The reflective bootlid tailgate panel is usually located above or below the vehicle’s tailgate and is made of a sturdy foamed plastic layer covered with a red reflective layer. The reflective bootlid tailgate panel is attached to the rear of the vehicle using either bolts or a special plastic adhesive. Its function is to alert other road users of your presence when driving in the dark, and the red colour of the reflective bootlid tailgate panel indicates to other drivers that they are looking at the rear of the vehicle, as red lights and reflectors are typically used on the rear of the vehicle and white lights on the front of the vehicle.
Because of the material of the reflective bootlid tailgate panel, it’s possible that it may become scratched or broken. If this occurs, you will need to remove the panel’s bolts or adhesive to replace the reflective panel. Some people also prefer to remove the reflective bootlid tailgate panel for cosmetic reasons. As well as this modification, some vehicle owners instead prefer to tint the reflective panel to a tone which is more suited to their vehicle bodywork.