When Can I Skip Repairs to my Vehicle?
Skip Repairs and You Could Cause Further Problems
Not all collisions need to be fixed. There are times when you back into a tree and all that happens is you get a dent on your bumper. Or you may have gone into the store and someone dinged your door with a shopping cart. They are unsightly, but you don’t have to rush out and have the repairs done right away; especially if the paint is still intact. But when is it ok to skip repairs, and when should the repairs be done right away?
Big Sky Collision Center, your auto body repair shop in Billings, fills you in on when you don’t need to have the repairs done immediately, and when it’s in your best interest.
When Can You Skip Repairs?
Some damage is merely superficial and it can be ignored. It won’t look good, and the superficial damage could start to spread, but it won’t affect how safe your vehicle is.
Hail Damage – Most hail damage can be repaired with paintless dent repair. It’s surprisingly affordable, and if your insurance covers the repairs you should get it done. But your vehicle is going to perform just as well with some dents in the roof and hood as it will without them.
Door Dings – Doors (and side panels, and fenders, and bumpers, and trunks…) get dinged. A wayward cart, a door flying open in the ridiculously strong Billings winds, an errant baseball, and a number of other things can ding doors. If it bothers you, get it fixed. If not, don’t lose any sleep over it.
Minor Bumper Dings – There are times when you back into a post or a tree. Sometimes you’re not paying attention; sometimes you just can’t see it. If the damage is small, don’t worry about it.
Rock Chips – There is some gray area on rock chips. If the chip breaks away all the paint, and the metal is showing, you risk having rust issues. But even a little rust isn’t going to damage the safety of your vehicle.
Small Fender Dents – If someone backs into you at 1 mph, it will dent your car. The dent will be substantial and ugly, but likely it won’t hurt the performance of your vehicle. At this point, however, you should bring the vehicle in for inspection at least.
When Should Repairs be Performed?
Most of the time a vehicle is damaged there is more than meets the eye. The damage might look minor, but there could be some damage to the frame, computer, engine, or more.
Fender Dents – Most dents will end up being pretty substantial. But the damage that is unseen is often greater than that seen. At very least bring the vehicle in for an inspection.
Broken Glass – Aside from vandalism, a collision hard enough to break glass has done substantial damage.
Tire or Wheel Damage – A damaged axle may not be noticeable without special equipment. But it will cause your vehicle to be unsafe to drive.
Any Collision – Essentially, all collisions can cause damage that you can’t see by looking at the vehicle. But after we hook it up to sophisticated machines (they can tell if the frame is out of line by mere millimeters), there may be damage that could cause injury down the road. After any collision, have us look at it to determine if it is safe to drive.
Big Sky Collision Center
Big Sky Collision Center is a state of the art collision repair center in Billings, Montana. We have the tools and machines to repair any vehicle after a crash, and are one of the few auto body shops in Montana that can repair aluminum auto bodies.
Give us a call at 406-259-6328.
Did we mention that we also do auto detailing? $175 gets you a full auto detail.