What Are Lower Bumper Covers And Why Are They Important?

Are you a Toyota owner with a lower bumper cover you might have to replace? Are you not sure exactly what a lower bumper cover is and why it's important? This guide has all the answers you need.

Read on to learn everything you need to know about the lower bumper cover on your Toyota.

What Is A Lower Bumper Cover?

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A lower bumper cover is a trim piece that forms part of the bumper. It attaches to the main bumper cover, and to the underbody of the car. Lower bumper covers are almost always made from a soft, flexible plastic. The lower bumper cover conceals the opening under the main bumper cover and between the front wheel wells.

Other Names For The Lower Bumper Cover

For the sake of clarity, the lower bumper cover is often called a few other names:

  • Lower valance cover
  • Cover

So if you hear or read any of these terms, you'll know that they're talking about lower bumper covers.

Why Does Your Toyota Have A Lower Bumper Cover?

The lower bumper cover may seem like a minor part, but it actually plays quite an important role. The lower bumper cover covers the gap behind the bottom of the main bumper cover. Your Toyota benefits from a lower bumper cover in a couple of ways:

  • A lower bumper cover helps to guide air through the radiator. If it were not in place, some of the air that comes in the grille would escape through the resulting gap.
  • A lower bumper cover improves your car’s aerodynamics. It helps reduce drag. That improves fuel efficiency as well.
  • It helps keep dirt and road spray off of the radiator and other components that sit low in the engine bay.

Sometimes You Need To Replace Your Toyota’s Lower Bumper Cover

A lower bumper cover isn't a moving part, so it theoretically should last forever. However, it's not always the case. Often times, a lower bumper cover will break or get damaged from:

  • Rolled curbs
  • Front end collisions
  • Speed bumps
  • Snow or ice
  • Parking curbs

Where To Find An OEM Lower Bumper Cover At A Reasonable Price


Are you looking for a replacement lower bumper cover? Look no further than our website. We carry genuine OEM lower bumper covers at wholesale pricing. Our best selling lower bumper cover (part #SU003-04308) usually goes for $30 at Toyota dealerships. You can get it from us for only $23.

You're welcome to contact us with questions about lower bumper covers!

Written by Jason Lancaster