Everything There is to Know About Your Front and Rear Bumper Covers

A bumper cover is an inexpensive but extremely effective component of a car. This guide gives you all the information you need about front and rear bumper covers.

What is a Bumper Cover?

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Your Nissan has two bumper covers: one is attached to your Nissan’s nose and the other one is attached to its rear. A bumper cover’s purpose is to protect your car when something hits the front or rear. It serves as the first point of contact. It’s designed to absorb most of the impact so the rest of your car won’t get as damaged.

How Do I Know if My Bumper Cover Needs to be Replaced?

Sometimes your bumper cover will get damaged. In such a case, you have two options: repair it or replace it. Sometimes it can be difficult to determine which one is the better option. It’s usually easier and cheaper to just replace the entire bumper cover. Repairing it involves body work and painting, which is expensive.

If your bumper cover is damaged in one or more of the following ways, your best bet is to replace it:

  • Cracks
  • Deep scratches
  • Broken tabs, clips, or front engine mounting bracket

All three types of damage affects the bumper cover’s structural integrity. That’s why it’s better to just replace the whole thing, even if the surface is still repairable.

Can I Replace My Bumper Cover at Home?

You certainly can! You just need a replacement bumper cover and a few basic tools.

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Getting an OEM Replacement Bumper Cover

When shopping for a bumper cover, you might notice that there are some aftermarket bumper covers available for your Nissan. We recommend steering clear of them and sticking to an OEM replacement because many aftermarket bumper covers have a universal design and are made with inferior materials. Compared to aftermarket bumper covers, OEM bumper covers:

  • Fit better
  • Look better
  • Are much more reliable
  • Are made of higher quality materials
  • Are much easier to find

When it’s time to find an OEM bumper cover for your Nissan, it will just take a few minutes. Look up your car in our catalog of genuine OEM Nissan parts. You’ll get a list of OEM bumper covers designed specifically for your model. You can also take a look at this list of our best sellers to see if there’s one for your car here:

Replacing Your Bumper Cover at Home

The process involves:

  1. Preparing the bumper cover beforehand (wet sanding it, wiping it down, and painting it)
  2. Lifting your car
  3. Removing the old bumper cover
  4. Installing the new bumper cover

There are plenty of tutorials on YouTube. Just Google “bumper cover replacement tutorial” along with your Nissan model to find a car-specific tutorial.