Monthly Archives: January 2011

NYC Parking Garages and Car Bumper Protection ?

If you park in a NYC parking garage car bumper protection is mandatory.   NYC parking garages are known for damaging car bumpers.   The high volume of cars crammed into a small space makes it almost guaranteed that your car will be bumped into another vehicle or a cement wall.   Car bumper protection will benefit your vehicle by providing a barrier to minor parking bumps.   While there are various rear bumper protection products available, the best bumper guard will wrap completely around the bumper, proving rear bumper protection.

Are Stick-On Bumper Protection The Best Option ?

Stick-on rear bumper guards have been around for years and have become a staple bumper guard accessory for livery cabs and taxis worldwide.   Many urban car owners can also be seen adorning their vehicles with rear bumper protector accessories.   The popularity of rear car bumper guards is a sign that people are concerned about bumper damage.  Stick-on rear bumper guards are the most popular type of front and rear car bumper protection because they are simple to attach and maintenance free – stick them on the car bumper surface and they become a permanent ornament on your vehicles exterior.   In addition, rear car bumper guards come in a variety of colors and styles that appeal to many car buyers.

Bumper Guards: Clear Paint Protection Film Rear Bumper Guards…Are They Any Good ?

I do not want to ridicule clear car bumper protection film since these products where designed for a specific use, namely, to protect a front car bumper, front fenders and mirrors from small rocks and road debris.   Lets make this very clear, “clear protection film was never designed to protect a rear bumper from parking related damage.” While I completely understand the nature of clear protection film and its usefulness in protecting high end luxury cars…I am perplexed to see some companies marketing clear protection films as suitable rear bumper guards.   These clear protection films were never designed for the rigors of street parking, and as a result you will not find kits for the rear bumper.  Also, you will not see clear film protection companies recommending clear protection film for use as a rear bumper guard.    If you are considering using a clear or transparent protection film as a rear bumper guard take note that these clear protection films will scratch, turn hazy, and tear.   I recently observed a Lexus RX350 rear bumper with clear protection film applied.   The clear bumper protection film I observed was hazy (a cloudy white) and covered in scratches with holes torn into the urethane in many places.   I really feel bad for whoever will have to remove this damaged film, if it can be removed at all. Even if the person were successful in removing the clear protection film, the painted surface will be dimpled by marks indicating points of impact.  As a result, I do not recommend clear films for rear bumper guards.

Do I Really Need A Rear Bumper Protector ?

It seems that everywhere you look people are adorning their vehicles with rear bumper protectors and car bumper guards.    Clearly, rear bumper protection is an important concern for anyone who parks on the street.  Lets face it, more than half of all rear bumper damage occurs when you park your car.    Without rear bumper protection your car bumper will be scarred when another vehicle bumps your car during parking.   Sharp license plate screws and protruding license plate frames are to blame for most parking related rear bumper damage.   Car enthusiasts who use rear bumper protectors have realized the benefits of rear bumper protection. The goal is to minimize parking related car bumper damage, a common occurrence when street parking.   Rubber bumper guards provide a flexible barrier from minor parking bumps.   Regardless of whether you like bumper guards or not, rear bumper protectors are an important accessory if you park on the street.

Which Bumper Guard Is Best?

Our bumper guard selection guide will tell you…
The popularity of rear bumper guards has lead to a variety of rear bumper protection products.   Selecting the best rear bumper guard depends on your parking needs, price point and usage.  Floor mat style rear bumper guards are popular with car enthusiasts because they are temporary rear bumper guards.    These rear bumper guards attach inside the trunk using velcro straps and then drape over the rear bumper.   The end result is a very effective and simple to use rear bumper guard that you deploy when parked and return to the trunk when driving.  We have tested and tried several competing brands of rear bumper protection.    The Bumper Bully rear bumper protection system came out on top because it’s the only product made from rubber and it has had a unique trapezoid shape that fits better.    All competing products are made from PVC plastic, which feels cheap.   Additionally, only the Bumper Bully rear bumper guard has the patented stabilizer bars that keep the product from folding back.   If quality and performance is your main concern than the Bumper Bully rear bumper guard is definitely worth a look.

Who Can Benefit From Rear Bumper Protection ?

Anyone who parks on the street or a parking garage can benefit from using a rear bumper guard.   As parking on the streets becomes more competitive, drivers are increasingly aggressive when parking.   Many drivers will bump and maneuver their vehicles relentlessly until they fit into a parking spot, bumping and prodding the vehicles fore and aft for parking guidance.    Since parked vehicles are often unattended, there is no witness to this sort of parking vandalism – the end result is a bumper scarred with screw marks and license plate indentations, scratches, paint chips and various markings.  While there is no immediate solution to this parking epidemic, a rear bumper guard is a useful accessory for protecting your parked vehicle.   A rear bumper protector provides a barrier to intruding car bumpers to help minimize damage from license plate frames, bolts and brackets.   A rear bumper protector and bumper guard is a must have accessory for street parking.

Rear Bumper Guard Tips

Some common sense strategies can minimize the risks of parking related bumper damage Parking Tip#1: Use a rear bumper guard or car bumper protection if you have it. Parking Tip#2: Never squeeze into a tight parking space. While you will be extra careful to avoid bumping your car, the person parking behind you may not be so kind. If you have a rear bumper protector or bumper guard make sure you use it.
Parking Tip#3:
Avoid parking behind tall SUVs or trucks especially ones with protruding trailer hitches. An SUV rear bumper is tall and can easily override a car bumper. A front bumper guard will help protect your front bumper from parking bumps.
Parking Tip #4: Look for a parking spot with an adjacent fire hydrant or driveway front or aft. This will prevent other vehicles from parking near your vehicle. In summary, common sense when parking on the street can prevent bumper damage. Always be vigilant of where you park and use a rear bumper guard for extra protection as needed.