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“Bumpers - They Don’t Protect Anything Except The Income Of Automobile Parts Departments”

by Robert DePalma August 13, 2016

“Bumpers - They Don’t Protect Anything Except The Income Of Automobile Parts Departments”
 Andy Rooney – 60 Minutes

If you would like a few good laughs and want to read what Andy Rooney had to say about bumpers read on…

”You might not think that those of us who do 60 Minutes set out every day to do good deeds and root out evil, and I don't want to sound self-serving but, in addition to trying to attract an audience and making a lot of money for ourselves, we like to think we make things better sometimes.

Recently, I set out to do a report on car bumpers. I was dismayed to find that 29 years ago, in 1970, Mike Wallace and producer Joe Wershba did the exact same piece on bumpers that I was going to do in 1999.

Back then, Mike Wallace asked an auto industry official if Detroit could come up with a standard bumper height and size. The man told him: "Well, I think that we not only can, but we have to."

Did Mike stir the automobile industry to make better bumpers? Sorry. Mike did no good at all. Car bumpers are worse than ever.  They no longer stand out from the car - they're built into it now. Hit the bumper now, you hit the car. They don't protect anything except the income of automobile parts departments. The tire hanging on the back is the bumper for some cars - it doesn't help.

Bumpers have covers now. The bumper, the bumper cover and the headlights on a car can cost a thousand dollars - often more than what the bumper was put there to protect.

The yard of one car repair shop was littered with old bumper covers. What the bumper covers covered was often a piece of plastic, or fiberglass, even foam. Very flimsy stuff.

They keep passing laws to make cars safer. How about a law making our money safer?

What do you think is going to happen when these two cars come together – even if they’re barely moving?  We’ll the car on the left is going to get bashed in – that’s what going to happen.
What we need is a law forcing car manufacturers to put every bumper on every vehicle at one standard height off the road.  Look at this – is this ridiculous.  You’d have to look for another car just exactly the same brand to hit.                                                                
If you paid $20,000 for a new car, totaled it and wanted to put it back together again with new parts, it would cost you $125,000. Manufacturers don't lose money in their parts department.

I'm sure by this time next year, the automobile industry will have fixed the problem it has with bumpers and we here at 60 Minutes will be able to take great satisfaction, once again, in having saved the world from itself.”

 

You Can Take A Proactive Approach - And Do Something About It.

 A BumperBib bumper protector could save you money and reduce repair costs .

Now, not just any bumper protector mind you, but a BumperBib that gives real bumper protection.

Now, many of you are visualizing some fancy contraption that will take an entire Saturday afternoon to install, and that is only if you have the special tools required. Well, you are dead wrong. For those doubters out there, here is how you install our bumper protector:

  1. Place the trunk portion in your trunk
  2. Basically, you are done


Now, when you need that added bumper protection, like when loading or unloading your truck, simply flip out the protector and you are good to go. When the bumper guard is not in use, simply flip it into the truck for easy storage.

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Robert DePalma
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