....anyone remember when the front of a car was metal (whether
stainless, chromed potmetal or stamped aluminum) and you could drive
thru rain, snow, sleet, down gravel country roads and encounter bugs,
pebbles, birds, rocks, snowballs, rubbish - even sand - without doing
hundreds of dollars worth of damage to your paintwork?
and yes, I keep bras on my cars: they avoid some damage but not all,
and look like hell.
best of all, a bird hits your painted or chrome-plated plastic grill and
breaks it......and it's hundreds (if not thousands) to replace a flimsy
while I'm ranting: those old big chrome bumpers could take a bash, too.
so now we have plastic-covered "bumper systems" that are
impacting-absorbing........and cost $2000 to replace when someone backs
into you in a parking lot.