4 Signs that You Need Auto Body Repair
After a Minor Collision Don’t Go Undiagnosed
It’s easy to see that you’re in need of collision repair after you smack into a post, tree, building, or another vehicle. There’s often visible damage to your ride. It might be pretty minor, like if you scraped along the side of a fence. Or it might be major like if you slid through an icy intersection and got t-boned by a one-ton truck.
But what about when the damage isn’t so obvious? What if you get into a minor collision, perhaps you slide on the icy roads of Billings and smack into a curb? Is finding the best auto body shop in the area important, or can you quickly assess the damage and keep on with your day?
We want to make sure you’re safe on the roads, here’s what to watch out for.
Steering Pulls to the Side
When you’re driving along, you should be able to momentarily let go of the wheel and the vehicle continues in a straight path (unless you’re on a hill or a slope of some sort). If it’s pulling to one side or the other, there’s a chance that your collision damaged the tire rod or the control arm. While it might just be that your alignment is off, it could also be that you need auto body repairs.
Fluid Leaks Underneath
In Billings last year there were a ton of potholes that formed during the winter. The freeze and thaw, combined with heavier than usual snowfall, resulted in damage to the roads. The problem with potholes is that every time they are hit, they get bigger. A tiny one isn’t a big deal, but the big ones can do some damage. After hitting a pothole, sliding over a curb, or running over a large object (like a bush or rocks), you might damage something under the car. Look underneath and see if anything is dripping, and assess when you’ve had a chance to stop for a while. Your vehicle needs those fluids; and if your car is leaking you need to have it repaired.
You drive your vehicle a lot. You know the purrs, the thumps, the squeaks, and the growls. After getting into a minor collision listen carefully to your vehicle. Is it making the same noises it usually does? Or is it clunking, scraping, dinging, or otherwise sounding “strange”? A different noise means that something isn’t quite right and the rig needs repaired right away.
The steering wheel is just the part that you see. But there is an intricate network of metal that transform that action you do, to the final result of directing the vehicle. One of parts is called the steering knuckle. If that knuckle is damaged, you will notice that turning isn’t as easy as it should be. Usually it results in delayed turning in just one direction; turn the other way and there are no problems. If your steering is off at all, get your car in ASAP to have it fixed before a bigger accident occurs.
Big Sky Collision Center Strives for Safety
Here at Big Sky Collision Center, we aim for perfection, and we want to make sure your vehicle leaves here in perfect condition so that you’re safe behind the wheel. We know that your vehicle is an intricate ensemble of technology and machinery. When it’s not repaired properly, you end up a victim. That’s why we have invested in our staff and facility earning more certifications than any other shop in a 5 state area.
When you are in need of auto body repair, come to the best collision repair shop in Billings.