How Much Does a Bumper Replacement Cost?

Written by: Staff
Last Updated:  August 9, 2018

Aside from being unsightly, driving around with a damaged bumper often offers the impression the driver is reckless.  It also diminishes the entire value of the vehicle.  Likewise, it puts you and your passengers at risk because a damaged bumper can no longer protect you from minor crashes.

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How much does it cost to replace a bumper?

On average, for a total bumper replacement, the costs are going to be anywhere between $500 and $2,500+ for an OEM rear bumper.  While stock bumpers will match the car, some may have to be repainted, and if this is the case, this can cost even more.  The costs, in the end, will depend on the car you’re driving, if it’s an aftermarket part, how complex the bumper is and the company replacing it.

With so many makes and models, we scoured the Internet for prices people paid, primarily from car specific forum threads, for their bumper replacement and included our findings inside the table below:

Make/ModelAverage Price Quoted (for OEM bumper replacement)
Audi A4$1,450
BMW Series 3$2,200
Chevy Impala$1,100
Chevy Malibu$1,450
Ford F150$1,125
Ford Focus$1,150
Honda Accord$1,375
Honda Civic$1,250
Honda Pilot$1,250
Hyundai Elantra$895
Mazda 6$950
Nissan Altima$1,200
Nissan Sentra$950
Toyota Camry$1,650
Toyota Corolla$1,575
Toyota Highlander$950
Toyota Prius$1,150
Toyota RAV4$1,550
Toyota Yaris$950
Volkswagen Golf$1,500

NOTE:  You could lower these prices by purchasing an aftermarket part.

Replacing a bumper overview

Typically, the estimates mentioned should include the parts, labor and sometimes, the painting.

To remove and replace the bumper, it’s a fairly straightforward job.  The old bumper is removed, followed by all of the attached components such as the fog lights, turn signals, license plate and/or bumper trim.  The new bumper is then mounted to the vehicle, followed by reattaching all of the components that were removed initially.  The entire process, when performed by an experienced professional, can take about two to three hours to complete.

What are the extra costs?

Whether you purchase an OEM or aftermarket bumper, there’s still a good chance it will need to be painted to match the rest of your car’s exterior.  Painting it can add another $150 to $450 to the total.

Aside from the replacement, if any parts needed to be replaced, such as the lights, trim, warning system, airbag sensors and/or air intakes, then the costs could greatly increase, sometimes as much as $1,000+.  This is often the case with complex bumpers connected to numerous vehicle systems.

How can I save money?

You could use your auto insurance company, but this will all depend on the final costs and your deductible.  If your estimate was $1,800, but you had a $1,500 deductible, then it would probably make sense to pay the additional $300 to avoid the insurance rate increase and the accident report to CarFax, etc.  However, if you were not at fault, then it’s wise to make a claim against the other party’s insurance.  In this scenario, you would be paid in full with no costs out of pocket or drawbacks.

It is possible to replace your bumper as long as it’s a straightforward replacement and there’s no extensive damage.  The job, according to those who have completed it, claims it’s no worse than replacing a headlight or changing your oil.  If you could perform these repairs, then it’s safe to say you could replace your bumper as well.

An OEM part will always be more than an aftermarket part.  If at all possible, talk with a local mechanic to see if there’s any way to save on the part.  If you’re lucky enough, they may be able to find an older part at a local scrap yard that’s still in good condition.

A new bumper isn’t always the right choice.  If the dent were smaller than average with little to no scratches and/or cracks, then you will be better off having the dent removed rather than replacing the entire part.  This route, if you were a candidate, could cost less than $500 on average.

If the damage isn’t too extreme, consider a car bumper cover.  These covers can cost as little as $30 to $150.

Consider looking on for both the aftermarket part and the professional labor.  We were able to find new bumpers, which matched your car’s paint, for as little as $250.  On top of this, you could hire a reputable mechanic in your area to install it for less than $300, making most replacements less than $600.

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How much did you spend?

Was it worth it?  

  1. LSM (Boston,  Massachusetts) paid $ and said:

    2001 Jaguar rear bumper replaced with a used bumper that had to be painted. Job looks beautiful and the paint match was excellent. Only 3 days.

    Was it worth it? Yes

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