As an auto body and repair shop near Middleboro, we understand that car owners prefer to keep costs down. We do look for every opportunity to save our customers money. However, car bumpers are one area where we are sometimes forced to say repair is not an option. Replacing the bumper – which generally costs more – is the only choice.
Sensors are the primary obstacle to bumper repair.
Why does this happen? We can answer in a single word: sensors. Today’s cars are equipped with amazing technology, such as adaptive cruise control, autonomous braking, and blind spot monitoring. If your car has any of these features, it also has radar based sensors in the bumper.
The neat thing about radar based sensors is they’re concealed behind the bumper. The technology is designed to work through the bumper, which can only be of a precise thickness and material constitution. For this reason, many car manufacturers actually prohibit refinish or repair to the bumper in the area where the sensors are mounted. Some manufacturers prohibit refinish or repair to the entire bumper.
During the initial inspection of your vehicle, the technician will note any damage to the bumper, as well as the proximity of this damage to the sensors. This, along with the policies and procedures of your car’s manufacturer, will determine what repair options are available.
What about parking sensors?
Parking sensors operate using a different technology. They are positioned in such a way that they physically protrude through the bumper. Repairs in the area surrounding the parking sensors on the bumper are generally performed without much difficulty.
Do I have to fix the drive assist sensors in order to have a drivable car?
Drive assist sensors are necessary to the operation of systems like lane assist, blind spot monitoring, and cruise control. If your sensors are not working, these features will not work. While it is possible to drive without the drive assist system activated, many drivers prefer not to do so. Your local auto body and repair shop can help you get the work done so you’re comfortable behind the wheel once again.