Fix it Now, or Wait until Later?
What Damage Needs Attention Immediately, and What can be Put off Until Later
It’s pretty clear that major damage needs to be fixed right away or you risk some serious injury or worsening the problem. But not all collisions result in major damage. Some don’t even seem to be that bad at first glance. So our instinct is to just put it off until a later time when we can afford it.
That might work for some damage, but others it’s only going to get worse. Here’s a list of some of the damage that you should have fixed right away, and what you can wait a little while on (or never fix; some cars simply aren’t worth the costs).
Fix this Damage Right Away
Collision Damage – If you’re involved in a car accident, you will want to have the damage repaired right away. The reason is that so much of the damage is behind the scenes. While it may only look like a dented door, panel, fender, or bumper, in reality there is likely a lot of damage you can’t see. The intricate nature of modern vehicles means that small damage on the exterior may mean big damage underneath.
Wheel Damage – Even a small collision that hits your wheels can cause big problems. A slight bend in these parts can throw off the alignment of the vehicle, and the result may be uneven wear on the tires. Uneven wear means you’re more likely to have a blowout that can lead to a much bigger wreck. Anything with the wheels, steering, brakes, or axles needs to be addressed.
Broken Glass – Broken windows aren’t just a comfort thing. Unrepaired glass damage can end up being much more expensive later on. Small cracks in the windshield can be repaired, but when they spread to larger cracks the entire piece of glass has to be replaced. A busted side window limits your visibility and can result in a crash. Any time glass breaks, it should be taken care of right away.
You are Safe to Wait on this Damage
Hail Damage – Most hail damage can wait to be repaired with our paintless dent repair techniques. With a bad hail storm, you’re going to have to wait anyway. Auto body shops throughout Billings will be backed up for many months. Unless the hail breaks glass, or dents the vehicle bad enough to cause the paint to chip, you will be safe to wait a little while before having the damage repaired.
Rock Chips – Rock chips are a common problem in Montana. Throughout the winter there is gravel and sand on the roads, and those little stones can fly up and ding your car. Most of them you won’t have to worry about. Small chips in the clear coat are unsightly, but they won’t result in you having an unsafe vehicle. Be cautious, however, if the scratches are deep. They could lead to rust.
Fender Dents – We can throw in door dings too. If someone swings their door open and smacks your car, most of the time it will put a little ding in it that is annoying. If someone smacks a cart into the side of your car, or you drop a board on it, or a baseball smacks onto the hood, you’re going to get a small dent. But those dents usually won’t cause problems (unless they chip the paint). You can wait to have this damage repaired.
Big Sky Collision Center Fixes Cars
If you’re in doubt about whether or not you should have some damage repaired, bring your vehicle to Big Sky Collision Center. We can look it over and determine what the extent of the damage is. You can then make an informed decision of whether or not you should spend the money to have your car fixed.