to sit on your car, they may soak into the paint and ruin the paint job. Give your car a wash on a regular basis, and you’ll eliminate a lot of the stains and spots on the car!

Use a scratch repair kit — There are a number of “scratch repair kits” that can help you to get small scratches and nicks out of your windshield and vehicle body. (Ask your body shop technician for recommendations on the best products to use.)

Don’t let those dings ruin the appearance of your car, but use the tips above to keep your car in tip-top shape!