Should I Fix my Dents Before a Road Trip?
Fix it or Wait? It all Depends…
It’s almost road trip season. And that means you’re getting ready to load the car with everything but the kitchen sink and head out on the open road. But there are those annoying dents, dings, paint chips, and scratches that you’ve been meaning to fix.
Should you get your car fixed up before you hit the road, or wait until you’re back? The answer depends on two issues: what is wrong and where you’re going.
Repair Big Damage Before a Trip
This one is a no-brainer. If you have been in a collision, and there is substantial damage to your vehicle, it needs repaired before you head out. And substantial damage doesn’t mean your bumper is barely hanging on! A minor fender bender can result in major damage. That’s because there is usually damage you can’t see.
What we are talking about are those paint scrapes on the side of the car, the chips on the hood, the door dings, and the little dents in the bumper because you couldn’t quite see the pole in the parking lot (they seriously need to paint that a brighter color yellow).
To answer, let’s start off with where you’re headed.
Where are You Going?
You may wonder why this matters. The truth is that it matters a lot. If you plan to just head down the highway and end up in a town in the Midwest during the summer, there’s a good chance you should wait till you are back. Not much is likely to happen during the trip. If you’re heading into the mountains, and you will be on a dirt road, it’s probably best to wait until you are back in case you re-damage the vehicle.
But what if you’re heading to the coast? Salt spray is notoriously terrible for cars. Minor damage like a small paint scratch can let that salt into the wound and cause rusting rather quick. In the event that the damage could become worse, and thus more expensive to fix, get it down before you head out of town.
What is Wrong with the Vehicle?
Do you have a couple of door dings that cause unsightly dents? Did a ne’er do weller gash the side of your car with their key? Is the bumper just a little dented and the paint cracked a bit? These all come into play when you decide to repair it before the trip or to wait until after.
A few dents likely won’t cause any issues while you’re on your trip… unless the paint is cracked. That gash from a key (or any other object capable of penetrating the paint) might be an issue (see above about salt water). A dented bumper could go either way. Another small tap could cause the issue to go from a quick fix, to having to replace the entire bumper. Sometimes the risk is worth taking, wait until the trip is over and fix it then, or fix it now and hope it doesn’t get damaged again.
Let Big Sky Collision Center do the Work
Whether you’re planning to wait, or to get it done now, bring your vehicle to the best auto body repair shop in Billings. Just make sure that you give plenty of time to have the repairs done thoroughly, you don’t want to have to rush things through or risk having your vehicle not ready when it comes time to leave. Call us at 406-259-6328 to schedule a time to bring it in.