Signs the Wreck was Worse Than You Thought
A Minor Wreck can Lead to Major Damage
The majority of auto accidents aren’t the big rollovers or massive t-bone crashes from someone running a red light. The majority of crashes happen when someone isn’t paying attention, and “bonks” into another vehicle. We generally just call them fender benders. Usually nobody is hurt, and the vehicles sustain what most people consider to be minor damage.
Because the auto body repair industry isn’t something people study regularly, these fender benders are often dismissed as a low impact, low damage crash (at least for those who don’t have insurance that will cover the damages). The problem, however, is that these crashes aren’t always as benign as they may seem. There can be some major damage that happens. Here are a few of the problem areas where major damage occurs.
Your bumper is designed to take the brunt of the force in a wreck. While older vehicles had big strong bumpers, it was found that they transferred energy to the rest of the vehicle (or passenger) and caused more damage. A small collision can wreck your bumper making it less effective if you get in another wreck down the road.
Hit from the right angle, speeds only have to be above 2mph to cause frame damage. That’s about the speed of a human walking. Anything over that speed, which is pretty much every wreck, can potentially cause frame damage. A bent frame will make the vehicle run poorly, can cause the tires to wear prematurely, and won’t allow the vehicle to operate optimally.
Engine and Fluid Problems
If you bonk into the back of someone, it may not seem like much damage has happened. But often damage happens where you can’t see it right away. A small leak in the radiator can take some time to manifest problems, but the result could be a blown engine. Even a small force can knock the engine enough that it’s not operating properly.
Wheels and Alignment
Even without frame damage, your wheels may not be aligned properly after a crash. This can cause the vehicle to pull to one side and cause tires to wear out faster. Left unchecked, the vehicle becomes more and more dangerous to drive, and eventually could result in a much worse accident.
In many vehicles the wiring runs right behind panels. The problems occur where the wiring connects, and the connections can be loosened or broken. There is little you can do to determine if the wiring is shorting out (aside from opening up the panels and visually inspecting). But if you notice your battery is dying, lights are dim or flickering, or any beeps and buzzers aren’t working, you should get things inspected.
Big Sky Collision Center is the Best Auto Body Repair Shop in Billings
Here at Big Sky Collision, our goal is to make sure your vehicle is repaired to factory safety standards. So if you have been in a minor collision, bring the vehicle to the best auto body repair shop in town so you can make sure there is no major damage that you can’t see without a full inspection.