Are you a Toyota owner who’s looking for more information about lower bumper covers? You’ll find all the information you need about lower bumper covers (which are also called valance covers) in this buyer’s guide.
What Are Lower Bumper Covers?
A lower bumper cover is a trim piece that’s a part of the bumper. They’re usually made from a soft, flexible plastic. It covers the gap behind the bottom of the bumper cover. A lower bumper cover brings several benefits:
- The air that comes through the grill won’t escape through the gap
- Improved aerodynamics
- Increased fuel efficiency
- Dirt and road spray won’t get on the radiator or other parts that sit low in the engine bay
This post has more information about lower bumper covers and why they’re important.
OEM Or Aftermarket Valance Covers: Which Is Better?
Is it time to replace your lower valance cover? You need to decide between OEM and aftermarket valance covers. It’s an important decision because both types differ when it comes to:
This comparison guide will help you determine which one is better. Spoiler alert: you’ll get so much more value out of an OEM valance cover instead of an aftermarket one.
How To Replace A Lower Valance Cover
When you have a broken lower valance cover, you have two options:
- Replace it
- Repair it
Replacing a broken lower valance cover is always better than repairing it because:
- It’s more cost effective
- Repaired lower valance covers rarely stay on for long due to damaged mounting holes or tabs
If you have basic tools like a socket wrench or a flathead screwdriver, you can replace your Toyota’s lower valance cover at home. The process varies between Toyota models, so there’s no one-size-fits-all tutorial. You can find a tutorial that’s specific to your Toyota model online. In fact, here’s one we put together for 2011-2017 Camrys.
Do you have any questions about the lower bumper cover on your Toyota that this guide didn’t answer? You’re more than welcome to reach out to us for answers!
Written by Jason Lancaster