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Anti bump device for car doors keeps you scratch free
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This “anti-bump” device for car doors was spotted in South Korea. This looks like a simple bit of foam attached to the outside panelling of this sedan. Although it’s hard to tell how this is attached, we like the simplicity of this add-on as a nice way to keep your car door blemish free. Of course you could always mod your car door to dissapear in order to avoid scuffs.

via Pasta and Vinegar

38 thoughts on “Anti bump device for car doors keeps you scratch free

  1. I used to do Quality Control for Chrysler, and after that, Ford. They use these in transit for the same purpose. Nice to see someone recycling the idea, though. And, if you want one, and happen to know someone in the car hauling business, you could probably get your hands on one (or several). Just a thought…

  2. These blocks of foam are attached to almost all cars when they drive off the production line.

    I have seen them all the time when i spotted cars getting delivered to resellers.

    probably a customer who just bought this car and didn’t take it off yet

  3. They do sell something similar to this that protrudes from the door jamb and is made of a soft plastic. These things are designed more so you don’t blemish your neighbor’s car in the parking lot from opening your door. Doesn’t do much anit bump in your direction though

  4. More important that the “bumper” is that we need to identify this car. From the handles and door seam, it seems this car boasts “suicide doors”, and I wasn’t aware anyone was making those these days. (Un-handled 3rd rear doors on Saturns and RX-8s, etc. not withstanding)

  5. In South Korea, it is quite common to leave the window sticker on the car as well as those foam bumper guards on after purchase. It’s funny seeing cars drive around like that, but hey, different culture.

  6. You can make your own.
    Just find 2 pieces of foam and glue them together with a small magnet between them.
    The magnet will allow it to stick to the door.

  7. Your local dealership will have millions of these and I’m sure they would give you some. Light non-marring adhesive is used. However, they are not made for highway speed and may fly off. Also, it won’t necessarily help you from other car doors hitting your car. Lets develop solid colored plastic panels so scratches will be near invisible and easily buffed out. With color through the panel it would solve many body repair issues.

  8. You know, a lot of cars used to come with a trim strip for just this purpose. It’s not particularly attractive, but neither is a big dent or a little blue piece of foam. Then again, those were the days before cars were considered disposable.

  9. Jack, MikeH: it’s a minivan, a Kia Carnival or Hyundai Entourage.

    hojo: cars in general last much longer than they once did. Going 100,000 miles without an overhaul was once unheard-of. Modern cars are also more recyclable. They’ve gained significant complexity, impeding amateur attempts to upgrade or repair them, but that’s true for any technology.

  10. @AKAdriver:

    I disagree. I will admit that the drive-train of newer cars last longer before they require a major service, but taken as a whole, they are much less robust. They use methods of assembly and materials that are designed to snap together quickly, but are difficult to repair or replace. Their engine compartments are a nightmare because they are built with cheap rapid assembly in mind, but easy repair is not in the manufacturers financial interest.

    If you are the kind of person who buys a new car, drives it for a few years, and trades it in, you never notice this. If you like to (or must) work on your own car, it becomes obvious that the auto industry no longer considers you in their designs.

    They would very much like consumers to believe that cars are always getting better. In some areas this is true. Certainly fuel economy and crash-safety have improved, but the days of cars that last a lifetime are gone. The automobile, taken as a whole, has the longevity of a good cell phone.

  11. regarding recycleability,

    That’s sort of the point isn’t it? Don’t fix it, recycle it and buy a new one.

    Also, what’s more recyclable than steel and aluminum?

    I would like to buy a car that uses all the good things we’ve learned about building cars, but designed with the mind-set of a designer from the 50s when buying a car was done with the same gravity as buying a house.

  12. Here in Italy you can purchase similar items in almost any store… They come in different shapes and colors to fit all your needs!
    I think they are sold in all the countries where parking is a problem and people isn’t too gentle while opening the door…

  13. These are really common on all sorts of cars here- I think they leave them on the cars or put them on the cars to protect other people’s cars (as someone else said). You see them on about 15% of the cars here.

    Also very common here is to leave your business card or just your telephone number taped to your wind shield. That way, if you leave your lights on or if someone hits you they know how to get in touch with you. They really do call too- I had someone call to let me know my lights were on in my car!

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