The Most Overlooked Damage in Collision Repair
Following a Crash, Here’s What is Damaged
Any time you are in a wreck, there is going to be damage. Unless we are talking door dings, there’s a lot of damage that can happen and you won’t be able to see it. Sure the fender or quarter panel might be dented. The bumper might be bent. Without a full inspection it looks like it’s minor and cosmetic.
Damage after an accident can cause your vehicle to run poorly, and often it can cause it to be unsafe on the roads. So when you hit another vehicle, a pole, a deer, or anything else, don’t automatically assume that it’s minor damage and you can skip the repairs. At least bring it in and get an expert opinion on how it needs to be repaired.
Vehicle Alignment may be Off
Your vehicle’s alignment is a sensitive issue. Even a slow speed accident that doesn’t do a whole lot of outward damage can lead to alignment problems. You may not even have other damage; hitting a curb too hard can knock the alignment out of whack.
While it may seem that alignment only means the steering wheel is slightly crooked, or it pulls to the side a little when you’re going down the road. In reality a misaligned vehicle can cause undue stress on the entire vehicle and the pulling issue can lead to a further accident.
The Vehicle Likely has Frame Damage
Decades ago, a vehicle’s frame was made from rigid metal. It was designed to be impact resistant, and to be able to hold up to a lot of stress. Over time, however, it was discovered that these “strong” vehicles were not safe. So, crumple zones were built into automobiles. These crumple zones are designed to sacrifice the vehicle instead of the occupants.
Part of the crumple is built into the frame. Often the damage cannot be seen without proper equipment and a specially trained technician looking it over. A slow speed collision can have major damage to the frame that needs to be repaired so that the integrity can be restored to the rig.
Fluids May be Leaking
Your vehicle is a finely tuned machine that operates with the help of a variety of fluids: oil, transmission fluid, gas, and more. The fluids run through a series of hoses and other components to ensure that everything runs smoothly.
A collision can damage any one of the components and cause the fluid to leak. But you may not even notice it. Not all fluid leaks means there is a little puddle on the driveway after you park. Some of the components may not be broken enough to leak right away, but when a little pressure is put on them, they fail completely.
Electrical Components Can be Severed
It’s pretty easy to see if something like a headlight or a taillight has been damaged… they look broken and won’t light up. But what if you were hit on the side, and now your headlights don’t work? Or maybe your interior lights aren’t going on.
The electrical system in your vehicle runs behind panels and areas where you can’t see it from the outside. A small collision can sever wires, break connections, and cause shorts. Unless you know how the vehicle is wired, and where the wires are, you can’t tell what needs to be fixed.
Come to Big Sky Collision Center for a Repair Estimate
After an accident, your vehicle should be repaired. Here at Big Sky Collision Center, we have the tools, training, and skills necessary to get that done. Our expert technicians can look the vehicle over and determine exactly what is wrong (seen and unseen) and get you an estimate on what it will take to repair the vehicle.
Need to make an appointment? Give us a call at 406-259-6328 and we can get you scheduled for collision repairs in Billings, Montana.