How Much Does Bumper Dent Repair Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 14, 2018

A car’s bumper, unfortunately, is most prone to a dent.

Whether it’s from backing into something or a fender bender, a bumper dent, most of the time, can be repairs for a lot less than you think.

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How much does it cost to fix a rear bumper dent?

Depending on the amount of damage done, the labor involved and the car you drive, the costs can be anywhere from as little as $150 to as much as $600 to repair a dent in a plastic bumper.   These estimates for the dent only and would be much more if there were a deep scratch.

Simple dents that are barely visible and less than one inch should cost less than $150, while a larger dent with a complex system and requires paint, usually found in newer cars, could cost closer to $650 or more.  For example, if the technician had to disconnect lights, warning systems, and cameras, then the labor time could increase, effectively affecting the price.

If the dent had a deep scratch, down to the metal, or a deep crack, then the costs could be much higher, often being as high as $2,500, but in these circumstances, you will more than likely want to replace the bumper entirely.

Inusrance.com, in this car body repair article, said the average cost to repair a dented bumper could be as little as $450 for a repair to as much as $900+ for a replacement.

Western Auto Body, a collision shop located in California, broke down the costs, including parts, paint and labor time.  All in all, their grand total, depending on these factors mentioned, could be $935 to $1,580.

As for a chrome bumper, you’re often out of luck as, most of the time, it can’t be repaired successfully and almost all professionals will recommend a replacement; however, this isn’t always the case.  Depending on the severity of the dent, you may be looking at paying $60 to $120 per hour, with some jobs taking as long as 10 hours to complete.

This Jalopnik.com article, for instance, says a Ford dealership billed $4,138 to replace the dents, taillights and blending the paint.

Type of DentAverage Price
1-inch dent (no paint)$50 to $150
1/8-inch dent (no paint)$50 to $135
2-inch dent (no paint)$80 to $200
12-inch dent (no paint)$175 to $550



What are the extra costs?

In extreme cases, if the dent couldn’t be replaced or they don’t recommend it, then a new bumper may be required.  Depending on the car you drive, a bumper replacement could cost over $1,000 to $2,000.

A paint touch-up job, often times, isn’t included in the estimate.  If the dent had a deep scratch and it was repairable, then you may have to pay another $50 to $80 to fix the scratches.

If any of the lights, sensors, cameras or components were ruined due to the accident, then this could increase the price.  All depending upon the parts, this could be as little as $100 for a fog light to as much as $750+ for a backup camera.

How to remove a small dent

How can I save money?

If the dent is smaller than a quarter, consider buying a small dent removal tool to remove the dent on your own.  For example, many dent pullers on Amazon can cost less than $20.

While no one likes a dent, it is not always a necessary fix, especially if it’s smaller than a quarter.  Determine whether or not the price is really worth it for something that is merely cosmetic in nature.

While car insurance will more than likely cover this claim, it often doesn’t make sense to file one if the repair is less than $1,000.  Even if your repair was $650 and your deductible was $500, it would make sense to pay the additional $150 to save the car premium increases in the future.


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