Superficial Damage? You Should Have it Fixed
It May Cause Problems Down the Road
Here’s the scenario: you are backing out of a parking space, and you lightly scrape against a concrete pylon (or tree, or another vehicle, or anything that’s behind you). You curse your carelessness and get out to check on the damage. Fortunately it’s just a little scrape, not much of a dent (if any at all). You breathe a sigh of relief and go on your way.
You may not worry about it now, but that superficial damage could come back and cause problems down the road. Here are three reasons that you want to get it fixed.
It Can Rust Down the Road
Your vehicle is protected from the elements in a variety of ways. The body is made from incredibly thin steel, sort of like a skin that wraps over the frame. That “skin” is coated in paint to give it the beautiful color, and that paint is topped with a clear coat. The clear coat is where the real protection is. It keeps the rain and elements away from the paint and the steel, and it prevents the paint from oxidizing when it’s exposed to the harsh sun.
Any scratch in the clear coat can end up causing big problems. It allows moisture to get in, and eventually you will have rust spots start to develop around where the damage is.
It May be Worse than You See
Your vehicle is made up of a lot of components that aren’t visible to you. We’re not just talking about electronic and mechanical stuff under the hood. Behind the panels there are different parts of the car that serve to protect. When you’re in a small collision, the foam behind the body of the car can be damaged. It doesn’t seem like a big deal, but it has now weakened. The next collision could be worse for you (and your passengers) because the integrity of the car has been diminished.
Besides the foam, there are wires, mechanical components, and other aspects tucked into the walls of the vehicle. If nothing more, it needs to be inspected to ensure no further damage.
You’re Diminishing Your Car’s Value
On average a driver keeps their vehicle for about 72 months, or 6 years. If you’re 2 or 3 years into the vehicle, statistically you’re going to sell it in the next few years. Is it worth selling for a couple thousand dollars less because it has some superficial damage? It may only be a couple hundred to have it fixed, but the value of your vehicle has dropped immensely.
Big Sky Collision Center Fixes Cars
Whether you have superficial damage that needs repaired, or major auto body work, Big Sky Collision Center should be your choice for auto body work in Billings, MT. We are certified by more major manufacturers than anyone else in the area, and our technicians are expertly trained. Give us a call at 406-259-6328 to schedule an appointment.