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8 Best Car Bumper Protectors in 2020

Car bumpers offer protection from minor collisions, but they're easy to damage and hard to fix. That's where bumper guards help. Here are eight good ones.

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Modern car bumpers protect vehicles from minor damage in low-speed collisions. Trouble is, one serious impact is all it takes to reduce their effectiveness in your next fender bender. If that happens, you probably should buy a replacement bumper. But theyre expensive and difficult to install yourself.

Once your damaged bumper has been replaced, consider adding bumper guards. There are many styles available, but theyre all sold for the same reasons some to protect the bumper cover, others to protect the bumper itself.

Here well introduce you to eight high-quality bumper guards, and help you decide which might make sense for you.

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Bumper protectorvia aliexpress.com

Samurai Front Bumper Lip Molding

This rubber tube bumper cover protector from Samurai is inexpensive and easy to install. It doesnt provide a lot of protection, but will take the brunt of light bumps and dings.

Sold by the roll in four colors, this bumper protector comes with one sticky side designed to adhere to the furthest protruding part of your cars front bumper. Because its just a narrow strip of rubber, it shouldnt detract from the look of your car, and can work with nearly all vehicle models. However, it wont help much if the point of collision is too high or low.

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Bumper protectorvia amazon.com

TIDO Universal Front and Rear Bumper Lip Protector

Another inexpensive option, these soft rubber bumper cover protectors come in packs of two for $13 and stick to most vehicles, wherever you want protection. Theyre easy to install just remove the plastic backing and stick them on. Theyre certainly better than nothing in minor collisions, but at only 12 in. x 2 in. each, you wont get much protection from a single package.

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Bumper Protectorvia amazon.com

BumperX Rear Bumper Protection Strip

Another peel and stick product, this rear bumper cover protection strip costs around $45 and comes five or six inches wide and 62 in. long. It should work on many vehicles though it needs a flat bumper to adhere properly. Because its a sheet of thin rubber, it will protect your rear bumper cover from scratches and minor dents (or help hide the ones you already have) but wont do much for harder impacts.

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Bumper protectorvia amazon.com

Luv-Tap BG001 Rear Bumper Guard

At $100, the Luv-Tap BG001 offers significantly more protection than the peel-and-stick products. Designed to cover the face and sides of many styles of rear bumper, the BG001 comes in two sizes and offers versions with and without cutouts for license plates. Made of stretchy, heavily padded fabric, the unit comes with special bungees and heavy-duty suction cups for installation.

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Bumper protectorvia amazon.com

Parking Armor Rear Bumper Guard

At 12 in. tall and 48 in. wide, the Parking Armor Ultimate Bumper Guard offers serious protection from rear collisions. Its two-inch-thick body is packed with high-density protective foam, yet its still flexible enough to conform to the varying shapes of different vehicles. The $80 price tag is reasonable for the amount of protection it provides.

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Bumper protectorvia carid.com

Black Horse Bull Bar Front Bumper Protector

If you own a truck and want some seriously sturdy, rugged bumper protection, consider the Bull Bar from Black Horse. Designed to cushion head-on impacts from wildlife or other vehicles, the Bull Bars steel tube construction is sturdy and rust resistant. It also adds a style element that many truck owners find appealing. This bumper protector doesnt help much on collisions to the sides of the bumper though, and its pricey at around $300.

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Bumper protectorvia amazon.com

Bumper Badger Classic Rear Bumper Guard

The Bumper Badger Classic edition is sizable and offers lots of protection. Its 40 in. wide, 12 in. tall, and made of heavy-duty black rubber with raised ribs for extra protection. Its also reinforced by a steel bar at the top that keeps the unit sitting flat against most bumpers. Strong nylon straps held in the trunk door keep the Bumper Badger in place, and allow it to flip neatly into the trunk for storage when not in use. It sells for around $35.

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Bumper protectorvia amazon.com

Gold Edition Bumper Bully Extreme

Like the Bumper Badger Classic, the Bumper Bully Gold is made of heavy-duty rubber, but this model covers a larger area 46 in. x 12 in. Two straps closed in the trunk door anchor it, and steel stabilizer bars hold it flat over the rear bumper. The Gold Edition sells for around $45.

Robert Maxwell
Robert Maxwell is a writer, videographer, photographer and online strength coach based in Northern Ontarion, Canada. He grew up on a rural self-sufficient homestead property where he learned the skills to build his own home from the ground up, do all his own vehicle repairs, and work with wood, stone and metal to find practical DIY solutions to many everyday problems.