DIY vs. Professional Car Bumper Repair: When to Call in the Experts

Oops. You know what that sound is. It’s the undeniable scrape of a scuff or scratch on your car.

When you’re going about your day, it’s easy to accidentally damage your car – and thankfully it’s even easier to repair, providing you call in the experts. Not only can damage to your car impact its aesthetic appeal, but deep marks and scratches can sometimes cause larger issues, which is why, at Bumpertek, we always recommend fixing any paint scratches or bumper scuffs as soon as you can.

But, if your car is sporting some damage, you may be wondering if you can fix it yourself. There are plenty of DIY videos online – and with inflation and living expenses increasing at the moment, it’s a worthwhile question. While there are certainly some small jobs that can be tackled by a novice, for anything more complex you’re best to call in the professionals. A bad repair can end up costing you more in the long run, as the cost of getting an expert to correct the damage can eclipse what you would have paid in the first place.

So DIY or professional – what is the best option for your circumstances? We weight up the pros and cons of each.

Bumper car scratched with deep damage to the paint.

Using a professional

Bumper and scratch repair businesses are generally staffed with professionals who have the right training, experience and skills to identify problems, recommend solutions and undertake repairs. They also have professional tools and technologies to assist, including ensuring a correct colour match – an integral component to any paint repair.

For this reason, the benefits of using a professional repair service are obvious: you’ll benefit from their experience too. In the case of Bumpertek, we have more than 15 years’ experience in car paint and bumper repairs – which we put to work every day servicing Sydney and its surrounding area.

By using a professional, you’ll be investing in a quality repair for your car – which could very well save you money in the long run!

The other benefit you’ll get from the expertise of professionals is time efficiency. Professionals will tend to do a repair job more quickly than a person attempting to repair their car for the first time.

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Doing it yourself


There are benefits to doing a repair yourself too. Providing the job you’re attempting is small and within your skill range, it can often be cheaper than using a professional repairer – why is far and away the greatest benefit of a DIY repair.

However, that’s providing it goes right. Too often, a DIY repair job proves more difficult than expected – and that’s when a professional needs to be called to clean up the damage, usually at a greater expense than the original repair would have cost.

Paint and bumper repairs are fiddly and require attention to detail. They also benefit from professional tools and technology which can ensure an exact colour match and quality repair.

Without having the skill and background to complete a repair, not only will it take quite some time to complete, but you may not be doing correctly. This can leave your car open to issues down the track such as the potential for rusting.

A man painting a car

When can I DIY and when should I call the professionals?

Whether you should attempt a DIY repair depends on your skills, experience and the type of damage your car has.

If your car has clear-coat or surface scratches on it, the damage can be generally buffed out with some polish and some elbow grease. In these instances, a DIY option would make the most sense for your hip pocket.

However, in any instances where the scratch has penetrated the clear coat and hit paint or – worse – exposed metal, we recommend calling in the professionals. In the latter case, it is critical the repair is done properly, otherwise your car could be susceptible to rust. We recommend the same when a dent has been formed in the bumper.

In these instances, the repair will be more difficult, has more steps, and, in the case of dents, could have structural issues that should be seen by a professional.

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So, what do I now?

If your car has a scratch in its paint or is in a need of a bumper repair, you can get it fixed with Bumpertek in just four easy steps:

We’re locals and have been servicing Sydney and its surrounding areas for 15 years, including:

  • Western Sydney including Penrith, Parramatta, Fairfield and Blacktown
  • South West Sydney including Camden, Campbelltown and Liverpool
  • Inner South Sydney including Eveleigh, Waterloo, Zetland, Alexandria, Beaconsfield, Rosebery, Eastlakes
  • Inner West including Newtown, Marrickville, Dulwich Hill, Leichhardt and Petersham
  • Inner South West including Hurlstone Park, Canterbury, Earlwood, Bexley and Brighton-Le-Sands.
  • South Sydney including Sutherland Shire
  • Sydney’s CBD and surrounds
  • Sydney’s North Shore including North Sydney, Willoughby, Mosman, Manly

And many others.

So, if you need a car paint or bumper repair, call or text Bumpertek on 0459 225 017 to get your free, no obligation quote – today!