Being involved in a minor accident may seem like a relief due to the minimal damage to your car and the ability to get back on the road right away. While your car may seem relatively unscathed from the fender bender, it's important that you don't forget about the possibility of unseen damages.
With this in mind, it's a smart idea to bring your car in for repairs to an auto body repair shop. This will help your car get a clean bill of health so that you feel confident getting back on the road safely.
Suspension Could Be Affected by the Accident
When your car is involved in an accident, no matter how minor, there's always the possibility that the suspension is affected. There are multiple aspects of your suspension that could be damaged after getting involved in an accident, making it a difficult thing to diagnose on your own.
From the ball joints that attach the suspension to the wheels to the shock absorbers that reduce bouncing while driving, there are several aspects of the suspension to be concerned over. An inspection done by a car repair shop will get the suspension thoroughly checked out so that any minor issues can be addressed and you'll be safe while driving.
Tires May Need Replacement
Along with the suspension being affected after getting involved in a minor car accident, you'll need to get the tires looked at as well due to the risk that they were knocked out of alignment. Along with the tires being shifted in their placement due to an accident, the tires could also have been popped or have a tear that can grow.
Insurance may not cover the cost of replacing the tires, making it a good idea to get price quotes for your tires. While you may not want to spend money on getting new tires installed, especially if you've recently replaced the tires, the possibility that they were affected by the accident can mean increased danger when you get back on the road.
Cracked Glass Can Get Worse If Left Unchecked
If you've noticed that your windshield or side mirrors were cracked from the fender bender, it may seem alright to leave them alone due to the minor scale of the crack. While the damage may seem limited to a small chip and be less than an inch in diameter, it's still vital that you take care of repairing the crack before it grows. In a matter of just months, the size of the crack in the glass can grow considerably.
This can be a real problem if you plan to get back on the road again and want to avoid needing further repairs later. Repairing the cracked glass on a windshield or side mirror when it's small can also be much more affordable than letting the size grow.
Chipped Paint Can Lead to Further Issues
When you're involved in a minor car accident, it's likely that some paint on your car has been scraped off. While color missing from your car may not seem like a big concern, especially if you're tight on money, it can quickly turn into a bigger issue if you leave the paint missing.
When the car paint has been chipped off, it can lead to the metal being exposed underneath and allow it to oxidize after moisture makes contact. This will lead to rust and cause serious damage to your car in the long run.
Bringing your car to a repair shop after a fender bender will provide the peace of mind you desire before getting back on the road. Contact us at Ray's Collision Center of Auburn, Inc. to schedule a time to bring your car in for an inspection and any potential repair work.