MorallyIncorrect/Misnomer Car Bumper ?

Had two minor incidents last quarter this year where car bumpers barely bumped each other and costs $500+ damage, for cosmetically repainting the damaged plastic wraparound bumper (body shop has to remove bumper repaint (color coat plus clear coat; no physical damage). The first incident involved a lady parallel parking her Accura behind my wife's Chevy Impala and scraping the right rear bumper with her front right bumper (damage to both cars was cosmetic paint). The second incident resulted from my backing up my 2010 Chevy Malibu from a parking space simultaneously with an older Jeep Cherokee SUV (no damage to Jeep which had a real bumber with solid black non-painted plastic insert;considerable cosmetic paint damage to my car) .

Seems to me that a bumper should function primarily as a bumper and be designed for taps, as they were in the past. 

"Where have all the real bumpers gone /"  Any suggestions ?


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Comment by Al LeBlanc on December 31, 2013 at 9:52am

Evan: Seems to me when one gets a new: car, bike,guitar, etc. the first minor cosmetic defect seems major.  Subsequently, minor cosmetic defects add "vintage" character, so long as the function is not impaired.  Best Wishes 2024 !


Comment by Al LeBlanc on December 31, 2013 at 9:33am

Valentine: Thanks for your  imaginative analogies (strength of materials, chemical bonding and rams bumping) of car bumper mishaps to social properties.  If a "butterfly flapping its wings can cause a tsunami,  WE CAN cause "POSITIVE CHANGE FOR HUMANITY"  Best Wishes for 2014.


Comment by Valentine Olushola Oyedipe on December 31, 2013 at 8:26am
Mr. Al. If I did get you right, the older Cherokee jeep SUV with the real bumper in your satirical piece did not incure any damage obviously because it must have been made from an Iron ore/steel and not an alloy. This presupposes that the material density of the two properties in question differ considerably. By extension, in chemical bonding, molecules or diatoms or triatoms that bond gradually and systematically tend to stay longer and stronger and in most cases do not easily submit to unwarranted decomposition (i.e. that may not stand the test of time). I think what is germane, is the tensile strength/ bonding strength/material density of the social properties/social molecules/ social atoms of our time. Further, given moral imperative, the rams that receded and beg for retreat, I guess, must be returning with a massive load of vigor and strength come 2014 with normal and functional bumper; where a situation of “bumper to bumper”, “nothing broken and nothing missing” shall be experienced to set the tune for the tsunamis. As thesis vs antithesis equals to synthesis which is our desired POSITIVE CHANGE FOR HUMANITY. Compliments of the season!
Comment by Ephraim Akenzua on December 30, 2013 at 7:14pm
Comical indeed Al.
Guess that's part of the "vicissitudes" of modernity we have all got to put up with, However a bitter pill it is to swallow.
In this day and age, one can hardly drive home his/her vehicle all in one piece.
They might call it fancy, but I call it an "embelished mediocrity" that rips us off more often than not.
Comment by Evan O'Neil on December 30, 2013 at 5:48pm

Funny, Al. Cars are ridiculously fragile. Compare to a bicycle that someone still loves to ride despite the scuffs, chips, and scratches.

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