An automotive grille is found at the front of the car and is used for aesthetics and to protect the radiator and air intake from debris or foreign objects. As it is positioned at the front of the vehicle, grilles are notorious for getting damaged over time.
Assessing any potential damage to your grille is relatively straightforward - all you have to do is take a look and check for any visible signs of breakage. Holes in the grille and snapped pieces of metal from stainless steel car grilles or dents will need to be dealt with immediately.
The real dilemma is whether to pay for repairs or get a full replacement vehicle grille.
Repairing Your Car Grille
If you have noticed any damage to your car grille, you might think that repairing it is the most cost-effective solution. However, due to the intricate nature of most car grille designs, repairs are intricate and costly.
Whether or not you decide to go for a grille repair will depend on the make and model of your car and the level of damage that the grille has received. More often than not, though, it will prove to be more costly to go down the route of repairs.
Replacing Your Car Grille
If you are considering a replacement grille, you will need to consider the size, finish and model of your car as this will affect the price of the new grille. There are also additional components to consider - things like parking sensors will cause the price of a new grille to rise. The Honda S2000, for example, has a single front grille that costs around£70.
As a result of the massive range of makes, models and manufacturers catered for, including one-offs for unlisted vehicles, prices will vary. Although it is good to know that some companies, such asZunsport, will be able to make grilles for unlisted vehicles through a development model programme.
One final consideration is the grille placement, as lower grilles and sets are usually more affordable than a full set. This is because they are much smaller than the main, primary grille and their purpose is slightly different. Lower grilles tend to either act as cooling ducts for brakes or simply for aesthetics.
On the whole, replacing a grille tends to be the better option as opposed to repairs. Not only will it often be less expensive, but you end up with a brand new grille that is guaranteed to have a longer lifespan than a repaired one.
If you are in the market for a new vehicle grille, contact our specialists at Zunsport today.