A couple months ago I had my bumper replaced and freshly painted. It was looking great. I'd also had some work done a few weeks prior, that dropped my car about an inch.
So, I was pulling into a parking space, not thinking about the height of the car being low enough to scrape on the concrete barrier at the end of the parking space. I was feeling pretty stupid, especially after I'd just spent a little over $700 to get the bumper fixed. It was a pretty big crunch. To top that off, I've had to get used to what angle I need to enter my hilly driveway to avoid adding light scrapes that show a tiny bit on the bottom lip. *sigh
When I felt the bumper at the bottom and up underneath, I realized that I was given a REALLY thin aftermarket bumper. Never thought about it ... I decided to pay out of pocket and not ding my insurance, because another person in my family has filed multiple claims in the past year. *sigh#2 Live and learn, I guess ... next time it will be OEM all the way, because the price difference isn't much different.
The guy at the body shop suggested that I talk to an auto vinyl installer about adding a strip of vinyl to the bottom lip. I'd gone to a shop a few months earlier to get my tail lights smoked, so I went back and talked to them.
I rolled out of there after spending $80, feeling pretty damned good. They put two layers of stuff on there that stabilized the crack with some adhesive, and then put a strip of black carbon fiber (appearance) vinyl across both lower lips. They told me if it happens again, just come on back. It would be $40 for each side.
I don't know how I feel about the little pointed end that comes up a little high, but you can't really see it when you're looking at it from several feet away. Might get it trimmed off at some point.
Anyway, thought I would share this with the group. It looks great, and didn't cost me $700!!