How Quickly Do Collision Repairs Need Completed?
Is it Okay to Wait for Auto Body Work?
Accidents are never convenient. When they do happen, especially if you’re found to be at fault, there is a financial impact that you may not be able to handle at the moment. So can you wait to have the repairs done to your vehicle?
The answer depends on what damage has been done, if you plan to use the vehicle while waiting, and a few other factors. As the best auto body shop in Billings, Montana, we want to make sure that you’re safe on the road. So keep reading to find out what you can wait to have fixed, and what should be completed right away.
Is the Frame or Suspension Damaged?
Cars are intricate machines. Even what seems to be small collisions can cause some major damage underneath the vehicle that is hard, or even impossible, to see without scanning tools. There are some ways that you can tell when there has been frame damage.
Check all the windows and doors. Are the windows hard to roll down? Do the door gaps remain the same width all the way around? Do they catch, squeak, or stick when opening and shutting? When the frame is no longer aligned, there will be problems with hoods, trunks, doors, and windows.
If there is any damage to the frame or suspension, your vehicle might not be safe to drive. It should be fixed right away. Bring it down to Big Sky Collision Center and we can do a full scan to show exactly what needs to be done to bring the vehicle back to factory safety standards.
Is it Cosmetic Damage?
Some damage is merely cosmetic. While we all want our vehicles to look pristine, run perfectly, and remain shiny and new-looking; those notions take a back seat to being able to afford the repairs. There are two major cosmetic issues that we need to pay attention to.
Scratches – Scratches come in two varieties. There are scratches that knick the clear coat and maybe some of the paint, and there are scratches that go beneath the paint. You can put off the lighter scratches for as long as you want, but the deeper ones that get down to the metal should be repaired to prevent rust damage (and a bigger repair bill down the road).
Dents and Dings – We live in Montana. We are prone to hail damage, door dings from gusty winds, and the occasional small animal collision. Nearly all dents and dings can be put off for quite some time, or not repaired at all. The damage may prevent you from getting insurance coverage for that damage in the future, and it will reduce the resale value of the vehicle considerably.
Let Big Sky Collision Center Expertly Repair Your Vehicle
There are times when the budget doesn’t allow repairs. But if you do plan to file an insurance claim, make sure you know how long you can wait. A quick call to your insurance company will let you know the rules; you generally have about 2 years. That’s plenty of time to save up for your deductible, or to make a decision if you want to repair the vehicle at all.
When you’re ready, simply give us a call at 406-259-6328 and we can get you scheduled for auto body repairs that bring your vehicle back to factory safety standards.